Haas Students Go For The Green(est) As Chou Hall Opens
News from UC-Berkeley Haas School of Business
“More than a decade in the works, Connie & Kevin Chou Hall at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has opened to students. And the 80,000-square-foot structure is not only decked out with the latest classroom technology — but it’s on track to be the country’s greenest academic building.
“Named for Kevin Chou, who graduated from Haas with a B.S. in 2002 and went on to found mobile gaming company Kabam, and his wife, Dr. Connie Chen, the $60 million building features efficient heating, cooling, and lighting systems, rainwater cisterns and 24,300 square feet of exterior windows. All of that make it the first academic building in the U.S. designed for LEED Platinum certification and WELL certification (given to buildings that promote user health and well-being).”
Want To Feel More At Peace About A Decision? Stop Dwelling On The Negatives
News from Stanford Graduate School of Business
“When you’re weighing the potential benefits and risks of a difficult decision, which side tips the scale: the pros or the cons?
“It turns out that negativity plays an outsize role even during careful, seemingly rational decision-making, according to researchers at Stanford Graduate School of Business. People feel more conflicted when faced with many positives and a few negatives than they do when faced with many negatives and a few positives.”
Male Professors Can (and Should) Promote Gender Balance
News from INSEAD
“I am a male professor at a business school. While I always found discrimination against women to be wrong, it never felt like my problem, as I am not a woman and I do not (knowingly) discriminate against women. However, my role as a professor gives me an opportunity to be part of the solution to a challenge that permeates business, politics and society at the highest levels.
“Addressing gender inequality is an obvious need, and because men disproportionately manage the world’s resources, finding solutions cannot fall squarely on women’s shoulders. Initiatives such as ‘HeForShe’ underscore the important role men (have to) play in promoting gender balance. This is particularly true in business schools. As The Economist pointed out in 2015: ‘Business-school teaching is a man’s, man’s, man’s world.’ The percentage of male faculty at top-rated business schools varies between 63% and 87%. There are also more male than female participants in MBA programs.
“Research by my colleague Zoe Kinias has shown a method for buffering women against potential deleterious effects of their underrepresentation, but we need to do more. Male faculty members have an enormous opportunity and responsibility to educate the men and women who will be the leaders of the future.”
Are IIMs At The Crossroads? They Have Not Fared Very Highly In Terms Of Impact
News from Indian Institutes of Management
“Last month, the IIM Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha. Soon, with its passage in the Rajya Sabha followed by the President’s nod, it would open a new chapter for the Indian Institutes of Management to grow exponentially. By its own admission, the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) agrees that the Bill intends to grant more autonomy to IIMs by restricting the interference of the government and giving more statutory powers to IIMs to decide their functioning, including appointment of directors and faculty members. In the shadow of this apparent transition for IIMs, its worth taking a look at the historic development of these institutes and how well the system has fared. Although there are 20 IIMs today in India, the earliest IIMs were opened in Calcutta and Ahmedabad in 1961, with the objective of making management education open to the Indian masses, through management programmes. The Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management helped set up IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Calcutta, respectively. Subsequently, IIM Bangalore was established in 1973, followed by several other IIMs in the later decades.”
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