Category: Financial Times

Test results can define young careers

September 25th, 2014 in 2014, Financial Times, Fred Foulkes, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Fred Foulkes, School of Management

As the graduate recruitment season gets under way, it is time to buff up your CV, line up your referees and dredge up some of those results from school tests you took years ago…

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“The supply of people looking for jobs is greater than the demand and asking candidates to submit their test scores and grades is a way for companies to cut the pile [of applicants] in half.”

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The creative approach strikes a chord with students

March 31st, 2014 in 2014, Financial Times, Jack McCarthy, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Jack McCarthy, School of Management

It started out like any ordinary business school lecture…

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“In jazz, there are chords and notes but the performance requires improvisation: the musicians play off each other and play off the audience. That’s a metaphor for the work we do today in organisations. Yes, there are structures for how we get things done but to truly be creative and extend ourselves in business today, we need to build from and with others in the ways that jazz musicians do.”

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Cuba cuts taxes for foreign investors

March 30th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Financial Times, Newsmakers, Paul Webster Hare 0 comments

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Paul Webster Hare, College of Arts & Sciences

Foreign investors, who have weathered a difficult decade in Cuba, will see their profits tax fall from 30 per cent to 15 per cent and stop paying a labour tax and income tax under a new foreign investment law approved by the National Assembly on Saturday…

Expert quote:

“The law will be viewed by potential investors in a much wider context than simply new tax or employment provisions. Cuba has a scarred track record in foreign investment since the 1990s. Of the 400 foreign investment joint ventures a decade ago dozens have left or been forced out of business.”

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A company embroiled in tragedy must display tact

March 26th, 2014 in 2014, Financial Times, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Shuba Srinivasan, School of Management

General Motors and Malaysia Airlines are both in trouble but one is giving a lesson in how to handle a fatal crisis while the other is offering a masterclass in how not to. There is a glaring contrast in the behaviour, and ability to cope with public criticism, of Mary Barra, GM’s chief executive, and Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, the chief executive of Malaysia Airlines – although Ms Barra has a simpler task…

Expert quote:

“If you do not communicate clearly and often, someone else will do it for you. By taking a personal stand, she changed the narrative from the product recall to how she was handling it.”

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A dangerous mistake lies at Bitcoin’s intellectual core

February 11th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Financial Times, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Management 0 comments

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By Mark Williams, School of Management

This weekend Russia became the latest country to crack down on Bitcoin. China has already banned its citizens from buying the “cryptocurrency”, which functions like cash in that it can be transferred anonymously from one person to another without the involvement of a central clearing house. Western regulators are also watching nervously…

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Letters: Regulate capital outflow from emerging markets

January 30th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Financial Times, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

Sir, You report that emerging markets are coming under increased pressure to raise interest rates as capital flees in a “taper tantrum” (“Brazil warns on ‘vacuum cleaner’ of rising rates”, January 28)…

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UK vote on Syria leaves Obama all but alone on military action

August 31st, 2013 in 2013, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Financial Times, Newsmakers, Syria 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

There was a time in Washington 10 years ago when US leaders loved to turn the television on to watch the British parliament, as Tony Blair made the case for the Iraq war with an eloquence that always eluded George W. Bush…

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“Whether you think we are in the Middle East to stabilise the region, to take the oil, to spread freedom and democracy. Whatever rationale you choose among the many that American presidents have articulated, it ain’t working.”

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Political gridlock empowers US justices

June 30th, 2013 in 2013, Financial Times, Kevin Outterson, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Kevin Outterson, School of Law

Antonin Scalia, the US Supreme Court’s most colourful conservative, issued a furious dissent from the bench on its ruling advancing gay rights this week, saying that his fellow justices had “an exalted notion” of their role in American democracy…

Expert quote:

“But in the current climate, what is the chance that Congress will be able to intervene? Virtually nil.”

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Guest post: Time for the US to rethink its LatAm strategy

June 1st, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Financial Times, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

This week Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first official visit to Latin America since taking office…

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Russia arrests US diplomat it claims was recruiting for CIA

May 14th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Financial Times, Joseph Wippl, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences

Ryan Fogle, reported to be the third political secretary at the US embassy in Moscow, was arrested as he allegedly tried to meet a potential recruit, while wearing the wig and carrying a map of Moscow, a compass, and large sums in cash…

Expert quote:

“That would not happen, period. What was he doing with a pocket knife? And a compass? Something is not right here.”

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