From the Editor
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At a recent event in Kolkata I had the pleasure of sitting down with Professor Geoffrey Jones, Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School, where we discussed his ongoing efforts to bring a greater focus in Business History to the study of emerging markets. As part of his trip to Kolkata he spent time interviewing leaders in both business and social enterprises.
Having spent time teaching MBAs via the case method, I have a fairly entrenched view of what I, as a teacher, am trying to achieve through a case discussion. To set up a ‘real life’ business situation, which has a problem that students can apply their ‘tool kit’ of analytical frameworks to, and produce a recommendation that solves the case.
The discussion about the use of simulations and games in my last interview gave me further impetus to explore ways to think about reshaping the classroom experience, in particular considering the use of technology. In this interview I talked with Chinmay Tumbe, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, about his use of online technologies to extend the reach of the classroom and build capacity to engage wi
Recently I exchanged messages with Rolf Strom Olsen, Professor of Humanities at IE Business School, Madrid. Rolf is a historian who researches medieval state formation, and I was interested in his rather unusual path to teaching a required humanities module on the school’s MBA and Masters in Management programs. We discussed how he had come to teach management and how he used his historical training to shape his teaching to be relevant for an MBA class.
I had the pleasure of sitting down for a conversation with Paolo Quattrone, Professor and Chair of Accounting, Governance and Social innovation at the University of Edinburgh Business School. Paolo studies accounting and management techniques for their visual power and ability to engage the user rather than simply for their aid to rational decision making.
On being asked to coordinate the teaching resources of the Business History Conference website I wanted to find ways to proactively support the Business History Conference’s agenda of encouraging the use of Business History in teaching. In particular, to promote the excellent Teaching resources, whilst providing context, particularly for those not immersed in Business History, and offering insights and inspiration regarding their use.