The Economist on E-MBA’s

Interesting piece from the Economist on their recent rankings of E-MBA programs. For campus entrepreneurs, I am not sure if an E-MBA cuts it. (I say this having never taken a real course online.)

Entrepreneurs need to network in a systematic and unsystematic way. Talking with those who can help with obvious needs and those who can help form ideas, critique, and ask important questions. In some cases, the same people can serve both of these roles. The opportunities are heightened when an entrepreneur is on a campus.

My concern is that an E-MBA (if it is all online) will cut out a great deal of the opportunities that come from being on a campus and meeting people before/after classes, during extracurricular activities, and while hanging around common areas. From the article,

The idea that distance-learning programmes are in some way the “poor relation” of the MBA, particularly compared with full-time programmes, is no longer tenable. Most distance-learning degrees are seen as entirely legitimate, having achieved the same rigorous academic standards as traditional methods of instruction. Because the corporate world has largely embraced these programmes for its own employees, bosses also accept them as an important qualification for new recruits.

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2 thoughts on “The Economist on E-MBA’s

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  2. Tom

    I am affiliated with on online MBA program. This is a common concern coming in. However, I can assure you, online programs require as much or more participation than on campus ones. If a student is taking an online course, s/he must participate to be successful. Courses are normally run asynchronously, which gives each student ample time to participate. In some face to face classes, a student could “hide” in the back of the room, it just isn’t possible in an online course.
    In addition, with the advent of social networking, a great deal of connections are made online nowadays.
    The bottom line is if the organization running the program is committed to it, there is no reason it can’t be as successful (or more) than a traditional MBA program.

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