Harvard | Mr. Big 4 To Healthcare Reformer
GRE 338, GPA 4.0 (1st Class Honours - UK - Deans List)
Harvard | Mr. Billion Dollar Startup
GRE 309, GPA 6.75/10
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Healthcare Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Mexican Central Banker
GMAT 730, GPA 95.8/100 (1st in class)
MIT Sloan | Ms. Digital Manufacturing To Tech Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Tech Risk
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Whitecoat Businessman
GMAT 740, GPA Equivalent to 3(Wes) and 3.4(scholaro)
Columbia | Mr. Developing Social Enterprises
GMAT 750, GPA 3.75
IU Kelley | Mr. Advertising Guy
GMAT 650, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Ms. Strategy & Marketing Roles
GMAT 750, GPA 9.66/10
Rice Jones | Mr. Tech Firm Product Manager
GRE 320, GPA 2.7
Yale | Mr. Education Management
GMAT 730, GPA 7.797/10
Columbia | Mr. Neptune
GMAT 750, GPA 3.65
Darden | Ms. Education Management
GRE 331, GPA 9.284/10
Columbia | Mr. Confused Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Yale | Mr. Lawyer Turned Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr Big 4 To IB
GRE 317, GPA 4.04/5.00
Stanford GSB | Ms. Engineer In Finance – Deferred MBA
GRE 332, GPA 3.94
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Second Chance In The US
GMAT 760, GPA 2.3
Harvard | Ms. Big 4 M&A Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 2:1 (Upper second-class honours, UK)
Harvard | Mr. Harvard 2+2, Chances?
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Wharton | Ms. Negotiator
GMAT 720, GPA 7.9/10
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98

Essential Business MOOCs For July

Vanderbilt's David Owens taping one of his MOOC sessions

Vanderbilt’s David Owens taping one of his MOOC sessions

“What I’m doing is I am looking for more people to talk to about innovation…because I found my wife and my kids don’t want to hear about it anymore.”

Well, one family’s loss is the world’s gain.

On July 1st, David Owens will launch his much-anticipated MOOC, “Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations.” Owens, a professor of Practice Management and Innovation at Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management, doesn’t write off summer to ice cream, waterskiing, and fireworks. Instead, he views it as a time to confront one of the great paradoxes of business: Why do leaders want to innovate, but not to change?

The Massive Open Online Course, which dovetails with Owens’ book, Creative People Must Be Stopped!  Six Ways We Stop Innovation (Without Even Trying), holds the most promise among free MOOC courses starting in July. Here, the former CEO of Griffin Technology reveals why the best ideas are blocked long before a beta. In Owens’ research, he has identified that the main culprit begins with a P (and it’s not process, payables, or popularity).

That’s right, it’s people. And they often perceive innovation as a threat on many levels according to Owens. How do you overcome resistance when ideas are generated, debated, and executed? That’s the goal of Owens’ course. By understanding where, how, and why ideas fail, innovators can persuasively address those unspoken fears that cause people to tune out or resist. In doing so, they can model a culture that sparks creativity and embraces the best ideas, building buy-in and momentum when it’s needed most.

TWO THEMES STAND OUT FOR JULY

In fact, two themes stand out among July’s MOOCs. First, educators are focusing on changing perceptions. For example, Scott Plous’ “Social Psychology” course, which drew more than 100,000 students (and rave reviews) in 2013, is designed to make students aware of how they process people and phenomenon…and how such perceptions are subject to bias and context. Similarly, Penn State returns with its popular “Creativity, Innovation, and Change” MOOC, which registered over 130,000 participants last year. Using advanced problem-solving and design models, this course also looks to tap into students’ atrophied creative muscles so they too can be a force for change.

The second theme? Let’s just say MOOCs are starting to become a platform for professors to sell more books. Call MOOCs a virtual book tour these days. You’d almost expect Coursera, EdX and Canvas to open each weekly video with a “sponsored by XYZ Publishing” tagline (Wait, don’t give them any ideas).

Otherwise, this month’s fare includes courses on risk management, foreign banking, the history of American capitalism, brand management, and delivering speeches. To learn more about these courses and enroll, click on the links below:

Leading Strategic Innovation in Companies / July 1 / Vanderbilt University

Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development / June 30 / The World Bank

Social Psychology / July 14 / Wesleyan University

 

Introduction to Communication Science / July 2 / University of Amsterdam

Economics of Money and Banking: Part 2 / Barnard College (Columbia University) / July 8

American Capitalism: A History / Self-Paced / Cornell University

Networks, Crowds and Markets / Self-Paced / Cornell University

Technology and the Future: Managing Change and Innovation / July 7 / Alfred State University

Projecting Your Brand Through New Media / Self-Paced / Cornell University

Talk the Talk: How to Give a Great Presentation / July 21 / The Open University

Creativity, Innovation and Change / July 14 / Penn State University

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