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Pictures, images, and conceptual illustration

January 2, 2016
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Pictures, images, and conceptual illustration

In a Strategy+business blog post, dated 24 November 2015, commentator Steven Heller noted that the editorial art form known as conceptual illustration began in the 1960s to “illustrate difficult concepts and trigger audience interaction through metaphor and symbolism.” The editorial staff at s+b uses illustrations to stimulate the reader’s thought processes and to engage the…

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When data reporting confronts ethical behavior

November 6, 2015
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When data reporting confronts ethical behavior

We know that how we present data often can affect the audience’s conclusions about the data.  In a recent article from Travel Weekly on the Department of Transportation’s on-time stats for airline arrivals, the argument is made that the airline industry pads its own statistics in order reap cost benefits, which may or may not…

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Vulnerability and course learning outcomes

October 5, 2015
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Lately, news reports focus on the long-term dangers of helicopter teaching and parenting. Students come to expect and believe they need multiple crutches to assist them in completing assignments. At the same time, educational institutions are expecting outcomes such as critical thinking that imply the student can demonstrate abilities individually and independent of helicoptering crutches. …

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Skill obsolescence – staying relevant

September 1, 2015
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Skill obsolescence – staying relevant

Cursive writing is out; map-reading is out; searching a book index is out.  Required skills for the marketplace are changing and yet, not all skills are this dated.  At what point do we decide that certain skills will continue to have future value, even if it appears that they are obsolete for the moment? According…

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Enriching the discussion through protocols

May 1, 2015
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Enriching the discussion through protocols

Discussions, whether online or in face to face classrooms, are important teaching tools in strategy courses.  Structuring these discussions so that learning expectations are achieved and can be assessed is the big challenge that needs further exploration. Several good sources of formats can be found online.  A couple are listed in the links below. Keeping…

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When accessibility laws and technology constraints disrupt strategy course design

April 8, 2015
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When accessibility laws and technology constraints disrupt strategy course design

Many strategic management courses today use online simulation games to provide experiential learning components to the course content.  Appropriate simulation games are created using non-accessible flash that cannot be converted or read by any software that blind students use to read websites.  When the course learning activities involve teams and materials that can only be…

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Shaking up the course with Tec-Variety

February 1, 2015
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Shaking up the course with Tec-Variety

Every once in a while a compendium of ideas crosses my desk that obliges me to think about how I can vary my course activities within the constraints of a very short term calendar.  Whether my course is a face to face or online course, I always have some component of online learning to increase…

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Bias and the strategy educator

November 6, 2014
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Africa is a continent full of contrasts.  One of the images that stands out most after my recent trek through Uganda is that of school children running to greet me in every village I passed through.  The educational system is based on the British curriculum, assuming the student can get to school and then pay…

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Teamwork, the contract, the assessment of participation

October 8, 2014
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Teamwork, the contract, the assessment of participation

The modern strategy course involves a significant amount of teamwork, whether in playing simulation games or in preparing case studies. Building effective, efficient teams, in which everyone participates significantly toward the outcome of the project, requires good organizational skills and sincere willingness of all of the participants.  Free-loading temptations cause stress in the team and…

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Strategy class challenge–global leadership development

September 1, 2014
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Strategy class challenge–global leadership development

This month brought the passing of leadership expert, Warren Bennis. A recent study by the American Management Association, in conjunction with the Institute for Corporate Productivity  and Training Magazine, identifies a continuing gap in leadership and general workforce preparedness for global business.  The study suggests: (1) global leaders need local knowledge; (2) collaboration and influence…

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