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:
- The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is underlining the importance of diversity within its classrooms. Dean Alison Davis-Blake discussed the school’s approach to the issue with Times Higher Education, noting how vital diversity is to not only students, but recruiters as well. “Recruiters want a diverse workforce. All constituents [including faculty, recruiters, and students] want a diverse campus and they want diversity to be addressed in the curriculum,” Davis-Blake said, highlighting the undergraduate Identity and Diversity in Organizations program at Ross as an example of the school’s initiatives toward diversity.
- Time management is challenging enough while attending a full-time MBA program, but adding a baby to the mix could make the situation impossible to handle. Or maybe not? Halla Koppel, who gave birth to her daughter two days after enrolling in the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford one-year MBA program, described her experience to the Financial Times as “very do-able.” Koppel explained, “The only thing that has been difficult is other people’s time. I do not have a spare 15 minutes to wait” [when fellow students or others run late for meetings], because she is breastfeeding. But she solved this problem by scheduling meetings at her home, which is close to campus, or bringing her daughter with her. Koppel aims to help make motherhood more accepted in the workplace, starting with her classmates. “It is important for people on the MBA to learn to work with mothers,” she said.
- The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently took a closer look at the Yale School of Management’s Edward P. Evans Hall, which became the school’s new home upon the building’s opening in 2014. Evans Hall, which encompasses 225,000 square feet and was designed by architect Norman Foster, appears decidedly modern in the WSJ’s photos—something that not all students have become fond of. “Students say [the building] is a different atmosphere from their previous classrooms inside mansions that featured rooms with fireplaces,” the WSJ