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Recruiting and Inefficiency in the Market for Talent

Darden is in the thick of the recruiting cycle for first year students. Second year students are weighing offers and/or are in the late stage of discussions. This is a very good recruiting year at Darden. In a typical year, virtually all our students who want job offers get…

By Bob Bruner-
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Tough and Tender

This is an appreciation for the life of Martin Luther King, whom we remember on this holiday. Observances today will recall his activism, courage, and oratory. For the world wide Darden community, I would like to recall a different, but equally important, aspect of his message. King said, “We…

By Bob Bruner-
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Puzzles and Mysteries

This week’s New Yorker contains one of the most insightful commentaries on Enron that I’ve seen: Malcolm Gladwell’s** “ Open Secrets: Enron, Intelligence, and the Perils of Too Much Information.” I’ve read a great deal about Enron over the years, and, along with colleague Sam…

By Bob Bruner-
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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-
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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…

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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-
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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-
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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-
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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-
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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-