You’ve got to admit it, BusinessWeek is looking pretty damn good since Bloomberg got involved. What a massive improvement! However, lets not get too carried away with praise, those pages are loading mighty slowly (or is it just my internet connection?).
Also, I’m confused by the b-school profiles, in theory they’re amazing and at first glance I was genuinely impressed by all the graphs and tables but then as my eyes started to focus in on each graph in turn I saw a significant lack of data. The unfortunate tables and graph axis lie prostrate, their x and y’s void of any colourful bars or actual meaningful data. Sort it out BusinessWeek, it could be excellent!
And then I stumbled upon the pure genius (or madness) of the ‘Graduate b-school guide’, or ‘Best b-schools for’. I dearly hope this is tongue in cheek, with wonderful titles such as ‘Beggers can’t be choosers’ and ‘Schools for people who like to sleep in class’!
Visit the above page here, see how rankings compare here and read some more ‘Top b-schools for…’ stories here!
Soccer players and business brains? Do these go together? The UK’s world-famous premier league football is not generally associated with intellectual prowess. But this year, Manchester City’s Belgian captain, Vincent Kompany, enrolled on the executive (part-time) MBA at Manchester Business School (MBS).
Close to his home ground, the MBS course suits Kompany, enabling him to fit evening and weekend study around his training. A calf injury has probably also freed up more time for the text books.
Kompany, a 25-year old husband and father, has already achieved a lot for a relatively young age. He’s the captain of one of the best-performing football teams, that until the last few weeks was the favourite to win the premiership title.
What was behind Kompany’s decision to do an MBA? In a world where few of his soccer comrades have a degree, let along a post-grad management qualification, what has motivated Kompany to hit the classroom? We hope to get some insights from some of Kompany’s MBA classmates in the next few months, but until now the school have been reluctant to openly generate ‘PR’ on their new sports-star student…
How grim are networking events? This just in from an entrepreneur friend of BusinessBecause, who was at one last night, sums it up neatly
“Oh my god… This is the 2nd event in my life and won’t do it again…..
Girls who are trying to find a rich guy.
Guys who are trying to get intros.
Lawyers who are trying to find clients.”
And that doesn’t compare to the “life insurance for entrepreneurs” salesman who BusinessBecause met at one such event. “You might die early…” is not a great conversation starter…
I was listening to the radio this morning when I came across an interview with Alex Masterly (the protagonist for the popular UK newspaper’s Comic strip ‘Alex’).
The interview was because of some new research allegedly carried out by University of Oxford, Saïd Business School based on his career. It found that every-time Alex was laid-off from his job, the economy experienced an ‘up-turn’. I’ll leave you to listen to how he effortlessly shirks off the accusation.
Now reading about him I still find it hard to figure out if this guy’s for real (does anyone know?)
Are Europe’s young business people afraid to get down and dirty at the sharp end of business?
Europe's fastest growing market
News just in from the Wall Street Journal that applications to MBA programs at European business schools are down by… a lot. The story doesn’t give an overall figure but says that applications to some schools were down by over 10 per cent and applications to the prestigious IESE Business School in Barcelona were down by 5 per cent in 2011.
The story quotes two MBAs – Spaniard Marcel Aldoma Gelonch and Frenchman Vincent Ho-Tin-Noé – who ditched European schools in favour of Duke-Fuqua and Harvard respectively.
The main reason given was poor post-graduation emloyment prospects, with unemployment in Spain running at a mere 22.9 per cent.
But surely there’s money to be made in these straitened times? One friend of MBAUncut is doing brisk business as the owner of seven pawnbrokers in the dodgiest neighbourhoods in London. Sure, most of them were smashed up in last summer’s riots but he claimed the damages back on insurance.
Other businesses that thrive in a recession… Liquor Store, Coin Laundry, Check Cashing, Cash Advance, Tax Prep & Porno Shop, and of course One Pound/One Euro stores!
Any business that sells to vulnerable people in Greece, Italy and Spain will surely come good… Could MBA applicants be being shortsighted by running to the safe haven of Harvard when the going gets tough? They say that the time to strike is when the stakes are down!