The University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management Uses Management Science to Create Mba Study Groups

Interfaces, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 126-137, 2006

Posted: 8 May 2006 Last revised: 21 Feb 2011

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D. Krass

Rotman School of Management

Anton Ovchinnikov

Smith School of Business - Queen's University; INSEAD - Decision Sciences

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Business schools look for the ways to teach MBA graduates effective group work skills, generally through group-based assignments and projects. However, if not monitored carefully, group work can undermine the learning process; group composition is important. Rotman School has developed a multiple well-balanced study groups strategy to ensure that students are assigned to several balanced and nonoverlapping groups which are used in different courses. We formulated the group-creation problem as a mathematical optimization model and implemented it in a user-friendly software package that Rotman MBA office administrators use to create student groups. Switching to computer-generated groups produced better balanced groups, saved much manual effort and increased levels of satisfaction among students, faculty, and the MBA office personnel.

Keywords: multiple criteria decision analysis, educational systems, decision support systems, applications of integer programming, multiple criteria integer programming

Suggested Citation

Krass, Dmitry and Ovchinnikov, Anton, The University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management Uses Management Science to Create Mba Study Groups (2006). Interfaces, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 126-137, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=899975

Dmitry Krass (Contact Author)

Rotman School of Management ( email )

105 St. George st
Toronto, ON M5S 3E6
Canada

Anton Ovchinnikov

Smith School of Business - Queen's University ( email )

143 Union Str. West
Kingston, ON K7L3N6
Canada

INSEAD - Decision Sciences ( email )

United States

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