Jan 23, 2012

Top Ranked Technology/IT Focused MBA Programs

A lot of applicants regularly enquires about what are the best business schools for an MBA in technology or MBA in information systems or just MBA with IT focused subjects, and the top technology MBA rankings. According to a recent article in CIO Magazine, the tech-centric MBA programs give students the option to combine business administration with information systems studies– essential for any Senior IT leadership position. The following rank as the U.S. News top 10 business schools for information systems:

1. MIT Sloan
MBA candidates attending MIT’s Sloan School of Management have a new facility to enjoy. Overlooking the Charles River, the new building, known as E62, is the “greenest” building at MIT with its light-sensitive window shades, green roof, and irrigation system designed to minimize water use.

IT-related courses: Fundamentals of Digital Business Strategy, Generating Business Value from IT, Information Technology as an Integrating Force in Manufacturing, Global Information Systems: Communications and Connectivity Among Information Systems, Integrating Information Systems: Technology, Strategies & Organizational Factors

Jan 22, 2012

QS World MBA Tour coming to US in Feb 2012

Picture Courtsey: QS World MBA Tour

The QS World MBA Tour, which gives prospective applicants to top business school programs an opportunity to meet with leading business school admissions directors and GMAT test prep firms, will be in several major North American cities next month.

The world’s largest MBA fair, the QS World MBA Tour will feature more than $1.2 million worth of available scholarships, panel discussions addressing hot MBA topics and trends, free GMAT information seminars and presentations from local and international school representatives. B-school alumni, entrepreneurial groups and career development organizations will also be in attendance, giving prospective applicants valuable networking opportunities. The fair also features a dedicated section for Executive MBAs as well as a special “Women in Leadership” forum.

Jan 21, 2012

A wise move from Oxford's Said Business School: Pre-MBA Internship

The University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School will launch a pre-MBA internship program this year designed to introduce students to new work opportunities before they start the one-year, full-time MBA program. The school is introducing the program so that participants can crystallize their career interests and gain a competitive edge in their chosen career sector before embarking on the full-time degree. As per school, participants on the pre-MBA internship programme will benefit from focused placement in a selected industry and will gain a competitive edge before embarking on the full time degree at Oxford.

The pre- internship programme is exclusive and selective. There will be a maximum of 10 places available to participate and candidates will be carefully selected according to the following criteria:

Jan 16, 2012

Meet Cornell Johnson's New Dean - Soumitra Dutta


Nitin Nohria (Harvard B-School), Dipak Jain (Kellogg, INSEAD)... The world's top B-schools increasingly seem to prefer Indian- origin heads. Now, add another name - Soumitra Dutta, new dean of Cornell University's management school.

The 48-year old IIT-Delhi alumnus will be the first Indian-origin dean at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management when he takes over on July 1. A professor of business and technology and founder and faculty director of a new-media and technology innovation lab at INSEAD's French campus, Soumitra Dutta was one of two finalists at the end of a long search process that began in August last year. He will be the first dean at a top American business school from outside the US. "Professor Dutta's appointment is a natural fit with Johnson's increasingly global outlook," said David Skorton, president of Cornell University.

As part of Dutta's offer, Cornell will hire his wife, Spaniard Lourdes Casanova, as a senior lecturer of management in the Johnson school. The couple have a daughter, who studies at Oxford University. A call to the man of the hour can be a tricky business; the queue to get to him is long; but significantly, it has dawned on him that he's high denomination. Dutta, though, surprises us when he picks up the cellphone during lunch hour, and says: "Of course we can talk. I have more time for you than what you are asking for." Quickly then, very typical of a new media man, who has linked technology to management, he adds, "Hold on. Let me put on my hand's free."

Jan 15, 2012

Dartmouth Tuck - How to stand out in its admissions process?

Straight from horse's mouth. Tuck Admissions Director Dawna Clarke answers questions from prospective students. In this installment of "Ask Dawna", she shares insight on how candidates can stand out in the applicant pool.

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Waitlisted at your target business school? Know what to do next.

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You are wailisted... damn ..Now what?

Getting waitlisted is not the end of the road for you. While it is not an admit for sure, it's also not an outright deny. Waitlisting process can definitely be pretty frustrating but this is not the time to give up. You still have a chance to get that coveted admission offer; you just need to make sure that when the admissions committee turn to the waitlisted candidates, it finds you in front of the line. So follow these tips to make the best of this long process -

1. Reply back and request a feedback - Unless you have an admission offer from another, and better, business school, you may want to keep your options open by staying on the waitlist. Reply promptly to the school mentioning your interest in staying on the waitlist. Also, this would be a great time to request for a feedback on your application. Most of the schools are too busy to provide individual feedback, however, there is hardly any downside for a polite request.

2. Follow the Instructions - Yes, this has to be the first tip. Some schools specifically ask the waitlisted candidates NOT to send any additional material. Do as they say or risk getting branded as someone who can not follow directions. (The additional material is anyways not going to be considered). Some schools may provide you with some kind of feedback and what you can do to address the weaknesses (retake the GMAT, take an English class). Take these feedbacks seriously.