The Relevance of Executive MBA Programs
Student Expectations and Satisfaction
|Claremont Graduate University
|Ph.D., Executive Management and Education
Investment in executive education has grown steadily since its inception during the last century. Several studies have attempted to measure the effectiveness of executive programs; prior research has indicated that some programs lack relevance.
This study addressed the topic from the perspective of corporations, whose future executive education decisions are affected by the relevance of current programs, and program alumni.
In a partial replication of a 1959 Harvard study, which queried graduates of 39 residential programs, I surveyed the 1993-1995 executive MBA graduates of four schools: UCLA, University of Colorado, University of Utah, and University of Washington. The main research question was: Are executive education programs meeting the needs of their mid-career students ?
In addition to the above, the changing workplace prompted the following queries:
In addition to collecting the surveys, I interviewed the four program directors, 10 corporate executives whose responsibilities include executive education, and 24 of the 157 alumni who returned the questionnaire.
Frequency distribution, correlation analysis, and stepwise multiple regression were used to analyze the survey data.The major findings were: