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News Article | May 8, 2017

Poets&Quants, the pacesetter in business education news and analysis, has published its third annual “Best & Brightest MBAs” feature, which honors 100 of the world's most accomplished, inventive, and selfless full-time MBAs in the Class of 2017. “This class really defies the stereotypes,” says Jeff Schmitt, the staff writer who launched the feature. "You won't find a single sharp-elbowed or self-involved student here. These days, MBAs are the ones who are opening indoor organic farms to cut back water waste and runoff pollution or scaling bakery franchises in Africa so women can better feed their families and communities. You won’t find soulless bean counters and slick PowerPoint ninjas on this list. The Best & Brightest are servant leaders. They have a stake and a vision. And they’re using business as a means to level the playing field and expand the possibilities.” Such students include Purdue’s Lamis Sleiman, who spent over six years partnering with organizations like the United Nations on relief and health initiatives in war-torn Syria and Lebanon. At the University of Chicago, Andrew Ward, a Muay Thai fighter focused on increasing access to pharmaceuticals, organized Common Chromosome, a popular club that fostered honest dialogue between men and women on gender issues. Across the pond, the London Business School’s Dr. Nick Deakin spearheaded the most successful EurOut Conference, which doubled attendance and sponsorship and earned intensive media spotlight for the LGBT community in outlets like The Financial Times. At the University of Washington, Vanessa Kritzer was the sole student to be selected by the governor to serve on the school’s Board of Regents, effectively making her the voice of 47,000 students on three campuses. The Best & Brightest MBAs also bring some amazing tales to the table. London Business School’s Alana DIgby swam across the English Channel between her first and second years. Joshua Rodriguez, a U.S. Army Calvary Commander, came to the University of Washington with little knowledge of finance. Two months later, he was interviewing with Goldman Sachs for an internship (which ultimately led to a job offer). At IESE Business School, Blanca Gómez-Zamalloa Atiénzar managed to have a baby, launch a business, win a consulting competition, complete an internship, teach dance, and rank among the top students academically before returning to the Boston Consulting Group. “We didn’t just want to celebrate these MBA graduates,” adds John A. Byrne, who founded Poets&Quants after serving as Editor-In-Chief at and Fast Company. “Our hope is that our readers are inspired by these students. We hope they say, ‘This person is a lot like me. Maybe I can do this, too!’ There are and have been plenty of naysayers out there on the value of the MBA degree and the people who earn it. This group is representative of the amazing quality and exceptional talent coming out of business schools today. The world will be better because of them.” Overall, McKinsey will be the largest employer of Best & Brightest MBAs, hiring eight members from the list. Deloitte Consulting ranked second with six hires, followed by five hires each for Amazon, Bain & Company, and the The Boston Consulting Group. The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business landed the most students on the Best & Brightest list this year with four. Five programs placed three students on the list, including Wharton, Stanford, the University of California-Berkeley, Duke, and the University of Washington. The 2017 also boasted 53 women, 15 military veterans, and 32 students born outside of the United States. Overall, 59 full-time MBA programs are represented in Best & Brightest, with Harvard Business School being the lone Top 40 program to decline to participate. Poets&Quants accepted up to four nominations per school, with students questionnaires evaluated on extracurricular involvement, tangible academic and professional achievements, and insightfulness of responses to nearly two dozen open-ended questions, which ranged from their biggest achievements to advice they would give to applicants applying to their schools. The answers are published as in-depth student profiles, which are available for each of the 100 Best & Brightest members on The “Best & Brightest MBAs” series will continue into the summer, with Poets&Quants unveiling its top Executive MBAs in June and its MBAs To Watch in July. To read more about these Best & Brightest MBA graduates, go to Poets&Quants.

