articles 1 to 8 of 8Pentacle's Eddie Obeng: Creating Business Education That Keeps Pace with the Modern World
Is the business school model outdated? British educator and entrepreneur Eddie Obeng thinks so. The developer of Pentacle, the "Virtual Business School," speaks to Arabic Knowledge@Wharton about the non-traditional ways he researches and analyzes business problems, and why he thinks case studies are anachronistic. Obeng champions applied practice rather than conceptual thinking, and treats his students as customers. Acknowledging the modern pace of life in business studies, he says, provides "what you need to teach in an MBA curriculum for a new, complex world."
Published: August 21, 2012 Google's Chade-Meng Tan Wants You to Search Inside Yourself for Inner (and World) Peace
Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) was among the earliest engineers to be hired at Google. Since 2007, he has been running a seven-week personal growth program called Search Inside Yourself, whose mission is to promote peace and harmony through the cultivation of emotional intelligence among Google employees. Meng has now written a book titled, Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) to share these tools and techniques with companies everywhere. He spoke with Knowledge@Wharton about his conspiracy for world peace. (Podcast with transcript)
Published: April 30, 2012 Will China's Golf Boom Hit a Hole in One, or Land in a Bunker?
There are more than 30,000 golf courses around the world -- and China is home to only 500 of them. But that will change soon, noted Ye "Tiger" Bi of Shanghai-based China Golf Group at a recent Wharton Asia Business Forum. The founder and CEO of the golf course development firm cited a convergence of factors -- not least the country's growing wealth and taste for luxury sports and leisure -- to explain why the current supply of golf courses in China is rushing to keep up with demand. But a winning streak is by no means guaranteed.
Published: April 19, 2011 The Complicated Lives of Today's Leaders: Why Being at the Top Is Harder Than Ever
For insights into the ethics, values and competencies required of today's global leaders, Knowledge@Wharton recently coordinated a Wharton Executive Education roundtable discussion with four fellows from The World Economic Forum's Global Leadership Fellows Program. The program allows participants to work full-time at the World Economic Forum while developing leadership skills through training courses at top universities. The discussion touched on issues including the changing nature of leadership, how leaders respond to crisis and the role ethics plays in being an effective leader.
Published: August 24, 2010 Raghda Shaheen: Bridging Two Worlds -- America and The Middle East
Raghda Shaheen, who works for the Dubai International Finance Centre, recently completed a four-week business and legal fellowship program at Wharton and the University of Pennsylvania law school. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and supported by America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST), teaches management, business and legal skills to women from the Middle East and North Africa. This year, 22 women from 11 countries attended the program. Shaheen will spend the next three months working at the Chicago Chamber of Commerce before returning to the UAE. She spoke with Knowledge@Wharton about her experiences in Gaza City, Canada, the U.S. and the Middle East.
Published: April 06, 2010 Taking Work-based Learning to the Next Level
In the mid-1990s, a new C-suite title was born when General Electric CEO Jack Welch dubbed Steve Kerr the company's "chief learning officer." Since then, CLOs have sprouted up at major firms in several industries. But what does this new breed of "learning leaders" bring to the table that traditional human resources departments and employee training programs do not? How does an increased emphasis on learning improve an organization? And do new technologies, like distance learning, simulations and online portals, enhance or impede work-based education? To answer these questions, Knowledge@Wharton spoke with Ed Betof, former vice president of talent management and CLO at Becton, Dickinson and Company, who is a senior fellow and academic director of Wharton Executive Education's Executive Program in Work-Based Learning Leadership; Mike Barger, vice president and CLO at JetBlue University; and Ann Schulte, vice president of global learning at MasterCard Worldwide.
Published: March 22, 2010 Middle Eastern Businesswomen Discuss Challenges They Face at Home and Abroad
Recently, Wharton and the Penn law school hosted 37 professional women from the Middle East for a four-week legal and business fellowship program funded by the U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative and supported by America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST). The women studied management and business skills at Wharton executive education and legal skills at the law school. Knowledge@Wharton asked three women from the program to talk about their experiences in the U.S. as well as in their home countries, including their views on such topics as workplace ethics, business opportunities for women and the role of Islam in society.
Published: February 01, 2010 Making the Global Grade: Chinese Managers Are the Latest Enrollees in Western Executive Education Classes
As Chinese firms increasingly turn their attention to strengthening their ability to compete in the global economy, they have a new challenge -- developing international expertise. One way they are doing this is by turning to Western executive education programs, which can include everything from courses in finance, marketing and corporate governance to a visit to Bloomingdale's and meals at noted Western restaurants.
Published: February 01, 2010