Business

"Leading a Team to the Top of Mount Everest"

Interview with the author of a Harvard B-School case. (And there's a link to a short video about the case.)

What does it take to successfully lead a team to the top of the highest peak in the world? First-year MBA students find out as they participate together in "Everest: A Leadership and Team Simulation." Professor Amy Edmondson talks about the choice to use Mount Everest as the backdrop for this business management exercise, designing the simulation, and what students learn about teamwork along their way up the mountain.


"The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews"

A Yale assistant professor of management and marketing summarizes his research.

Of course, he's looking at the wrong things. The not-so-secret agenda of many interviews is either one or both of two things: 1) support the interviewers' self-images as really smart people who can, with a few minutes' conversation, find out as much or more about an applicant as resumes, test scores, recommendations, or anything else can reveal or, more charitably, 2) not to determine the applicant's narrow fitness for a task but to determine his or her sociability, or what old Ivy Leaguers sometimes described as determining whether a person was "clubable".