What business topics or issues are most challenging to you right now?

What business topics or issues are most challenging to you right now?

Ethics - Still worth teaching?

Over the last five years, CEOs and senior executives across the business landscape (many with MBAs from top schools)have shown an almost total disregard for ethics and integrity in their business behavior. Is teaching ethics at B-School a waste of time and should we acknowledge that ethical values have already been shaped by the time people go to business school?

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The New Business Plan? Real Ideas Into Opportunities

One of the most important lessons learned in my undergraduate entrepreneurship studies at Wharton was: "Not every idea is an opportunity, but every opportunity started as a great idea." Times and business models have changed. What are some of the new ways to farm ideas and cultivate opportunities for new businesses? Is there a new way to present a business plan? How do we identify ideas that can be real opportunities reflective of today's economy and times?

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Skills for a Lifetime

No matter what obstacles, new responsibilities, events etc. come your way, what are the most important skills/traits you've learned and/or cultivated that have been consistently useful? In other words, looking back over your career, what is it that you found most important and meaningful to you when dealing with these nuances? What is it that makes you proud about how you handled your situations?

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Investing in Europe - lost cause or major opportunity?

With Eurozone undergoing a major crisis and European companies struggling to find competitive niches vs Asian competitors, should a smart investor look elsewhere or keep faith that Europe will find its way? This discussion should include both public and private equity investors, but also debt providers.

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Parallel Industries

Background:

- when recruiting people, many companies try to select from within the Industry or look for similar experiences

- whenever strategic decisions need to be made, people try to drive inspiration and knowledge from every possible source

- even during the MBA studies, there is – rightfully so – a tendency to link what is being learnt to the contingent working experience.

- Engineers used fluid analogies to describe the electric “current”…

- We are looking for life on other planets…

The question then arises: are there industries or markets that present surprising similarities between each other?

Wouldn’t it be interesting to know if there is another industry that, mutatis mutandis, has faced a very similar situation?

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Digital Divide

No matter what each Alumnus think, he or she is at serious risk of “Digital Obsolescence”. As time goes by, the networked society changes, and so are habits, work habits, markets, clients etc.

Even Wharton has concentrated on this theme, and is constantly adapting programs and offering to keep the pace.

It is therefore not enough to have an account on facebook or to have a smartphone: your company, or maybe your entire industry might be missing the point or going digital the wrong way.

Can Wharton look at some industries, show the evolution, draw a trend line and indicate the digital “reading key” to have the existing CEOs and Key Managers understand the world their companies is in?

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Putting the H Back into HR

Helping businesses to thrive by encouraging HR executives to focus more on talent searches. Shift emphasis away from resume gaps and minutiae-mania and instead focus on the bigger picture of: seek, find and recruit individuals who demonstrate the building blocks of business growth: creativity, resourcefulness, intelligence and enthusiasm.

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Alumni Data Access

It would be great to have access to Wharton branded market research, economic data, and analyst data as part of the alumni program. This would help increase engagement among Alums and give the school increased touchpoints with graduates.

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The integrated health care organization

How do you bring the integrated health care organization into being, tying in care delivery (what you're doing immediately) with your dept. of epidemiology (telling you what's going on around you) with health services evaluation and research (in essence, your quality control and product development), then paid for with tax and private financing (but increasingly becoming pre-paid budgeting), and all of it to be managed with a focus on accountability? It's more than a quantum leap from what we have now, but can we achieve it?

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Public education in the US: more English, Math, Science

As a college professor, a consistent problem is the poor preparation of students in the areas of English (communication skills), math, and science. The vast majority of students attend public schools. Before you even consider many other challenges, you need to build a solid foundation.

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Community Revitalization and Economic Development

How and when to use your business skills and resources to advance the effort to improve the education, health and wealth of residents in historically low income communities.

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