Approximately 45 admitted MBA students were welcomed to the Broad College of Business April 11–12 for the Admitted Students Program. The two-day event featured panels, mock classes, presentations, speakers, and social events that gave incoming students a sense of the Broad MBA experience and opportunities to network.
During Friday’s events, Jim Manley, managing director of the Demmer Center for Business Transformation, gave a demonstration of W. Edwards Deming’s red bead experiment. For the experiment, Manley recruited volunteers to participate as workers whose job was to dip a paddle into a box of red and white beads and try to extract only white beads. After each round, Manley would call a team meeting and try to motivate the students to decrease their number of red beads. Despite a variety of incentives, not one volunteer was able to dip out one or fewer red beads. Because the volunteers’ performance was judged based on chance, the experiment illustrated the idea that it is often the process that needs to be changed instead of the employees.
Later, current MBA students and Broad staff gave informational presentations on topics such as entrepreneurship, Spartan Consulting, and MBA study abroad trips, and a bus tour oriented students to campus landmarks. A mock lecture and question-and-answer session with Jennifer Dunn, assistant professor of management, gave a taste of the course experiences MBA students could look forward to.
Dinner presented the opportunity to ask questions of a panel of alumni on topics ranging from the on-campus experience to their career experiences after graduation. Likewise, Saturday brought further opportunities to speak with panels of employers who hire Broad MBAs, and current students and their significant others on their experiences with the program.
A motivational talk by Greg Kelser, former MSU and NBA basketball player and current television commentator, closed out the weekend.