Note to editors: To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has appointed Oscar Vázquez as Country Managing Director and Chairman of the Spanish Management Board for Spain. The designation follows the resignation of Álvaro Rengifo, who has decided to step down for personal reasons. Rengifo will continue to support Bombardier's business in Spain in an advisory role. As the new Bombardier country representative, Vázquez commented, "It is with pride that I take on this important challenge, which I look forward to with enthusiasm. I am confident that the team in Spain, together with my international experience, will enable Bombardier to continue leading the way forward with innovative and eco-friendly mobility solutions in Spain and beyond. I want to thank Alvaro Rengifo for the great work he has done in leading the company along the last seven years, today we are more ready than ever to leverage the opportunities that the new macroeconomic scenario offers." As the highest representative of Bombardier in Spain, Vázquez will take over these roles in addition to his duties as Project Portfolio Head for Continental Europe and Metro Application. Along the past 16 years, Vázquez has held different senior positions in Spain, England, Austria, Singapore and Switzerland, as member of the management teams of several business units in Bombardier Transportation. Vázquez has an in-depth understanding of the business that will support the development of the Spanish market and bring the region's mobility to the next level. Vázquez is Industrial Engineer and holds an EMBA from IESE Business School, University of Navarra's IESE. Bombardier Transportation is a global leader in rail technology and offers the broadest portfolio in the industry. It covers the full spectrum of rail solutions, ranging from trains to sub-systems and signalling. The company also provides complete transport systems, e-mobility technology and maintenance services. As an innovation driver, Bombardier Transportation continuously breaks new ground in sustainable mobility. It provides integrated solutions that create substantial benefits for operators, passengers and the environment. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Bombardier Transportation employs around 37,150 people and its products and services operate in over 60 countries. Bombardier is the world's leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation. Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, we posted revenues of $16.3 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier. For news releases, related material and photos, visit our media centre at Please subscribe to our RSS Feed to receive press releases or follow Bombardier Transportation on Twitter @BombardierRail. Bombardier is a trademark of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries You can also contact one of our worldwide contacts for specific press inquiries.

