The goal of any MBA capstone is to measure students’ ability to synthesize and demonstrate their understanding of key business and managerial frameworks, concepts and insights taught through the MBA coursework. The capstone experience varies from program- to- program. In researching and talking with my MBA and EMBA colleagues from around the U.S. it seems that capstones fall into three main categories: case competitions, integrated or consulting projects and business plan competitions.
Remember your TMMBA capstone course or competition?
The TMMBA capstone experience has included case competitions (2002-2007), technology commercialization course and competition (2008-2010) and most recently a Venture Capital Investment course and competition (2011-2012). To varying degrees, each of these capstones met the goals of a capstone and we appreciate all our various stakeholders for making each one a success.
As you reflect on your experience what comes to mind?
I’m looking to our TMMBA community for constructive input, suggestions and ideas to move this experience forward. I’m a firm believer that none of us are as smart as all of us – and while there may not be a “silver bullet” for the capstone experience, I’m certain with your help we can get very close!
There is always room to improve, innovate and evolve.
In the next monthly alumni TMMBA email we’ll announce the date for an early January dinner meeting – we’ll catch up and talk capstone!
I hope you will consider helping.
Tracy Gojdics is the Director of the TMMBA Program and an alumna from the Class of 2007. Outside of the office you might find Tracy out hiking, running, reading, or spending quality time with her family. Tracy can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 206-616-2610.