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January can be a good time to wipe the slate clean and begin anew. Whether you want to become a better leader, motivate your team to achieve greater productivity or learn how to think differently about recurring problems, this book report, featuring seven author interviews and two book reviews, offers ideas and advice on how to address the challenges that lie ahead.
From: December 17, 2012
The Wharton School recently lost two of its most talented and respected faculty members, individuals whose accomplishments shaped the future of their respective disciplines. Emeritus professors Paul Kleindorfer and Paul Green died near the beginning of the academic year -- Kleindorfer on August 24 and Green on September 21. Both are praised by friends and colleagues for their contributions not only to their own academic pursuits, but to Wharton's expansion into new areas of business education over the past few decades.
From: October 10, 2012
Many of us long to escape during the summer, whether to a beach, an exotic faraway island or into a captivating novel. For others, vacation means having the time to read about current business topics covered in creative ways. Our latest book report offers some examples, ranging from how to break the 24/7 smartphone habit, to how to prepare the next generation of innovators, among other topics.
From: July 03, 2012
Spring cleaning offers an opportunity to go through our bookshelves -- virtual and otherwise -- to find old favorites and make room for new ones. In our latest book report, we offer reviews, interviews and excerpts that touch on trends that are changing the way we do business.
From: April 04, 2012
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
From: August 18, 2010
In recent years, GE has faced severe business challenges -- the company's $200 billion market cap is half of what it used to be. Still, an area of enormous strength is the way the company identifies and builds leaders. Much of the credit goes to GE's corporate learning programs, executed through a learning facility in Crotonville, N.Y. As business becomes more global, how is leadership development at GE changing? How does GE use technology to teach leadership? What impact will the influx of the Facebook generation have on the way leadership is taught? Susan Peters -- GE's chief learning officer and vice president for executive development, and a speaker at the upcoming Wharton Leadership Conference on June 16 -- discussed these questions and more with Knowledge@Wharton.
From: May 12, 2010
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
From: June 23, 2009
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.
From: February 15, 2008
"One thing that makes my heart beat is the smell of drywall," says Pastor T.L. Rogers, whose Maryland-based congregation once turned a strip mall into a church complex. Having completed that renovation, his church is now thinking about even bigger projects. But for Rogers, whose advanced degree is in Bible studies, meeting with bank executives can be a challenge. "Finance is a whole different language," he says. "They use acronyms I've never heard of." Rogers and others will take part in a new Wharton executive education program to teach pastors the financial skills they need to carry out economic development projects in their local communities.
From: November 14, 2007
This spring, 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.
From: May 16, 2007
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.
From: November 01, 2006
Professional athletes face unusual challenges related to financial management, especially since their peak earning period lasts a relatively short time, often just a few years. Knowledge@Wharton asked Ken Shropshire, professor of legal studies and business ethics and director of the Wharton sports business initiative, to discuss this topic with Kailee Wong, linebacker for the Houston Texans. Wong attended an executive education program at Wharton co-sponsored by the NFL and NFLPA.
From: March 03, 2006
Hall of Fame footballer Ronnie Lott is sitting in front of a classroom, lecturing a small group of fellow players about the importance of learning the playbook. But the playbook that he is discussing has nothing to do with running and tackling. Lott is counseling a group of current and former NFL players on making the transition from pro football to business. It's part of a year-long executive education program called "Entrepreneurial Management: Transitioning with Success," organized by the Wharton Sports Business Initiative and sponsored by the NFL and the NFL Players Association. Lott's talk is one of the follow-up sessions that are a key part of the program, which focuses on everything from financial analysis and entrepreneurship to real estate development and stock market investing.
From: October 05, 2005
This is not a book about crisis management. It is not about managing public relations, the victims, the lawyers, or the shareholders. It is about discipline, culture, and learning from the experiences of others to improve the odds that you can avoid the things we label as accidents, disasters, or crises altogether. In Will Your Next Business Mistake Be Fatal?, Robert E. Mittelstaedt, Jr. argues that even if you do not totally avoid such situations, knowledge of the typical patterns that occur should help you create an organization that is observant enough to intervene early and minimize damage.
From: August 25, 2004
With more than 20 million people registered on the monster.com job search site, it’s clear that we are a workforce on the move. In a recent executive education session, Peter Cappelli, director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources, explained how a dramatically different labor market is changing not just the way people are hired and fired, but how they view their jobs, their employers and their careers.
From: December 05, 2001
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