Ross Wirth, Dean of the College of Business at Franklin University is looking for a few good ideas. He has undertaken to figure out what the future of business eduction – specifically the MBA program – will be so that he can begin designing program that will meet the need of our business community in the future.
Ross will be our guest at the October 20 Forum of the Columbus Futurists (Panera Bread Co, 875 Bethel Rd, 6:30 pm). He has offered some thoughts to seed that conversation. Consider:
The Future of Business Education – a facilitated discussion, by Ross Wirth
It has been 40 years since Alvin Toffler wrote Future Shock and we are only now starting to understand the impact of living in the information era. Business processes are changing, new ways of organizing are being tested, higher education is under increased regulatory review, and pressure is building on education productivity as family and governmental budgets are prioritized. This session will surface a laundry list of issues likely to face business schools in the future as they adapt curriculum to meet evolving business needs and experiment with new learning models in response to just-in-time learning in the internet era. Developing consensus on issues and direction will not be possible in the limited time available. However, the desire will be to raise awareness of the issues and surface some of the responses that might be considered as business schools strategically look down the road five years.
Ross has participated in a number of discussion at Universitas as well – and the result has been terrific. Please plan to attend and contribute your thought about how change might be managed for the better.
— Rich Bowers