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Tuesday’s Headlines: MBAs Learn from Developing World Programs

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Top MBA programs and employers now require or offer study and training programs in developing nations, according to a Fortune magazine article. Wharton recently led a group of 26 students to Rwanda where they studied the economic and political changes the country has undergone in the past 20 years. Since 2011, Harvard Business School has required all 900 of its incoming students to do a field emmersion course in one of 11 developing economies.

According to Fortune, students at several other business schools, as well as employees at large organizations, are also looking to the developing world to hone their skills by looking at how lessons learned in the classroom or boardroom hold up in the extreme situations of civil war, poverty and limited resources. Besides the exposure to the raw and evolving lessons of emerging economies, countries like Rwanda offer access to executives and political leaders that would be impossible to find in London or Berlin.

 

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JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay a $110 million settlement for charges over gouging customers on overdraft fees. [Bloomberg]

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