When talking with others, we sometimes say, “Now don’t tell anyone I said ….” Such statements are a request for non-attribution. The request is just for the case at hand and incorporated easily into the conversation. On the other hand, group settings, such as MBA classrooms, pose a different problem. Can you imagine an MBA classmate during a class discussion prefacing a comment with, “Now, don’t say I said this but my company …?” That situation is unlikely because when a student with valuable real world experiences to share is concerned about attribution, he or she is usually unwilling to participate in an open discussion. Unfortunately, the result is a missed learning opportunity for the class. One way of addressing the concerns of students regarding attribution is for the MBA class or the MBA program to adopt a non-attribution policy.
Most MBA students do not find themselves unhappy with their MBA program. However, many do find that, during their pursuit of an MBA, they develop an attitude or feeling of disapproval of certain aspects of the program and they find little pleasure from their participation in the program. In the short term, such attitudes or feelings can adversely affect a student’s learning, while, in the long term, they can affect student and alumni advocacy for the program. What should an MBA student do when they find themselves in this situation?
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.
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):
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 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.