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“Islamic Economics and Finance: A European Perspective” – a new title from IE Business Publishing

As it has not been thought to invite me to speak at the presentation of the book that I wrote recently, here is the presentation I would have made.

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a pleasure for me to be here before you today, to present this book, which I believe is a poignant reflection on Islamic economics and finance in Western markets, particularly in Europe.  The relevance of this book comes from the fact that it is predominantly the result of a candid and open discussion, among esteemed experts and interested professionals, held right here in this very business school.

In recent years, financiers, economists, politicians, and even the public at large, have been deliberating the subject of reinventing capitalism and reforming financial markets.  The revolutionary steps that were at-first called for have been slow to materialise, but the situation has thrown much light on alternative models and approaches.  One such alternative that has received renewed interest is Islamic finance and so this joint venture between King Abdulziz University and IE Business School is well timed, as was the inaugural symposium on which the book is based.

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My Book, Now Available for Pre-order

The book I have been working on is now available for pre-order!  Published by Palgrave Macmillan, under their agreement with IE Business School, “Islamic Economics and Finance:  A European Perspective” can be ordered from the following online retailers.

Amazon UK
Amazon USA
Waterstones
WH Smith
Barnes & Noble
The Book Depository
Palgrave Macmillan

The manuscript has been with the publishers a month or so now and we are awaiting receive their corrections for approval before printing goes ahead.  The plan is that the book will be launched at the inauguration of the re-named Center of Islamic Economics and Finance at IE Business School in November 2011.


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Conferences, Congresses and Projects Winding Down

For the first time in quite a long while not every spare moment is being over-shadowed by the knowledge that I really ought to be working on some side project or other.

One such project has been the book on Islamic finance that I have been working on following my brief time working at the Center of Islamic Economics and Finance at IE Business School.  The manuscript for that book was submitted to the publishers some time ago and I am now waiting to receive their proofs and corrections before printing goes ahead.  The book, now available for pr-order, should be available in December.

The other side project which has occupied a lot of time has been the teaching case that we have been developing with GE.  Based on their landmark sukuk issuance of 2009, it was originally intended to be part of the Islamic finance book, however it is still being developed as case study for IE courses that teach Islamic finance.  At the end of May we travelled to New York and then up to GE Capital headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, to interview some of the main people involved in the deal, including Kathryn Cassidy, Corporate Treasury Senior Vice President, and Christopher Coffey, Managing Director of Long-Term Funding.  The final draft of the case was submitted to GE for their approval this week and we hope that this will be a useful and interesting teaching case.  In September it will also be developed as a multimedia case study.

I was recently fortunate enough to go to Lisbon to represent IE Business School’s E-learning Department at the AACE, Ed-Media 2011, World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications.  There I made a presentation about the results of some analysis we have performed on IE’s database on the use of multimedia documentation in courses over the last ten years.

Finally, I recently had the opportunity to attend a congress for salsa in Bilbao this month, at which I was invited, with my partner, to teach a workshop on bachatango.  The workshop had at least forty participants and was given in Spanish.  It was very well received and at the end of the class several participants came forward to ask if we knew of any professors of bachatango in the area; a good sign indeed.


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Web 2.0 FAIL – Wikipedia rejects educational Creative Commons content

FULL DISCLOSURE:  Jonathan Langton is currently employed full-time as Project Manager, Multimedia Content Development in the Learning Innovation department of IE Business School.

The Learning Innovation department of IE Business School maintains a rich catalogue of interactive, multimedia content, including cases, technical notes and simulations.  These materials, developed by IE professors, form an important of IE’s online and on-campus courses, however the majority of this content is also freely available on the internet under a Creative Commons licence.

In researching material related to the content they produce, Learning Innovation’s project managers often encounter Wikipedia articles among the first search results returned from the internet.  From time to time these Wikipedia articles refer to other academic articles or website that prove to be highly useful and more in depth than the summary treatment that Wikipedia usually, and quite rightly, provides.  Recently one such project manager realised that some of IE Business School’s multimedia teaching materials is highly relevant to certain specific Wikipedia entries and could provide a valuable resource to those accessing those articles. Continue reading


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Plan de marketing como herramienta estratégica

As part of my introduction to the E-Learing department at IE Business School is to undertake an online Executive Education course, both for my professional development and to experience how these courses are organised. The title of this post is the course that I have chosen, “The Marketing Plan as a Strategic Tool”. The course will take place in September and, as you can see, it is in Spanish, which I have chosen as an opportunity to challenge myself with the language.


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Symposium on Islamic Economics and Finance.

I recently had the opportunity to work with the Center of Islamic Economic and Finance (cief), a joint venture between Madrid’s IE Business School and King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia.  I was involved with the symposium held at IE on June 16th and 17th entitled “Beyond the Crisis:  Islamic Finance in the New Financial Order”.  The symposium assembled a highly distinguished group of academics from the worlds of Islamic finance and conventional, western finance to discuss the nature of Islamic economics, how those principles may be applied in the framework of conventional finance and the advantages that would represent. Continue reading