what happened to apple university?

A while back, we reported that Yale b-school dean and network sociologist Joel Podolny was hired to head the new “Apple University.” Anyone know the status of that project? Or even what Apple U is supposed to be? Is it in house training, like Hamburger U (for fast food managers at MacDonalds), or is it an external school like the GM Institute/Kettering? Inquiring minds want to know.

Written by fabiorojas

October 6, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Posted in education, fabio, leadership

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  1. My understanding is that Apple U. is a sort of in-house executive/leadership training program. I’ve heard that Joel has since been promoted and is now the VP over the entire HR division at Apple.



    October 6, 2010 at 5:33 pm

  2. I spent a bit of time surfing around trying to figure this out on a late night a couple weeks ago. It seems that nobody really seems to know and not too much has been written about Apple U since Podolny left Yale.

    For what I can can tell, Apple’s not really said anything and nobody seems to know for sure. Some sort of Pixar-like internal executive training seems like it’s the theory with the most credibility.

    It’s really quite weird.


    Benjamin Mako Hill

    October 6, 2010 at 5:42 pm

  3. If it’s like Pixar’s internal program, I’d definitely be interested in knowing how it’s set up.



    October 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm

  4. Welcome to Apple’s world. They are massively secretive about everything and fire people who leak anything. Joel won’t be able to tell use anything.


    Bob Sutton

    October 13, 2010 at 11:05 pm

  5. […] little while ago, we asked: what’s the deal with Joel Podolny and Apple University? A few press releases and then … nothing. Well, Steve Jobs’ passing has yielded some […]


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