25
Sep

IE comes to Manila – October 6, 2008

Written on September 25, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Go for IE

IE will be in Manila on October 6 for the IE Insight Session from 19:00 onwards.

Learn about what one of Europe’s leading business schools has to offer and why studying in Madrid can be such an exciting and life changing experience.

For more information, just watch the following slide show.

24
Sep

Investment Trends

Written on September 24, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Academics

1569.jpgSeptember 2008 | By Ignacio de la Torre, Professor of Finance and Academic Director of IE’s Master in Finance.

Except for the odd diehard, nobody is denying that we are facing a credit crisis that is affecting the mainstream economy. The question is: Where do we go from here?

In the city of Boston in the 1920s, an Italian immigrant, Roberto Ponzi, convinced hundreds of people that investing in Spanish and Italian stamps with guaranteed profitability levels was a better option than buying traditional products, such as bonds and shares, whose high prices had rendered them less profitable. Of course, the promised levels of profitability came from the revenue generated by those who were the last to buy the stamps, which is why the English term for this type of con trick is “Ponzi scheme”, which made Roberto eternally famous.

Does this sound familiar?

A scenario of economic expansion with controlled inflation, as took place in the 1920s or, more recently, since 2004, eventually leads to a heavy increase in the money supply. This leads to increases in the real prices of assets (fixed assets, stock exchanges, bonds), dampening their implicit profitability. Investors look for alternative products that can give them greater profitability, causing successive “bubbles” in said assets as they attract investments (in 2006, the JP Morgan index for emerging bonds offered profit levels that were only 1.3% higher than the North American bond). Paradoxically, as pointed out by the economist Hyman Minski in the 1970s, trust in the central bank´s success can involve a disproportionate expansion of credit, which, in turn, brings about greater falls in default (since the refinancing of the debt is easy in this kind of environment), giving rise to a vicious circle. The circle is blown to pieces when a significant event (such as the non-payment of the subprime mortgages) leads the market to reconsider its appetite for risk and this reconsideration brings about a fall in credit, which is quickly transferred to the real economy with the threat of a possible recession (which is where we are today). Read more…

23
Sep

IE Professors on the move

Written on September 23, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Academics

Professors at IE are constantly on the move. Apart from participating in conferences about their fields of research they are conducting seminars or promote IE as a whole. As you see in a way of example, currently 3 of our professors are in 3 different continents:

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Prof. Dr. Gildo Seisdedos at the Congress of the International Society of City and Regional Planners in Dalian, China Professor Gildo Seisdedos is to serve as Chair of the  workshop on â??Concepts and Policies against Urban Sprawlâ? at the congress. The forum acts as a platform for the exchange of urban development experiences from around the world. In addition to the International Society of City and Regional Planners, this yearâ??s congress will welcome for the first time the City Planning Society of China, the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, the Chinese Society for Urban Studies, and the Ecological Society of China.

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Prof. Dr. Rubén Henriquez to take part in a seminar in Mozambique.  The seminar will be held in Maputo on September 21 – 25. Henríquez will talk about the use of biotechnology as a tool for socio-economic development, sustainable development and the conservation of genetic resources. Ruben is  Academic Director of the Master in Biotechnology Management and at the same time CEO of the Madrid based Biotech company Apoteknos.

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prof-daniel-soriano.jpgProf. Daniel Soriano to open DINERO (Colombia) entrepreneurship workshops in Bogota. Columbian magazine DINERO is organizing the most important Venture lab event in Colombia.

17
Sep

Business in times of Economic Uncertainty – IE Alumni Conference

Written on September 17, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Live IE

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This is the theme of this year´s conference from IE’s Alumni Association which takes place on Friday, 21 November in Madrid. On this occasion, some of the world leaders will answer some of the questions that we all are asking: What is really happening? What does the immediate future hold? And: How does all this affect me?

Apart from a range of IE professors, some of the speakers are:

  • Jim O´Neill, Head of Global Economic Research, Goldman Sachs
  • José Manuel González Páramo, Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank
  • Antoni Brufau Niubó, Chairman, REPSOL YPF
  • Santiago Fernández Valbuena, CFO, Telefónica
  • Xavier Sala-i-Martin, Economic Chair of Columbia University

We look forward to yet another highly successful conference. At last yearâ??s Annual Conference I had the opportunity of meeting over 1,500 of you from over 30 different countries. This is yet another example of the strength of networking, which we have to develop still further on a day-to-day basis, because it brings guaranteed success.

