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The Power of Teams

Understanding the Power of Teams

Smith's Accelerated MBA for Business Graduates utilizes an innovative approach to team-based learning that is far more advanced than that used in other MBA programs. We believe strongly in our team-based approach because it mirrors today’s progressive workplace. You will leave the program with a thorough understanding of the best practices for successful team-building and teamwork, well-prepared to be a valuable member of a high-performance team.

While other MBA programs talk about “teamwork”, what they are actually referring to is “group work” – a very different concept. At Smith, you are assigned to a team for the duration of the program, and a significant portion of your overall grade is derived from teamwork. Team members collaborate on assignments, projects and presentations, drawing on the skills and experience of individual team members, greatly enhancing the learning experience.

Team Coaching and Support

A dedicated, professional Team Coach is assigned to every team. For the entire program, they will monitor your team’s effectiveness and provide regular feedback and guidance that is pivotal to the learning process. A great deal of time during the first week of the program is devoted to setting the tone for your Learning Team. You and your teammates will be led through a series of exercises designed to get acquainted, gain insight into each member’s preferred thinking style, formulate a team mission statement, develop group “norms”, and successfully conduct your first team meeting. You will be provided with proven processes and best practices for overcoming any obstacles that may arise during the year.

Developing Your Team and Leadership Skills

One of the greatest benefits of our team-based approach is the opportunity to develop your team and leadership skills – skills that are essential in business today. At Smith, you don’t just learn about teamwork and leadership, you put them into practice throughout the program. Each team member is given many opportunities to lead projects or contribute to projects led by other team members.

Learning Teams

Each Learning Team consists of up to 8 students. When possible, teams are carefully assembled to maximize diversity of gender, work and academic experience, and cultural background – reflecting the reality of today’s working environment.

Learning Teams