Do MBA Students have the Mind Set to be Knowledge Workers

A Chronicle of Higher Education newsletter, Wired Campus (January 17, 2012) used the following question as a section title, “Are Your Students Prepared to Be the “Knowledge Workers” of Tomorrow?” This started me thinking about MBA students as “Knowledge Workers,” which in turn caused me to ask the following questions:

Are MBA students prepared to be the “Knowledge Workers” of tomorrow?
Are MBA students preparing themselves to be the “Knowledge Workers” of tomorrow?
Do MBA students have the “Mind Set” to be the “Knowledge Workers” of tomorrow?
Do MBA students even have the “Mind Set” to be “Knowledge Workers?”

I first learned of “Knowledge Workers” while reading Peter Drucker’s book, The Effective Executive (HarperBusiness, 1966). I since discovered that “Knowledge Work” and “Knowledge Workers” are concepts that permeate many of Drucker’s writings. Quoting from Drucker’s Post-Capitalist Society (HarperBusiness, 1993: p 85):

Is Wikipedia An Appropriate Resource For MBA Students

As successful as Wikipedia appears to be, my experience is that MBA faculty members do not widely use it in their courses or encourage their MBA students to use Wikipedia as a resource or to become contributors. Moreover, when I talk with MBA faculty members, there is little agreement regarding the extent to which Wikipedia is an appropriate resource for MBA students.

International Study Trip Preparation–12 Tips for MBA Students

While preparing for an upcoming international trip, it occurred to me that after 30 years of international travel I follow a mental checklist. I thought it would be helpful for MBA students, especially for those preparing for their MBA International Study Trip, if I shared my mental checklist. For most international trips, I do the following 12 things immediately after I purchase my airline ticket(s):

MBA Students and Proper Online Business Etiquette

Two of my recent articles, “MBA Students Do You See Yourself as Your MBA Peers See You” and “MBA Program No Asshole Rule” addressed MBA student behavior while enrolled in an MBA program. A behavior related area that appears to be gaining interest is online business etiquette, a topic that is certainly something MBA students need to keep in mind as they use multiple forms of social media to advance their careers and interact with their MBA classmates, faculty, staff, and other professionals. One online misstep can have an adverse impact on one’s career advancement. Click on the title to read the complete article.

Can MBA Students Learn to be Creative

Can MBA students learn to be creative during their MBA program? More importantly, if they do learn to be creative during this time, will they be creative throughout their careers? On the other hand, is creativity something that MBA students can cultivate through rigorous training during their graduate programs and continue developing by deliberately practicing certain core abilities and skills over an extended period? The simple answer is yes. However, research suggests that increasing one’s creativity requires rigorous training and practice. If this is the case, then many, if not most MBA students, will find the answer is no because their MBA program’s design seldom provides the appropriate course content and practice time necessary for developing lifelong creativity.