Showing posts from March, 2011

Interdisciplinary Management Education

Warren Bennie and James O’Toole in their Harvard Business Review article—How Business Schools Lost Their Way—critiqued the current model of B-schools and argued: “The entire MBA curriculum must be infused with multi-disciplinary, practical and ethical questions and analyses reflecting the complex challenges business leaders face.”

Interdisciplinary approach builds on the foundations of disciplinary knowledge to create new knowledge and solve complex problems. This approach aims at developing competencies like adaptability, critical thinking and innovation.

Some of the interdisciplinary research and curricular approaches include:
Professional Science Masters
Service Science supported by IBM
MD/MBA at Dartmouth
Stanford GSB and Law school for energy policy
Columbia Business School
IE Business School and Brown University

Indian B-schools have to broaden their own mindset by accepting that they are not in the business of offering MBA degrees. Instead they are in the business of developing tal…

Indian GMAT takers decrease by 12% while Chinese increase by 29% in 2010

Indian and Chinese MBA aspirants are showing more differences than similarities, according to the recent GMAT data for the testing year 2010 (July'09 to June'10). While the number of GMAT exam takers with Indian citizenship has declined by 12 per cent between testing year (TY) 2009 to TY 2010, it has increased by 29% for Chinese in the same period.

Drivers of Mobility of Indian and Chinese Students

I was quoted in BBC article entitled- Record numbers of international students. Also, published article entitled- Drivers of Mobility of Chinese and Indian Students in Boston College's International Higher Education. 

India and China are becoming increasingly influential, not only in the global economy but also in the supply of globally mobile students. Regarding Chinese and Indian students, on the supply side, two key drivers are increasing prosperity, which enables the ability to afford foreign education, and rapid expansion of the system of higher education at the expense of quality. On the demand side, two key drivers are universities’ aggressive approach to recruiting students to compensate for budget cuts and access to a wider range of recruitment channels and service providers. More details on IHE article (pg. 26).

On the receiving countries side, US is already the leading destination for Indian and Chinese students and will attract a even bigger share of international st…

Foreign Universities in India: Collaborate and Get Future Ready

BBC quoted me on a story on interest of foreign universities in India. Also, the Chronicle of Higher Education quoted me from the two sessions I co-presented at the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) annual conference in San Francisco. The sessions were entitled as--1) Demystifying India’s Foreign Universities Bill: Opportunities & Challenges and 2) Higher Ed in America, China and India: the "New Normal" across the Pacific. Overall, it was an excellent conference, attended by more than 700 leaders in international higher education.

One of the key messages I conveyed was that foreign universities bill had been under discussion for more than five years and politics of Indian higher education has made it ineffective and irrelevant. The stringent requirements of foreign universities bill are similar to a life guard who instead of providing confidence and support is simply not allowing any tourists to swim. However, one way to circumvent the require…