The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia today announced a revamped MBA for fall 2012. Offered by Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School, the new program emphasizes hands-on learning, global immersion and integration of business disciplines for a “360-degree” management perspective.
Students will travel to one of Sauder’s partner institutions – the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Copenhagen School of Business or Shanghai Jiao Tong University – to work with MBA peers on experiential projects for multinational companies, such as IBM and Microsoft.
At home, they will collaborate with classmates across all business disciplines to work on projects for organizations in Vancouver and beyond that emphasize applied problem solving and real-world connections.
“We are transforming the way we conceptualize MBA education,” says Sauder Dean Daniel Muzyka. “By embracing an integrated approach that responds to the reality of international business and focusing on using knowledge in real-world contexts, we’re equipping students to find success in the hyper-competitive international job market.”
In the mid 1990s, Sauder pioneered the “integrated” approach to teaching critical business functions – one of the first North American business schools to do so. For its new MBA, the school consulted with business leaders, faculty, alumni and students over the past two years. As a result, the program is streamlined from eight specializations and 10 sub-specializations into four career tracks:
• Business Innovation: Designed for entrepreneurs who want to bring new products and services to market and “intra-preneurs” seeking to lead innovation within organizations.
• Consulting and Strategic Management: With curriculum bringing together corporate strategy, information technology and supply chain management, students also learn “soft skills” needed to lead transformational change.
• Product/Service Management: A blend of marketing, and operations and information management, students focus on product, service and brand management.
• Finance: Examining the financial industry in the broader business context, the principles of finance are applied to investment banking, corporate finance, portfolio management, trading, and risk management.
“We will give our students experiences that aren’t as clean and clear cut as typical academic classes and cases,” says Murali Chandrashekaran, associate dean of professional graduate programs and director, Robert H. Lee Graduate School.
“We want to cultivate leaders who can embrace ambiguity and dive into the cauldron of complex organizations, assess problems and find creative solutions with limited information and time,” says Chandrashekaran.
For more information, visit: http://www.sauder.ubc.ca/Programs/MBA/MBA_Full_Time
About the Sauder School of Business
The Sauder School of Business is one of the world’s leading academic business schools, recognized globally for its contributions to the transformation of business practices through innovative research and teaching. With more than 3,000 students, Sauder offers a wide range of bachelors, masters and doctoral programs. The school has more than 31,000 alumni in 74 countries around the world.
The UBC MBA program ranks among the top 100 programs in the world by the Financial Times and The Economist. The QS Global 200 Business Schools Report 2012, designed to compare the employability of MBA graduates, ranked Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School 18th out of 82 schools in North America.