ERIC Number: ED335537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Continuing Education Needs Assessment and Participation Considerations of MBAs.
Singleton, Ollie L.
An assessment was made of the individual and group needs for continuing education and development of business-oriented professionals who hold the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree. The needs were those perceived and felt by 95 members of the Central New Jersey Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. Data from a pretest to gather qualitative input were used to formulate the survey, a self-administered questionnaire to gather quantitative data. Fifty-one completed questionnaires were received. Participants gave generally high ratings to the priority, availability, and effectiveness of continuing education in their organizations. They placed a high degree of importance on their employer's substantial contribution to their continuing education opportunities/endeavors. Professional association-sponsored educational activities were ranked highest. They favored activities--conferences, workshops, and seminars--that allowed for collegial interaction. The mean need in all seven competency clusters was generally low, indicating that MBAs were keeping pace rather well with a complex world of technology, new knowledge, and vast amounts of information. Participants indicated a need for political skills. Pay raises and job security were the most important forms of recognition. (A 28-item bibliography is appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Blacks, Business Administration, Continuing Education, Educational Needs, Job Skills, Masters Degrees, Motivation, Needs Assessment, Participant Satisfaction, Participation, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Professional Personnel, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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