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ERIC Number: ED516238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 112
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-7144-2
An Evaluation Study of the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Degree: Examining the Transfer of Knowledge and Leadership Practices
Choi, Hye Lim
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
This study examined the effectiveness of the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree program in terms of transfer of knowledge and leadership practices. As EMBA programs have recently revamped their curriculum toward offering more practical skills, this study provided insight into the effectiveness of their curricula and delivery. Based on a review of literature related to adult learning theories, EMBA programs, the importance of evaluation practices, and leadership practices, this study was designed to determine whether an EMBA education can lead to transfer of knowledge at workplaces to demonstrate and facilitate an employee's leadership skills. Through quantitative and qualitative approaches, this study provided insights into the effectiveness of EMBA programs in training students to be effective leaders. A sample of 148 current students and graduates of EMBA programs completed a 63-item survey assessing expectations, curriculum, work environment, transfer of knowledge, and leadership practices. The effect of demographic information (age, gender, work experience, and graduation year) was assessed in determining the leadership abilities. One open-ended question was asked to investigate what additional benefits EMBA students expect as a result of completing the EMBA program. Findings from this study showed that exemplary leadership (composite scores on five leadership practices) was significantly related to expectations, curriculum, work environment, and transfer of knowledge. Results of hierarchical multiple regression analysis indicated that curriculum and transfer of knowledge were the most significant predictors of the use of leadership practices. Age and gender were found influential in development of leadership skills. Supplemental data generated by the open-ended question showed that current EMBA students and graduates expected their programs to provide practical benefits, such as new knowledge/skills, professional network access, and career advancement. A significant finding was that curriculum was the most salient factor in determining effectiveness of transfer of knowledge and promoting the use of leadership practices. Further study with different demographics, different cultures, and institutions in different geographic regions is needed to extend and support these findings. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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