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The BSchools.org blog helps online MBA students choose the right business school and make the most out of life beyond graduation. Readers can learn about what to expect when pursuing an online business degree, including information about the application process, exceptional professors leading programs, and MBA alternatives. Additionally, there are detailed guides to scholarships, internship opportunities (paid and unpaid), conferences, careers, and prospective salaries, as well as features about the ever-changing business landscape.

Check back regularly for interviews with degree program administrators and tips for successful applications, among other resources.

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    Restructuring PG&E to Encourage Managerial Responsibility

    February 20, 2020

    What is the crucial aspect of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company story that few are talking about? It isn’t about the crisis resulting from California’s massive wildfires or widespread power shutoffs. Instead, it’s a more fundamental issue: the impact that the ownership of a public utility exerts on the ethical conduct and responsibility of its managers.

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    List of MBA Conferences for 2020

    February 11, 2020

    MBA fairs are all about personal connections. School gatekeepers travel to these events to meet well-qualified applicants. Moreover, the savviest candidates understand that connecting in a personal way with a school's admissions team can award those applicants with their most critical advantage in the admissions process: a great lasting impression.

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    From MBA to Amazon to Career Independence? The Rise of E-Commerce Consulting Careers

    February 10, 2020

    Working for Amazon provides an opportunity to acquire inside information that is highly scarce, extremely valuable, and readily monetizable—even early on in one’s career. That inside track can rapidly enable an MBA to become a successful independent consultant.

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    Femme-BAs: How Purdue’s Krannert School of Management Wins with Women

    February 4, 2020

    A report by McKinsey, a consulting firm, estimated that $12 trillion could be added to global GDP over a ten-year period simply by advancing women’s equality. If businesses recognize the value of diversity and inclusion, shouldn’t an MBA program recognize that, too?

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    Guide to MBA Scholarships for 2020

    January 31, 2020

    Given that higher education has now become the second-largest expense for an individual in their lifetime, only topped by buying a home, it’s no wonder why so many students now look to scholarships and fellowships for help. Fortunately, research compiled for our profiles below revealed many scholarships that can help defray the cost of earning an MBA.

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    Boeing’s Management Crisis | Part Three: Business School Faculty Offer Opinions

    January 31, 2020

    This appears to be a rare situation where neither domestic regulation, nor market economics, nor Boeing’s own culture seem capable of providing incentives for Boeing to institute needed reforms.

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    Boeing’s Management Crisis | Part Two: The 737 MAX Disasters

    January 22, 2020

    In October 2019, text messages surfaced showing that in 2016 Boeing’s chief 737 technical pilot, Mark Forkner, said he could not avert egregious trimming by an automated system that was “running rampant” during test sessions in a 737 MAX flight simulator.

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    Boeing’s Management Crisis | Part One: Rushing the 737 MAX Into Production

    January 17, 2020

    To appreciate the contributions business school faculty make to critical issues in the public interest, one only needs to review the research literature and articles citing the opinions of Harvard, MIT, Wharton and New York University professors about the Boeing 737 MAX’s grounding. Regulators grounded the self-sinking aircraft globally since March 2019 after the two disasters five months apart.

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    Do University Brands Still Matter to MBA Recruiters at Business Schools?

    January 7, 2020

    A survey published a few months ago by Bloomberg Businessweek polled MBA recruiters, asking them to score the value of a school’s brand. The survey asked recruiters which business schools have high brand values that give graduates big advantages in their careers. This survey is interesting for several reasons.

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    How Breaking Up Big Tech Can Boost MBA Hiring

    January 3, 2020

    Those who advocate for Big Tech breakups cite various rationales. One of the most compelling arguments in favor of such breakups, however, is that it would result in more jobs for highly-skilled professionals, including the holders of specialized business master’s degrees and MBAs.

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    WeWork & SoftBank: Lessons for MBAs from Business School Faculty

    December 6, 2019

    There’s a less well-known function that business faculty have increasingly assumed in recent years, one enhanced through new Internet technologies like blogs and on-demand video. The role has a guardian function through which professors provide their experience, analytical skills, and insights—not only to help future executives prevent errors, but also to help shield stakeholders within the economy from potential harm.

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    Forbes MBA Program Rankings Surprises

    November 21, 2019

    There were many surprises in the new Forbes MBA program rankings, including a big tumble by a top-tier university, along with a dramatically increased presence of schools with new online MBA programs. But the biggest surprise isn’t contained in this year’s rankings data. To understand more about the 2019 Forbes rankings—and the one surprise few commentators are talking about—read on.

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    Business Schools with Excellent Economics Faculty

    November 19, 2019

    Students with a penchant for finance, business, structural modeling, social theory, pricing, and incentive study should consider pursuing a degree in economics. Whether pursuing a BS, MS, or PhD, a degree in economics from one of the following five universities can get your foot in the door for an exciting and ever-evolving career.

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    The Gender Gap in MBA Case Studies

    November 13, 2019

    Representation, the kind that is unbiased and not stereotyped, is critical to women being successful in business. Students are being socialized to not see women in leadership roles. According to Colleen Ammerman, the gender inclusive director of the Harvard Business School, when leadership is narrowly defined as a strong white man, “it not only hinders the ability of students who don’t share those characteristics to identify with the protagonist, it reinforces stereotypes about who ‘real leaders’ are.”

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    GMAT Alternatives: The Executive Assessment & GRE Tests

    November 12, 2019

    MBA program applicants who assume that they have no other options besides taking the GMAT may damage their chances of admission to some of the best schools. They might score relatively higher on one of the alternative tests: the Executive Assessment (EA) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).