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This article by Kathleen McGinn Spring was prepared for the February 12, 2003 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
Consider a Mini MBA
Getting your MBA might seem like a good idea for lots
of reasons. But though the spirit might be willing, the flesh might
be weak. All that work. All that burning of oil in midnight hours.
And all that money. And how do you know you really want to go back
to the classroom?
For these and lots of other reasons, not enrolling in an MBA
program might seem the better choice.
And yet — there’s that feeling of missing out. You wish you could
dig into some of the business concepts you read about. You wish you
knew the implications of certain trends. You wish you could break
out of your technical job and get into management, or even start your
own business. You wish you could spend some time learning some
things without dedicating the next two years of your life to a nights/and/weekends
Rutgers’ Center for Management Development (CMD) has come up with
what it calls the "Mini MBA: Business Essentials Program."
In this not-for-credit certificate program, two dozen professionals
meet for 12 Friday afternoons, having read case studies and articles
in preparation for the class. Each week a celebrity professor links
his or her topic to business strategy. On a distance learning platform
the participants can discuss the sessions and the reading list with
each other and with the faculty members.
The 12 topic areas range from global financial markets to human resources
to ethics. "These areas integrate as business strategies so that
working practitioners can get a deeper understanding of business or
preview an MBA," says
for Management Development (the executive education unit for the business
A pilot for this program is just finishing in Newark, and the first
mini MBA session scheduled for New Brunswick will start in February.
It is oversubscribed, so a second 12-week session will begin on Friday,
March 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. The program can also be customized and offered
at a company site. Cost: $2,495. Call
director, at 732-445-5526 or (www.cmd.rutgers.edu).
"The format of the mini MBA is hands-on learning suitable for
an adult education model. It’s not a course where professors come
and lecture," says Weiss. He majored in premed at Long Island
University, Class of 1968, and worked for Fisher Scientific and RCA
before opening an executive search and management consulting business.
After spending five years as vice president of IT at Goldman Sachs,
he made a futile attempt to retire, then came to Rutgers for a master’s
in human resource management and stayed to head the CMD.
"Really impressive is the level of professionals who have responded
to this offering," says Weiss. "Eight have advanced degrees,
and several have PhDs." One psychologist wants to learn more about
business so he can be a better counselor for his executive clients.
An IT person who just left Lucent wants to improve her ability to
relate to end users. "Some are taking it because they are being
forced to behave like business partners and they feel insecure about
running a business unit. Others are planning to start a business and
will use the information to help write their business plan."
Short-term residential programs offered by Rutgers’
Center for Management Development can meet long-term needs. Corporate
supervisors can broaden their skills with a five-day program. "Supervisors
have fewer resources, and yet are expected to produce targeted results
— which require skills they often don’t have," says
Weiss, director of the Center for Management Development (CMD).
CMD’s Supervisory Leadership Development Program is set for Sunday
to Friday, March 9 to 14, at the University Inn and Conference Center,
178 Ryders Lane in New Brunswick. Other sessions will start May 4,
September 21, and November 16. Cost: $3,150 including tuition, materials,
lodging, and food.
Rutgers’ Advanced Management Development Program (RAMP) helps participants
assess their leadership and management styles. "Ramp participants
practice new behaviors with peers and construct action plans to apply
new skills back at work," says Weiss. The next RAMP session is
Monday to Friday, March 24 to 28, at the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference
Center in Somerset. Other sessions will begin June 2, October 13,
and December 1. Cost: $2,900 including tuition, materials, and most
In April a five-day residential program, Executive Competencies and
Leadership Program (EXCEL) is planned to help executives cope with
downsized workforces. Working in project teams they learn how each
operating unit — not just their own — contributes to a company’s
strategic goals. The next EXCEL session will be April 7 to 11 at the
Somerset DoubleTree, and it will be repeated November 3 to 7. Cost:
$2,900 including tuition, materials, and most meals. For any Rutgers
CMD programs call 732-445-5526.
<d>Allegra Print & Imaging is donating 10 percent
of all sales from new customers during the months of February, March,
and April this year to the Eden Family of Services.
On Wednesday, February 19, between 3 and 6 p.m. the company hosts
Allegra Cares, a kick-off celebration featuring refreshments and a
tour of its facilities on Route 1 in Lawrenceville.
the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers. The grant marks the
first time Aventis has supported the office’s Pharmacy Education Program
(PEP), which is a component of the summer precollege enrichment program
at the school
PEP’s purpose is to identify under-represented high school students
who have an interest in the profession of pharmacy. The program provides
participants with the opportunity to enhance their competitiveness
for admission into the school.
PEP provides instruction in math, biology, and chemistry, as well
as lessons in reading comprehension, grammar, writing, and communication
skills. Basic pharmacy fundamentals, hands-on laboratory experience
with an emphasis on compounding and formulation, and small-group tutoring
are also a part of the experience. Since 1981 PEP has produced more
than 30 Rutgers pharmacy graduates and well as graduates from pharmacy
programs at other colleges. Among the Rutgers graduates, six have
gone on to medical school, and other have pursued a variety of other
Summit Speech School and HomeFront in the amount of $12,900. The organizations
were the beneficiaries of PMC’s ninth annual charity golf event. This
was the first time that the two organizations, representing charities
both north and south of PMC’s Pennington office, were chosen as beneficiaries
of proceeds from the annual golf event.
Carleton Badger, a mortgage planner with PMC, chaired the event. In
nine years PMC has raised nearly $50,000 for organizations, including
Habitat for Humanity, WomanSpace, Families in Transition, and the
ARC of Mercer County.
off a red Volvo XC-90 to support its programs. Ticket price is $100,
and a maximum of 1,500 tickets will be sold. The drawing takes place
on Saturday, March 15. For more information, or to purchase a ticket,
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