URI redesigns MBA to focus on innovation, summer internship

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island has redesigned its one-year Master of Business Administration program to focus on how to manage, design and implement strategic innovation. More

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URI redesigns MBA to focus on innovation, summer internship

Posted 11/12/12

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island has redesigned its one-year Master of Business Administration program to focus on how to manage, design and implement strategic innovation.

“This approach demonstrates to students that strategic decision-making is not sequential, but rather interdisciplinary across all areas of the business,” said Mark Higgins, dean of the College of Business Administration, in a statement. “Disruptive innovation in business is becoming the rule, not the exception, and this new program will ensure our students can thrive and compete.”

URI launched the one-year MBA program in 1995 and three years ago enlisted faculty to comprehensively review the program.

The new program will be team-taught using a faculty cohort using a continuous-improvement framework that will have each two-week module built upon the module that precedes it. Students also will participate in a live case with executives from Hasbro, Inc.

Students also will engage in experiential learning by working with Rhode Island organizations to develop a new process or practice. The program culminates in a summer internship. •

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