I have recently started my b-school research. I would either like to start a company or work as a consultant, both in business analytics. I have sufficient technical education and experience in data mining and analytics. I was wondering if there is a program that will prepare me for achieving either of the objectives. [Please know that I'll be doing in my research too, but it would be nice if someone can offer a general direction] I necessarily don't need to take any more courses in analytics, but I definitely need to build entrepreneurial skills and good network in this field. Please do not scoff at my questions, as I have barely begun to understand the whole application process. Would location/ranking matter in such a case? If I am unable to start a start-up right off the bat, I am interested in working as a consultant for analytics solutions provider companies.
Does anyone here have similar goals or have already done so? Is someone here doing analytics post-MBA?
Thanks for your help.
I do business analytics as well and am in the same boat as you. I was really turned on by Chicago Booth and MIT Sloan for a few reasons. #1, I thought they provided really good breadth AND depth for quantitative skills and functional business skills. #2, I think that more high-end quantitatively-inclined people (huge data sets, statistics, etc) are attracted to these schools so you may fit in better.
Oh, and my little secret - I may be interested in pursuing a PhD once I'm finished with the MBA (or a few years later). That makes the econometrics concentration at Booth so appealing.