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The University of Minnesota is highly regarded for its research-based learning approach and faculty that are fully engaged in their fields. I believe this was a point of differentiation for this program and a benefit to me. The international residency was also a positive. I know other schools offer these as well, but our trip felt very privileged--we met some top business professionals that were very inspiring.
There could be a slightly better balance of workload for classes. Timing of classes led to inconsistent week to week workloads at times.
The knowledge and support that I received from the students was unique. The skills and knowledge they brought to the course was invaluable. It was a great experience to have because I felt like I now have a pool of resources to lean on as I go through my career.
Carlson should have at least some minimal course content on start-ups and writing a business plan for presentation to venture capitalists. Also, rather than choosing a lot of readings that are pertinent to the course, help out the executive students by writing summaries for some of the readings that are particularly long.
I really enjoyed the cohort aspect of staying with the same group of about 50 people for the two years and really getting to know them and benefiting from their work experience and examples throughout the classes. Also the international portion of the program, both working with the cohorts in China and Vienna as well as our local group's international trip to India, were very valuable, as well.
I think the program was excellent. I personally would have liked the program to incorporate more international business experiences and lessons.
The strategy professors are second to none. This was a major selling point of the program for me and I believe helped me raise the bar in my current corporate strategy role.
I was very pleased with the program. I would suggest continuing to modify the executive education program courses by switching out for emerging topics each year. We had a social media course that covered technology and big data trend, which was beneficial.
There is a strong emphasis on data-supported conclusions rather that relying simply on expert opinions. The finance professors are of the highest caliber and teach students why many of the traditional financial ratios are myopic and often misleading when analyzing a company's true firm value. Additional unique strengths in the program include a Business Strategy course that teaches sustainability, a Corporate Strategy course that teaches when to incorporate vs. when to outsource or write a contract, and Marketing and Accounting courses that together teach a holistic approach to pricing by including various department leaders--Finance, Marketing, Manufacturing Ops--in the product development process. Top accounting professors explain why the majority of today's companies do not allocate fixed costs and variable costs correctly (contribution margin versus total cost allocation, and activity-based costing) when evaluating product line profitability.
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