Executive MBA Program Blog

Curating a Meaningful MBA Experience

Posted by Marty Lawlor on Dec 12, 2018 1:38:04 PM

As program director for the Executive MBA program, I speak to many prospective students, and field numerous questions about the program. Most of the inquiries have to do with the operations or outcomes of the program—the time commitment each week, the technology used for delivery, the cohort model, or ROI for the program, to name a few. I am surprised, however, by the questions that often don’t get asked:

  • “Will I think differently as a result of this program?”
  • “Will my colleagues view me differently?”
  • “Will I form meaningful relationships with my cohort or instructors?”
  • “Will I have the confidence to lead a major project when I’m done with the program?

For many applicants, pursuing an MBA degree is perceived as a relatively simple exchange—take these courses; receive your degree. However, there is a much more meaningful exchange that occurs at RIT.

There are hundreds of MBA programs in the U.S.—both on-campus and online, that can offer just that. Most deliver a basic core curriculum of management, finance, accounting, and marketing courses, and a sizeable majority offer specialty programs or concentrations. However, the basic offering remains essentially the same—a set of tools for the manager’s tool belt. The result is a hyper-competitive MBA market.

In this type of market, where potential students find it difficult to perceive real differences among programs, schools try to out-compete their rivals by acquiring similar resources and developing more, but generally similar, capabilities. However, this is a losing proposition for most schools. Michael Porter of Harvard Business School calls this “competition to be the best” since only a very few schools can be crowned “the best.”

At RIT, our Executive MBA program has taken a different approach. We give significant thought to the distinctive value we can deliver, adapting curriculum to industries’ demands, as well as to the type of students who would best benefit from our resources and capabilities. We thought our value was largely in the high-touch delivery of our program: small classes; smart, committed faculty; and a dedicated and innovative staff to deliver a friction-free Executive MBA experience. While we continue to believe that high-touch experience is unusual and does in fact create value, we’ve come to see that our distinctive value is in creating a meaningful MBA experience for our students, an M2BA, for short.

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Topics: ROI, Executive MBA, Capstone, career growth

3 Reasons to do Business in Taiwan

Posted by Lauren Grimshaw on Oct 24, 2018 3:46:31 PM

What do you know about doing business in Taiwan and why the heck should you care?

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Topics: Executive MBA, international, Capstone

Taiwan, the HEART of Asia

Posted by Michael Cocquyt on Oct 24, 2018 3:22:23 PM

When we were first informed the international trip for our class was to Taiwan, many cultural norms, facts and economic statistics were thrown our way. None of these figures could have prepared us for the experiences ahead. On our first day in Taipei we were astounded by the kind-hearted nature of the locals. Having lived abroad for over a year in Europe, I was conditioned to refuse help on the street, out of fear of being taken advantage of. Here in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, the opposite was true. The only trouble we found was that asking for help could result in a long conversation and relationship building taking up time needed for the task at hand. 

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Topics: Executive MBA, international

The Value of Business and Culture in Taiwan

Posted by Stephanie Marquez on Oct 24, 2018 2:45:05 PM

Traveling to an exotic location has always been on my to do list. I consider myself fortunate to be able to have that experience here in Taipei, Taiwan. As a result of the opportunities afforded with being apart of the RIT EMBA program, I can check South East Asia off of my list.

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Topics: international, Executive MBA

Managing Millenials: A Management Imperative

Posted by Robert Boehner on Oct 16, 2018 8:46:26 PM

An article published in late 2016 by the IESE Business School forecast that by 2025 75% of the global workforce will be millennials. Academic researchers, consultants, and managers agree that millennials present a unique management challenge. For nearly a century management theory has been grounded in scientific management principles: hierarchical structure, management by objectives, accountability, metrics, and control processes. This 20th-century approach to managing will not work with millennials.

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Topics: Management, strategy

Putting your trust in the U.S. securities market

Posted by Bill Dresnack on Aug 20, 2018 2:47:56 PM

The U.S. securities markets remain one of the most powerful reasons for the overall continuing success of the nation as a financial center. Two great examples occurred recently, with Elon Musk and U.S. Rep. Chris Collins teaching (and learning) a lesson. 

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