The difference a year makes

The one-year full-time MBA programme, standard at most business schools in Europe, is starting to become a more prevalent offering in the US as American institutions strive to court a different target market.

Variety is the spice of MBA life

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FT Podcast: Tips for Cracking the GMAT

Dave Wilson, the chief executive of GMAC, the non-profit body that administers the GMAT test. In this wide ranging podcast, the GMAC boss lays out the peculiarities of the computer-based test (versus a more traditional pen and paper exam), offers tips for those for whom English is not their first language, and defends the hefty $250 fee for the exam.

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Who moved my business book?

FT’s management editor examines the state of the business book publishing world.

getting in

This article from’s MBA Planet section takes a look at the following topics:
– what are b-schools looking for
– the admissions office: your best friend and worst enemy
– the dreaded gmat
– work experience
– doing the paperwork
– the wow factor
– essays
– references
– interviews
– dare to be different

Country & Industry Surveys on

The Financial Times publishes approximately 240 surveys annually. Topics include financial markets, global industries, business management and developed and emerging countries. These are overview surveys written by FT reporters, not pages and pages of statistics. A PDF of all surveys published since 1994 is also available.

Internet consumer contract law favours the cyber-merchants above individual users

“Consumer contracts in cyberspace often include terms that paper contracts would blush at. They may deprive users of intellectual property rights, exclude consumer warranties and severely limit liability . . . Merchants have all the power and consumers have little. Agreements can be changed without warning, and even without notification. Customers are supposed to keep checking back, on the off-chance that something has changed. … [ Read more ]

The Web Gets Joined Up

So what exactly is Microsoft’s “.Net” and why should we take notice?

When Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft’s new strategy 18 months ago, their explanation of this “bet-the-company” move was – at least to this columnist – as clear as mud. As it turned out, I was not alone.