Uncategorized

Farewell to Greatness

Wolsey: “So farewell—to the little good you bear me.Farewell? A long farewell to all my greatness!This is the state of man: to-day he puts forthThe tender leaves of hopes, to-morrow blossoms,And bears his blushing honors thick upon him;The third day…

By Bob Bruner-
Uncategorized

Are you still having fun?

This is the question I am asked most frequently, by friends, colleagues, students, neighbors, and alumni. Sometimes they ask in a tone of genuine concern; often there is a tone of irony, as if the questioner knew all along that the answer would be “no.” As the calendar…

By Bob Bruner-
Uncategorized

Private Equity Investing in Germany

The talk in Frankfurt, Germany, about business conditions turns quickly away from matters regarding the European Central Bank (headquartered here) and toward the continuing boom in private equity investing in Europe. The outlook is that this volume of deal-making will significantly exceed 2005 and that Europe will outpace the…

By Bob Bruner-
Uncategorized

Hostile Takeovers in Europe

I visited Gent, Belgium as a guest of the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School to give a speech to a gathering of Chief Financial Officers of large and medium-size European firms. They asked me to speak on the subject of success and failure in mergers and acquisitions (expanding on…

By Bob Bruner-
Uncategorized

The Tyrannical Boss Wears Prada

On the flight to Europe I watched the movie, The Devil Wears Prada. We see the travails of young Andrea (evocative of many recent MBA graduates) versus Miranda, the haughty editor of Runway, a fashion magazine. Miranda is, to say the least, a very demanding boss. More colorful words to…

By Bob Bruner-
Uncategorized

Some impressions of Jeff Immelt

Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric Company, visited University of Virginia a couple of days ago to set the foundations of a partnership between his company and the University, specifically with Darden, and the schools of medicine, engineering, and commerce. GE appears on so many “best of…

By Bob Bruner-
Uncategorized

The Concerns of Mexican Journalists

This week I visited Mexico to reach out on Darden’s behalf to applicants and the business community in Mexico. Darden aims to disseminate best business practices to managers—we want to have impact in the growth and success of the global business community. This means that we take…

By Bob Bruner-
Uncategorized

Why do we give prizes? 10/06

I received a prize last week. An international organization surprised me at a faculty meeting with a gift of a framed certificate and an item that looks like an Egyptian obelisk for display on a credenza or mantle. They recognized work I did 15 years ago for its consequence, the…

By Bob Bruner-
Uncategorized

B-School Rankings and Mr. Market

Yesterday Darden had more news about rankings. The changes in these metrics are always a point of wonder. In the Economist poll, Darden maintained its 10th place among U.S. schools and rose one notch to 13th worldwide. In the Economist’s detailed categories, Darden ranked 8th for personal development…

By Bob Bruner-
Uncategorized

Darden professors ranked #2: the importance of great audiences

Walt Whitman wrote, “To have great poets, there must be great audiences.” These words came to mind as I received news yesterday that Princeton Review ranked Darden professors #2 in its universe of 282 MBA programs. The various publications weight the factors of excellent performance in different ways. Princeton Review…

By Bob Bruner-
128293031