Read snippets from our popular line of MBA School Guides in this weekly post.
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 Organizational Behavior, teams of students engage with partner firms to audit key aspects of each company’s operations. This Organizational Audit offers a window into the inner workings of large corporations and gives students a chance to apply the business analysis skills they have learned in the classroom.
“The primary focus of the Organizational 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. 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 6.5 credits toward their degrees and are graded on the same pass/fail system by which regular coursework is evaluated.
“The program is conducted via workshops, conversational exchanges, 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. While not a requirement, the in-country immersion is strongly encouraged for students in each course. Continue reading…
Today in Trivia Tuesday, we’re looking inside the Clear Admit School Guide to INSEAD in order to share with you an excerpt about the program’s language requirement.
“A distinctive aspect of INSEAD’s MBA program is that language skills are an official requirement for both admission and graduation. Beyond the requirement that students possess proficiency in two languages upon enrollment, one of which must be English, students must also demonstrate basic knowledge of a third commercially useful language in order to graduate. INSEAD’s ‘basic knowledge’ classification, equivalent to the European Council’s A2 competency level, requires an ability to communicate clearly and simply about routine matters and situations. Though students have the full duration of their studies at INSEAD to reach this level of competence, they must declare their exit language at the time of enrollment.
“Incoming students who are already proficient in a third language are permitted to certify their competence before matriculation, provided that they have passed a state-recognized language proficiency exam accepted by INSEAD or have completed a degree program of which at least one year was conducted exclusively in the language in question. During Orientation Week, students may also sit for a written or oral proficiency test administered by one of INSEAD’s partner language instruction institutions. 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 the 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.
“Anderson’s Management Core mandates an especially heavy course load in the fall. During their first quarter of the program, students must tackle five particularly demanding courses – more than they will have to take at any other time during their MBA education (see Figure 2.3). Spanning subjects from accounting to statistics, the fall curriculum demands broad and sustained engagement from students all season long. Even in this very first quarter of study, however, Anderson students have a degree of freedom in ordering their curriculum and may complete either the Foundations of Finance or Marketing Management core course; the course not chosen is then completed in the winter. Continue reading…
In this week’s installment of Trivia Tuesday, we turn our focus to the Clear Admit School Guide to Northwestern / Kellogg to learn about the school’s International Business & Markets Program.
“Kellogg’s international programs are coordinated by the International Business & Markets Program (IBMP). The academic core of the IBMP is the International Business major, which focuses on imparting the specialized tools and knowledge needed to lead an international firm. Areas of instruction include international marketing, accounting, finance and healthcare, as well as cross-cultural negotiation, international management strategies and doing business in emerging economies.
“In addition to the International Business major, the IBMP also runs the Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) course, one of Kellogg’s most popular electives. Over 400 Kellogg students enroll in the course each year, usually during the winter or summer quarters. Each GIM section of 35 students chooses a country of focus, and each student chooses a target industry or economic sector to study, taking on various leadership roles within their teams. Recent courses have focused on countries worldwide, including China, Ecuador, Germany Japan and South Africa, with students studying industries ranging from e-commerce and pharmaceuticals to ecotourism and microenterprise. Continue reading…
It’s time for Trivia Tuesday, our weekly exploration of the components that differentiate leading MBA programs from their peers. Today, we’re taking a look into the Clear Admit Guide to the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management to explore Johnson’s Cayuga MBA Fund.
“Established in 1998 with an initial investment of $600,000, the Cayuga MBA Fund is a long-short, market-neutral hedge fund whose investments are largely directed by second-year student managers from Johnson. The fund prides itself on the high degree of autonomy its students have in the decision-making process, on the access students have to equipment that rivals that in use on Wall Street and on its own strong performance in recent years. The Cayuga fund currently has nearly $12 million in funds under management.
“The fund’s roughly 20 student portfolio managers, chosen at the end of their first year via a rigorous application process, are all required to enroll in the second-year course Applied Portfolio Management, in which each manager researches and presents an investment proposal that will influence the fund’s future direction. The students are also expected to deliver an annual shareholder presentation on the state of the fund. Though the student managers have a high degree of autonomy, faculty members and investment practitioners advise them on investment decisions and other problems that arise in maintaining a diverse portfolio. Continue reading…
Welcome to another edition of Trivia Tuesday, where we discuss special offerings that help differentiate leading MBA programs. This week we’re opening up the Clear Admit Guide to UVA / Darden to learn more about the Darden’s special Business Projects.
