Archive for September, 2013

GlobalEd: “True North – Discover Your Authentic Leadership”

September 27, 2013

By Bill George, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School – From release in GlobalEd

“There is no such thing as an instant leader.” begins Bill George.

Think about the typical CEO of a company. What made his or her leadership style significant to the livelihood of the company, if it was successful to begin with?

One quickly realizes that the definition of being a ‘leader’ is not all black and white as numerous leadership studies and archetypes make it out to be.

In fact, the former CEO of Medtronic argues that the best leaders are those who do not aim to be leaders, but those who aim to embody leadership throughout the company, called ‘authentic leadership.’


Povl Tiedemann
September 2013


INSEAD Knowledge – Mindful Business

September 21, 2013

By Zoe Kinias, Andrew Hafenbrack and Jane Williams – in INSEAD Knowledge

Mediate for more profitable decisions.

Cutting through mental clutter can clear a pathway to business success. But how can you cut out the noise in a hyper-connected world?

It’s a practice rooted in Hinduism and adopted by beatniks seeking spiritual guidance. Now evidence shows meditation can improve business decisions and save your company from expensive investment mistakes.


Povl Tiedemann
September 2013

GlobalEd – Effective Leadership

September 21, 2013

Paul O’ Neill, former Secretary of the US Treasury and CEO of Alcoa, gives his views on effective leadership

From release in GlobalEd

At a conference at Harvard Business School, Paul O’ Neill led an open and very candid discussion about his time as Secretary of the Treasury under the Bush administration and CEO of Alcoa. Before joining the government, Mr O’ Neill had made his reputation by being tough on safety during his time at the world’s third largest aluminum producer.

During the hour long session chaired by Professor Ananth Raman, Mr. O’ Neill began by asking the group of senior managers and executives present “How many of you know the daily loss rate in your company?” A few hands went up.

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Povl Tiedeman
September 2013

The end of the university? Not likely

September 18, 2013

By Eric Beerkens, senior advisor at Leiden University – in University World News

People have been predicting the end of the university as we know it, but the DNA of our universities is passed on down the generations, and the steadiness of their aims is vital in modern times of social and economic upheaval.

Although the global apocalypse did not occur on 21 December 2012, the year 2012 was full of apocalyptic headlines about the end of the university as we know it.

Three main drivers have been and still are fuelling these predictions:

• the worldwide massification of higher education;
• the increasing use of information and communication technology
in teaching and the delivery of education;
• the ongoing globalisation of higher education.

These developments will make the traditional university obsolete in 2038.
At least, that’s what some want us to believe.


Povl Tiedemann
September 2013

Agents and ethics in international higher education

September 16, 2013

By Philip G Altbach, research professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College and Liz Reisberg, president of Reisberg & Associates – in University World News

The rise of international student recruitment agents tied to particular universities – and the unregulated nature of the business – is undermining international higher education. Universities and governments need to take a stand and ensure that students are making choices based on the best information available.


Povl Tiedemann
September 2013

Is Europe missing out on foreign talent?

September 11, 2013

By Lucie Cerna, analyst at OECD and Meng-Hsuan Chou, assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore – in University World News

Despite policies aimed at attracting foreign talent, Europe may still be less attractive as a destination than other, non-European countries. Those countries that adopt a more entrepreneurial approach as a result of the financial crisis may get ahead in the global race for talent.

Labour market shortages in high-skilled sectors, demographic changes and constant pressure to innovate have prompted governments around the world to engage in a global competition for talent. In this context, the regional factor has become increasingly important, as governments seek to activate all policy instruments in the race for the ‘best and brightest’.

This is certainly the case in Europe.


Povl Tiedemann
September 2013

Berkeley Analysis: Why are research universities going global?

September 10, 2013

By Richard J Edelstein, research associate and John Aubrey Douglass, senior research fellow at University of California, Berkeley – in University World News

There are many reasons why universities are increasingly involved in international activities, and better understanding is needed of the context for the relatively untried and entrepreneurial initiatives that are being developed.

The motivation of institutions, and their leaders, appears to be multiple and complex.

As part of our larger effort to generate a taxonomy of different kinds of international engagement by universities, and reflecting a recent research paper published as part of a larger project based at the University of California, Berkeley, we offer here an exploration of possible institutional logics and rationales used to justify what are sometimes significant financial and institutional commitments.

-Pedagogical and curricular logics
-Research, data access and expertise logics
-Network development logics
-Competitive logics
-Market access and regional integration logics
-Institution building, technology transfer, development
-Revenue and resource-driven logics
-Social responsibility logics
-National security logics


Povl Tiedemann
September 2013

INSEAD Knowledge – The World’s Most Innovative Companies 2013

September 7, 2013

By Hal Gregersen, Senior Affiliate Professor at INSEAD, and Jeff Dyer, Professor at Brigham Young University

The world’s most innovative companies enjoy a premium on their share price. Holding onto it depends on the flexibility of top-level management to encourage new ideas across the organisation.


Povl Tiedemann
September 2013

INSEAD Knowledge – Growth at Any Price?

September 6, 2013

By Jay Kim, Associate Professor at INSEAD and Chris Howells, Deputy Editor

When firms are desperate to grow and to please shareholders who demand growth, they take desperate measures such as overpaying for acquisitions and put themselves on the road to long-term hardship.


Povl Tiedemann
September 2013

Improved rankings boost university income – (UK data)

September 5, 2013

By Arnaud Chevalier and Xiaoxuan Jia, department of economics at Royal Holloway, University of London – in University World News

League tables ranking higher education institutions are popular, and over the past decade they have gained prominence, as shown by an increase in the number of league tables providers, nationally and internationally.

League tables attempt to summarise the ‘quality’ of an institution or subject into a simple metric in order to help prospective students make informed choices about their educational investment.

But what is the real influence of these league tables on the decisions of applicants?

Using official data on applications to all undergraduate degrees from 2004-11 in the UK, as provided by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and the subject-specific Guardian league tables, we found that a one standard deviation change in subject-specific ranking scores was associated with a 4.8% increase in the number of applications received in that subject.


Povl Tiedemann
September 2013