The business school world is constantly buzzing with change and innovation. Each week, in addition to our regular news posts, we briefly touch on a few notable stories from this dynamic field in one roundup. Here is what caught our eye this week:
- Harvard Business School (HBS) recently launched HBX Live—a digital platform intended to duplicate the HBS classroom experience for participants around the world. The school has offered alumni and executive education students, among others, a chance to take part in the program’s first installments. Each session’s approximately 60 participants share the virtual classroom with an HBS professor. Within the past year, the school has announced the launch of two other online learning experiences: business fundamentals program HBX CORe, intended for college students and newly hired professionals, and learning program series Courses, targeting senior managers.
- University of Chicago Booth School of Business Dean Sunil Kumar will serve a second term in his current position, the school announced recently. Kumar stepped in as the dean in 2011 and will lead Chicago Booth for at least five more years after beginning his second term in 2016. “[Kumar] has demonstrated a commitment to the success of Booth’s faculty individually and as a whole, and to the success of Booth students and alumni in Chicago and around the globe,” Chicago Booth’s President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Eric D. Isaacs stated in the announcement.
- Looking for some inspiration and/or motivation as the school year begins? A Harvard Business School MBA student offers her take on the five most useful business books in a recent Business Insider article—among them, the New York Times Best Sellers Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen, and The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg.
- Intense short-term courses called “business boot camps” are gaining popularity among those interested in learning marketable professional skills without enrolling in business school. Such start-ups as General Assembly, Udacity, and The Flatiron School offer courses ranging in length from weeks to months, CNBC reports, and concentrate on various technology-related skills such as coding—which is in hot demand by a wide range of companies. “[These boot camps are] really about learning a brand new skill and learning it well enough to get a brand new job,” General Assembly founder and Wharton graduate Jake Schwartz commented to CNBC. Consequently, these boot camps provide an interesting alternative career path to some aspiring professionals.