McGill University Opens Bensadoun School of Retail Management | RetailTechPodcast

McGill University Opens Bensadoun School of Retail Management

That's a major reason his family foundation donated $25 million to help found the Bensadoun School of Retail Management at McGill University, which will serve as a hub for the academic institution's research around the retail sector, in addition to educating the next generation of retail talent. The need for academic resources focused on the retail industry has only grown with the dramatic changes to the retail landscape in recent years, Bensadoun said. The new school will feature interdisciplinary programmes that draw from different departments at McGill, reflecting the more complex realities of modern day retail. The school will also house a retail experience lab, which, among other uses, will provide pop-up space for retailers to experiment and providing industry individuals, students and academics an opportunity to observe the behaviour of consumers. While Friday marks the official opening of the school, the first cohort of students on the Retail Management Bachelor of Commerce programme have already enrolled this autumn. A Retail Management PhD course and Executive Education will launch next year, followed by a Retail Management Masters programme in 2020. "The school will give a new playbook to the retailer in order to win," said Bensadoun. Read more