The Learning Curve Book – Santiago Iniguez

The Learning Curve Book - Santiago Iniguez

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October 10, 2011

Quotes used in Chapter 3 – Developing better managers

“In future those who stump up [for the cost of a business education] will do so because they want to learn the skills, not because they think they are buying entry into a cool end exclusive club”, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times.

“A large number of employers use coaching to enhance the value of learning and this may be a growing field for executive education purchasers to maximize the value of individuals learning. Looking ahead, one of the main requirements of purchasers is a greater focus on personalized learning plans”, EFMD-Carrington Crisp.

October 10, 2011

Quotes used in Chapter 4 – The changing landscape

“Almost all UK not-for-profit universities now work on a businesslike basis and are expected by their funding bodies to accumulate surpluses in order to finance expansion and capital investment”, 2010 annual report by Universities UK

October 10, 2011

Text from Chapter 5 – E-Learning

It’s not about the platform

What we have learned is that technology alone is not the answer, but it is a significant part of the answer. Blended delivery, combining on-line and face-to-face teaching offered, continues to offer tremendous potential for management teaching. Among its advantages are:

  • Easier and friendly access.
  • Flexible and tailored to student needs, with asynchronous sessions.
  • Participation in “Learning Communities”, since technologies allow for a wide acces to social networks.
  • Continuous feedback and personal assessment through sophisticated applications.
  • Keeps the momentum of learning, as opposed to the static and transilient experience of the traditional classroom session.
  • Creates new markets and clients, with the potential of reaching the entire world.

October 10, 2011

Text from Chapter 6 – International stakeholders

Evidence of the “hubization” of management education is the fact that some analysts cite some particular cities as centers that host a critical number of leading business schools. The Financial Times, for example, listed New York, Chicago, London and Madrid as hubs of executive education institutions in an article some years ago, and The Wall Street Journal has pointed out how some cities in Europe –notably London, Madrid or Paris — host an important number of highly ranked business schools.

From Book: Figure 8.1 shows the most relevant stakeholders in business education.

October 10, 2011

Quote used in Chapter 7 – Melting pots of knowledge

Amartya Sen, the Indian Nobel Price Winner in Economics. In his widely commented book The Argumentative Indian, he explains: “There was a great strength in the old Indian tradition, where you took plurality as the natural state of affairs. Ashoka in the 12th century BC mentions the fact that we have different beliefs, we should listen to each other, we must argue with each other. That was an acceptance of heterodoxy.” [1]In his brief essay “A Lecture in India: Large and Small”, he confirms this view: “The intellectual largeness of India links closely with the reach of our argumentative tradition”


[1] A. Sen, The Argumentative Indian. Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity, (London: Penguin Books, 2005).

October 10, 2011

Quote from Chapter 8 – The purpose of business schools

“Contrary to what many believe, literary fame has nothing to do with excellence or true glory or even with a writer’s position in the syllabus of a university’s English Department, itself as remote to the Agora as Academe’s shadowy walk. For any artist, fame is the extent to which the Agora finds interesting his latest work. If what he has written is known only to a few of other practitioners, or to enthusiasts … then the artist is not only not famous, he is irrelevant to his time, the only time he has.”
Point to Point Navigation, the second installment of Gore Vidal’s memoirs

October 10, 2011

Quotes from Chapter 9 – The students of tomorrow

“you know nothing”, Socrates to his new pupils.

Ted Snyder, the Dean of Yale School of Management, succinctly noted: “The best students don’t view themselves as customers, and they shouldn’t be treated as such”

Howard Gardner of Harvard University argues that there are at least nine forms of intelligence: “spatial; linguistic; logical-mathematic; bodily-kinesthetic; musical; interpersonal; intrapersonal; naturalistic; and existential.”

Derek Bok, Harvard University’s President Emeritus: “proactively to encourage students to be more understanding of the differences they meet among their fellow undergraduates” and that “officials have encountered a minefield of human emotions requiring exceptional sensitivity and skill in striving to create an environment in which everyone can feel welcome and respected.”

October 10, 2011

Quotes from Chapter 10 – Faculty and knowledge creation. How does it work?

Text from book: Professor Costas “Markides’ (London Business School) proposals to encourage younger scholars to publish not just in academic journals, but also in professional publications, are the way forward. In this way we will see the transfer of research to teaching, as well as encouraging cooperation between businesses and consultancies to identify new ideas and models for research”.

Peter Lorange, as President of IMD: “interactive, two-way approach, where propositional knowledge meets prescriptive knowledge.”

Author in the news

October 10, 2011

(in Spanish) Educación ejecutiva española: bases fundamentadas en el sistema estadounidense, América Economía, 24/10/2011

Role of University in a Global Society, The Times of India, 24/10/2011

(in Spanish) Globalización y fusiones entre universidades, El País, 24/10/2011

Envisioning University of Future, in Person or Online, The New York Times, D.D. Guttenplan, 23/10/2011

A Global Shift in How Students See Themselves, David Wheeler of The Chronicle of Higher Education, 21/10/2011

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