MBA programs are facing pressure to be more relevant to business. Some efforts now under way:
The MBA program, rather than the be-all and end-all, is the start of a long relationship with a school. At Duke and Kellogg, grads are returning for refueling.
Skip the lip service, and put professors and students on the ground in lesser-known countries. Columbia Business School has sent faculty to the Balkans.
REAL LIFE 101
The case study is a venerable tool, but nothing beats facing real problems under the watch of a professor. Students at Arizona State work for Microsoft and Intel.
OUTSIDE THE BOX
Teach MBAs about the intersection of business and policy, ethics, and the environment. MIT's Sloan School is trying to incorporate these issues in every class.
Invest in online curriculum to streamline nuts-and-bolts courses, leaving more classroom time for key issues like decision-making and leadership.