Concurrent Sessions III

Thursday | January 27 | 2011 | 7:15 pm - 8:45 PM

Educating Students for Intercultural Success within the MBA Program and Beyond
As we prepare our students for a globally interdependent workforce, we need to know 1) what interculturally successful individuals look like in terms of their abilities, knowledge, disposition, and development; and 2) how to educate students toward those outcomes. This session will review research on these matters and challenge you to design intentional educational contexts that will provide the outcomes necessary for your students’ intercultural success.

Kelly Carter Merrill, Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii, Manoa

From Specialized to Self-Designed:  Programmatic Design and Organizational Structure
This session will take a closer look at MBA programmatic design in general and will explore two distinct models in greater detail—the “highly focused, career specialization” model and the “highly flexible, build-your-own” model.  Session presenters will compare and contrast the impact of these models on curricular development, admissions processes, the student experience, and administrative structures.  Attendees will then engage in small group discussion about their own programmatic models and discuss collectively options for aligning resources and maximizing programmatic delivery.

Dan Poston, Assistant Dean for Masters Programs, Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Seattle
Blair Sanford, Assistant Dean, MBA Programs and Director, MBA Career Management Center, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Models for Assessing and Developing Leadership Competencies
(repeat from 11 am)
There are many ways to incorporate leadership development into your degree programs—from a curricular-based approach to the use of assessment centers.  The panelists in this session are each using a different model of assessing and developing leadership competencies at their school, and they will share how and why they work.  Each panelist will identify his/her leadership program objectives and design and then discuss the context in which the program was successfully created and implemented.  There will be ample time to discuss the pros and cons of the different models and get input from our panelists on how best to make them work for you.

Lee Konczak, Senior Lecturer, Leadership Development, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
Jeffrey Kudisch, Managing Director, Office of Career Services, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Neta Moye, Principal Research Scientist, PDRI and Former Faculty Director, Leadership Development Programs, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University

(Re)defining MBA Program Quality: Beyond Rankings and Reputation
(repeated on Friday at 9 am) 
Media rankings are extremely popular and have a substantial impact on business school stakeholders, influencing recruiter behavior, alumni donations, placement, and applicant quality. However, significant research now shows that rankings are primarily indicators of reputation, largely ignoring other meaningful factors associated with educational quality.  Given the high-stakes associated with graduate management education, many educators argue that it is time to create an improved rating system based on the essential criteria that constitute academic quality.  Join GMAC MERI grant recipients Robert Rubin and Erich Dierdorff as they review and discuss their comprehensive study conducted with the goal of establishing the foundational criteria for academic quality in graduate management education.

Erich Dierdorff, Assistant Professor of Management, The Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul University
Robert Rubin, Associate Professor of Management, The Charles H.  Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul University