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Francisco Marín

After finishing an Executive MBA program, I have realised more and more that most things taught by so-called "gurus" and most popular business leaders were already written many centuries ago, by historians, philosophers and writers.
The reason I have found for that is that business and management is after all about people. Therefore, literature, history and philosophy are also something to consider in the executive education: learn from great generals and politicians, philosophers or famous writers will also teach to think, write and express ideas.
I think that it is not enough with academics and practisioners from marketing, finance or strategy, for instance. It would also be good to complement with those other subjects already mentioned, in order to really develop human competencies, and not only management competencies.
Some good competencies to be developed could be:
- curiosity: to learn during all the life;
- humility: and respect to the others; and
- common sense: to be able to think and apply in the reality that we live today.

Der Chao Chen

It's a good question for any business school. Should we need more faculty from practical world or those purely trained in the academic community? Or how about those with practical experience before entering into academic career?

I do agree Marin's word that it's all about people. Or I should say, it's all about the mindset of people, how top executive toward his responsibility to stakeholders(customers, employess, vendors, etc.), how employees treat their own job?

Back to the question about faculty, it's also critical to rethink how do we evaluate our faculty? This mechanism also drive how and where does the businss school recurit and how it can attract those potential faculty.

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