[photopress:swheelwright.jpg,full,alignright]Steven Wheelwright is a Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School and has been asessing the progress of eighteen business schools in Harvard Business School’s Program on Case Method and Participant-Centered Learning. (That is PCMPL which makes you wonder whether Harvard Business School has a need for a course on simple communication.)
In an interview he said, ‘Overall, we were delighted to see the impact that PCMPCL is having in the area and on these leading schools of business. In PCMPCL, one of our reasons for choosing the top eighteen universities as our target audience is the belief that over time, they have proven themselves to be the leaders and to have the capabilities to adapt, making them ideal partners.’
There are also some general trends that apply across the region:
Demand for management and management education is growing rapidly. Management (and business) is seen as a major force for change, growth, and prosperity.
While full-time MBA programs are growing, the greatest growth is in executive MBA programs (part-time) and in Executive Education. Particularly in China, much of the current generation of senior management has never had any formal training.
Competition is definitely growing more intense as companies and government agencies strive to become truly ‘global’ players. While much of the past growth and business success might have been based on national and regional success, they recognize the need to become true global players if they are to continue to grow and prosper.
Companies are sufficiently convinced of their need for much more training of their managers, and their respect for their leading universities is such that they are very willing to pay market rates for their executives to attend programs taught at those universities.