MBA Admissions News Roundup: Improv, Social Media, and More

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  • In a Businessweek blog post, "MIT Brings Improv to the MBA Classroom," Alison Damast describes the leadership focused MBA acting class called Improvisational Leadership: In the Moment Leadership Skills. The second-year course integrates creative arts into the more classic business school curriculum, and focuses on "soft skills" by bringing to the classroom experiential exercises, real-life simulations, and interactive improvisations.
  • Does where you attended college as an undergrad affect your chances of getting into a top MBA program? According to Dean Jim Dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler, it matters some, but it's not the only thing that matters. What really matters, he explains, is doing well, and so you shouldn't shy away from applying to a top MBA program if you didn't go to a top undergraduate institution. For more on this, view the Bloomberg Businessweek article, "Does Undergrad Institution Matter When It Comes To MBA Admissions?"
  • George Yip, dean of the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, announced his decision to stand down as dean in June 2011, reports a recent Financial Times article. The top business school, located in the Netherlands, will be naming a new dean in the next few weeks.
  • If you want to participate in the business world nowadays, you'll have to know a thing or two (or more) about social media. Facebook and Twitter have literally changed the way businesses communicate and business school students need to make sure they stay up-to-date with online networking technologies. Read the recent Wall Street Journal article, "Business Schools Tackle Social Media," for insights as to how social media is changing the business world and how business schools are updating their curricula to accommodate those changes.
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