MBA News Bites-Part I

Stacy Blackman’s Weekly Roundup of B-School Intelligence

Legislators hone leadership skills at Darden’s annual Program for Emerging Political Leaders, a four-day forum on ethics, values, a commitment to public service, and critical thinking on self-development. The program is designed to enhance the leadership potential and vision of policymakers who are likely to be at the helm of tomorrow’s legislatures. “We ask them not to be Democrats and Republicans for a few days,” says Professor Ed Freeman, faculty leader of the program.

This week’s issue of Working Knowledge highlights a new HBS case study which focuses on reforming New Orleans schools after Katrina. Lecturer Stacey Childress teaches an MBA elective course called Entrepreneurship in Education Reform and says the key to a good education entrepreneurship case is the same as with any case””having a decision point or managerial tension that students can struggle through together in the class discussion.

The Financial Times reports this week that the United States’ dominance in research is drawing to a close. While Wharton and Harvard are still the best by a margin, FT says Europe now accounts for 25% of international research output. Fewer Americans are willing to sign up to arduous five-year US doctoral study programs, their places being taken by Europeans and (increasingly) Asians, who often take their knowledge and skills back home. This knowledge emigration will accelerate the decline of the US schools’ historical position.

International MBA students from Madrid’s IE Business School will spend the summer mentoring 22 African women as part of a scheme to promote entrepreneurship on the continent. The project’s aim is to assist the female participants with the expansion of their businesses in African countries, growing the size and sustainability of the ventures and ultimately reducing the gap between male and female entrepreneurs.

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