#MBA Week: Preparing for the Real World

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It’s #MBA Week on the Financial Times, which has released its global MBA rankings, and we are pleased to bring you articles from SAGE Journals that highlight practical advice and real-world skill building for MBA students and faculty.

From Psychological Science, don’t miss “Daily Horizons: Evidence of Narrow Bracketing in Judgment from 10 Years of M.B.A. Admissions Interviews,” published by Uri Simonsohn of The Wharton School,at the University of Pennsylvania and Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School, and highlighted in Harvard Business Review’s Daily Stat:

home_coverMBA applicants may be at a disadvantage if they interview on a day when several others have already received positive evaluations, say Uri Simonsohn of The Wharton School and Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School. In a study of more than 9,000 MBA interviews, the researchers found that for any of several possible reasons, including people’s tendency to underestimate the presence of “streaks” in random sequences, interviewers who have given high scores to a number of candidates in a given day seem reluctant to give a similarly high score to a subsequent candidate.

JME_72ppiRGB_150pixWClick here to read on, and don’t miss these recent articles on skill-building for MBA students:

The MBA Capstone Course: Building Theoretical, Practical, Applied, and Reflective Skills,” published by Syeda Noorein Inamdar and Malu Roldan, both of San Jose State University, in the Journal of Management Education on January 30, 2013:

The capstone strategy course is used in many management education programs to provide practical business relevance as a means for students to transition to the business world. We conducted an empirical study to determine to what extent capstone strategy courses are teaching the following four skills that prepare students to meet business job demands: theoretical, practical, applied, and reflective.

JMI_72ppiRGB_150pixwDeveloping Global Business Capabilities in MBA Students,” published by W. Alan Randolph, University of Baltimore in the Journal of Management Inquiry September 2011 issue:

The need to develop global business capabilities in MBAs is clear and growing, and faculty must create efficient and effective processes for developing these capabilities.The author offers for consideration an approach that utilizes theory combined with practice to begin developing global business capabilities during a one-semester course.

UntitledFaculty and students will also find a wealth of information in the Journal of Management Education podcast, featuring interviews with management educators who seek to reflect on their professional practice and to engage readers in an exploration of what or how to teach in order for students to learn and practice effective management.

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