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Manchester Business School gets a blog and welcomes a New Director

Thanks to Bhaskar Mahendrakar, a full time MBA Student at Manchester Business School (MBS), I learned today that the School has finally started a blog in Oct 06. The idea is to capture the thoughts of MBA students during their stay at the School.

In addition, MBS finally saw the arrival of their new Director, Professor Michael Luger. I am happy to announce that he also plans to blog. What a refreshing change. It would even be better if the school starts to treat their students as clients (a question for which I never got an answer from Prof John Arnold, the departing Director). I also heard from another source that the School may replace the Executive MBA programme with an on-line version. This would certainly be a shame, as I for one would have never undertaken the full time course. I completed my Exec MBA at MBS in Sept 04 and graduated in July 05.

Michael joined from Kenan-Flagler Business School, part of the University of North Carolina. Here is part of the official announcement:

Professor Luger said: “This is a unique and exciting opportunity to help Manchester Business School achieve its ambition of becoming the best Business School in the UK, and among the top 10 in the world.  I was attracted to the position by the size and scope of the School, and by the vision and energy of the University’s leadership.  I look forward to working with administrators, staff, alumni, students and friends of Manchester Business School in this next stage of development.”

Professor Luger’s research interests cover economic development issues including infrastructure, research and technology parks, university impact, clusters, tax incentives, workforce dynamics and competitiveness in the new economy.

Before joining the Kenan-Flagler Business School, Professor Luger spent 12 years as chairman of the Department of Public Policy and was the Carl H. Pegg Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina.  He has taught at Duke University and the University of Maryland.  He has also worked at the Greater London Council and is a former Director of Planning for the Model Cities Bureau in Scranton, Philadelphia.  He has an AB (architecture and planning) and MPA (public affairs) from Princeton University, and an MRP (planning) and PhD (economics) from the University of California at Berkeley.

Professor Luger is keen to promote Manchester Business School as a world-class School on the international stage. His first trip as an ambassador for MBS will be to Japan and Korea in early February, where he will speak to School alumni and corporate partners about the role of business schools in the modern economy, as well as giving a public lecture in Seoul on Korean housing policy, an area closely related to his research activities.

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