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Should Harvard Business School Hit Refresh?

The institution that required students to carry laptops as early as 1984 and sent graduates to top posts at Hewlett-Packard Co. and Facebook Inc. is not keeping up when it comes to teaching management in a tech-focused era, say students, faculty and alumni. Meanwhile, competitors like Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management have established themselves as pre-eminent tech-industry feeders, according to the schools’ annual career reports…Read full story: Wall Street...

Dartmouth’s New B-School Dean: It’s Time to Disrupt the MBA...

For the first time in 20 years, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has a new dean. Matthew Slaughter, Tuck’s associate dean for faculty, will take on the elite school’s top job on July 1. After a tenure spanning two decades, Dean Paul Danos will be stepping down at the end of this academic year, a move announced last March. Slaughter, 45, wants to shake up the traditional M.B.A. model, because students want flexible alternatives to two-year, full-time programs, he said in an interview. Among his aims: building a digital platform for Tuck courses akin to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School offerings on Coursera or Harvard Business School’s HBX digital platform, which offers online access to course materials. “We imagine a future where we might have a broader way that students access the Tuck M.B.A. degree,” he said. Slaughter also plans to expand Tuck’s non-M.B.A. offerings—which currently comprise an executive master of business administration program, a non-degree “bridge” program for incoming M.B.A. students, a Master of Health Care Delivery Science offered jointly with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and select undergraduate courses at Dartmouth and Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine—and may add shorter masters programs geared toward younger graduate students. Slaughter said it is also high time to attract more women to the Hanover, N.H., campus; women make up just under a third of Tuck’s current enrollment. He pointed to a new partnership program with the all-women’s Smith College in Northampton, Mass., set to debut this spring, which is aimed at preparing graduating students there for entrance into M.B.A. programs, as a step in the right direction. And he said plans to have more conversations with Tuck alumnae and participants of the student-run...

The Newest B-School Brag: Alumni Startups

As M.B.A.s show more interest in creating companies rather than working for them, schools are stepping up their efforts to track startups founded by alumni. Attempts to measure graduates’ success in venture funding and market valuation are at an early stage. But faculty and administrators say the metric could someday be as central to schools’ marketing as job placement and salary figures …Read full story: Wall Street...

Big Data Gets Master Treatment at B-Schools

B-school students can’t get enough of big data. Neither can recruiters. Interest in specialized, one-year master’s programs in business analytics, the discipline of using data to explore and solve business problems, has increased lately, prompting at least five business schools to roll out stand-alone programs in the past two years. The growing interest in analytics comes amid a broader shift in students’ ambitions. No longer content with jobs at big financial and consulting firms, the most plum jobs for B-school grads are now in technology or in roles that combine business skills with data acumen, say school administrators. But some faculty and school administrators remain unconvinced that the programs properly prepare students to work with analytics. The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business began its Master of Business Analytics program this fall with 30 students. About 50 to 60 students are expected to enroll in the $47,000 program next year, the school said.Read full story: Wall Street...