Business School Briefing: Overload of Choice, Hybrid Global Competition, Best Books


Good afternoon from London. We are faced with so many options when it comes to purchasing goods and services. Is this a good thing? Also, find out which EMBA programs are highly rated for their marketing education.

Written and edited by Wai Kwen Chan and Andrew Jack.

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The best books of 2021

We asked readers to name their favorite reads from 2021. Here are the results.

© Cat O’Neil

Andrew Hill also selects his titles from must-read business books covering racism, the cyber arms race, the global fashion industry and traders who trade the earth’s resources. Tell us what you think?

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Andrew Hill’s management challenge

Faced with an abundance of choice, I am an indecisive buyer, so I was encouraged to learn that BMW was considering narrowing down the options available to buyers of its Minis, for the sake of efficiency.

As of this writing this week, research suggests that less can be more when it comes to encouraging customers to buy products. My management challenge is simple: choose a complex product or service that you think is ripe for simplification and say why. I would also ask you to comment on how you would simplify it, but I don’t want to complicate it too much. Send your ideas to [email protected].

I asked last week what has been the most significant change in the way organizations work over the past 10 years. Karen jansen cited the “revolutionary change” in working methods following the first pandemic lockdown, but also the less noticeable “evolutionary change”. . . in our perspectives on diversity and inclusion. . . helped by social movements such as Me Too and Black Lives Matter ”.

Last week’s Peter Drucker Global Management Forum heard from VkusVill, a Russian food distribution chain that operates a radical “no-manager” organization. For further reading here is Joost Minnaar’s enthusiastic review of how it works for his Corporate Rebels blog, in which he predicted VkusVill would be “the next poster for future of work gurus”. He added: “Mark those words: you’ll read them in the mainstream media soon.” You’re welcome, Joost.

Data line

At least 50% of alumni, surveyed in the FT EMBA 2021 ranking, have a salary of more than $ 150,000 per year, write Sam Stephens and Leo Cremonezi. About 10 percent earn $ 300,000 or more per year. Only 11 percent of the cohort earns $ 75,000 per year, the majority of alumni working in the industrial sector. Most of the cohort with at least $ 300,000 per year work in the finance industry.

Bar chart of The proportion of graduates earning a certain salary in US dollars (%).  The data shows the current salaries of alumni, surveyed by the FT, who completed their EMBA in 2018, showing that more than half of Executive MBA alumni earn more than $ 150,000 per year

A more in-depth analysis of FT’s EMBA ranking is available here.

Overview of employment and careers

  • How could leaders and managers change their approach to work in light of the coronavirus pandemic? The global medical emergency has given new impetus to the health and safety of workers. Here are five ideas to consider.

  • It’s no surprise that the latest developments in the global return-to-work saga involve staff collectively resisting orders to return to downtown offices. Excessive communication is one way to involve staff.

  • England rugby head coach Eddie Jones wants to put a hectic year behind him to focus on “maximizing the potential of the team”.

“If you worry about things that you can’t control, it’s always going to interfere with what you’re supposed to do. “

Eddie Jones’ first leadership lesson was to never assume – make things happen © GLYN KIRK / AFP via Getty Images

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Top Business School Reads Last Week

Germany suspends certification of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline Gas prices soar as the German energy regulator’s decision deals another blow to the Kremlin-backed gas project.

Workers on a section of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Nord Stream 2 would send 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year under the Baltic Sea, allowing Gazprom to reach customers in Europe without using gas pipelines crossing Ukraine © Alex schmidt / Nord Stream 2

Shell to shift tax base to UK and abandon dual-action structure The oil group says the move is a “necessary simplification”, but the Dutch government calls it a “bad surprise”.

Shell’s CEO and CFO will be based in the UK as part of the changes planned to ‘strengthen its competitiveness’ © REUTERS

China’s nuclear development: “one of the biggest geostrategic power shifts ever” The United States believes Beijing will quadruple its arsenal of warheads by 2030. Could this change the balance of power in Asia?

China's nuclear warhead inventory estimates

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