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ERIC Number: EJ1055053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Pedagogical Design for a Cross-Functional Course in the Accelerated MBA Program
Balasubramnian, Bhanu; Steigner, Tanja; Coulson, Kevin R.
Administrative Issues Journal: Education, Practice, and Research, v1 n1 p22-36 2011
The sub-prime financial crisis exposed weaknesses in the financial risk management of several prominent firms. A deficient risk management is mainly attributed to the lack of integration of finance with other business disciplines. In this paper, we describe a tested implementation of a cross-functional project that improves students' understanding of firm-value creation and risk management. While this approach can be implemented in any MBA program, we focus specifically on accelerated MBA programs with tight time constraints. Our methods are different from most other integrated courses in several ways. Our cross-functional project bridges the knowledge gaps of students in the area of finance, even if finance is not their primary area of specialization. Further, our approach creates a virtuous cycle for students, faculty, clients, local banks and institutions, university, and the local community.
Descriptors: Masters Degrees, Business Administration Education, Money Management, Marketing, Finance Occupations, Graduate Students, Student Projects, Educational Assessment, Program Implementation, Feedback (Response), Student Attitudes, Teamwork, Shift Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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