Au cours de la dernière année, eXplorance a augmenté ses effectifs de plus de 50 %. La compagnie a également acquis une société de logiciels spécialisée dans les applications d'entreprise avec un accent particulier sur les solutions infonuagiques et d’intelligence d’affaires. « La croissance d'entreprise est un défi multidisciplinaire », explique Samer Saab, PDG d'eXplorance. « En plus de diriger la compagnie vers la direction souhaitée, de gérer judicieusement le flux de trésorerie et de s’assurer d'avoir les compétences nécessaires pour croître, vous devez constamment remettre en cause le statu quo tout en soutenant votre culture d’entreprise », ajoute M. Saab. L'entreprise favorise une culture d'amélioration continue. Les employés d'eXplorance demeurent engagés puisqu’ils sont fiers de pouvoir poursuivre l'excellence personnelle en maintenant à la fois l'intégrité, la responsabilité sociale et le respect mutuel. L’entreprise est très diversifiée et voit une grande valeur à investir dans ce qui est « différent », innovateur ou non conventionnel. eXplorance s'efforce d'offrir une valeur ajoutée à toutes les parties prenantes, qu'il s'agisse de clients, de partenaires, de fournisseurs, d'entrepreneurs ou, plus important encore, de ses employés et de leurs familles. eXplorance a été classé 22e dans la catégorie des meilleurs lieux de travail au Canada de taille moyenne. Cette reconnaissance est un témoignage de l'engagement d'eXplorance en amélioration continue dans son milieu de travail. Cette liste des « meilleurs lieux où il fait bon travailler au Canada » est compilée par l’Institut Great Place to Work®. Le processus de sélection repose sur deux critères : une note fournie par un sondage auprès d’employés désignés au hasard et une note tirée d'un examen approfondi sur la culture de l'organisation, incluant une évaluation des politiques et des procédures des ressources humaines. Cela offre une représentation rigoureuse de l'organisation du point de vue d’un employé et un portrait global de la culture du lieu de travail. Ensemble, ces éléments fournissent des données cruciales relatives aux cinq dimensions de la confiance qui existent dans un lieu où il fait bon travailler : la crédibilité, le respect, l'équité, la fierté et la camaraderie. eXplorance, fournisseur de solutions de gestion de l'expérience de formation, permet aux organisations qui offrent de la formation ou de l’enseignement de prendre les bonnes décisions fondées sur les faits, en se servant de données relatives à l'analyse de l’apprentissage. Les solutions d’eXplorance BlueMD et BluepulseMD aident les organisations à instaurer une culture d’amélioration continue en mesurant, à travers des évaluations de cours, des sondages institutionnels, des évaluations 360 et des évaluations par des conseillers pédagogiques, et en analysant et en améliorant les besoins, les attentes, les habiletés, les connaissances et les compétences des parties prenantes. Fondée en 2003, eXplorance est une entreprise privée basée à Montréal, au Canada, qui compte des bureaux en région Asie-Pacifique, en Europe et en Amérique latine. La compagnie est considérée comme étant l’un des « meilleurs lieux où il fait bon travailler au Canada » par l’Institut Great Place to Work®, ayant obtenu ce titre pendant quatre années consécutives. Les clients d’eXplorance comprennent des universités telles que University of Melbourne, University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, Zayed University, Del Mar College, Bowdoin College, IESE Business School, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, UDLAP et Liverpool John Moores University ainsi que des organisations telles qu’Aramco, la Banque Nationale du Canada et la NASA.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Citi today announced a global expansion of the Pathways to Progress initiative led by a Citi Foundation investment of $100 million to connect 500,000 young people, ages 16-24, to training and jobs over the next three years. This is the largest philanthropic commitment in the Citi Foundation’s history. Pathways launched in 2014 with a $50 million effort that helped more than 100,000 young people across 10 U.S. cities become career-ready through first jobs, internships, and leadership and entrepreneurship training. The expansion also includes a commitment to have 10,000 Citi employees volunteer to serve as mentors, coaches and role models to young people and support their career progress. Pathways to Progress aims to help reduce youth unemployment in key cities around the world and improve the quality of the youth workforce. Globally, the youth unemployment rate is three times higher than the adult unemployment rate1, which reflects a gap in the skills and networks many young people currently possess and what is required by many employers or needed to successfully launch an income-generating business. “The playing field isn’t level for all young people and Citi wants to help change that,” said Citi CEO Michael Corbat. “Mentors, internships and exposure to a variety of career opportunities help young people get a foot in the door and provide the foundation they need to thrive in their careers – those are the things Pathways to Progress helps provide to those who might not have access to them otherwise. Young people consistently say they want to pursue careers that allow them to contribute to important societal issues, and I firmly believe that matching that ambition with the skills provided through Pathways will benefit all of us when they enter the workforce.” Through the expansion of Pathways to Progress, Citi and the Citi Foundation continue to work with municipal and community leaders to help young people secure jobs, begin to engage in the formal economy, and contribute positively to their cities. $50 million will be invested in the U.S. in cities including Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa, and Washington DC and $50 million will be invested internationally in cities including Beijing, Casablanca, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Mumbai, São Paulo, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei and Warsaw, with a target to reach 500,000 young people globally. Select programming includes: “The constant urban demographic pressure at the level of the Grand Casablanca presents many challenges for all city dwellers, especially youth,” said Casablanca Mayor Abdelaziz El Omari. “To tackle this the city of Casablanca, has opted for smart urbanization based on an innovative strategy that links economic, political and social development and allows for the integration of technologies. To achieve this ambition, Casablanca boasts an original, participatory modus operandi in which youth, citizens, companies and local actors are invited to contribute to nurture the future of the city. We strongly believe that the Pathways to Progress program launched by the Citi Foundation aligns perfectly with our vision.” "The City of Madrid is delighted to collaborate with Citi Foundation and IESE Business School, within Citi’s Pathways to Progress program, to support entrepreneurship in the city of Madrid,” said Roberto Sanchez, General Manager of Innovation and City Promotion, Madrid. “Thanks to the projects which encompass four years of collaboration, we have helped many entrepreneurship projects to internationalize, innovate, grow and thus create economic wealth for our community." “With the rising youth unemployment rates globally, it’s imperative to help the youth build up their confidence and cultivate their leadership skills and competitiveness,” said Dr. Tien-Mu Huang, Vice Chairman, Financial Supervisory Commission, Republic of China (Taiwan). “The Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress initiative not only helps disadvantaged youth get access to education and employment opportunities, but also utilizes Citi’s expertise and its people to mentor young people to discover their talents and realize their full potential for greater social impact. This has set a great example of social responsibility for corporates.” “This new commitment by the Citi Foundation will help organizations like Junior Achievement test and scale programming that helps more young people globally build a platform for their future success,” said Asheesh Advani, President and CEO, JA Worldwide. “We engage over 2,000 Citi volunteers each year who help deliver critical employability skills programming to millions of youth around the globe. Ensuring that young people do not get left behind is crucial to what we do and is what drives our work.” In the U.S., Pathways to Progress supported programming in 10 U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. Through the Foundation’s initial $50 million initiative, our impact includes: "Young people in Miami deserve the champions that match their optimism, diverse aspirations, and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado. “Our work with the Citi Foundation has given us the ability to provide more opportunities, including summer jobs that invest in the economic health of our young people teaching them financial empowerment skills which long-term improve, our city, and our country.” “Through vital partnerships with the private sector, we are helping create more lasting foundational, career building opportunities for young people in St. Louis,” said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. “Pathways to Progress was instrumental in helping us expand our STL Youth Jobs summer employment program, and with this new commitment this year, we look forward to helping empower even more of our future leaders.” In conjunction with the expanded Pathways to Progress investment, the Citi Foundation is also releasing the results of a survey of young people that will help inform the focus of its programs and partnerships. The study, conducted by Ipsos, found that despite political, economic, and social upheaval, young people around the world are optimistic about their career prospects, but face the reality of limited skills and opportunities. The global youth survey polled more than 7,000 young people ages 18-24 in 45 cities across 32 countries on all the continents except Antarctica between November 2016 and January 2017. “Youth labor markets are evolving rapidly, so are the aspirations and optimism of young women and men who are entering the labor market every day and are confronted by unemployment and/or low quality jobs”, said Azita Berar Awad, Director of the Employment Policy Department at the International Labour Organization. “Channeling the voices of youth from cities across the world, the Citi Foundation’s Global Youth Survey 2017 offers important insights on youth’s perceptions, calling for improved and coordinated action, because when young people have decent work, everyone benefits and our future is more prosperous.” “The Citi Foundation’s 2017 Global Youth Survey offers a fresh perspective on young people, a group that is often easily overlooked in political and economic discourse,” said Michael Rose AM, Chairman of The Committee for Sydney. “The results convey both optimism and concern: young people in Sydney are aspirational about their ability to succeed, but concerned about their career opportunities. The Committee for Sydney is passionate about promoting opportunities for young people, creating effective future leaders and ensuring that the city is a place for all to live and work. We look forward to taking these insights and working across sectors with partners like the Citi Foundation to ensure we match aspirations of today’s youth with opportunities for success.” “This new research will help us identify where we can best continue to invest our efforts to bridge the gap between the entrepreneurial aspirations of young people and the challenges they face,” said Andrew Devenport, CEO of Youth Business International. “Citi Foundation’s new commitment demonstrates the “all in” mentality we need if we are going to truly tackle youth unemployment and drive sustainable economic development in Europe and around the world.” For more information about Pathways to Progress and the study visit Follow @Citi on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and use the hashtag #Pathways2Progress to view more insights from the research and join the discussion with those interested in youth empowerment. Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation's “More than Philanthropy” approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit

RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A consortium of leading business school programs today introduced a new quarterly journal, Health Management, Policy and Innovation (HMPI), to address recent developments and potential solutions to complexities within the dynamic global health sector. “Our goal is to harness the insights of scholars, business leaders and policymakers to support public and private organizations tackling health care challenges, both in the United States and beyond,” said William Mitchell, HMPI’s editor-in-chief and professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business. “HMPI focuses on innovation, supply chains, global health, strategy, entrepreneurship, policy, incentives, and other topics with implications for managerial decision-making today.” The first issue features articles by scholars and thought leaders such as Regina Herzlinger, Harvard Business School; Dr. Kevin A. Schulman, Duke University; Kristiana Raube, University of California Berkeley; and R. Lawrence Van Horn, Vanderbilt University, as well as Dr. Bill Frist, the former U.S. Senate majority leader, and Kevin A. Lobo, chairman of Stryker Corporation. HMPI is sponsored by the Business School Alliance for Health Management (BAHM), an international consortium of 16 top MBA programs with a health sector focus. Building on HMPI’s initial 2012 launch by an editorial team led by David Dranove at Northwestern University, the online journal contains short essays and research pieces curated by HMPI’s editors and editorial board. “The relaunch of this online journal ties into BAHM’s efforts to advance excellence in health management education, scholarship and thought leadership,” said Schulman, BAHM’s president and an HMPI author and editor. “We look forward to working not only with our member schools but other leaders of the health sector to address the pressing challenges faced here and in global healthcare markets.” About the Business School Alliance for Health Management (BAHM) Formed in 2010, BAHM was organized by a select group of top business schools that offer a health sector focus. BAHM’s mission is to support business school health management programs and their faculty, students, and graduates in educating the next generation of leaders and advancing thought leadership in the field. BAHM initiatives include a dedicated annual case competition for students attending BAHM institutions, doctoral student webinars, and the BAHM-sponsored Health Management Policy and Innovation (HMPI). BAHM member schools are Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business; Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business; Boston University Questrom School of Business; Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business; Harvard Business School; IESE Business School, University of Navarra; Indian School of Business; Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management; University of California Berkeley – Haas School of Business; University of Colorado – Denver; University of Miami School of Business Administration; University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management; University of Toronto Rotman School of Management; University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business; Vanderbilt University Owen School of Business; and Yale School of Management.

