Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Back to School Everyone from Corporate Veterans to Aspiring Entrepreneurs Can Benefit from the Region's Many Leadership Training Programs

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Back to School Everyone from Corporate Veterans to Aspiring Entrepreneurs Can Benefit from the Region's Many Leadership Training Programs

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MBA programs and continuing education courses on leadership are a thriving business for many universities in the Pittsburgh region, making it possible for thousands of corporate professionals and entrepreneurs each year to choose a program that best fits their individual learning styles and career goals.

The two largest programs based on enrollment are at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

Pitt's Katz School of Business offers an MBA degree focused on students getting hands-on experience coming up with solutions for real companies with real challenges. The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at Pitt is designed for people who have started businesses, while the MBA program at CMU's Tepper School of Business leans toward a scientific method of business leadership.

"We have a very analytic approach to business because we believe if you can understand the data, you can understand business," said Michael Trick, senior associate dean for education at CMU's Tepper School of Business and professor of operations research.

CMU takes credit for having always been a different kind of business school from its very beginning in 1949.

The college was founded by an eclectic group of people who included economists, psychologists and optimization experts. The modern model for business education -- using analytics to make business decisions -- traces its beginnings to CMU. One of the university's biggest claims to fame is having eight Nobel laureate graduates.

"Before us, a lot of business schools were taught by people telling stories about a business and its challenges," Mr. Trick said. "We created a course of study which aimed to understand the scientific principles behind management. That scientific approach is now the common paradigm for understanding business today."

But the MBA program at CMU's Tepper School has evolved over the years, Mr. Trick said. "Now we do have more of an emphasis on leadership skills so that our students can really change businesses. That is what I think the real strength of our program is. We combine analytics to understand business with leadership to change business."

Each year, CMU admits about 210 full-time MBA students to its two- year program. About 70 evening and part-time students go through its three-year MBA program. Now the university has a new online version of the Tepper MBA that also will last three years starting this fall; about 40 students are expected to participate.

Taking a hands-on approach, the University of Pittsburgh's Katz School of Business finds opportunities for its students to work on field consulting projects for local businesses.

"The core of what we do is called experienced-based learning," said Bill Valenta, assistant dean of the Executive MBA Worldwide and the Center for Executive Education at Katz. …

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