Hotel managers, owners and consultants with at least 10 years’ experience can take advantage of a part-time executive programme to be launched next year.

Essec Business School’s Hotel Executive Program will be delivered in Paris. The programme will be taught in English in modules of four days each from January to April.

Topics will include visionary leadership, optimising marketing and branding
distribution, and financial decision-making.

Key to the programme is a strategic business project in which small teams will work on related topics that are presented to an academic and professional panel at the end of the course.

Kenan-Flagler centre doubles in size

The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler executive education centre has doubled in size.

The Paul Rizzo Conference Center at Meadowmont, which opened in 2000, has an additional 20,000sq ft of classroom space, including a tiered lecture hall and a large classroom that can either be subdivided into smaller rooms, or opened into a room large enough to host banquets.

The residence centre at McLean Hall has also doubled, to 120 rooms, and added two seminar rooms.

Dave Stevens, associate dean for operations and finance says: “We have been constrained by our facilities. The expansion is tied to the aggressive growth goals we have for executive education.”

Iese establishes chair in corporate responsibility

Iese Business School in Barcelona has a new chair of corporate social responsibility. Financed by la Caixa bank, the chair will support research and academic activities in the CSR field.

Airbus to help launch masters at Nantes

Airbus, the European commercial aircraft maker, is to help fund and play a key role in the launch of a specialised masters programme at Audencia Nantes School of Management in France.

The Masters in Global Purchasing and Supply starts in September. Airbus experts will teach for 15 hours a year and will help with recruitment and career orientation.

The company will sponsor two initial projects to be carried out by Audencia’s International Institute of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Management.

IMD pops over to Singapore

IMD is launching a two-day programme in Singapore, the International Seminar for Top Executives.

Faculty from the school at Lausanne will discuss both the challenges and opportunities of leading and managing growth, using examples from European, US and Asian companies.

The programme will run in December.

Ashridge homes in on teamworking skills

Research from Ashridge management school in the UK has identified those characteristics critical to the success of teams working in complex business environments.

Strong organisational support, team coaching, clear objectives, good communication and high levels of leadership competence are all cited as crucial. The research, Succeeding in Complexity by Pam Jones and Viki Holton, received more than 300 responses from people working in complex teams within various sectors including financial, consultancy, pharmaceutical and media. These were followed by case studies and indepth interviews.

Of the high performers, 75 per cent said team effectiveness was regularly reviewed, compared with only 45 per cent of others questioned.

Wharton Global and Spanish schools in pact

Wharton’s Global Family Alliance, Iese Business School and IEF, Spain’s Family Enterprise Institute, have signed a four-year agreement to work together on family business research projects.

All three institutions have a shared commitment to studying the importance of family business in the world economy. “Combining our resources will create a formidable knowledge base that will prove beneficial not only to family firms, but to the communities in which they are invested,” says Raphael Amit, chairman of the Wharton GFA executive committee. | |

Stockholm SoE names Hägglund

Stockholm School of Economics has appointed its academic director for the executive MBA programme as the new chief executive officer for IFL, the school’s executive education arm.

Peter Hägglund will take up his new role at the beginning of next month.

Mr Hägglund will also assume responsibility for IFL’s activities in Norway, Finland, Russia and Belgium. As part of his new role Mr Hägglund will help IFL to develop into one of Europe’s leading executive education companies.

IFL at SSE is the result of last year’s merger between SSE executive education and IFL, the Swedish Institute of Management. Both the pre-merger organisations specialised in executive education and had their roots in the SSE.

Last year IFL at SSE ran more than 100 open programmes and more than 120 tailored programmes throughout the Nordic-Baltic region.

Henley’s Ian Turner off to Duke CE

Ian Turner, former director of programmes at Henley Management College, is one of a number of top faculty and staff to be scooped up by Duke Corporate Education in the past few months.

Mr Turner will join Duke CE this month, as will Kim Taylor-Thompson, who will be managing director in Duke CE’s New York office. Prof Taylor-Thompson previously worked as professor of clinical law at New York University. She has also taught at Georgetown, Stanford and Yale.

A third May appointee is Shailendra Mehta, who is quitting his job as professor of management at Purdue University to join Duke CE.

Leslie Gadman, former Cap Gemini consultant and faculty member of the International Business School on the Isle of Man, in the UK, will join Duke CE in June.

Mr Turner was at Henley for 20 years, during which time he ran the full gamut of Henley programmes. He will be a managing director for Duke CE in the UK.

Saïd school warns on poor programmes

Customised executive education is booming, yet British businesses and public sector organisations are wasting up to £75m a year in poorly conceived and delivered programmes that are not achieving their aims.

Such are the conclusions of a report from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. The Saïd school is included in the Financial Times custom programme rankings for the first time this year.

According to the report, 61 per cent of organisations develop senior staff through commissioning tailored courses, a market estimated to be worth £120m a year.

However, only 35 per cent of HR directors and 21 per cent of other executives believe their current training and development programmes are meeting corporate strategic objectives.

The Saïd Business School report is based on the results of two in-depth telephone surveys conducted by Benchmark Research to discover the views of both the HR departments commissioning the development programmes and the executives who participate in them.

It discovered that while 69 per cent of senior executives view executive education as very important or critical to strategic success, in only 11 per cent of cases would the chief executive or other board member take a central role in commissioning a programme.

Stern school appoints Jaki Sitterle

The Stern school at New York University has appointed Jaki Sitterle as managing director of executive programmes.

Ms Sitterle will be moving across town to take up the role. She is quitting her job as executive director of custom and new business development for executive education at Columbia Business School.

The school’s executive programmes area encompasses the Executive MBA program, the Trium Global Executive MBA programme (an alliance with the London School of Economics and HEC Paris), and corporate degree and non-degree custom program offerings.

NYU has also made accountancy professor Paul Brown associate dean for Executive MBA programmes.

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