Turns Out a ‘Lie’ Lurked Beneath the Bookends of the BRICS

Written on March 23, 2016 by nataliareb in News

BloombergMark Blyth, professor of political science, commented on an article about the corruption scandals threatening to end the political careers of Brazil and South Africa’s leaders, Dilma Rousseff and Jacob Zuma.

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Training Business Leaders for a Post-Paris Climate Era

Written on February 10, 2016 by nataliareb in News

parisclimateThe historic Paris Agreement at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference achieved a record number of individual country commitments to decarbonize their economies. Now we need businesses to make these commitments real. By cultivating an environmental consciousness through a required interdisciplinary course called Natural Collections: Perspectives on Science, Art and Nature, IE Brown readies graduates to:

• Innovate to meet new emissions standards
• Capitalize on the growth of a 21st century clean energy economy
• Pursue policies that build brands aligned with growing environmental values
• Create a sustainable society and planet for economic growth

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Managerial Capital & Fitness for the VUCA World

Written on February 3, 2016 by nataliareb in News

IMagenCheck out the Linkedin Pulse article, Managerial Capital & Fitness for the VUCA World by Kheepe Moremi, Managing Partner at Moremi and Associates and IE Brown Alum 2015. As a strategy and marketing advisor to top leadership in government and the private sector, Mr. Moremi provides advice for executives wondering, “how can I grind out improvement performance in these tough trading circumstances?”

You can see IE Brown’s influence on Mr. Moremi’s thinking in this advice-filled article from the beginning to the end. His title riffs off a previous IE Brown course, Behavioral Fitness. Recognizing the limitations of a traditional MBA and reflecting IE Brown’s “beyond business” approach, he concludes – “If you are considering enrolling in a business school program, firstly determine whether the program in question gives you the tools to develop a unique perspective. Secondly, determine whether the program provides you with a ‘diverse managerial toolbox.’ If the emphasis of the program is on 2 by 2 matrices only, be aware that you be buying a hammer, which may not be suitable for all managerial challenges.”

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Cyber Liability Breakthrough from IE Brown Alum 2012, Garrett Koehn

Written on February 1, 2016 by nataliareb in News

Congratulations to Garrett Koehn, President of Northwestern US at CRC Insurance Group and IE Brown Alum 2012 for the development and launch of a breakthrough cyber liability tool, CRC’s Exclusive Benchmark Assessment Report System.koehn

Read more about Koehn’s innovation, here.



Security of Cloud Services: A Question of Risk Perception

Written on January 27, 2016 by nataliareb in News

Who says class ends when the bell rings? Check out this article by Jerome Vetillard, Microsoft Enterprise Architect and IE Brown Alum ‘15, on cloud security. He was inspired to share his excellent cybersecurity insights by his classmates in the IE Brown IT Strategy Class.

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IE Brown ‘16 Live from South Africa on Twitter #iebrown

Written on January 14, 2016 by nataliareb in News

And they’re off. IE Brown ‘16 students arrived in Cape Town, South Africa for a week-long experiential learning session. We throw students into a foreign environment with unfamiliar rules and culture to force them to apply their IE Brown business skills to develop market solutions.

Follow #iebrown on Twitter to find out how they’re faring and see their fantastic photos.

The South Africa session provides students a chance to test drive concepts learned in their Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Developing Economies course and the reflective learning skills stressed throughout the program in courses such as Ethnographic Research Methods and Globalization and the Arts.

The trip includes daily visits to Township sites as students investigate opportunities related to sanitation, retail, couture, food products and construction. The week closes with briefings by student teams attended by many key players met during the visit.

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The Value of Hard Work and the Lasting Bonds It Creates

Written on January 8, 2016 by nataliareb in News

Brown fotototBy Bilal Arif, IE Brown Alum and Head of Due Diligence, Integration & Alliance Management-Technical Operations, at Shire

I won’t kid you. The IE Brown Executive program was brutal – especially with a full time job and three kids. But what I gained from that hard work was life changing in ways that I would never have thought.

