Harvard | Mr. The Builder
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
Darden | Mr. Program Manager
GRE 324, GPA 3.74
Harvard | Mr. Consulting To Emerging Markets Banking
GRE 130, GPA 3.6 equivalent
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Biz Human Rights
GRE 710, GPA 8/10
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Greek Taverna
GMAT 730, GPA 7.03/10
Harvard | Ms. Biotech Ops
GMAT 770, GPA 3.53
NYU Stern | Mr. Development
GMAT 690, GPA 2.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Energy Operations
GRE 330, GPA 3.85
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 To Healthcare Reformer
GRE 338, GPA 4.0 (1st Class Honours - UK - Deans List)
Wharton | Mr. Steelmaker To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.04/4.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Overrepresented Indian Engineer
GMAT 740, GPA 8.78/10
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Indian Quant
GMAT 745, GPA 9.6 out of 10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Food & Education Entrepreneur
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Standard Military
GMAT 700, GPA 3.74
Harvard | Ms. Gay Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. International Oil
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Tuck | Mr. Infantry Officer To MBA
GRE 314, GPA 3.4
Rice Business | Mr. Future Energy Consultant
GRE Received a GRE Waiver, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Campaigns To Business
GMAT 750, GPA 3.19
MIT Sloan | Mr. Special Forces
GMAT 720, GPA 3.82
Columbia | Mr. Fingers Crossed
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. Egyptian Heritage
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Investor & Operator (2+2)
GMAT 720, GPA 3.85
Harvard | Ms. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7

Best Free Business MOOCs For May

Road Trip

The road trip is often a rite of passage in American lore. From beats coasting down Route 66 to the breezy Sunday drives of the Mad Men era, the road has always been a place to relax, reflect, and re-group. For three business professors, the American road held a different allure. It was an artery dotted with businesses and their stories of ingenuity, perseverance, and triumph.


In business schools, students habitually read those sexy case studies featuring multinationals buffeted by major economic shifts or haunted by tragic events. In 2010, Stanford’s Paul Oyer, Northwestern’s Mike Mazzeo, and Utah’s Scott Schaefer – economists all – decided to hit the road to study those businesses often overlooked by MBA programs. They visited recycling plants, rubber parts producers, and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. They asked questions about pricing, scaling, hiring, branding, positioning, and strategy. And they dispensed advice to the passionate and talented owners of these small and mid-sized firms. Since then, these three amigos have completed six more week-long treks. Each time, they cram themselves into a rented car, make Dairy Queen runs, rest up in Holiday Inns, and hit four companies a day.

From Memphis to Missoula and Denver to Dothan, these men discovered several compelling themes during these journeys. For one, according to an interview with Mazzeo in the Kansas City Examiner, the ability to grow is often “rooted in the fundamental economics of the business.” For another, he adds, small businesses must build their “strategies around things the Big Boys aren’t able to do well.”  In the process of interviewing over 100 businesses, these economists discovered Mazzeo’s Law: “The answer to any strategic question is, ‘It depends.’” That said, the answer is the easy part, Mazzeo adds. “The trick is finding what it depends on.”

Two years ago, the trio chronicled their lessons (and adventures) in The Roadside MBA. Now, they’re bringing the takeaways from the book into the realm of MOOCs with “Strategic Thinking for Growing Your Enterprise,” which begins on May 2nd. Chances are, it will be quite different from any MOOC that you’ve taken before. Instead of studies, Mazzeo, Oyer, and Schaefer focus on stories to breathe life into the lessons they learned. In fact, the course will include webinars so students can hear from (and interact with) the business owners chronicled in the classes. Forget just learning what works. The sessions are designed to explore the underlying how and why. In other words, students can understand the unique variables inherent to each organization and how they play out against structure, capabilities, planning, and positioning. Best of all, students can take their own virtual road trip, with a team project where they ask questions of a business and offer solutions to their strategic growth issues.


The MOOC answer to On The Road won’t be the only MOOC to thrill students this month. If you’re dreaming of launching a startup, you can’t miss Wharton’s “Entrepreneurship 4,” which covers financing options to sustain growth and help owners turn that elusive profit. Columbia Business School reviews the fail fast model with “New Venture Discovery: From Idea to Minimal Viable Product.” Here, students can gain insights on quickly moving from prototyping to market to capitalize on potential market openings. And Michigan State continues its “How To Start Your Business” series with “Structure,” a primer on those details (i.e. legal, hiring, etc.) that can quickly engulf a firm if they’re ignored.

Finance-related MOOCs are even more prominent in May. Wharton (who else) is unveiling “Decision-Making and Scenarios,” which examines high level math and stats models to help students better measure risk and probabilities. At long last, Columbia Business School returns with its two-part series, “Finance Engineering and Risk Management,” to expose students to fundamental Wall Street models and practices. The University of Illinois continues to position itself as an online finance juggernaut with two new MOOCs focused on understanding income statements and market structures. If you want to learn accounting basics – but lack previous experience in the area – check out IESE’s “Accounting: Making Sound Decisions” to master basics and learn how to read standard reports.

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



Viral Marketing and How to Craft Contagious Content / May 9 / Wharton School

The Business of Social / May 9 / Northwestern University



Decision-Making and Scenarios / May / Wharton School

Financeial Engineering and Risk Management (Parts 1 and 2) / May 16 and 23 / Columbia Business School

Understanding Financial Statements: Company Performance / May 9 / University of Illinois

Accounting: Making Sound Decisions / May / IESE

Firm Level Economics: Markets and Allocations / May 11 / University of Illinois

Valuation: Alternative Methods / May 2 / University of Michigan (Ross)



Applications of Everyday Leadership / May 9 / University of Illinois

Managing Employee Compensation / May / University of Minnesota



Strategic Thinking for Growing Your Enterprise / May 2 / Stanford

Entrepreneurship 4: Financing and Profitability / May / Wharton

New Venture Discovery: From Idea to Minimal Viable Product / May 2 / Columbia Business School

Structure / May / Michigan State



Supply Chain Design / May 18 / MIT


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