Should Your Company Screen For Drug Use?

Screening potential employees for drug use is a common practice and required in some employment sectors, but it isn’t universally agreed upon. In fact, some opponents of drug testing believe that employers eliminate excellent potential employees based on the results of such screenings, even when there is not clear evidence that the individual would perform poorly in the workplace. On the other hand, however, drug use is illegal, making it appropriate to bar such applicants from employment, particularly in fields like healthcare or security.

With contrasting opinions, what path is right for your company? These 3 factors form the core of the drug screening debates. Continue reading “Should Your Company Screen For Drug Use?”

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Cultivating Assertiveness to Counter Workplace Passiveness

Though it may seem like the safest option, a passive approach to workplace communication can have negative implications. Keeping your head down can indeed make you less vulnerable to office backlash. However, it also closes off many opportunities to move up the career ladder.

Staying passive will make you seem uncertain, unconfident, and indecisive. But by speaking up and making yourself heard, you can effectively express yourself while also getting what you want. Simply put, you have to learn to be assertive. Continue reading “Cultivating Assertiveness to Counter Workplace Passiveness”

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Canadian MBA Programs are attracting International Students

After decades of flying under the radar, Canada’s reputation as a destination for international business students has taken off. Since 2000, the number of international MBA candidates in the country has more than doubled. Canada is attracting more and more students from outside the country because of its low unemployment rate and its stable economy through the global economic crisis after 2009. The high rate of graduates who stay there after their studies is a result of the growing reputation of its schools. Dynamic cities like Toronto and Waterloo also offer many graduates opportunities to work in finance, the tech sector, marketing, and to start up their own companies after their degrees. Continue reading “Canadian MBA Programs are attracting International Students”

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Boost your Career with an International MBA Degree

A degree in management is increasingly becoming the need of the day. And the cherry on the top of the cake is the Global MBA degree for the aspirants which promises a gateway into the hallowed portals of professional growth and corporate stardom. For those who are envisioning a career which will be fast paced with opportunities and growth, this is indeed the dream platform for launching one’s career. The suits and jazz is not without reason. It indeed makes the career of professionals very enriching and helps individuals develop the much needed broader perspective on things. One of the best alternative which one can select is that of SP Jain School of Global Management, for venturing into the career of a manager. Continue reading “Boost your Career with an International MBA Degree”

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Developing a Campus Map of IIT Delhi

We in IIT Delhi are planning to make our campus a smart campus. Within that initiative, we are looking for some student volunteers to develop a detailed map of our campus. This map would be used in information kiosks deployed inside key locations within our campus. Continue reading “Developing a Campus Map of IIT Delhi”

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Coalescence 2015 – Wrapping Up

Entrepreneurship and start-up culture is at its peak in India. To enhance the entrepreneurial spirit even further, BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus organized Coalescence 2015 in association with Intelliber on 5-6th September. Coalescence enticed youth from all over the country with over 3,000 attendees. The aim of the event was to provide a platform for entrepreneurship ideas to receive funding and mentorship from renowned incubators and accelerators and to provide an opportunity to interact with some successful entrepreneurs in various fields. Continue reading “Coalescence 2015 – Wrapping Up”

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Coalescence 2015 | Closure of an Epic

After the colossal success of its last edition in 2014, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, BITS Goa is organizing Coalescence 2015 in association with Intelliber. The event is scheduled for 5th-6th September at BITS Goa and comprises of the following timeline: Continue reading “Coalescence 2015 | Closure of an Epic”

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The virtual university where titles are free

Patrik Ali Eid is a happy man. A few weeks ago he graduated from a university. “I didn’t have to attend classes nor pay for it. Shortly afterwards he began his course for the MSC degree in accounting and finance. He was enrolled at the University of the People (UoPeople), one of a growing number of online universities that are opening new doors for people, particularly in the developing world. Continue reading “The virtual university where titles are free”

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How to better manage your apprentices

Have you decided to hire apprentices for your firm but are unsure of how best to use them? Like any member of staff, apprentices are a vital component of your business’ success and this means you must invest in them as much as you would with any other employee. Apprenticeships can be symbiotic relationships for businesses, offering each party mutual benefits as they grow and develop together. Continue reading “How to better manage your apprentices”

