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MBA programs with integrated curriculum [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2007, 08:51
I posted this in another forum, curious what you all think.

This is somewhat of a general question. What MBA programs are known for their multi-disciplined approach to teaching business management? I have read a little bit about Yale SOM's revisionary approach to teaching students to solve problems in areas that touch on finance and marketing, for example, as a single course. Thus, giving students a larger organizational perspective.

I think this is interesting. I can see the relevance, if done well in the program, I think this would be a big draw for me in selecting schools.

Does anyone know what top 25 programs consider this type of curriculum? Or, which schools are at the other end of the spectrum?

I apologize if this has been discussed. I couldnt find it through the search function.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2007, 09:35
It would be nice if there was some resource that listed all the top schools with a summary of their teaching model. For instance something like:

HBS - 100% case method
Yale SOM - Integrated blah blah blah...
Wharton - 50% case, 50% blah blah blah...

Looking at school's websites doesn't always clarify exactly what their teaching model is all about, a lot of schools seem to have lots of meaningless buzzwords that talk about their cutting-edge approach without ever telling you the nuts and bolts of the teaching model.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2007, 10:10
Business week rankings page has some information of that kind.
at least I think it has...
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2007, 11:27
BW provides information on schools by specialty - Finance, Marketing, Operations, etc. I could not find any consolidated information on the structure of curriculum, such as % of case study, lecture based, cross-functional courses. Other aspects such as fewer core requirements and ability to take many electives sort of plays into this as well, I think.

It is hard to gather this information even from the school's websites. I'm sure some of digging would return some useful info, but I was hoping some of those who have done some research in this area when applying might have some input.

If I can compile some good info, I'll post it.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2007, 13:33
From BW online, some examples (not every school, don't even know if the majority, but here goes):

http://www.businessweek.com/@@Nke*C4QQ9 ... llogg2.htm

http://www.businessweek.com/@@Nke*C4QQ9 ... arton2.htm

http://www.businessweek.com/@@Nke*C4QQ9 ... /haas2.htm


Just check out the rest, but at least some have the info in the beggining...
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2007, 14:03
johnnyx9 wrote:
It would be nice if there was some resource that listed all the top schools with a summary of their teaching model. For instance something like:

HBS - 100% case method
Yale SOM - Integrated blah blah blah...
Wharton - 50% case, 50% blah blah blah...

Looking at school's websites doesn't always clarify exactly what their teaching model is all about, a lot of schools seem to have lots of meaningless buzzwords that talk about their cutting-edge approach without ever telling you the nuts and bolts of the teaching model.


Personally, I'm not so hot about Yale's new curriculum. If I want to concentrate in finances, I don't want to spend time l.earning marketing or large operations. That's where I like GSB's setup alot better.

On the other hand I am not sold on using earned Chicago credits as points to bid for a seat in the most popular classes. The gazillion dollars paid in tuition ought to get me in the classes I wish to take.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2007, 21:07
Kelley is a realtively lower ranked school that does have the integrated curriculum and cross functional approach you talk about.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2007, 07:10
Nsentra wrote:
I am not sold on using earned Chicago credits as points to bid for a seat in the most popular classes. The gazillion dollars paid in tuition ought to get me in the classes I wish to take.


Chicago likes Finance & Economics, so it uses auction theory to price its classes. If you don't like the idea of that, it stands to figure you may well not like Chicago's approach. If you can't optimise your own portfolio, why should someone employ you to maximise theirs?
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