Master Classes and MOOC Sessions with IE Professor Rolf Strom-Olsen in Asia Pacific!

A series of Master Classes and MOOC sessions with IE Professor Rolf Strom-Olsen are scheduled this month in Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Sydney and Melbourne. Don´t miss a great opportunity to participate and use what you learned in our online classes with Coursera and take this opportunity to develop new skills.   About the Speaker: Originally from…


COMMUNICATION FOR ENTREPRENEURS: ¨Why successful innovators need to be savvy communicators¨ with IE Prof. Cathy Hackl

Don´t miss out on the opportunity to participate in the workshops IE Prof. Cathy Hackl will host during the next weeks in Asia! Sunday, February 15th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm InterContinental Asiana Saigon  Corner Hai Ba Trung St. & Le Duan Blvd, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Friday, February 20th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm The Grace Hotel, 77 York Street, Sydney…


¨Not Knowing: The Art of Turning Uncertainty Into Opportunity¨ – A Master Class by Professor Steven D´Souza

Don´t miss the opportunity to participate to the exciting book launch event & a special presentation delivered by IE Professor Steven D´Souza on the 25th February at The Westin Hotel, 205 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000.   Steven D´Souza – Director of Programmes for the Financial Times| IE Business School Corporate Alliance, is an international educator with experience in…


Asia Pacific Networking Cocktail

Save the date! APAC Quarterly Networking Cocktail December 17, Paper Pavillion Serrano 99, 18h30 -20h00 Attention all students, alumni and staff: we’ll be hosting the final APAC Quarterly Networking Cocktail in the Paper Pavilion. The speaker is a senior analyst at the Royal Elcano Institute, a professor on our Master in International Relations program, and…


10 Common mistakes Entrepreneurs make and should avoid

Entrepreneurship is risky, uncertain and exciting. But when you are pushing the limits it is easy to make mistakes or even fail. That´s normal life for entrepreneurs. Yet there is good news too, because mistakes can be a great opportunity to learn. However, there are some mistakes that are not helpful at all. They offer few learning benefits and can inflict significant damage.…


Toledo: a city of three cultures

The Other Side | By Felix Validvieso, Director of Communication, IE Business School Operations and finance professor Alber Sabanoglu Segura comes from Turkey, and he is also a Sephardic Jew. Hence we decided that there was no better place to shoot this video than the ancient Jewish quarter in Toledo. When the Sephardic Jews were expelled from Spain…


The Socratic value of MOOCs

IE Focus | By Rolf Strom-Olsen. Academic Director of Humanities Studies at IE Humanities Center

The rise of MOOCs and the fact that they are open to all and free of charge has caused great consternation in the academic world. Socrates, however, would have approved.

In the brief introductory video of my MOOC (Critical Perspectives on Management) that we put together to walk through the class syllabus, I make the point that, as a Humanities course masquerading as a strategy class, the methodological inspiration derives from those two fundamental tenets of the Socratic imperative: that true wisdom consists in knowing you do not know and that the unexamined life is not worth living.

But while these two sentiments of the Socratic imperative are certainly the best known and serve as the fons et origo of humanist enquiry, there is a third, equally critical, part of the Socratic imperative that I had to leave out (since the video was testing weary viewers’ patience already).

It’s this bit, from the Apology.