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Business Schools Refresh Curriculum

It’s almost spring, and some business schools are getting a head start on spring cleaning. That is to say, this is the time of year that b-schools often launch new programs and revamp their curriculums for the fall. Here’s a quick look at some recent changes to MBA programs.

Curriculum Revamps

HEC Paris has announced some changes to its 16-month full-time program. Starting in September, all core courses will be taught entirely in English, although some electives will still be available in French. The school will also offer a wider range of experiential learning options, and a new specialization in “Leadership in Global Organizations,” which will prepare students for management-level positions in multinational organizations.

Likewise, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has refreshed its full-time and evening MBA programs with a new, global focus. The school will launch a variety of new courses, including one called “Principled Leadership for Business and Society,” which will focus on elements of leadership and ethics in a globalized business environment. Additionally, the program will continue to offer global experiential learning through a new course called “The Global Business Experience,” which will give students hands-on experience consulting for organizations around the world.

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When Business School and Politics Overlap

From Mitt Romney in the U.S. to William Hague in the U.K., a lot has been made recently about high-profile business leaders venturing into politics. In some ways, intuition holds that a good business leader would make a successful politician. For example, leadership and negotiation, staples of an MBA’s skillset, are extremely important in the political arena.

And some MBA programs are even beginning to integrate politics and public policy coursework into their curriculums. Yale School of Management now offers a course called “Washington and Wall Street: Markets, Policy, and Politics;” while the George Washington University School of Business offers an MBA concentration in Business-Government Relations. And Michigan Ross School of Business MBA students now have the opportunity to learn about Washington first hand during a week-long course called “Business and the Public Policy Process: How Washington Works and What Issues Matter.”

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