MBA students working together with one or more classmates in order to complete an assignment is a norm in most MBA programs. Working together successfully often depends on how well the group shares information. This usually means sharing a document or file of some kind, such as an MS Word document, PowerPoint presentation, PDF file, picture, graphic, or a spreadsheet. While MBA students working together may be the norm for most MBA programs, providing students effective and efficient ways of sharing documents is not. The answer for most MBA programs is to let students find their own solution, which usually means using email and file attachments. Much better solutions are available, many of which are consumer-focused, user friendly, and free.
I am a self-described technology experimenter and early adopter, some may even say junkie. I sometimes try a new software application just because it sounds interesting or because, in reading a review, I identify a solution to a problem that I did not know that I had. Dropbox, on the other hand is a solution to a problem for which I have been searching for several years.
After working with MBA students for over 20 years, I am certain of one thing: MBA students will share files – with faculty, teammates, classmates, and others. Unfortunately, MBA student approaches to file sharing often vary by the number of individuals involved in sharing with the default being email attachments. I have looked for a simple and easy way for MBA students to share files, with each other and especially me.