McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Darden | Mr. Logistics Guy
GRE Not taken Yet, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Desi Boy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Stylist & Actor
GMAT 760 , GPA 9.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB Advanced Analytics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
Columbia | Mr. Ambitious Chemical Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Harvard | Mr. Irish Biotech Entrepreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Cricketer Turned Engineer
GMAT 770, GPA 7.15/10
Wharton | Mr. Planes And Laws
GRE 328, GPA 3.8
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Refrad
GMAT 700, GPA 3.94
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Banker To CPG Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 7.36/10
Chicago Booth | Mr. Space Launch
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Ms. Product Strategist
GMAT 700, GPA 7.3/10
Columbia | Mr. MBB Consultant
GRE 339, GPA 8.28
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Avocado Farmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.08
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Development Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.9
Columbia | Mr. Wannabe Grad
GMAT 710, GPA 3.56
Ross | Mr. Leading-Edge Family Business
GMAT 740, GPA 2.89
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
MIT Sloan | Mr. Captain Engineer
GMAT 700, GPA 2.96
Harvard | Ms. Big 4 M&A Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 2:1 (Upper second-class honours, UK)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Treasury Dealer
GMAT 770, GPA 3
Wharton | Mr. Firmware Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 9.04 (scale of 10)

Essential MOOCs In Business For April

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“If I don’t do it, who will?”

That’s the mantra of today’s social entrepreneur. While disruptors like Craigslist and Uber have overhauled stale models and created new markets, Social entrepreneurs seek an entirely different outcome: To change society itself.

Make no mistake: Social entrepreneurs aren’t do-gooder dilettantes who form third world cooperatives as a hobby. Instead, they are often leading business graduates with a vision to stem growing inequality and environmental degradation. To do that, they apply business tools and resources to forge sustainable and scalable operations. In the process, they empower the marginalized and turn a profit. To them, business solutions are also social solutions.

Take the classic example of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. Growing up in Bangladesh, Yunus was surrounded by poverty. While he pulled himself out, eventually earning a Ph.D. in economics from Vanderbilt University, Yunus never forget the financial and educational barriers that his countrymen faced (which were only fanned by famine, natural disaster, and civil war). Forty years ago, disgusted by the usurious loans made to vulnerable villagers, Yunus launched the Grameen Bank, which provides small loans (with modest interest rates) to the impoverished to help them launch businesses. And the model worked: Small loans reduced the risk of default to the bank. By trading in volume, Grameen Bank has reached over eight million customers covering nearly every village in Bangladesh (with 97% of its borrowers being women). In other words, the country created social value and was rewarded for it.

So how can business students replicate Yunus’ success? In April, the Copenhagen Business School will launch another iteration of its “Social Entrepreneurship” MOOC on Coursera. Think of this 12-week course as an primer on entrepreneurship with a social twist. Here, students will learn how to identify potential opportunities and markets, construct business models, draft business plans, attract investors, and measure their performance. But they will do so with a focus of transforming the society at large.

Even more, the course relies more heavily on online interaction than reading, with participants working in teams on creating a social enterprise. As a result, participants can inspire each other with their passions, test ideas, build a network of network of like-minded people around the global. Even more, they can get feedback from fellow students and faculty to make their plans more viable. In fact, the top projects will be shared with investors for potential funding.

But Social Entrepreneurship isn’t the only MOOC on this month’s docket. The University of California-Irvine is introducing nine courses where students can study at their own pace on topics like negotiation, decision-making, business writing, and management. For those who majored in the liberal arts, they’re launching a “Finance for Non-Financial Professionals”…a course destined to be among the most popular this spring. In tandem with Coursera, California-Irvine is offering certifications in areas like practical management and career readiness to help professionals bolster their credentials.

The Wharton School also returns with its popular Introduction to Marketing and Introduction to Operations courses, giving professionals a taste of what a foundational course from a top three MBA program is like. This month, Darden will also cover the ins-and-outs of project management, while the IE Business School’s “Critical Perspectives on Management” will question every assumption you’ve ever made about management roles, objectives, and evaluation. In addition, you’ll find courses covering big data, public speaking, and entrepreneurship.

To learn more about these courses – and register for them – click on the links below.

AN INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING / APRIL 6 / WHARTON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP / APRIL 7 / COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL

AN INTRODUCTION TO OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT / APRIL 6 / WHARTON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT / APRIL 20 / UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA (DARDEN)

ESSENTIALS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP: THINKING & ACTION / APRIL 6 / U.C.-IRVINE

CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON MANAGEMENT / APRIL 20 / IE BUSINESS SCHOOL

EFFECTIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING AND DECISION-MAKING / APRIL 6 / U.C.-IRVINE

BIG DATA: MEASURING AND PREDICTING BEHAVIOR / APRIL 20 / WARWICK BUSINESS SCHOOL

HIGH IMPACT BUSINESS WRITING / APRIL 6 / U.C.-IRVINE

PROCESS MINING: DATA SCIENCE IN ACTION / APRIL 1 / EINDHOVEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

ART OF NEGOTIATION / APRIL 6 / U.C.-IRVINE

INNOVATION AND ENTERPRISE / APRIL 6 / LOUGHBOURGH UNIVERSITY

WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER: TIME MANAGEMENT FOR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTIVITY / APRIL 6 / U.C.-IRVINE

COMMUNICATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY WORKFORCE / APRIL 6 / U.C.-IRVINE

TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP: PART 2 / APRIL 14 / STANFORD

FUNDAMENTALS OF MANAGEMENT / APRIL 6 / U.C.-IRVINE

THE POWER OF MACROECONOMICS: ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES IN THE REAL WORLD / SELF-PACED / U.C.-IRVINE

DQ 101: INTRODUCTION TO DECISION QUALITY / APRIL 16 / STRATEGIC DECISIONS GROUP

INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SPEAKING / APRIL 7 / UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

ADDITIONAL COURSES

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