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Welcome to another edition of Trivia Tuesday, where we highlight special programs and policies at top business schools. This week, we’re opening up the Clear Admit School Guide to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth to learn about the school’s Allwin Initiative:
“The Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship aims to familiarize students with issues that lie at the intersection of business, morality and social responsibility, working to ensure that all Tuck graduates possess a strong sense of business ethics and have the management tools to implement their principles.
“Two of the initiative’s most notable programs are its Ethics Fireside Chats and its support for students completing nonprofit or public-sector internships. The aim of the Ethics Fireside Chats, which are offered each term, is to introduce a continuous debate over issues of ethics and corporate responsibility into the Tuck MBA curriculum. An array of guest speakers engage in these discussions, the topics of which have included executive compensation, drug pricing, home mortgage defaults and the financial crisis. One of the most unusual recent Fireside Chats came in October 2009, when Hank Shea, former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, gave an informal presentation together with Nick and Carolyn Ryberg, two former human resources executives whom he had personally prosecuted for fraud. ”I try to find white-collar criminals who look and talk like the students,” says Professor Rick Shreve, associate faculty director for business ethics, who tries to stress how easy it can be to rationalize the wrong actions undertaken for the wrong reasons. Continue reading…
It’s time for this week’s edition of Trivia Tuesday, in which we spotlight the elements that differentiate the leading MBA programs from their peers. Today we’re taking a peek into the Clear Admit School Guide to the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University to tell you about the final hurdle Tepper students must clear before graduation: the capstone course.
“In the spring of their second year, students must complete a capstone course – Tepper’s term for a culminating project – either in their chosen track or in General Management. These courses usually span Minis 3 and 4 and frequently consist of both classroom and practical components. The capstone course requires students to draw on the knowledge they have gained throughout their time at Tepper and apply it to a relevant practical situation. Students following the General Management curriculum do so by taking part in the Management Game, a practical simulation in which teams of students run competing virtual consumer goods companies with the goal of securing the greatest market share. Continue reading…
It’s Tuesday again, and that means it’s time for some trivia! As our regular readers know, each Tuesday we take the opportunity to highlight some of the programs, policies or predilections of the leading business schools. Our goal is to help applicants learn more about the most popular schools while also discovering some of the important differences between them.
Today, we’re taking a peek into the Clear Admit School Guide to the McCombs School of Business to share with you a passage about the school’s IC2 Institute, which provides opportunities for interdisciplinary research pertinent to the MBA curriculum.
“The IC2 Institute, an interdisciplinary research unit at the University of Texas at Austin, works to confirm and extend theories of entrepreneurial wealth creation by conducting real-life tests on businesses that opt to participate. IC2, which stands for “innovation, creativity and capital,” conducts its research through three principal subsidiaries: the Austin Technology Incubator, the Global Commercialization Group and the Bureau of Business Research. Continue reading…
Welcome to another edition of Trivia Tuesday, our weekly examination of the programs and policies that impact the student experience at the leading business schools. This week, we turn our attention to the Johnson School of Cornell University and their unusual first-year Immersion Program, as described in the Clear Admit Guide to the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management.
“In Spring Semester of the first year, students complement their final two core courses with participation in Johnson’s signature Immersion Learning program. Each immersion consists of a coordinated set of electives and experiential learning opportunities focused on a particular career or industry; these courses of study invite students to engage with business problems across functions and disciplines, as they will need to do later in their careers. Many career-switchers report that these immersions are an effective way to gain an in-depth understanding of their new target industry prior to their summer internships. Continue reading…
Hello, and welcome to another edition of Clear Admit’s weekly Trivia Tuesday column, in which we take an in-depth look at program elements that differentiate the leading MBA programs from their peers. This week, we’re taking a peek into the Clear Admit School Guide to MIT Sloan to share with you an excerpt about the school’s distinctive condensed core curriculum, which gives students the chance to take three full semesters of electives.
“Like other MBA programs, MIT Sloan requires students to complete a series of core courses designed to provide an overview of important business disciplines. Sloan’s core offers a broad foundation on which students can build throughout their next three semesters of elective courses, providing an introduction to accounting, business statistics, economics, managerial communication and organizational processes, with an additional course in either finance or strategic marketing.
“Sloan’s core is the shortest of any of its peers, requiring just one semester of courses. The remaining three semesters are devoted wholly to electives, a fact particularly appreciated by students who already have a strong background in their target industries. However, with eight required courses squeezed into just three months, students’ first semester at Sloan is extremely busy. Continue reading…
Hello and welcome to another edition of Trivia Tuesday, in which we examine individual program elements that differentiate the leading MBA programs from their peers. Today, we’re digging into the Clear Admit School Guide to Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in order to share with you some insights about the school’s entrepreneurship offerings.
“Fuqua established the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for students interested in founding their own businesses or pursuing careers in venture capital or private equity. The center works to incorporate practices and ideas associated with entrepreneurship into Fuqua’s curriculum.