16
Sep

10,000 Women: Goldman Sachs

Written on September 16, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Academics

10000women.jpgIE Business School has signed a collaboration agreement with Goldman Sachs to act as academic partner in the â??10,000 Womenâ?? project, an initiative whereby universities and business schools from around the world will provide management education programs for 10,000 women in developing countries. IE Business School will be running a program for women entrepreneurs in Brazil, with the collaboration of professors from Fundaçao Getúlio Vargas de Sao Paulo, a partner school of the Sumaq Alliance.

The business schools that participate in this project will design and implement business management programs that run for between 5 weeks and 6 months, covering areas that include how to prepare a business plan, strategic planning, financial planning and marketing, all aimed at consolidating participantsâ?? business projects. The schools will also be preparing practical case studies of successful local businesses as well as launching programs for trainers, designed to improve the quality of business education in participating countries.

In addition to IE and FGV, other academic partners in the project include Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Columbia Business School, Thunderbird School and Wharton School in the US; London Business School, INSEAD, HEC Paris and Judge Business School in Europe; Zhejiang University, Tsinghua SEM and National Entrepreneurship Network in Asia; Fundação Dom Cabral in Latin America; and Camfed International Zambia, in Africa.

â??This project is aimed at advancing management education for women in developing countries and at helping to close the gender gap in business managementâ?, says Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño, Dean of IE Business School. Lloyd C. Blankfein, President and CEO of Goldman Sachs feels that â??One of the powerful ideas behind 10,000 Women is educational institutions, development organizations and the private sector coming together to help address a profound challenge â?? driving and sharing economic growthâ?.  Blankfein sees the initiative as a way to help 10,000 women â??realize their dreamsâ? and to bring business education to future generations of women directors and entrepreneurs in developing countries.

For more information on the 10,000 Women Project go to www.10000women.org.

15
Sep

Rehabilitating Snow White

Written on September 15, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Academics

1572.jpgIE Focus, September 2008 | By Celia de Anca, Professor of Diversity Management at IE Business School.

Our idea of a heroine has changed since the days when princesses waited in their towers to be rescued. Todayâ??s heroine is all action, a feminine version of a masculine hero. Therein lies the mistake.

The psychologist Carl Jung argued that by eliminating any element that wasnâ??t strictly rational, the western world transferred a series of stereotypes that were deep-rooted in our primitive collective conscious to our subconscious. Thus man´s relationship with nature, the supernatural or tribal functions became part of our subconscious world, resurfacing in the form of dreams, symbols or myths (1).

Enter the classic hero with a thousand and one faces, as described by Joseph Campbell. However, all heroes share certain features that changed very little since the existence of the subconscious was first acknowledged. Indiana Jones is perhaps one of our most widely known modern-day heroes and, like his forerunners, he demonstrates courage and determination in pursuing his ideals, even if those ideals are somewhat more tangible as a result of changing times.

The heroine, meanwhile, has undergone radical change. She is no longer the princess that waits impatiently to be rescued from her tower. She is an intrepid and independent adventurer who competes with the hero in terms of courage and strength. Although it must be said that it is still the hero who usually saves her from the cliff edge or from perishing in the fire. It seems that the 21st century heroine has become something of an imitation of the male hero, but perhaps a weaker version? Read more…

11
Sep

IE comes to Bangkok!

Written on September 11, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Go for IE

IE will be in Bangkok on September 18, 2008 participating in The MBA Tour event which is celebrated in the JW Marriott, 4 Sukhumvit Road. Alternatively you may join also the upcoming IE Insight Session on October 7, 2008 from 19:00 onwards.

For more information, just watch the following slide show.

10
Sep

IE University reinvents Communication

Written on September 10, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University

IE University - BA in CommunicationIE University has reinvented university education with its new degree communication, one of the international universityâ??s flagship programme for the academic year 2008-2009. The new degree runs in English and Spanish and will combine online and onsite training with internships whereby students can gain work experience in other countries and learn languages. The new degree programme comprises forwardlooking course content and comply with the requirements of the Bologna process, which is set to align the European university map by 2010. IE University will be competing with leading international universities, with a student body set to comprise 80% international students in two yearsâ?? time.

The degree in communication is a four-year programme run in English covering corporate, institutional and commercial communication, as well as the role of communication in the media advertising sectors. In the last year of the degree students will specialize in journalism, corporate communication or audiovisual communication. The faculty will comprise academic experts and practitioners from countries that include the U.K., U.S., Switzerland and Japan. They include Marc Smith, member of Microsoftâ??s Community Technologies Group in Palo Alto, CA.; Bernardo Hernández, Worldwide Director of Geomarketing, from Google; Francis Pisani, journalist for media agents like Le Monde, El País and La Reforma; Monroe Price from the University of Pennsylvania; Colin Sparks from the University of Westminster; Adrian Monck from City University of London; Benjamin Detenber from Nanyang Technological University; and Daniel Dayan from CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) National Scientific Research Centre.

