Last week of MBA classes

This weeks see the last of the MBA classes for the academic year 2009-10. The class is Climate Change and the Challenge for Business, a class taught by my colleagues Sarah Ivory, Francisco Ascui, Craig Mackenzie and Lise Tole, all members of our Centre for Business and Climate Change. As you can imagine with the increased focus on protecting the environment this class is becoming ever more popular with the MBAs.

On a different note, this means that yet another year of MBA classes have come to an end. It’s always funny to see the realisation in people’s faces when you point out to them that they’ve competed their last MBA class. For those on the full-time MBA only the consultancy project still remains before focus is shifted to the final project. Students on the MBA in International Business are now at their exchanges in France, Spain, China, Singapore, USA and Canada. After that they’ll move on to their internships and then the final project.

Before we know it, it will be time to welcome a new class and many have already signed up. I very much look forward to meet them all in September.


At last, some news

Never leave a long time in between blog posts. It’s so difficult to decide where to start.

  • Europe as a no-fly zone because of volcanic ash? (I was affected, were you? And it’s back!)
  • The never-ending story that is the Greek economy? (Ohh dear!)
  • The UK election? (No, I’m leaving that. It’s tomorrow and I can’t vote.)

Well, quite apart from the fact that I can’t vote then it’s rather interesting to watch the debate and hear what the candidates don’t say. I find this so much more interesting than what they say. Don’t you agree? No one really wants to talk about how to straighten out the economy and how the inevitable tightening of belts will happen. And then the election campaign is of course spiced up by various gaffes by our three main contenders.

One might have thought that with the Euro zone and the IMF pooling their funds and coming up with €110bn that we would have seen the last of the big-letter headlines. Not so. The front page of WSJ Europe screams “Markets unhappy with deal” today. The market is not reacting in the way it was hoped which could be seen as a signal that the market does not believe in the Greek ability to straighten out the situation and also that growth is unlikely.  This is certainly what Paul Krugman suggests in the New York Times.

And yes, I know it’s some time ago and I hope all those stranded have now managed to return to their homes but the shutdown and subsequent repercussions of the volcanic ash from Iceland showed beyond doubt how a large part of the work has come to rely on air travel. I was supposed to fly out on the day it all began and of course I didn’t get anywhere.  At least I could go home and unpack my suitcase but many were not so lucky. A new ash lcoud is drifting in, closing airports in Ireland and the UK so lets see how long this lasts. This morning Edinburgh looked OK with only a few flights cancelled but now most flights into and out of Edinburgh are cancelled. While checking this I noted that the BAA website suddenly has a new button “Volcanic ash FAQs“.

I’m to fly out on 14 May so I hope it’s gone by then!

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