“During the second year of the MBA program, many students choose to enroll in an experiential Darden Business Project (DBP) in one of three areas. Through the Consulting DBP, second-year students work in three- to six-person teams to solve a real-world business issue on behalf of a client organization. Students who opt to take the Venturing DBP can earn credit as they develop a proposal for a new business and a plan for funding and developing their planned venture. Finally, students who have an idea for a case that might be added to the MBA curriculum can conduct the necessary research, with faculty support, through the Case Development DBP.
Welcome back to Trivia Tuesday, where we explore the special programs and opportunities that differentiate the leading business schools. Today we’re featuring an except from the Clear Admit School Guide to Dartmouth Tuck School of Business about the school’s Center for Business & Society.
“Known as the Initiative for Corporate Citizenship and then Allwin Initiative until its formal designation as a center in 2012, the Center for Business and Society has served the Tuck community in some form since its foundation in July 2001. The center 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 center’s most notable programs are its visiting speaker series and its support for students completing nonprofit or public sector internships. The purpose of the speaker series, 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 guests engage in these discussions, the topics of which have included ethical standards, executive compensation, drug pricing, home mortgage defaults, business impact on social issues, and the financial crisis. For example, in October 2012 Andy Fastow, imprisoned former CFO of Enron, spoke to the Tuck community about what happened and how he now feels. “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. Other visitors have included CEOs of AmeriCares, Anglo American Mining Company, Brodgespan, FINCA, RBC Wealth Management, and VanGuard. Continue reading…
In today’s edition of Trivia Tuesday, our weekly series profiling special offerings at leading business schools, we’re opening up the Clear Admit School Guide to Wharton to learn more about the school’s Lauder program:
“The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, one of Wharton’s most distinctive and prestigious special programs, aims to provide its students with the skills they need to do business in foreign languages and cultures. Founded in 1983, the program gives Wharton MBA students, as well as J.D. candidates from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the opportunity to earn a joint M.A. in International Studies from Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences.
“Advanced language study is a hallmark of the Lauder program. In applying to Lauder, students indicate their interest in one of nine tracks, each comprising a language and a region of interest, and then pursue advanced study of that track through the institute’s Language and Culture Program. Acceptance at Lauder is predicated on advanced proficiency in one’s chosen language, and students are expected to reach fluency over the two years of the program. Students whose assessed proficiency is either too low or too high at the time of application are not eligible for admission. Continue reading…
Welcome to this week’s post in our Trivia Tuesday series, in which we spotlight program 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 share with you an excerpt about the school’s opportunities for international study.
“As part of the Tepper MBA experience, students are encouraged to embark on a Global Trek or study abroad program organized by one of the school’s clubs. Most students who go abroad opt for the two-week treks, in which students study the challenges facing developing economies and network in global business centers.
It’s time once again for Trivia Tuesday, our regular exploration of the special programs and opportunities that differentiate the leading business schools. This week we’re taking a peek into the Clear Admit School Guide to Stanford to share an excerpt on Stanford’s Global Management Program.
“Stanford offers many experiential learning options, which were first housed under the Global Management Program established by students and faculty in 1994. This was a complement to faculty research in the field as undertaken by Stanford GSB’s Center for Global Business and the Economy (see section “Research Centers”), and the Center today provides both academic and experiential opportunities for students interested in global management.
“The Global Management Immersion Experience (GMIX) is an internship that takes place during the summer after a student’s first year. Each GMIX must span for a minimum of four weeks and so usually follows a longer, traditional internship, and it is one of the options that students may select in order to complete the Global Experience Requirement for graduation. Sponsor organizations, which range from multinational companies to small startups, generally seek students to work on a focused project over their four weeks with the program (see Figure 3.2). Following the international experience itself, students have the option to complete a research project and compose a paper on a topic related to the internship, earning two units of credit. The school reports that each year, 59 organizations in 26 countries on average participate in GMIX, and approximately 82 students complete this program annually.
“Also worth two units is the Stanford Tsinghua Exchange Program (STEP), a partnership between Stanford and Tsinghua University in Beijing that takes place over a longer term. Stanford GSB students participating in the program are paired with an MBA student at the Tsinghua School of Economics and Management. The pair work long-distance throughout the academic year on a research project of mutual interest, and each student takes a weeklong trip to the other campus for a visit focused not just on academics, but also on trips to local businesses and social and cultural activities.
“Global Study Trips, traditionally one of Stanford’s most popular international options, provide an alternative, shorter international experience. These student-organized trips occur between quarters during the academic year and center on travel to a particular country or region, including meetings with a range of business and government leaders (see Figure 3.3). Following the Global Study Trips, students complete a report and share their experiences with their peers.”
To continue reading about Stanford’s Global Management Program, and to discover more of Stanford’s special offerings, take a look at the Clear Admit School Guide to Stanford. All Clear Admit School Guides are available for immediate purchase and download on the Clear Admit shop.
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