Program Blog

International Trip to Dubai

Posted by Jason Benagh on Apr 4, 2016 9:41:08 AM
Summary Observations:
Overall, the experience was magnificent. The exposure to business in Dubai both small and large was fascinating. I have toured other countries and even participated in a trade mission to Egypt for a printing convention. I had been in free zones then, but I had no comprehension of what exactly that meant for me as a buyer or for the companies located there.  This is a testament to both the trip itself, and the program as a whole. The added benefit of this trip was to spend time with the cohort that had met in person only once before. I know there will be lifelong friendships from this program, and I look forward to working with my classmates in the future.
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Topics: international, global

A Different Approach to 360 Assessments

Posted by Dr. Michael Palanski on Dec 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Think about the first important leadership lesson you ever learned. What did you learn? More importantly, in what context did you learn it? Chances are it was not at work.

Leadership lessons occur constantly in all sorts of situations. Serving on a board of a not-for-profit, coaching a little league team, or even planning the family reunion all involve leadership skills. A recent count of our executive MBA students showed that some 86% of them have a significant leadership role outside of work.

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International Trip to Poland

Posted by Sara Wood on Oct 27, 2015 2:41:04 PM

For those following this blog who are not familiar with the EMBA program, perhaps I should take a few seconds to explain what we are doing in Poland and why. As part of our “International Business Seminar,” we take an international trip to see up close how international businesses and multi-national companies operate. While we are here, we will also be given our own client for whom we will provide a report on how to improve their business. This part of the trip comes toward the end of the week. Before we get there, the goal is to learn as much as possible about how business is done in Poland.

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Topics: international, global

What's the Value of an MBA Anyway?

Posted by Kristi Mitchell on Oct 22, 2015 9:59:36 AM

The value of an MBA degree can really be measured objectively Kristi Mitchellor subjectively depending on your viewpoint, or personal experience if you already sport the credentials. We can talk about the quantitative side: return on investment, payback period, increased job opportunities etc. Or we can talk more qualitatively: expanded knowledge base, broadened views, better marketability, and improved leadership capabilities to name a few.

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Topics: higher education, online learning, MBA

Innovate or Decline: Stock Prices Tied to Innovation

Posted by Robert Boehner on Sep 9, 2015 8:19:00 PM

Apple's market cap of over $600 billion is by far the highest stock valuation in the world.  This valuation has been driven by Apple's success in new product development, particularly with the iPhone family, which represents over 60% of Apple's profits.  Historically, a substantial new product innovation premium has been priced into Apple's valuation.

Apple's stock price has been under pressure recently.  Apple reached a post stock split record high of $122.07 on July 20, 2015.  Some analysts were forecasting that Apple would be the first company to reach $1 trillion in valuation.  On August 24, 2015 Apple's stock price is just under $107, a 12% decline from the July 20 high. 

Some of this decline is caused by softness in the Chinese market, which is critical to Apple's growth.  But a significant portion of the decline occurred before the very recent troubles in China and the devaluation of the Chinese currency, the yuan.  Analysts are concerned that Apples' robust product innovation machine has hit a pothole. 

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Topics: innovation, strategy

My EMBA Residency Experience

Posted by Jennifer Oloo on Aug 25, 2015 1:51:31 PM

I’m over the moon to FINALLY be doing this!

My name is Jen Oloo. I currently live in Austin, Texas and hold the position of EVP, Client Service at Brandmuscle, a marketing technology firm. I’ve been with Brandmuscle for over 8 years and initially joined the organization as a Manager. I’m originally from a small beach community outside of Los Angeles.

Through my 15 years of experience in this field, I’ve often considered going back to school. 2015 is the year I’m making that happen. A busy travel schedule and two young children at home made it clear that online learning would be an ideal environment for me to earn a degree. Rocheser Institute of Technology stood out right from the gate, being named one of the top online programs by U.S. News & World Report, and is a well-recognized and respected university.

RIT’s Executive MBA admission process was a key differentiator for me. Their personal touch and comprehensive interview process was refreshing. These people obviously care a great deal about who will be included in their program. I felt that if accepted, I would be contributing to a cohort of like-minded, top-performing individuals. 

I was right.

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Topics: higher education, online learning, residency

The Yen is Falling!!! The Yen is Falling!!! (But I’m an American, so why should I care?)

Posted by Gregory Van Laeken on Jun 24, 2015 9:30:00 AM

References to the value of the U.S. dollar and other major foreign currencies by the financial news outlets have become as ubiquitous today as the stock price quotations of our most heavily traded companies. The value of our “greenback” has seemingly garnered even more attention in the past several months as analysts and pundits debate the impact of a rapidly rising U.S. dollar on corporate earnings. However, if you’re like most people, this information comes and goes and doesn’t really stimulate much further thought. Changes to the values of our currencies are much like the proverbial tree falling in the woods without witness – it happens, but if nobody cares does it really matter?

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Topics: international, global, finance

Beyond the Promotional Mix: Paid, Owned and Earned Media

Posted by Laurie Dwyer on Apr 20, 2015 8:00:00 AM

I was recently asked this question by a reporter doing a piece on digital marketing:

Do businesses still need a website in 2015? With the proliferation of social networking sites, and more activity by businesses on FB, Twitter and others, do they still need to maintain a website?

It would be so easy to answer “No” to this question, however, it’s not that simple.

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Topics: marketing

Un-frequently Asked Questions: M2BA – A Meaningful MBA Experience

Posted by Marty Lawlor on Feb 25, 2015 12:50:00 PM
As program director for an online Executive MBA program, I speak to many prospective students, and field numerous questions about the program. Most of the inquiries have to do with the operations or outcomes of the program—the time commitment each week, the technology used for delivery, the cohort model, or ROI for the program, to name a few.I am surprised, however, by the questions that often don’tget asked: “Will I think differently as a result of this program?” “Will my colleagues view me differently?” “Will I form meaningful relationships with my cohort or instructors?” “Will I have the confidence to lead a major project when I’m done with the program?” I’ve concluded that, for many applicants, pursuing an MBA degree is perceived as a relatively simple exchange—take these courses; receive your degree.
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Topics: higher education, online learning

Mike's trip to Vietnam

Posted by Michael Mangione on Oct 26, 2014 6:15:00 PM


Sunday October 19th, 2014 11:35 PM

After spanning the globe for 15 hours in the air and traveling at speeds of over 700 MPH our Execuitve MBA cohort of 18 arrived in one of the world’s largest airports in Hong Kong. The group was a bit weary from the long trip but incredibly excited to be half way across the world in East Asia. We had just enough time to stretch out and make a few phone calls before getting ready for the last leg of our journey which would be touching down in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam!

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Topics: international, global, higher education, online learning