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.
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.
MBA students often overlook their MBA classmates as potential resources for helping them develop professionally. Peer-to-peer activities such as coaching and mentoring may be an option for some MBA students while they are earning their MBA degree. Click on the title to learn more.
A recent Wall Street Journal article by Stu Woo, What Makes an Online Password Stronger reminded me of two articles I wrote for MyeEMBA , “How Many New Passwords Did it Take You to Start Your MBA?” and “LastPass –…
Building a Civilized MBA Program and Surviving One That Isn’t
Stanford University professor Robert I. Sutton starts his New York Times bestseller book, The No Asshole Rule saying, “When I encounter a mean-spirited person, the first thing I think is: ‘Wow, what an asshole!’”
My version of his statement, “When I encounter a mean-spirited and obnoxious MBA student, the first thing I think is: Wow, what an asshole!” Most of the time I did not share this thought with anyone. However, during MBA class periods when a particularly obnoxious MBA student acted like a jerk, you could see by the expressions on faculty members’ and students’ faces there was a consensus that this student was indeed an MBA asshole.
MBA programs have their share of assholes. As hard as they try to filter them out, MBA program recruiters and admission committees do on occasion accept one or two assholes into a class. Furthermore, deans and department chairs will sometimes assign asshole faculty members to teach an MBA class. With this in mind, and staying with the title of Dr. Sutton’s book, I want to ask, “Does your MBA program have a no asshole rule?” If not, should your MBA program adopt a no asshole rule?
Click on the title to read more about developing a “no asshole” rule for MBA programs or classes.
A post by Natalie Houston on the ProfHacker Blog reminded me of the MBA students I know that lost digital files during their MBA program. File sharing is common among MBA students. Files are lost because of viruses, hardware failures, or Sues (stupid user errors). No matter the cause, a backup plan can prevent a lot of stress and rework.
Houston’s post describes reasons for not backing up digital files and solutions for backing up those important files. Backing up files can be an important time saver for the busy MBA student.
She identifies several cost effective and easy-to-use backup applications and services. Click on the heading to read more.