In its annual ranking of top MBA programs, Business Week has ranked IE’s International MBA program No. 2 worldwide among non-US schools (Business Week compiles separate rankings for US and non-US schools).
I write about it because I am currently finalizing my International MBA at IE Business School (December 2008).
As IE Business school, we received the best grades of any international school from former students. We also received A+ scores from recruiters on how well we prepare students for positions in General Management and how well we develop their analytic skills. To top things off, students gave the IE IMBA an A+ in terms of teaching quality. You can find the ranking here: http://bwnt.businessweek.com/interactive_reports/mba_intl_2008/index.asp?chan=magazine+channel_in+depth
Having said this, you have to take all rankings with a grain of salt. Methodologies vary and schools fluctuate. So we shouldn’t read too much into a particular spot. But the fact that Business Week, the most important US ranking, now has reached similar conclusions about the quality of our MBA and particularly about the caliber of IE students as other leading publications such as the Financial Times and The Economist is very gratifying and makes us proud.
Microsoft has updated its Windows Live services. Windows Live nows contains several interesting Internet services for the Desktop and mobile phones. The key is to access documents, email, calendar, data, IM and information wherever you are and whenever you want, as far as you have an Internet connection.
Thomas R. Eisenmann, Geoffrey Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne have written a paper on software platforms evolution, Platform Envelopment.
Due to network effects and switching costs, platform providers often become entrenched. To dislodge them, entrants generally must offer revolutionary products. We explore a second path to platform leadership change that does not rely on Schumpeterian creative destruction: platform envelopment. By leveraging common components and shared user relationships, one platform provider can move into another’s market, combining its own functionality with the target’s in a multi-platform bundle. Dominant firms otherwise sheltered from entry by standalone rivals may be vulnerable to an adjacent platform provider’s envelopment attack. We analyze conditions under which envelopment strategies are likely to succeed.