Mike Beeler

Mike Beeler

Mike Beeler has a varied background in Operations Management and Finance, working at numerous companies across varying industries. He also has experience in Process Improvement and has earned the …


UNC brings rarity to online MBA programs: Credibility

Online MBA degrees have been proliferating like daisies in an open field in recent years, but UNC-Kenan-Flagler’s program takes its task quite seriously.

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David Buehler

Dr. David Buehler’s research interests include international trade, economic integration, economic development, and labor economics. More specifically, he is currently researching the dynamic effects of integration and the changing …

Jenny Parker

Jenny Parker

Jenny teaches oral and written business communication in the MBA@UNC program. She is particularly interested in cross-cultural communication and presentation best practices. She received her MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business …

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How to Choose an Online MBA Program

A bewildering–and ever-expanding–array of online MBA programs can make it difficult for IT professionals to determine which one is right for them. Susan Cates, executive director of the University of North Carolina’s online MBA program, offers five tips for finding a program that best suits your individual needs

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Analysis: Flexibility for participants must be the watchword

With the number of online programmes growing all the time, this year’s Financial Times listing of distance learning MBAs – now in its seventh year – is the largest to date.

Using a web-based questionnaire, 48 business schools – nine of which are in the listing for the first time – outlined the courses they offer. The details of these are summarised in our table.

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Schools struggle to stand out in a crowded market

Early in 2011 Waitrose, the upmarket UK supermarket chain, recognised it could use the latest technology to impart business school know-how to its cashiers and shelf-stackers, as well as to its managers and board members.

So the supermarket, part of the John Lewis retail partnership, worked with two UK business schools to launch its PartnerLearn website in July, giving access to all 48,000 of its partners (its permanent staff members).

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Differentiation: Big names decide to join the fray

Established business schools have been reluctant to launch online degrees, often because of a perceived lack of quality

But with an increasingly tech-savvy MBA population, and huge advances in pedagogical technology, a number of schools with highly ranked traditional MBA degrees are now seeking to create a presence in this growing market.


Tips to Survive Working Through Grad School

Balancing 40-hour-plus work weeks with a personal life is a challenge. Add graduate school to the mix, and finding time to fit it all can seem impossible.

With hopes of enhancing their resume and expertise and garnering a higher earning potential, many workers head back to graduate school while working full time.

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Approaching your Employer about Financing your MBA

In fact, many companies sponsor high potential students in MBA programs as part of their employee retention strategy. Investigate if your firm has a tuition assistance program. Benefits can range from hundreds of dollars to tens of thousand of dollars annually. If your company doesn’t have a formal tuition assistance program, you might be able to convince your management to partially or fully fund your education if you present a compelling case.

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