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Stacy Blackman’s Weekly Roundup of B-School Intelligence

Another business school expands with China campus — France’s CERAM Business School is opening a campus in Suzhou, west of Shanghai. Students will spend 90 hours studying Chinese culture to help them quickly become operational in the country’s working environment. According to a recent Financial Times story on Chinese schools in ascendancy, “made-in-China business education, with China- relevant case studies and China-focused courses as drivers, will change both the content of business education worldwide and the competitive environment for business schools in China.”

More women than ever taking up business school deanships — In the early 1990s, a female business school dean was cause for much media coverage and scrutiny. Today, a greater number of woman have shattered that B-school glass ceiling and are making the role work for their unique career trajectories, BusinessWeek reports.

Harvard lecturer tells entrepreneurs “Take heart”HBS senior lecturer Bhaskar Chakravorti has an positive outlook for entrepreneurs paralyzed by the state of the economy. In this Q&A on creative entreprenuership, Chakravorti identifies reasons for optimism and shows how you can think differently about bad news. This echoes a recent post on the three laws for increasing performance”¦hint: it’s all in your attitude.

Marketing strategies in play at Greg Hawkins’ “megachurch” — The current issue of Stanford Business has a fascinating feature on what happened when Hawkins (MBA ’88), executive pastor of Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago, commissioned one of the nation’s foremost marketing experts to survey the church’s members. When the survey showed the surprising result that one out of four congregants was dissatisfied and thinking of leaving the church, Hawkins used the research to better meet the needs of disgruntled parishioners.

UK finds MBAs holding strong, especially abroadHaving an MBA is still a ticket to success, says The Times. Investment banks continue to recruit graduates, albeit more selectively, but what’s unsure right now are the bonuses that constitute a huge chunk of compensation in this industry. The paper also points to a new trend of business school graduates starting their careers abroad. In China, MBAs are in high demand and can expect a salary boost of up to 126%.


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