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Stacy Blackman’s Weekly Roundup of B-School Intelligence

In Paul Krugman‘s first public appearance since winning the Nobel Prize on Oct. 13, the Princeton economist and New York Times columnist spoke before an overflow audience at the Kellogg School of Management in the first of the Kellogg Distinguished Lecture Series, a new initiative sponsored by the school’s Office of the Dean. More than 1,000 people listened as he discussed the intersection of U.S. economics and politics, particularly noting recent developments in what has become a global financial crisis.

Over a series of days this month, students from a several business schools got to hear talks by Warren BuffetBill GatesFlorian Henckel Von Donnersmarck and Sir Richard Dearlove, illustrating a sometimes overlooked advantage of taking an MBA — the range of influences, not always traditional, to which you can be exposed. CNN’s special supplement on executive education has the details. 

The Wall Street Journal covers the six degrees of EMBA relationships, revealing that students in Executive MBA programs hire each other, form businesses together and even marry classmates. Schools, meanwhile, have stepped up programs to get spouses and significant others in tune with students, and the efforts are paying off.

Patrice Houdayer, dean of EM Lyon Business School in France, discusses the impact of the global economic crisis on international schools with the Wall Street Journal. Find out what Houdayer had to say about international education in a time of turmoil offers audio interviews from its October 2008 MBA Fair, with thoughts on the latest MBA rankings, the state of business education, and the growing recognition within NGOs that they need management skills.

The Financial Times has rated EMBA-Global ”” the partnership between Columbia Business School and London Business School ”” first in the world in its 2008 rankings of executive MBA programs, published on October 27. Kellogg/Hong Kong UST Business School came in second, followed by Trium: HEC Paris LSE/New York University: Stern in third place.

In a year characterized by bank closures, bailout packages, and worldwide market fluctuations, the MBA Stock Pitch Competition at Cornell’s Johnson School on November 5 ”“ 7 will challenge the nation’s top MBA students to develop stock valuations amid the chaos. This annual competition has become more competitive each year with top schools vying for one of 12 spots to show their valuation prowess to a panel of Wall Street experts. offers 100 tips and resources to keep MBA applicants organized as you wade through the rankings, school comparisons, essay writing and letters of recommendation.

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