Learning Teams in the MBA for Executives Program

4 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2008

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Lynn Isabella

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Elizabeth A. Powell

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Gerry Yemen

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

Learning teams are an integral part of the Darden experience and are featured in all the school's programs—full-time MBA, MBA for Executives, and Executive Education. Learning teams play an important role in developing subject matter knowledge and an ability to work collaboratively. Indeed, the learning team experience is so fundamental that over the years Darden full-time MBA alumni give it equal standing as a core course in the MBA curriculum. This note will help students understand why we use learning teams and to examine their own expectations and beliefs about learning and working in teams.

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UVA-OB-0905

LEARNING TEAMS IN THE MBA FOR EXECUTIVE PROGRAM

Learning teams are an integral part of the Darden experience and are featured in all our programs—full-time MBA, MBA for Executives, and Executive Education. Learning teams play an important role in developing your subject matter knowledge and your ability to work collaboratively. Indeed, the learning team experience is so fundamental that over the years Darden full-time MBA alumni give it equal standing as a core course in the MBA curriculum. Learning teams in the MBAExec program are proving to be just as significant.

Before you begin the MBAExec program, we ask that you take time to understand why we use learning teams and to examine your own expectations and beliefs about learning and working in teams. During the first Leadership Residency (LR1), you will meet your learning team for the first time and lay the groundwork for the work you will continue together for the next several months.

The Purposes of Learning Teams

The work you do in your learning team will have at least three purposes. In many instances, your learning team discussions will be aimed primarily at helping you gain clarity about your own thinking prior to a class discussion. In some instances, you will be asked to produce something as a learning team, for example, a recommendation or a short presentation. Overall, however, your learning team offers an opportunity to learn to work effectively in a self-managed work group.

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Keywords: Learning teams, group work, executive MBA

Suggested Citation

Isabella, Lynn and Powell, Elizabeth A. and Yemen, Gerry, Learning Teams in the MBA for Executives Program. Darden Case No. UVA-OB-0905. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1282419

Lynn Isabella (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States
434-924-4818 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/isabella.htm

Elizabeth A. Powell

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States
434-982-2730 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.edu/faculty/Powell.htm

Gerry Yemen

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

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