Personal Stamina: For the duration of the program, I couldn’t wait for an end to the hard work. But to my surprise, I continued to work as intensely after I graduated. Why? Because I could. Keeping up with the relentless pace of the program taught me the depths of my reserves. It took the edge off work because I knew I could do it. Plus, IE Brown gave me the experiences and tools to engage at a deeper and more intellectual level that made my contributions more powerful and work more rewarding.

The power of teamwork: I will never again doubt human potential when we work together aligned around a well articulated goal. During the program, we worked in groups to accomplish what seemed like impossible tasks. But we all made it because of our clarity of purpose which pushed us past the end goal with new and exciting ideas. In my area of M&A, this lesson is equally valuable for assessing performance at a team or corporate level. Is everyone motivated to row toward the same goal?

Bonds that last: The strongest bonds come from working with others to overcome challenges and achieve new goals. Because we all joined this program to grow, we could let our guards down in a way that professional lives don’t allow. We were able to talk about our fears, concerns, weaknesses because we were there to overcome them. And we did. I’m forever grateful to IE Brown for the amazing network of colleagues that it gave me. The program ended but our camaraderie and mutual support lives on.

For example, on a recent trip to Germany a couple of my cohort members who happened to be nearby – Lenny Kessler in Berlin and Rainer Odermatt from Zurich joined me to tour the sites of Berlin. We hadn’t seen each other since the program ended six months ago but it was like we hadn’t missed a beat.


Given your success in the healthcare sector, why did you decide to get an Executive MBA?marypan
At the time, I was head of public affairs for a major healthcare company, but I wanted a new career challenge – an executive position at a global company managing a large P&L. Though I was a top expert in my field of healthcare (biopharmaceutical and medical devices), I didn’t have a general management field of vision. I needed to break out of the narrow focus of my functional area and gain access to perspectives across my industry’s footprint. The IE Brown Executive MBA proved to be an excellent solution.

Why IE Brown?
Having completed my undergraduate degree at Brown in Economics, Psychology, and Brown’s Program in Liberal Medical Education, I knew the value of Brown’s unique capacity to encourage new ways of seeing based on rigorous integration of data mined from multiple cultural and disciplinary perspectives. I knew that this was the broad general management thinking that I needed to lead companies in a global and rapidly evolving world.


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¨A lot has been written over the years about the benefits of doing business in emerging markets. As markets mature and multinational firms run out of room to grow in the developed world, most MNC’s have in a period of more that two decades, turned their attention to South America, Eastern Europe, China, India and Africa. Most MNC’s are drawn to emerging markets by two factors; firstly the possibility to reduce costs mainly because of low input costs found in emerging markets such as land, labor and materials and in some case benign tax regimes and other incentives.

The second big ocean current, that in my opinion, drives MNC’s to seek out emerging markets, is potential market sizes presented by individual countries and regions that make up the “emerging market mass.” The numbers are indeed staggering. Take population sizes as an example; 1.25 billion people in India, 1.35 billion in China, 1.1 billion in Africa, 250 million in Indonesia, 200 million in Brazil etc., For a detailed projection of potential population sizes by 2050, see Stephanie Garelli, Top Class Competitors, page 15 – 19. Whilst for some, the sheer absolute population sizes is enough, for others however, especially players in healthcare, packaged goods, etc., the size of the”consuming class” is by far the biggest lure. For some additional perspective on this, see Walmart’s acquisition of South Africa’s Massmart and Deloitte on Africa; The Rise and Rise of Africa’s Middle Class.¨

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At IE Brown we’re using this immersive storytelling approach in the classroom.Professor Dietrich Neumann, professor of history of art and architecture and director of urban studies at Brown, teaches Trends in Global Architecture and Urbanism Today at IE Brown. This year, he’ll be participating in the South Africa session and bringing his 360 degree panorama camera.

“I have been using hundreds of 360 images in my classes. It is an impactful way to explain architecture and urban space, as you can fluidly move around inside a space and demonstrate connections and relationships.” Neumann

Read the Full Article Here:Immerse Storytelling: NY Times Virtual Reality to IE Brown in South Africa


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