“The teaching style of the school’s entrepreneurship electives varies, with both lecture-based and experiential offerings common. The more traditional, lecture-based classes include Entrepreneurial Strategy and Venture Capital & Private Equity, while the experiential options include the Duke New Ventures Clinic and the Mentored Study in Entrepreneurship. Continue reading…
Welcome to this week’s edition of Trivia Tuesday! Today, we’re crossing the pond and opening up the Clear Admit Guide to London Business School to learn about the school’s distinctive Organisational Audit, a mandatory experiential element of the core curriculum.
“As a part of the core course Managing Organisational Behaviour, teams of students engage with partner firms to audit key aspects of each company’s operations. This Organisational Audit, a focus of the first year at London, provides a window into the inner workings of large corpo- rations and gives students a chance to apply the business analysis skills they have learned in the classroom.
“The primary focus of the Organisational Audit is to serve the partner company by providing insight into a managerial problem impacting its organizational performance and issuing clear recommendations for improvement. Teams work closely with their partner companies to plan the topic and scale of the audit. In recent years, students have investigated areas such as decision-making procedures, cultural integration following a merger, lateral communication issues and incentive structures at both Fortune 500 and niche organizations, including Disney UK, GlaxoSmithKline, the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation and Morgan Stanley.
“The entire process takes place across approximately six months. Teams make initial contact with companies in November and December and work with their contacts to settle the nature and scope of the project by February. In March and April, students enter the workplace to observe, interview staff and conduct surveys. Finally, in May, each team submits a lengthy brief to the company and to LBS professors.”
For more information on the London Business School curriculum and the many experiential opportunities the school provides, be sure to check out the Clear Admit School Guide to LBS. All Clear Admit School Guides are available for immediate purchase and download on the Clear Admit shop.
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This week in Trivia Tuesday, where we highlight the distinguishing aspects of top business schools, we’re opening up the Clear Admit School Guide to Columbia Business School to learn more about Columbia’s Master Classes.
“A number of Columbia’s elective courses offer opportunities to travel abroad to study global developments in entrepreneurship. In particular, the Master Classes offer valuable chances for students to develop hands-on experience within an academic context.
“One such Master Class, Private Equity and Entrepreneurship in Africa, gives students the chance to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa. This interdisciplinary course includes students from Columbia’s MBA, law and international affairs programs. Students spend the first seven weeks of the term learning from guest lecturers and case studies about successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs and financiers. Then, over Columbia’s two-week winter break, the class travels to an African country to work for a sponsoring private equity firm or entrepreneur. Upon returning to Columbia, the class presents a consulting report, financial analysis or case study for public use. Continue reading…
Today in Trivia Tuesday, we’re profiling UNC / Kenan-Flagler’s WORKING Languages Program, courtesy of the Clear Admit School Guide to UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
“The 28-week WORKING Languages Program, offered through the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), is designed for students who wish to hone their proficiency in a foreign language without forgoing courses they want to take at Kenan-Flagler Business School. The program focuses on developing listening comprehension and oral proficiency in business Spanish, Portuguese or Mandarin Chinese. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded approximately 6.5 credits toward their degrees, depending on the language they select, and are graded on the same pass/fail system by which regular coursework is evaluated.
“The program is conducted via workshops, conversational exchanges, interactive tools, distance learning and a one- to two-week immersion program in a foreign country. Students practice their speaking and listening skills in conversation sessions once a week and improve their reading and writing skills through analyses of texts and business cases. The in-country immersions typically require the student to complete a series of tasks and activities by interacting with native speakers, as well as participate in company visits, sightseeing tours and a community service project. Only under special circumstances can the in-country immersion requirement be waived.
It’s time again for Trivia Tuesday, our weekly look at the programs, resources and opportunities that differentiate the leading business schools. Today we’re taking a peek into the Clear Admit School Guide to the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and sharing an excerpt on the resources offered to students interested in pursuing a career in entrepreneurship.
“Aspiring entrepreneurs at Haas can take advantage of a variety of academic and extracurricular resources to support their goals. The school’s entrepreneurship offerings are organized by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which was founded in 1991 to serve as the focus for UC Berkeley’s programs in innovation and new enterprise development. The center’s busy calendar of events provides numerous learning opportunities for students who plan to enter industries such as venture capital, social entrepreneurship, high technology and biotechnology enterprises. Continue reading…
It’s time again for Trivia Tuesday, in which we at Clear Admit cut through the maze of information out there and show you the elements that distinguish one MBA program from the next. Today, we’ll turn our spotlight on the Clear Admit Guide to UCLA Anderson to learn more about its Management Core.
“Anderson’s customizable core dominates the first-year curriculum, comprising all of Fall and Winter Quarters and half of the spring course load. Students may take an optional elective in the winter, though many have historically chosen instead to focus on their core courses. Anderson’s goal in designing such a rigorous initial core is to equip all students with a background in all primary business disciplines and functions before they embark on their internships. Continue reading…