Articles by John Byrne

  • Leadership Lessons from the Wild

    Leadership Lessons from the Wild

    by on April 26th, 2015

    [Wharton students form a “Wharton” in Patagonia. Photo courtesy of Wharton School of Business.] Jeff Klein stood in Pumalin Park in Chile’s Patagonia region, one of the most isolated pieces of wilderness remaining … Read More

  • Getting into Y-Combinator as an MBA

    Getting into Y-Combinator as an MBA

    by on April 25th, 2015

    “They don’t like two MBA founders, so try to de-emphasize you went to business school” we were told shortly before our interview with Y-Combinator, the well-known startup accelerator that provides seed money, … Read More

  • Oregon’s Green Expert on Sustainable Biz

    Oregon’s Green Expert on Sustainable Biz

    by on April 24th, 2015

    Sustainable practices are popping everywhere—from local, gourmet ketchup companies to multi-million-dollar sporting franchises. MBA students are likewise subscribing to the idea that businesses should confer both … Read More

  • The Most & Least Selective International B-Schools

    The Most & Least Selective International B-Schools

    by on April 21st, 2015

    When it comes to MBA programs outside the U.S., several of the very best schools don’t want to disclose basic information that is generally taken for granted in the U.S. market. The best examples: INSEAD and London … Read More

  • The Face-To-Face Online Degree

    The Face-To-Face Online Degree

    by on April 16th, 2015

    A sample class from MBA@Syracuse. Photo provided by 2U, Inc. The first documented distance learning program took place in 1728 in Boston when Caleb Phillipps ran an ad in the Boston Gazette to teach students how to write … Read More

  • Enter the GROOC: Better Than a MOOC?

    Enter the GROOC: Better Than a MOOC?

    by on April 13th, 2015

    Now we can call a MOOC for what it is: Missed Opportunity for Online Collaboration. Otherwise known as the Massive Online Open Course, the MOOC possesses a major downside—students get flexibility and independence in … Read More

  • B-School Profs Who Donate to Their Schools

    B-School Profs Who Donate to Their Schools

    by on April 12th, 2015

    In the last month, Professor Robert Nydick has done a double take as he walks through one of the main meeting spaces in Bartley Hall at Villanova University’s School of Business, a space formerly known as the Founders … Read More

  • Retailing Legend’s Advice to MBAs

    Retailing Legend’s Advice to MBAs

    by on April 10th, 2015

    Shut up and follow your dreams – not necessarily in that order. That’s some advice for business school students from retailing legend Jay Baker, retired president of Kohl’s Corporation, and an alumnus of the … Read More

  • 15 Questions For Every Startup MBA

    15 Questions For Every Startup MBA

    by on April 7th, 2015

    So, you’ve decided to get your MBA? As in, you’ve done the calculus, and you are definitely taking two years “off” from the “traditional” workforce in order to better yourself at a business school. Are you … Read More

  • IESE Business School: What’s New?

    IESE Business School: What’s New?

    by on April 6th, 2015

    There are worse places to study business than at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. When we meet Associate Dean Franz Heukamp here, New York, Philadelphia and Boston are probably still recovering from a snow … Read More

  • How to Shape Your Online MBA Profile

    How to Shape Your Online MBA Profile

    by on April 4th, 2015

    As top business schools such as Harvard and Wharton have reduced the number and length of essays and recommendation letters, MBA applications today provide less data and insight into a candidate’s character, … Read More

  • What Citi Seeks in an MBA Hire

    What Citi Seeks in an MBA Hire

    by on April 3rd, 2015

    Forget tighter regulations and evolving technologies. These days, banks are facing a more existential threat. Many Millennials, weaned on sustainability and entrepreneurship, are turning away from big paychecks and high … Read More

  • The Best I-Banks For Prestige & Leadership

    The Best I-Banks For Prestige & Leadership

    by on April 2nd, 2015

    Few people join Wall Street to feed the poor and cure the sick. Sure, many pursue higher callings after earning a few million. Initially, they become associates and analysts dreaming of dollars…and everything that … Read More

  • What Blackstone Seeks In An MBA Hire

    What Blackstone Seeks In An MBA Hire

    by on April 1st, 2015

    How do you know if a firm walks the walk? These days, their employees will tell you. Thanks to sites like Glassdoor and Vault, you can get an unfiltered look into any company. There’s no place to hide. If you live your … Read More