Executive MBA 10th Anniversary
From its beginning‚ Kennesaw State’s MBA for Executive Professionals program has had teamwork as one of its core concepts. Now‚ as the program celebrates 10 years of serving business leaders‚ those teams — which are still integral to the program — reach as far as Bucharest‚ Romania and have been recognized as an international player by BusinessWeek magazine.
(Jul 14, 2003) — From its beginning‚ Kennesaw State’s MBA for Executive Professionals program has had
teamwork as one of its core concepts. Now‚ as the program celebrates 10 years of serving
business leaders‚ those teams — which are still integral to the program — reach as
far as Bucharest‚ Romania and have been recognized as an international player by BusinessWeek
“Our teaming curriculum is what sets us apart‚” said Rodney G. Alsup‚ senior associate dean at the Coles College of Business. “We teach people to work in teams —not just in the work they do for the program‚ but we give them skills to take back to their jobs.”
Teams stretch not just across the curriculum‚ but across the world to Bucharest‚ where business professionals in a similar MBA program work with KSU students on international project teams‚ giving all students the cross−cultural interaction that is essential to an executive MBA today.
“Most executive MBA programs have an international component‚” said Alsup. “Ours is different in that the emphasis is on international decision making.”
Often other MBA−EP programs sponsor an international trip allowing students to observe businesses in another country. By working cross culturally on a project‚ students in the KSU and Bucharest programs experience and learn first hand the work styles and expectations of people and businesses from a different country. Students work first as virtual teams‚ getting to know one another through the Internet and email‚ before both groups participate in exchange trips.
Teamwork is also part of the way the program is presented. Classes are team taught by more than one professor‚ with concepts offered from a top−down as well as a bottom−up perspective.
This emphasis on teamwork — local‚ international and virtual — was recognized as the third best in the world in 2001 by BusinessWeek magazine‚ which also cited the MBA−EP’s ebusiness component in the top 10.
“We developed the MBA for Executive Professionals program to meet students’ needs‚” said Alsup. And the program has changed and grown right along with those needs. Until spring 2003‚ each 18−month program started in November‚ with 48 students going through the program together. This April‚ however‚ a second class was added‚ making KSU the first executive−format MBA program in the Atlanta area to offer two classes per year.
Alsup has other innovations in mind‚ as well. Exchanges with students in Asia and South America are possibilities for the future. “I’d also like to see more use of technology to teach basic writing and accounting skills. Streaming video‚ for example‚ is already available.”
But this year’s focus is the 10th anniversary. As part of the celebration‚ business leaders have spoken at MBA−EP special events. Speakers have included author and marketing executive Chris Coleman; and David Brancaccio‚ senior editor of the public radio business program Marketplace. In addition‚ an on−going campaign to raise money for an endowment for the executive programs kicked off this year.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.