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ERIC Number: EJ1098476
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-9809
Global Competition and Learning Organizations: Goals and Motivations of Corporate Leaders and Employees Who Participate in Corporate/University Partnerships
Zolfo, Elana; Mann, Deborah
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2007 n1 Win 2007
The purpose of this study was to determine executive and employee attitudes regarding benefits and difficulties accruing to employees and their corporations who participate in on-site MBA programs for 11 corporate partners. Because so many corporations embrace partnerships with colleges to advance the knowledge base of their employees, it seems reasonable to examine how corporate executives, chief learning officers and liaison officers to college programs and employee participants in an MBA program view the outcomes, benefits and difficulties that the partnership brings. Two major questions guided this study: To what extent do corporate leaders and the employees participating in the On-Site MBA programs have similar goals and motivations? Are the expectations of the company executives aligned with those of the employees/students? Executive responses were geared towards long-term goals. They responded that when employees are better educated, they become more valuable to the corporation. The executives did not focus their descriptions of an education on the MBA degree as much as the quality of thinking and teamwork such an education on the corporate site would develop among employees. Graduates of the program expected to gain knowledge and use the MBA to attain higher positions. They also felt the company would benefit from and they would benefit from the additional knowledge and skills and networks they acquired. Current students stated that their expectations and goals were to gain skills, knowledge and promotions. Unlike the executives and graduates, their expectations reflected short-term goals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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