Business School Lausanne Blog

The Business Education Big Bang – What Business Schools should consider if they want to remain relevant
The Origins of the Business Education Universe Historians date 1819 as the year of the first School of Business (a School of Commerce, actually) in Paris, France. Remarkably enough, one of the founders of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris was Jean-Baptiste Zay, a pioneering thinker in entrepreneurship. Jean-Baptiste Zay actually coined the word in 1800. In 1881 Joseph Wharton, an entrepreneur and industrialist, created the world's first collegiate school of business at the …
The action of women in today’s Boards of Directors
CSDA Price 2021 : Doris Russi-Shurter (right) and Dominique Faesch (left) – Photo : Copyright Sarah Carp As part of its partnership with the Cercle Suisse des Administratrices (CSDA), Business School Lausanne hosted a day of training for women who are active on, or are  preparing to join a Board of Directors. Led by journalist Romaine Jean, the "Public Speaking" seminar prepares participants to master the various aspects of direct expression. On this occasion, we had …
Equality Diversity Inclusion Conference
We are happy to share that Professor Dr. Ganesh Nathan from Business School Lausanne (BSL) will be presenting his workshop on Tuesday July 13th! Professor Dr. Ganesh Nathan is teaching in various programs at BSL. (https://www.bsl-lausanne.ch/people/dr-ganesh-nathan) He is actively involved in supervising Doctorate of Business Administration level research in our Doctoral School. 12:30 – 2pm  Workshop: Why and how we should approach EDI within a non-essentialist paradigm of culture?     Dr. Ganesh Nathan, Business School Lausanne More …
Leading Positive Change: How BSL Fosters Creativity, Diversity, and Global Leadership
Young people today are looking for a career that encourages diversity, innovative thinking, and positive leadership. This blog will discuss how students at BSL are taught to respond to today’s global challenges and to consider how business strategies can operate as a force for good i.e. by encouraging diversity of views, cultural collaboration, and sustainable practices. With an emphasis on the Sustainable Business program, the blog will focus on how students are given the chance to …
An intriguing and fascinating book: “Let my people go surfing”
Patagonia is a well-known brand of outdoor clothing founded in 1973 in Ventura, California, by Yvon Chouinard. Frédéric Laloux, in his book “Reinventing Organizations”, published in 2014, mentions the company several times as an example of an innovative corporation. When we reorganized our library at BSL and created a file of our books, I discovered a book with a nice picture on the cover (a seashore with waves and green meadows) and an intriguing title: …
2nd year BSL student, Natali Topolska, invests in success at top Swiss bank
23-year-old Czech Republic native, Natali Topolska, is a 2nd year BSL Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) Millennial Program student currently working at a leading Swiss online bank.  Natali is a beneficiary of our BBA Millennial Program internship project that provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable real-world business experience working at leading organisations across Europe. After applying for various internship positions on LinkedIn, Natali was approached by a reputable Swiss bank who viewed her …
BSL alumnus Josephine Bengtsson bags prestigious working opportunity at CERN (Geneva)
“Having small classes and professors who are willing to spend additional time helping us understand concepts is something that larger schools do not offer. I believe BSL fosters our entrepreneurial mindset and desires to make an impact in the world, either inside an organization or by creating our own business.” The ever-talented, soon to be BSL alumnus (2021), Josephine Bengtsson, is certainly making a name for herself in her chosen career path since completing her …
Winning the Business Game While Earning a Business Degree in Switzerland
On March 25, the Junior Enterprise of HEC Lausanne hosted this year’s Business Game online—dedicating a full day (8:30 to 18:30) for participants to work in teams of four, developing innovative ways to solve study cases presented by UBS and Stouff Capital. Each solution had to be pitched to a jury, who selected the winning team of each case to receive CHF 2,000 (approximate equivalent of $2,190 USD). Although the event targets third-year bachelor and …
Business Innovation Week – Spring 2021 – Live Updates
Updates are displayed in reverse chronological order. Thursday 6th May, 2021 – Day 4 (AM) 09:15 – Managing Diversity in the Workplace, presented by Professor Alessandro Bianchi. 08:55 – INCOMING! Day 4 of the Business Innovation Week! Wednesday 5th May, 2021 – Day 3 (PM) 16:00 – This concludes day 3 (of 4) of the Spring 2021 BIW! 15:00 – A BIG Thank You to Lena Koropey for her afternoon session on Personal Branding! 14:18 …
DBA GRADUATION CEREMONY IN KOREA
March 18th 2021 was the official Graduation Ceremony at aSSIST University in Korea for four of our Doctoral Graduates from our Dual degree: Dr. Jooseok OhDr. Hyun Joon JoDr. Jongsoon KangDr. Yongchan Kim Dr. Dominique Bourqui, CAO and Director of the Doctoral School and Dr. Erdal Atukeren, Professor and DBA supervisor, as well as members of the scientific committee had the pleasure and honor to represent BSL and to congratulate the Students. Dr. Jooseok Oh, …
Meet André Delafontaine and the Winners of BSL’s Entrepreneurial Competition
The winners of Business School Lausanne’s Entrepreneurial Challenge had the opportunity to complete 12 exclusive coaching sessions, both in-group and one-on-one, with André Delafontaine. As a BSL professor, André runs four different programs on Entrepreneurship and Innovation for students in both the E/MBA and the master-level programs. After spending 17 years in multinational corporate environments, André co-founded a network of 800 Business Angels who have funded over 200 rounds in start-ups. His many years of …
Well-Being Concerns For e-Learning
Have you ever counted the number of hours that you spend in front of a computer in a simple sitting position per week? If you haven't, take a moment to think about it; take an average working day of 8h. At the end of a working, day do you feel that your body has aches or pains? Do you think, for example, that an app on a smart watch, counting the number of hours sitting …
The Shifting Focus of Sustainability Teaching and Learning
As a teacher and learner myself, I spend much time reflecting on why and how to adapt the way we teach and learn about sustainability.  Sustainability is both an interdisciplinary academic approach and an area of practice, and both have changed significantly in the past 10 years.  The main theoretical frameworks around Planetary Boundaries, the Anthropocene and the Great Acceleration, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, climate and energy have all made major progress in terms of …
Diversity & Inclusion – What do businesses need to change for diversity and inclusion to become sources of strength and growth?
Recent social movements (feminist march, Black Lives Matter, Pride march) have put pressure on organizations to be more inclusive of the diverse demographics (based on racio-ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and mental abilities, age and physical appearance). It has now become crucial for organizations to understand the needs and characteristics of the different social groups among their employees and customer base. Organizations who acknowledge and value differences have been shown to outperform their …
Interview with: Yannick Bouyidou on the Importance of Collaboration When You Start a Business
Before coming to Business School Lausanne (BSL), Yannick Bouyidou was working for The Ritz Carlton Company in San Francisco. His experience taking an online class at UC Berkeley prompted him to look for more personal and direct learning experiences, where classroom size and teaching style encouraged communication between students and professors. “I enjoy very much being in real life situations, engaging with people,” He explains. “This is something that BSL does extremely well.”  Working in …