Going Online To Sharpen Your Skills

Managing the blinding speed of change is a challenge facing everyone these days. Technology is radically altering ways of doing business, making it even more essential that you constantly sharpen your own skills and those of your most talented employees. BUSINESS WEEK has built what we consider to be the best site on the Internet to help you do that. Just click on the executive-education link on Business Week Online, accessible from our home page (

This year, we feature 100 executive MBA programs, as well as 63 providers of nondegree executive education. For the first time, we're covering private institutions--including nonprofit ones--that offer executive education. Before our survey, little was known about the dozens of nonuniversity providers that are educating top execs worldwide. Now, we tell you which ones are performing best.

Click onto our site and you'll get an impressive store of valuable education information. You'll find our exclusive rankings and in-depth profiles of all the possible graduate schools and nondegree programs. You'll get course offerings, tuition costs, insights into why certain companies are selecting these programs, and details on whether a program can be customized to meet your company's specific needs. We get as nitty-gritty as you like: We'll even tell you what percentage of a B-school's professors have at least five years of hands-on corporate experience.

Want to know the best programs for fine-tuning leadership skills? We rank 'em. The same goes for e-commerce and global business. And if you're living abroad, we size up some of the best exec-ed programs in Europe and Asia. The goal: to offer highly analytical information that will allow you to find the program that best matches your needs and to help you reach better decisions.

Bringing all this together was a five-month task organized by editors Nadav Enbar, Jennifer Reingold, and Mica Schneider, with help from polling pros Cambria Consulting. Our Web experts Arthur Eves, Matt Kopit, and Robert Lakstigala can take credit for building this easily navigated site. That's not all. In the coming months, they'll be adding even more features, such as a search tool that lets you instantly compare the strengths of various programs based on criteria you choose.

While you're there, check out our business-school site, with the world's most authoritative rankings of 212 institutions. We update the site every day, offering features such as the latest news on the MBA front as well as chatty B-school journals written by students, who offer personal insights and experiences at these programs. And for those of you who prefer paper, there's the 1999 BUSINESS WEEK Guide to the Best Business Schools published by the McGraw-Hill Companies.

So if you're in need of a refresher course or a way to reinvent yourself, we've certainly got ample resources online to help you do it. Log on and see for yourself.

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