Sheila Cameron has years of experience of the particular needs of these students as MBA Director at the Open University Business School.
Contents INTRODUCTION 1 Management, learning and the role of this book Learning outcomes and Introduction How to use this handbook How the book is structured Chapter structure Planning your work on the handbook Summary UNDERSTANDING THE MBA 2 The nature of MBA learning Learning outcomes and Introduction MBA origins Challenges to the traditional model A history of the MBA Lessons for MBA design Reflection and professional practice Key MBA benefits Summary Further information 3 Your objectives for an MBA Learning outcomes and Introduction Your life as context Learning aims for future career success Developing objectives Directing your efforts Summary Helpfile 3.1: Questions that may help you choose a programme 4 Creating a suitable learning context Learning outcomes and Introduction Gaining organisational support Gaining support from family and friends Your MBA provider Ensuring emotional support Creating a place to study Internet access Summary PRE-COURSE SKILL DEVELOPMENT 5 Personal management skills Learning outcomes and Introduction Assessing your personal management skills Planning skills Emotional intelligence Managing stress Coping with unavoidable stress Developing assertiveness skills Knowledge management Seeking information: preparatory reading Summary Further information Helpfile 5.1: Edit and format commands 6 Time management Learning outcomes and Introduction Making time for study If the time is simply not there ... Basic time management principles Putting principles into practice Summary Further information DEVELOPING LEARNING SKILLS 7 Managing your learning activities Learning outcomes and Introduction Creating time and space Developing a study plan Using study time effectively Summary Appendix to chapter 7: Exercises that can be used during study breaks 8 Learning and developing as a manager Learning outcomes and Introduction What is learning? What is management theory and why is it useful? Learning model and metaphors Learning styles Single and double loop learning Critical engagement Reflection and professional learning Reflective writing Organising your file Summary Further information 9 Improving reading skills Learning outcomes and Introduction Efficient eye movement Increasing reading speed Selecting reading material Choosing your reading speed Reading critically Taking notes Summary Further information Answers to exercises 10 Using diagrams Learning outcomes and Introduction The importance of diagrams The magic management box Brain patterns or mind maps Relationship diagrams Rich pictures Systems maps Multiple-cause (and other causal) diagrams Other diagramming techniques Diagramming hazards Summary Further information 11 Teamwork, leadership and learning Learning outcomes and Introduction Key communication skills Active listening Talking Dialogue Teams that work Task and process Behaviours seen in groups and teams Choosing team members Team formation Practical aspects of team effectiveness The dangers of group work Becoming a more effective team member Developing your leadership skills The role of informal groups Action learning sets Virtual teams Summary Further information 12 Case studies, complexity and consultancy Learning outcomes and Introduction The place of case studies Coping with cases A method for approaching cases From cases to consultancy Summary Further information 13 Using numbers Learning outcomes and Introduction Diagnosing your current skill level Causes of difficulty Descriptive equations Modelling Understanding probability and statistics Making data more meaningful Distributions and histograms Bar charts Pie charts Graphs Estimating Rounding Fractions, percentages and ratios Using equations Working with brackets Differential calculus Software for dealing with numbers Further skills development Summary Further information Helpfile 13.1: Cracking the code Answers to exercises SKILLS FOR ASSESSMENT 14 Scoring well in assessment Learning outcomes and Introduction Challenges for students if studying abroad Assessment in context Common causes of failure Assessment as communication Summary 15 Writing assignments and reports Learning outcomes and Introduction Assignment planning Developing your material Drafting written assignments Using report format Writing clear English Writing for the screen Summary Further information Helpfile 15.1: Glossary of terms used in examination and assessment questions Helpfile 15. 2: Spelling (the right word) Helpfile 15.3: Punctuation and grammar Helpfile 15.4: If English is not your native language Answers to exercises 16 Making presentations Learning outcomes and Introduction The risks of presenting Structure Delivery technique Visual aids Handling questions Dealing with nerves Preparation Poster presentations Summary Further information 17 Passing examinations Learning outcomes and Introduction Types of written examination Common causes of failure Exam preparation During the examination Summary 18 Other forms of assessment Learning outcomes and Introduction The reasons for alternative approaches Portfolio assessment Assessment centres Viva voce examinations Summary 19 Projects, theses and dissertations Learning outcomes and Introduction Characteristics of management research Stakeholders in your dissertation The importance of topic Generating possible topics Topic selection Your formal proposal(s) Literature search Primary data collection Focus groups Questionnaires Research methodology and approach Ethical considerations Project management Writing up Summary Further information AFTERWARDS 20 Beyond your Master's ... Learning outcomes and Introduction Lifelong learning Reassessing objectives and options Developing your 'brand' Networking Making an effective job application Internet recruitment Going forward Summary Further information References and bibliography Index