P&Q’s Must Reads: Will The Israeli- Palestinian Conflict Cost This Columbia B-School Prof His Career?

Hello everyone — Welcome back to Poets&Quants’ Must Reads, a quick, digestible recap of the top business school news, sponsored by CentreCourt, P&Q’s virtual admission events.

I’m your host, Kristy Bleizeffer, and I’ll be highlighting the most important P&Q stories you might have missed. So, let’s get to it. 

No. 1: Will The Israeli- Palestinian Conflict Cost This Columbia B-School Prof His Career?

An assistant professor at Columbia Business School says Columbia University is investigating him following his outspoken and public criticism of the university’s handling of campus anti-Israel protests.

Shai Davidai, assistant professor in management at CBS since 2019, tells Poets&Quants that he was notified in February that he was being investigated by the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. He believes the investigation is retaliatory.

Davidai’s response to the investigation pulls no punches, and we sat down with the professor for a wide ranging discussion. You can read the full story now, on our homepage.

No. 2:  BIG IdeaBounce 2024 | 14 Finalists Dazzle In SharkTank Contest

A new EV charging network for urban dwellers.

A digital incentive spirometer and mobile app designed to significantly improve recovery after operations.

A new way for incoming college students to meet and find needed resources on campus.

The student entrepreneurs behind these three new business ideas are among 14 finalists in this year’s BIG IdeaBounce® powered by Poets&Quants. The pitch competition, sponsored by the Olin Business School at Washington University, drew 120 entrants from all over the world. 

Finalists will be competing against each other for the $50,000 top prize before a panel of judges at Olin.

Read about each of the business ideas, and vote for your favorite, in this story which can be found in our news tab.

No. 3: An AI Makeover: A Business School’s Ambitious Effort In Artificial Intelligence

While many business schools are deepening the use of AI and machine learning in research and scholarship, American University’s Kogod School of Business this week announced a major student-focused makeover that puts AI front and center at a school that has already established a focus on sustainability. 

The school plans to incorporate AI throughout its coursework, offer AI credentials for students, invest in faculty and staff training, partner with the private sector, and create processes to ensure that it remains current as AI technology evolves. Kogod also infuses AI into the school’s major strengths: sustainability, entrepreneurship, business and entertainment, and analytics.

Read all about Kogod’s ambitions AI plans from our homepage.

No. 4: Our Weekly Round Up of  News You Can Use

No matter where you are in your MBA journey, we bring several helpful stories for you this week.

First up: Six Tips For Getting Into Duke Fuqua’s MBA Program. If Fuqua’s on your target list, don’t miss these tips for crafting a successful application. It is available on our homepage.

Next: The Top 10 Business Schools For Supply Chain Management. For MBA prospects looking for a career in supply chain, this story, in our newstab, reveals why these schools beat out all others in the ever changing field.

Finally: Applying To INSEAD: Advice For 6 Typical Profiles. Find this story from Fortuna Admissions in our admission hub from the main menu.

And, that’s it for this week’s Must Reads recap. 

I also want to alert school seekers to our events tab from our main menu. There, you’ll find all the upcoming admissions events for a range of degrees and programs including full-time and online MBAs, specialized masters, entrepreneurship and more. Registration is free.

Again, I’m Kristy Bleizeffer, and you can join me next week, right here, for a recap of what’s important in the world of business education. Thanks for listening.

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