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Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has expanded its career services offerings for alumni in response to the economic downturn, adding evening career advising, job search teams for alumni out of work, and new programs for alumni in New York, which is expected to be harder hit by the financial turmoil. By teaming up with Columbia Business School, the Alumni Relations Office has been able to add a variety of career management programs to the New York alumni calendar.

Robert H. Smith School of Business professor Andrew Sherman‘s new book, “Road Rules – Be The Truck, Not The Squirrel: 12 Rules for Navigating the Road of Life,” shares some of the insights, war stories, parables and general observations that Sherman has accumulated in his 25 years of working with entrepreneurs, as well as leaders of established companies. “While the business school curriculum offers many excellent courses on business strategy, it [the curriculum] is a bit less concerned with our personal road maps, which are equally if not even more important as we embark on our journeys down the highway of life,” says Sherman.

The Women in Business club at Tuck School of Business recently sponsored an on-campus workshop that explored an unconventional new approach to leadership. Derived from recent research on successful women leaders by management consulting firm and top MBA employer McKinsey & Company, the Centered Leadership model is the basis of a program that uses positive psychology to teach women about five interrelated dimensions of leadership: meaning, managing energy, positive framing, connecting and engaging. Each McKinsey workshop focused on one of the five dimensions, enabling participants to explore them in depth.

In a new London Business School podcast, adjunct associate professor of organizational behavior Richard Jolly discusses the obstacles that middle managers need to overcome to reach senior management. Professor Jolly believes that middle managers are often too good at their jobs to progress to senior management, and by making themselves indispensable through hard work and expertise, middle managers end up last in the line for promotion.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and School of Arts and Sciences have launched a new program to enable participants to earn a dual master of business administration/master of environmental studies degree in three years or less. This course of study will groom environmental-issues students for global leadership roles in environmental management, finance and other business specialties.

The board of directors of the Graduate Management Admission Council has approved $10 million for the establishment of a new fund to advance business and management education around the world. The creation of the fund formalizes and enhances the Council’s long-standing commitment to making strategic philanthropic investments in initiatives that benefit business and management education globally, says David A. Wilson, GMAC president and CEO.

The 2nd Annual MIT $100K Elevator Pitch Contest kicked off MIT Sloan School of Management’s Entrepreneurship Contest season with a bang, the student newspaper, Fifteen, reports.  More than 150 students from schools that included HBS, UVA Darden, and Dartmouth participated in the competition, which was sponsored by Oxford Biosciences and GM.

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