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  •  US News Ranks Part-Time MBA, academic specialties on 2014 list

    Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2013 9:35 AM

    Santa Clara University’s part-time MBA program rose to No. 24 in the recent U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools Guide 2014, the news organization announced today.  The annual classification ranked Santa Clara’s program at 41 last year.

    “The bright, ambitious individuals who work in Silicon Valley have discovered Santa Clara will help them build a career and a business, “ said S. Andrew Starbird, dean of the University’s Leavey School of Business.  “Our students know what U.S. News has just noted—Santa Clara’s blend of theory and practice is perfectly adapted to working professionals’ success in the Bay Area.”

    In addition, the US News guide placed SCU’s entrepreneurship specialty at No. 13. Interest in courses comprising the specialty has increased over the last few years, the Santa Clara graduate staff reports. This is the second time Santa Clara has appeared on the list of schools offering the specialization; the 2011 list ranked SCU at No. 16.

    The School's Executive MBA program placed no.19 on the new list, and the Finance specialty was ranked in 20th place.

    “This entrepreneurship ranking confirms our decision to introduce a new M.S. in Entrepreneurship degree last month,” said Elizabeth Ford, senior assistant dean for graduate programs. “Our faculty members connect Santa Clara’s curriculum to the practice of business in Silicon Valley, making SCU the ideal location to study entrepreneurship.”

    To compile the list, U.S. News surveyed business school deans and MBA program directors at 325 MBA programs, asking them to rank their peers on a 5-point scale. Eligibility for ranking was based on size (more than 20 enrolled part-time in Fall 2012) and accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The specialty lists were created from nominations for excellence in a particular specialty, with those receiving the most mentions appearing on the list.

    Visit the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools website here  (a subscription is required for access to the full guide)

     

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  •  Griffith Celebrates New Book

    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 12:58 PM

    Successful managers mix people, technology, and structure into new business solutions by staying “plugged-in,” says Management Professor Terri Griffith in her new book, The Plugged-In Manager, to be published this month by Jossey-Bass. Griffith and her colleagues will celebrate the book’s release at a reception on Wednesday, October 26, in Lucas Hall.

    Griffith, a popular Santa Clara University Business School instructor and author of the award-winning “Technology and Organizations” blog, wrote the book after seeing that most discussions of management practice focused on either people issues or organizational issues, and rarely touching on technology used in either case. She noticed that the most adept managers in leading companies were skilled at using all three dimensions, and began interviewing those business leaders most proficient at combining the three.

    The managers who excelled were not experts in technology or psychology, she discovered, but were exceptional in the way they connected people, technology, and organizational practice to develop new business processes. In the book, Griffith outlines three practices that each of the exemplary managers use, and demonstrates how each practice can be adopted to improve performance by individual managers and their organizations. 

    The book release reception, hosted by Business School Dean Drew Starbird, will feature brief remarks by Griffith and copies for sale by the campus bookstore. For reservations, see www.scu.edu/business/plugged-in.cfm.

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