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How to Become a Commodity Broker

Commodities Futures Broker (CFB) and Stock Brokers, both reside in the financial industry, but when you think of the quantity and possibly quality, Commodities Futures Broker are unique. CFB’s are – in a very specific niche of the futures, commodities and options world. There are close to a million stock brokers, and less than a one-hundred thousand CFB’s. Online trading, truly turned everyone into a “stock-broker”, in that, anyone can buy stock, and operate mutual funds. On the converse, when it comes to the actual trading of commodities, there is no general set rule, or a model with commodity trading. However, if you are looking to become a CFB, there are two key avenues to consider, before stepping into this arena of the financial market. Continue reading “How to Become a Commodity Broker”

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Strengthening Rural Management Education in India

Title: Strengthening Rural Management Education in India

Ansu Abraham, Assistant Professor, Xavier Institute of Management, Jabalpur – 482 021, India

Email:ansu.abraham@ximj.ac.in

Abstract: Rural India is drawing more attention than ever before. To develop rural India, we need rural managers. Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) recognized this need way back in 1979 and started a course in Rural Management. However, at a later stage, realizing the need to meet the growing managerial needs of ‘all types’ of organizations connected with rural economy, management institutions groomed their students to serve them too.This paper reflects certain concerns associated with the present Rural Management Education system, and proposes some changes for its strengthening. The first concern is related to the course curriculum. There is leakage of students from development sector to allied sectors. After completion of RM, most of the students join allied sectors or even mainstream business. Here, the concern is about the quality of workforce joining these sectors. Another concern related to curriculum is the limited rural exposures offered to the RM students. In earlier times, most of the RM Schools offered two rural exposures. But in due course, this tradition has disappeared. This has affected the quality of education. Similarly, the lack of rural exposure to allied specializations such as Agribusiness, Rural Marketing, Rural Finance etc.is also a matter of concern. The second concern is related to the visibility of RM Schools during admissions. At present, the enrollment to RM is also based on CAT, MAT etc. A separate All India level entrance test specifically for RM is the need of hour. Also,the premier institutions are not in the top 20 list of B School rankings, because of the ranking methodology which is tailored for the mainstream business schools. The third concern is related to the leakage of Rural Managers to other business sectors. “Alumni in corporate’ is becoming the thrust for some institutions. ButRural Managers need to serve the Rural Sector. Hence there is need to attract and retain young talents. Several changes need to be brought to the present RM education system to make it attractive and strong. All the proposals which are shared in this paper can be made possible with the support of subject experts, management, faculty and the students. Their combined effort will strengthen the system.But someone has to take the initiative; set an example; and lead.

 Key Words: Rural Management, Rural Managers, Conventional B Schools

This paper must be cited as follows: Abraham, A., (2013). Strengthening Rural Management Education in India. Business Frontiers, 4(1), 1-8.

Download the full paper here.

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Top 100 Business Schools of India – 2012 Rankings

Business Today and Nielsen has published the B-School rankings for 2012, in India. One of the interesting things this ranking has attempted to achieve the balance between “perception overlaps” among “chains of B-Schools”… (like IIMs, IMIs, IMTs, IITs, Symbiosis, ICFAI etc).. and estimate the individual B-School’s actual but relative position, somewhat unaffected by the umbrella brands. Indeed a good and novel way to rank institutes. There were two surveys, one to estimate the perceptive performances of institutes, and another to estimate the factual performances of the institutes.

The factual survey was done first, wherein we sent out a detailed questionnaire across multiple parameters to 1,832 B-schools across the country. Subsequently, after the factual data had come in from these schools, the perceptual survey was started. A separate questionnaire was administered to a group of more than 1,200 stakeholders of the B-school ecosystem, including teachers, students, young executives and HR recruiters. Their opinions are taken again on various aspects relating to the five key parameters – Learning Experience, Living Experience, Return On Investment, Future Orientation and Brand Value and finally a sum of products approach was undertaken and scoring of the institutes was achieved.

Check out the rankings below:

 

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