Tag: Executive MBA

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):

MBA Students – Is it Laziness or Exhausted Self-Control

Many MBA faculty members think that MBA students are lazy. Why do they think this? Well, perhaps it is because some MBA students come to class without completing homework assignments, without reading assigned articles and book chapters, and when in class they are not active participants in discussions. Since most of my experience is with part time MBA students and Executive MBA students, I attributed this type of behavior to work-life balance issues. Now there may be another answer, exhausted self-control.

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MBA Students – Do You Have A Backup Plan

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.

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.