Done A.,IESE Business School | Voss C.,London Business School | Rytter N.G.,University of Aalborg
Journal of Operations Management | Year: 2011

This paper uses empirical field research to examine whether short-term best practice interventions (BPIs) can lead to improvements that are sustained in the long term. In addition, this research investigates the implied conflict between striving for short-term results and achieving long-term development of capabilities. It also examines the tension between the lack of resources of the typical small and medium sized enterprise (SME) users of BPIs and the time required to develop a critical mass of capability. A longitudinal case-based study of eight SME contexts examined BPI outcomes and factors leading to short- and long-term success and sustaining best practices. The research identifies factors related to the intervention context, implementation and change-agent approach. The data indicate that in resource-limited SMEs BPIs are limited in their ability to develop adequate capability for long-term change. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

News Article | December 1, 2016

The International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) celebrated its Ninth Annual Conference in Brussels, Belgium, on Nov. 6-9. Every year, IWEC recognizes the breakthroughs, achievements and thought leadership of women business owners from across the globe, and this year they presented the IWEC award to 42 successful women entrepreneurs from 21 countries. IWEC directors, together with the Brussels Enterprise Commerce & Industry (BECI) welcomed a group of some of the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs, who came from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and North and South America. This year’s awardees represent computer software, manufacturing, agricultural business, waste management, engineering, health services, skin care, travel, shipping and freight forwarding, education and many other industries. The firms that the current and past IWEC Awardees lead account for over US$25 billion dollars in combined revenue, with over 125,000 employees worldwide. During the conference, they engaged other business women, chambers and past awardees for trade, networking and business opportunities. BECI President Thierry Willemarck offered the welcome remarks during a reception at the Center Square. The Conference, whose 2016 theme was “Connecting Women Businesses Globally: Building a Viable Future”, was held over the course of 2 days at the historical Metropole Hotel, featured meetings, presentations and speeches focused on trade, and networking between business women, chambers and past awardees. Throughout the Conference, the awardees shared their best practices and experience overcoming the economic, competitive and sometimes societal and political hurdles that they faced as they launched and grew their businesses – and the progress that remains to be made for women’s entrepreneurship, worldwide. The Conference featured inspiring welcoming remarks by BECI and IWEC’s leadership, and keynote speakers including Cristina Gallach, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, IWEC Executive Director Nancy Ploeger, Ibukun Awosika, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the First Bank of Nigeria, Yolanda Serra Director of International Open Programs, Nuria Chinchilla, Professor of Managing People in Organizations at the IESE Business School, and Alexader de Croo, Vice Prime Minister of Belgium. The Conference was sponsored by IWEC Partners CaixaBank, IESE Business School, SDI International Corp., Edelman Communication, Tyga-Box, Technoil, Progressive Computing, Brandlove, International Mission of Mercy, Repsol, Dos Toros Restaurant, Hotel Metropole and BECI. During her opening speech, Ambassador Ruth Davis, IWEC co-founder and Chairwoman, captured and set the essence of cross-collaboration that framed the Conference: “I think that Brussels is a great international place where the world convenes for global meetings. Here we are, with 21 awardees from 42 countries. As you network among each other, I encourage you to take off your blinders, and don’t just think about what that person means to you, but to your clients, city and country, as you build relationships and trust.” IWEC is a New York-based non-for-profit initiative of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Manhattan and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organization (FICCI/FLO), and at its founding, it was supported by the U.S. Department of State. IWEC has a network of affiliate organizations, among them WEConnect International, the Women Presidents’ Organization, Taiwan Women’s Business Network and UnitedSuccess. Perhaps most importantly, IWEC has a strategic liaison with the International Trade Centre that leads, among many other important priorities, technical cooperation in the realm of trade for its parent organizations, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations, providing sustainable trade development solutions and education, and sharing this critical expertise with IWEC’s network. The conference ended with an extended tour of Brussels, Bruges, The Hague and Amsterdam to showcase the many attractions and beauty of Belgium and The Netherlands. IWEC will host its 2017 Conference in Redmond, Washington State. Learn more about IWEC at

