Category: MBA

Tools to Help MBAs Unlearn Bad Writing Behavior

“MBA students often have to unlearn bad behavior, such as using complicated words over simple ones,” says Carter Daniel in a recent Wall Street Journal article. Carter is the business communication programs director at Rutgers Business School. The article, “Students Struggle for Words,” points out that business schools, in response to employer complaints are emphasizing writing skills more. MBA program approaches for improving their students’ writing skills vary from hiring writing coaches to adding communications courses to the curriculum. There was no mention of technology as either a solution or supplemental approach to helping MBA students improve their writing skills.

This article illustrates how technology can help MBA students improve their writing skills. Click on the heading to read more.

MBAs – Easily Share Your Flip Chart Content

MBAs, how often do you attend a team meeting and at its conclusion the wall is covered with flip chart pages? Then, how often do you see one of your MBA team members roll them up to take them home for conversion to a shareable format? My experience working with MBA student teams and MBA faculty teams is meetings end this way too often.

Now, look around your office, how many rolls of used flip chart paper do you see? When I visit the offices of people that work in groups or teams I often find their offices cluttered with the remnants of their meetings.

Today my office is spared from this clutter because of a very simple solution. Click on the heading to read more about my simple solution.

MBAs Enhance Your Wellbeing by Sharing Your Homework Time

Managing work-life balance, social wellbeing, and family activities while earning an MBA is challenging, especially in today’s fast-paced electronic world. For MBA students finding time to do that which is important is difficult. One option MBA students may want to consider is sharing homework time.

Click on the heading to read more about sharing homework time.

Scheduling Global MBA Team Meetings – Challenges and Solutions

The globalization of the MBA creates new challenges for MBA students, MBA faculty, and MBA administrators. One challenge is managing time zone differences and getting all of the meeting participants to join a meeting at the appointed time. No matter how much global meeting experience participants have, they sometimes miss scheduled meetings because they miscalculate time zone settings when placing the meeting on their calendar. Less experienced MBA students, when they first start working with a global MBA team are especially prone to this miscalculation.

What are some ways you can minimize miscalculations? Click on the heading to learn more.

MBAs – Out of Sight, Out of Mind

MBA students, how often do you find yourself suddenly realizing that you made a commitment to your MBA team and that commitment is due tomorrow? Or, your MBA team has an assignment that is due tomorrow and you are responsible for consolidating the work of your teammates and you have yet to hear from any of them? My experience is that both situations occur far more frequently than they should, especially in EMBA, part time, or online MBA programs. Simply stated, the root cause of situations like these is “out of sight, out of mind.”

What does “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” mean in an MBA context? Click on the title to learn more.

RSS Feeds – Is There A Benefit for MBA Students

MBA students, how well are you managing repetitive web searches? Are you searching for updated information on web sites and blogs by returning to them periodically or, are you receiving automatic updates as changes occur? Are you having updates pushed to you or are you pulling the new information to you when you are ready for it?

MBA students manage a barrage of information from faculty members, program administrators, classmates, and teammates while at the same time they are searching for new information on their own to complete class assignments. All of which is in addition to the non-MBA information flows they must cope with as well.

Information management for MBA students can be challenging. Fortunately, there are technology solutions and tools that can help MBA students meet this challenge. I introduced one tool in a previous post, Google Scholar. In this post, I want to suggest that RSS feeds and readers are tools MBA students can use to manage information as well as simplify their MBA life.