Compare the Meerkats

Many of my friends and colleagues know that I love tech and social media although I am not the early adopter type. More like the person who comes in after that first adopter wave. Last week, I broke that pattern by being an early adopter of an app that, had taken SWSX by storm. Meerkat… Continue Reading

That Cambridge-Oxford rivalry

Recently, my Facebook timeline was flooded with our alums posting an article written by the Economist about how the city of Cambridge was pulling ahead of Oxford in terms of economic growth. There was, as you can imagine, a certain sense of good-humoured triumphalism in some of these posts. I am not a subscriber to… Continue Reading

Thankful for another quiet end of Jan

Like this time last year, I had a quiet year when the Financial Times released their annual MBA rankings. This year we climbed three places to 13th, our highest ranking since 2008. We organised a lunch-time session where I went through the rankings methodology. It was telling that staff outnumbered students almost 2 to 1… Continue Reading

China’s service companies

Last week, the Cambridge Judge Business School took another step to deepen its engagement in China when the Director of the Business School, Christoph Loch, launched the China Advisory Council at the Sanya forum in Hainan. Its members include Dame Sandra Dawson, one of the former Directors of the School, and several luminaries of Chinese… Continue Reading

My trip to Angola

So I was waiting outside my hotel looking for our designated driver when I heard someone ask me 你需要帮忙吗?(Do you need any help in Mandarin). That shouldn’t be surprising except that I was in Luanda, capital of Angola, and it was a Portuguese woman who was speaking to me in Mandarin. It was a great… Continue Reading

CEOs, organisational culture and MBAs

Recently, the Director of the Business School Christoph Loch wrote on his blog about Culture Clash and CEO leadership. styles. It is an interesting article in light of what some of our alums told our students this week. The Careers team had organised an alumni panel for those interested in consulting careers. And while the… Continue Reading

Combining Careers and Admissions and Marketing

This summer, the Cambridge MBA team underwent a reorganisation that saw the Marketing, Admissions and Careers functions come under my supervision. Within the Careers team, we have beefed up the employer relations and business development side so that we can increase our outreach to employers with two objectives, one to better understand employer talent needs… Continue Reading

The China wave

Two CJBS faculty members recently wrote a paper on how Chinese companies were innovating faster than their Western competitors by focusing on the speed of R&D instead of quality. Their paper has gained considerable attention and was featured in a recent Economist article. I attended a recent alumni dinner in Hong Kong where Eden Yin,… Continue Reading