Students will use a revolutionary learning model that will enable their integration into media, think tanks, lobbies, multilateral organisms, foundations, public sectors and NGOs. The innovative study plan takes students up close to analogical and digital realities in the communication environment. Areas covered include globalization, public diplomacy, philanthropy, pressure groups, minorities, e-governance, virtual communities, brand management, and freedom of expression.

â??The learning process is less subject to assimilation and more to knowing how to make sense of the subjects at hand using simulations and practical case studies. This method is known as ELM or Exclusive Learning Method®â?, says Samuel Martín Barbero, Dean of IE School of Communication, faculty of Communication at IE University. â??High levels of diversity among students and professors make for a rich blend of content and experiences, which enables a break with the traditional aspects of communication. The humanistic, corporate, organizational, digital and civic dimensions are an essential part of our school of Communication. They represent a return to the history workshop style, or Pulitzer News at the beginning of the 20th century. They also entail learning to handle documentation, information, intelligence and knowledge of private firms and NGSs to forge better communicators.â?

In the field of postgraduate programmes, IE School of Communication will be offering a Master in Peace and Security Management as from 2009. This Master moves away from the action-reaction approach of defense departments and military powers to adopt an approach based on intermediation, negotiation and the resolution of crises and armed conflict though the â??soft powerâ? of channels like communication and media agents.

4
Sep

Online MBA – a game for lonely players?

Written on September 4, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Go for IE

j0438770.jpgStudent X is studying his online MBA at the Y Business School and is very enthusiastic about it when he start the program.  In the first week he gets a big box by courier send to his home for the assignments in the first semester – cases, technical notes and additional reading recommendations for this period. After 2 months he gets promoted and is now in charge of a project overseas. No problem at all, he thought as he is doing an online MBA, he can study from his new city of residence.  After 6 months, nearly finished the first semester of his 5 semester course, he sends a letter to the program director to resign from the program. Until this moment, he has seldom be in touch with other classmates and he saw just once for some days a faculty member from Y Business School. X actually lost the motivation to study as in university alone submitting his tasks week by week and get feedback from his tutor assigned to him which was not the faculty member in this assignment.

Not all online programs are working in this way and seldom a student in the online programs from IE Business School is losing the motivation to drop out of the program. From Day One all students are working in teams through online forums and – in the Global MBA – through live videoconferencing. At least half of the week the students are interacting with 2-3  faculty members engaged in discussions about the cases in the different assignments which are running in parallel.

Each MBA should be about team work and exchanging of experiences with classmates and professors. It doesn’t matter of the way of delivery – either online or face-to-face. When IE started with its online program this was one of the most important factors when designing the programs: Interaction and network building. Nowadays the latter we do predominantly in social online networks  which is the best argument that also in an online MBA program with reduced physical interaction with classmates you can build strong and efficient networks.

Definitely, lonely players are not desired in IE online programs as they hardly contribute to the class discussion and therefore do not generate new knowledge for their classmates.

2
Sep

Written on September 2, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Go for IE

ie-by-night.jpgIE Business School holds 4th position worldwide and 1st in Europe in the annual ranking of MBAs carried out by leading Latin American business journal America Economia.

IE Business School has climbed 8 places this year to consolidate its position as one of the worldâ??s top business schools. In this yearâ??s survey Harvard headed the worldwide ranking, followed by Stanford, Wharton and IE Business School.

The criteria on which the América Economía MBA ranking is based includes the schoolâ??s prestige, networking potential, knowledge of the Latin American region, scholarship programs, international agreements and alliances, the return on investment offered by its MBA program and career progression of its graduates.

Gonzalo Garland, Director of External Relations at IE, sees the schoolâ??s position in the ranking as a result of IEâ??s work in the Latin American region over the last three decades. â??IE has offices in 8 countries in Latin America that provide support for IE students while serving as a platform for networking among our alumni and for building relations with institutions that play a key role in each country. We are proud that our MBA program has achieved 4th position worldwide and will continue to strive to attract the best candidates and top professors from around the world to meet the demands of the international business communityâ?. This year, the student body of IE Business Schoolâ??s International MBA program comprises young professionals from 57 countries, making it one of the most diverse MBA environments in the world.

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