The MBA is very much based around the so-called ‘hard skill’ courses. Courses in Accounting, Finance, Strategy, Marketing dominate the majority of course hours with the ‘soft skills’ courses of leadership and change management allocated to just a few electives. Although the hard skills are important, it is the soft skills that will help graduates to succeed in their careers moving forward, and which will be increasingly important in the business environment of the future.
The Future MBA would flip the curriculum, putting the soft skill courses in the core, pushing many of the hard skill courses into the electives. All graduates would still graduate with the basic ‘hard’ knowledge that they need in the business community but the emphasis would be on creating better managers and leaders with interdisciplinary knowledge, the ability to work with others across borders and how to understand and put sustainability practices into place.