Department/School

Entrepreneurship

Date of this version

2010

Document Type

Article

Keywords

experiential learning, behavioral skill, executive skills, whole person learning

Abstract

We describe a whole person learning experiential/behavioral skill pedagogy developed in an executive skills course. The pedagogy was designed to address recent criticisms of MBA education relative to program relevancy and the skill sets of students entering the workforce. We present an experiential learning model based on the concept of whole person learning, discuss how the model is used in the class, and provide an empirical assessment of skill improvement over a 5-year period. Using a pre–posttest with control group design to test student skill levels by way of an assessment center, the effectiveness of the pedagogy was supported. The skills assessed included communication, teamwork, leadership/initiative, decision making, and planning/organizing. Guidance is provided for implementing the pedagogy into MBA curricula.

We describe a whole person learning experiential/behavioral skill pedagogy developed

in an executive skills course. The pedagogy was designed to address recent criticisms of

MBA education relative to program relevancy and the skill sets of students entering the

workforce. We present an experiential learning model based on the concept of whole

person learning, discuss how the model is used in the class, and provide an empirical

assessment of skill improvement over a 5-year period. Using a pre–posttest with control

group design to test student skill levels by way of an assessment center, the effectiveness

of the pedagogy was supported. The skills assessed included communication, teamwork,

leadership/initiative, decision making, and planning/organizing. Guidance is provided for

implementing the pedagogy into MBA curricula.

Published in

Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal

Citation/Other Information

Vol 9 (2) 192-203

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