Get an MBA-Equivalent Education with These Free Courses...

Want to learn everything you might in an MBA program—without having to pay for the expensive classes? Online learning hub SlideRule has gathered free online courses from top schools like Wharton and Harvard Business School into a well-rounded curriculum. The MBA Essentials learning path covers six core MBA subjects— Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Operations Management, and Strategy—plus secondary subjects like Data Analysis. For each subject, they picked what they thought were the best available classes from sites like edX and MIT Open Courseware, as well as alternative courses if the first choice isn’t available or for a different perspective. Here’s the methodology behind their curriculum choices…Read the full story at...

Will Harvard Ever Have an MBA Class With 50 Percent Women?...

The 940 students who started classes at Harvard Business School this week counted more women in their ranks than ever before. Women are 41 percent of the school’s 2016 MBA class, according to a preliminary class profile. That’s slightly higher than the 37 percent average across all North American business schools. The school may find it difficult, however, to reach full gender equality any time soon. Despite sometimes-critical accounts of its attempts to fix the campus environment for women, HBS has managed to keep its share of new women MBAs above 40 percent for three years. The school is catching up to University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, which last year admitted 42 percent women into its MBA program, marking the fifth year its class included more than 40 percent women. Fifteen years ago, the percentage of women entering the top U.S. business schools was considerably lower, with HBS, Wharton, and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business each launching new MBA classes that were 30 percent female. At the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, only one in five students were women. Back then, NYU’s Stern School of Business was the only elite program to enroll more than 40 percent women MBAs…Lea la noticia completa en...

Five Reasons Women Should Get MBAs

What’s so wrong with an MBA? Over the recent years, article after article has explained why the degree is a waste of money and time. The thinking goes, networking with your friends and reading a few books is an easy substitute. What’s more, the article authors note that if you do get your degree, you end up in debt up to your eyeballs and without much more value than when you started. Even so, for those who aspire to lead, the job outlook for business school graduates has improved, with more companies planning to hire recent MBA and master-level business graduates. And for women in particular, there are some converging competencies that we can learn in the B-school environment that train us uniquely to lead: – The “bro-ski” culture of B-school prepares you for the male executive suite: Few environments are as thigh-slapping, beer-swilling and fraternity-like as the ones promoted in most business schools. While that fact may not send you rushing to fill out B school applications, the environment does teach you how to speak up, defend your position and perhaps most importantly – not crack when you’re challenged. You’ll hone your skills ribbing the guys and you’ll get more comfortable being outnumbered by men. In short, B school gives you a much thicker skin. – It’’ll “up” your comfort with risk: Perhaps one reason that women are increasingly unenthused about law school is that law school education teaches you largely how to mitigate risk. Business school, on the other hand, teaches you that risk is constant and inevitable—and that you will always be working with partial information. As you learn to take bets on certain proposals, companies, and start-up concepts, you also learn to take bets on...

How Harvard Business School’s Application Is Different This Year...

If you’re applying this fall to the Harvard Business School Class of 2017, don’t try to force an air of professionalism and gravitas. Be candid. HBS wants to get to know you. This year’s application is a bit different from last year’s, and quite different from what it was several years ago. First of all, there’s only one essay. Not only does it lack a word limit, but it’s also optional. The school began this practice last year, the Wall Street Journal reports, as a way of keeping the application screening process as efficient and to the point as possible. HBS brought the essay requirement down from six to four in 2009 as an increase in applications trended upward. Harvard tells the Journal that it had 9,543 applicants vying for one of around 900 spots in the Class of 2016. And, as another Journal report points out, this year’s application is the debut of HBS’ cool new persona…Lea la noticia completa en Businessinsider...