Chicago Booth | Mr. Corp Dev
GMAT 730, GPA 3.34
USC Marshall | Mr. Supply Chain Guru
GMAT GMAT Waiver, GPA 2.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Non-Profit Latino
GMAT 710, GPA 3.06
Stanford GSB | Mr. Healthcare AI
GRE 366, GPA 3.91
INSEAD | Ms. Social Business
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. Risk-Taker
GRE 310 (to retake), GPA 3 (recalculated)
HEC Paris | Ms. Freelancer
GMAT 710, GPA 5.3
Harvard | Mr. Hedge Funder
GMAT 790, GPA 3.82
Harvard | Mr. Fresh Perspective
GRE 318, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Harvard | Mr. Green Energy Revolution
GMAT 740, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. MPP/MBA
GRE 325, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Ms. Analytical Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Technopreneur
GRE 328, GPA 3.2
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
London Business School | Mr. College Dropout
GMAT 690, GPA NA
Harvard | Mr. MBB Latino Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.75
Stanford GSB | Ms. Top Firm Consulting
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
INSEAD | Mr. Truth
GMAT 670, GPA 3.2
INSEAD | Mr. Powerlifting President
GMAT 750, GPA 8.1/10
Harvard | Mr. Mojo
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Ross | Mr. Law To MBA
GRE 321, GPA 3.77
Stanford GSB | Mr. Failed Startup Founder
GMAT 740, GPA 4
Wharton | Mr. African Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Sommelier
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Wharton | Mr. MBA When Ready
GMAT 700 (expected), GPA 2.1

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Lessons

11 Crucial Lessons That Everyone Learns in Business School

“Pick the right team.” “Don’t stray from core competencies.” “Growth requires tradeoffs.”

You’ve probably hear those maxims. In fact, they probably seem like clichés by now. In business school, the case method breathes life into those tired truths. Here, students learn the mindsets that blinded leaders from the obvious – or helped them identify opportunities most couldn’t imagine. More important, they witness the consequences of culture, strategy, and hubris on companies ranging from Blackberry and Kodak to Apple and Cisco.

Recently, the San Francisco Chronicle resurrected a piece from Business Insider on the best case studies taught at many business schools. After tapping business professors from Duke University, the University of Michigan, Vanderbilt University and INSEAD, Business Insider compiled a list of 11 leading case studies – and the lessons that students can learn from each of them. Here is a sample:

How Bad Communication Nearly Ruined a Manager’s Career

Case: Erik Peterson

Key Takeaway: Playing politics can be unavoidable.

What Happened: The case, which has several fictionalized variations to hide identities, follows Erik Peterson, a recent MBA graduate who is the general manager at a subsidiary of a large scientific materials company in the mid-2000s. Peterson’s group is developing an innovative piece of surgical equipment but is behind schedule. He offers a plan to meet a revised target, to be reviewed by headquarters.

Though hard working, highly educated, and competent, Peterson has trouble playing office politics and struggles dealing with his manager. He does not know who exactly he needs to report to and personnel problems accumulate amid the confusion. Peterson tries isolating himself from the chaos and works harder and harder on his own — while his team falls apart.

Eventually, the company gets restructured, and Peterson gets the boot.

Looking for a refresher – or want to better familiarize yourself with the case method? Check out the link below, which includes studies on reinventing staid brands, defining ethical conduct, entering new markets, and recognizing limits.

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Source: San Francisco Chronicle