News Article | February 28, 2017

eXplorance, the leading Learning Experience Management (LEM) solutions provider, announces an alliance partnership with Canvas, the Learning Management System (LMS) created by Instructure, to offer eXplorance’s all-in-one evaluation and feedback systems to all Instructure clients within the Canvas platform interface. Using Blue® and Bluepulse® 2 LEM solutions within the Canvas solution will give Instructure’s client base the tools to gather crucial learning experience analytics to improve student retention and engagement. Blue, an all-in-one evaluation platform, measures learners’ needs, skills and competencies through a range of evaluation mechanisms, while Bluepulse 2 is a live formative feedback platform built to gauge student sentiment and progress. Together, the tools provide actionable, data-driven insights to educators, leveraging a variety of applications such as course evaluations, online surveys and 360 degree feedback. This leads to improved effectiveness of teaching and learning and assists meeting stakeholder needs from the level of the student up to that of the institute’s president/chancellor. eXplorance’s solutions focus on automating the evaluation process and providing comprehensive analytics reports, while leveraging deep data integrations. “The integration between the products was designed with the Canvas user in mind,” said Samer Saab, eXplorance’s CEO and Founder. “It is important to ensure that every stakeholder in the learning process can easily view the required analytics for his/her improvement in Canvas.” Through embedded integration with the Canvas LMS, students, faculty and administrators have all their feedback and assessment needs in one place, allowing them to use the same familiar Canvas dashboard, calendar, course listing and notification system for improving the learning and teaching process. “We’re excited to be able to bring eXplorance’s expertise in learning experience management to our clients around the world,” said Melissa Loble, VP of Partners & Programs at Instructure. “The Blue and Bluepulse products are a great asset for educational institutions who want to effectively reach data-driven student success.” For more details about the integration between eXplorance products and the Canvas LMS system or to learn how your organization can reach enhanced student success, download the Canvas - Blue/ Bluepulse integration brochures. eXplorance, a Learning Experience Management (LEM) solutions provider, empowers organizations in making the right decisions with fact-based learning experience analytics. eXplorance’s offerings, Blue® and Bluepulse®, help instill a culture of continuous improvement by assessing (e.g., course evaluations, institutional surveys, 360 degree feedback reviews, advisor assessments), analyzing, and improving stakeholder needs, expectations, skills, knowledge, and competencies. Founded in 2003, eXplorance is a privately held corporation based in Montreal, Canada with offices in APAC, Europe, and Latin America. eXplorance is deemed one of the Best Workplaces by the Great Places to Work Institute®, having been awarded this title for three consecutive years. eXplorance’s clients include academic institutions such as the University of Melbourne, University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, Zayed University, Del Mar College, Bowdoin College, IESE Business School, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, University of Auckland, and Liverpool John Moores University and organizations including Aramco, National Bank of Canada, and NASA.

Gregory R.W.,IESE Business School | Beck R.,Goethe University Frankfurt | Keil M.,Georgia State University
MIS Quarterly: Management Information Systems | Year: 2013

While much is known about selecting different types of control that can be exercised in information systems development projects, the control dynamics associated with ISD offshoring projects represent an important gap in our understanding. In this paper, we develop a substantive grounded theory of control balancing that addresses this theoretical gap. Based on a longitudinal case study of an ISD offshoring project in the financial services industry, we introduce a three-dimensional control configuration category that emerged from our data, suggesting that control type is only one dimension on which control configuration decisions need to be made. The other two dimensions that we identified are control degree (tight versus relaxed) and control style (unilateral versus bilateral). Furthermore, we illustrate that control execution during the life cycle of an ISD offshoring project is highly intertwined with the development of client-vendor shared understanding and that each influences the other. Based on these findings, we develop an integrative process model that explains how offshoring project managers make adjustments to the control configuration periodically to allow the ISD offshoring project and relationship to progress, yielding the iterative use of different three-dimensional control configurations that we conceptualize in the paper. Our process model of control balancing may trigger new ways of looking at control phenomena in temporary interfirm organizations such as client-vendor ISD offshoring projects. Implications for research on organizational control and ISD offshoring are discussed. In addition, guidelines for ISD offshoring practitioners are presented.

Vives X.,IESE Business School
Oxford Review of Economic Policy | Year: 2011

This paper summarizes some of the arguments relating competition and banking instability, draws connections between regulation and competition policy, and surveys and analyses the role of competition policy in the banking sector in a financial crisis. It is argued that a trade-off between competition and stability is bound to persist despite improvements in regulation, that the banking sector specificity should be recognized by competition policy, and that competition policy and regulation need close coordination. © The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press.

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