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- The end of management as we knew it
posted on May 20, 2010 07:19:41 pm
The death of the FT Management Blog
- Don?t ask business to save the world
posted on May 14, 2010 05:24:02 pm
I always look forward to Michael Maccoby’s visits to London. He is a wise and insightful observer of the world. I reviewed his most recent book The Leaders We Need for the FT a couple of years ago. Last week he was in town, and he told me about the senior corporate executive who had once said to him: “Don’t ask business to save the world.” What the executive meant was that all the talk of do-gooding, of CSR, of ethical business, was all very well. But in the end private sector businesses have to make a proft to survive, and nothing can get in the way of that.
- What a way to run a country
posted on May 11, 2010 07:38:40 pm
I wonder what those business leaders, who lent their names to various political campaigns in the run-up to the British election, feel about the negotiations that have gone on these past few days in London? Did they strike them as being businesslike, orderly, professional? Is this how they would like to hand over power to their successors? Business and politics rarely mix well, as I have noted here before. The last five days have only served to confirm me in that view. I wonder if businesspeople will be so quick to come forward to support any of the parties before the next election, whenever it is.
- Sex in the office with Lucy Kellaway
posted on May 10, 2010 02:34:18 pm
Sex in the office with Lucy Kellaway
- Los Suns: the business of sport branding
posted on May 06, 2010 02:13:05 pm
The Phoenix Suns, the NBA basketball team in the midst of the playoffs, played last night’s game in jerseys that changed their name from The Suns to “Los Suns” in protest against the state of Arizona’s new immigration law. It’s a pretty radical step for a mom-and-pop brand but it may have worked: they won the game against the San Antonio Spurs (who would have altered their uniforms if they had had enough time to) to take a 2-0 lead in the best of seven series.
- Harvard?s Nitin Nohria: what does this appointment mean?
posted on May 05, 2010 02:48:49 pm
Well done Harvard. That is my immediate reaction to yesterday’s news that Nitin Nohria, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, will be taking over as the schools’s new dean on July 1. He is not the “safety first” candidate. He is on the record as having declared – in the Harvard Business Review, no less – that managers have “lost legitimacy” in the wake of corporate scandals, and that business has a lot of work to do to win back the public’s trust. Together with his colleague Rakesh Khurana, Prof Nohria has challenged the orthodoxy that claimed there was little wrong with the conventional MBA syllabus or with the approach taken by the élite business schools. Both of these things played a part in contributing to the over-confident mentality which dominated business and finance, and which led to the great financial crisis. By appointing Prof Nohria, Harvard University has signalled that it is not frightened of debate, or reform – indeed, it wants to play a leading role in both these activities.
- Breaking ? Nitin Nohria to be new Harvard Business School Dean
posted on May 04, 2010 09:58:19 pm
Just about to take part in a conference call with Harvard President Drew Faust and Professor Nitin Nohria, who has today been named as the new Dean of Harvard Business School. He will take over on July 1. This is an exciting appointment. Prof Nohria, with his colleague Rakesh Khurana, has led a vigorous debate on business ethics and the need to reform the MBA.
- Time?s 100 most influential people
posted on April 30, 2010 02:34:43 pm
Time's 100 most influential people, Prudential's Tijane Thiam and Bob Geldof
- The beginning of the end of the Happy Meal?
posted on April 29, 2010 01:16:32 pm
The end of the Happy Meal?
- Three cheers for the exec who defends business class
posted on April 28, 2010 09:10:36 pm
Hooray for Alan Yentob defends flying business class