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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.

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    anon.

    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.

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    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.

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    fabiorojas

    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.

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    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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