Future of Business School Illustrated Online Over 100 Days
The website posting looks at campus greening, innovative classes and crowdsourcing as tools for transforming the MBA experience
Now, more than ever, technological advancements and instantaneous global communications are transforming the world of business. Navigating the business landscape is no easy task- and is not becoming any easier- so managers, entrepreneurs, and fresh college graduates are enrolling in business school to develop or re-hash the skills to lead successful companies.
Successful companies today, and in the future realize the need to benefit society as a whole and engage in sustainable business practices. Future MBA is a website that re-imagines the business school experience, aiming to developing corporate leaders who understand and value social responsibility and sustainability.
For 100 days, the website posts one idea as to what the business school of the future will look like. The blog explores and reinvents various aspects of the traditional MBA, including curriculum, research, partnerships, and campus activities. It’s aim is to encourage discussion and ensure that MBAs become the solution, rather than the problem in society.
Future MBA is an inter-disciplinary, innovative, and collaborative program that functions as a sort of life-long membership. Such a school would focus on individual reflection and allow for customizable curriculum that cater to each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Relevant courses would also be developed via crowdsourcing, in which faculty and business leaders would collaborate to create the most stimulating courses possible.
According to Gisselle Weybrecht, the website’s founder and author of The Sustainable MBA, the school should place a huge emphasis on global education. Cross-cultural understanding is critical for international business and communications, and the program would take place in various locations around. Courses at home would be carried out in offices and public spaces around the city- providing multiple perspectives and thoughts from local business leaders.
Future MBA highly values creativity, so creative spaces would feature artistic speakers and be sponsored by local museums and galleries. These spaces are to be flexible, acting as multi-functional conference rooms, classes, and ideation labs. Innovative campus design is key for Future MBA- campus pathways would collect kinetic energy from students and faculty, and buildings would feature platforms that collect and interpret real-time data such as the number of cars and bikes on campus.
The MBAs must be kept fed, so local and sustainable food start-ups and restaurants would cater lunches and dinners while getting valuable feedback from students. Also, the school would have its own pop-up business space where students, faculty, and members of the community could test new ideas, hear from business professionals, sell products and share insights.
The traditional MBA has often proven to be a secure resume builder and a stepping stone for achieving professional success. As the global society continues to evolve, its important that managers understand the contexts in which their businesses operate- which do not always entail conventional thinking. Future MBA realizes the importance of understanding and analyzing social processes, and examines issues such as demographics, urbanization, and sustainable development on an international scale. Most importantly, it’s a program that optimizes creativity and gives students the ability to craft their own professional path and incorporate their teachings in relevant and meaningful ways.