MBA Connect Blog

Women in Leadership and the Sonoma MBA

March 14, 2018 1:26 PM
There are compelling reasons for promoting women into organizational leadership roles. A well-known study concluded that gender (and racial) diversity on corporate boards has positive impacts on both ROI and ROA (Erhardt, et al, 2003). Women in leadership roles are more likely than men to engage in transformational leadership, which is positively related to more effective enterprise performance (Eagly, et al, 2003). Women should be seeking and landing leadership roles in our businesses. And yet, according to US News & World Reports (2017), only 39% of part-time MBA students and 32% of Executive MBA students are women. Why aren't more women applying for MBA programs and what can we do about it?

Trial by Fire: The Lessons of Resilience for MBAs

December 14, 2017 10:51 AM
Yes, it was a rough fall semester for our university. Right in the middle of it, devastating fires traumatized our community. SSU students, faculty, staff and administrators lost their homes, including President Judy Sakaki. Campus closed for nine days, and after we reopened it was hard to focus for weeks on anything except the impact of the fires.

Work Life Balance for MBAs? Yeah Right...

August 17, 2017 3:13 PM
To be perfectly honest, I kind of suck at work life balance. And yet I have advanced knowledge and experience with work life balance. How is this possible?

Think like an Expert Entrepreneur

May 25, 2017 12:17 PM
By John Stayton, Executive Director of Graduate and Executive Programs A surprising career path that many of our graduates have embarked upon is the path of entrepreneurship. This is surprising because most of them did not come into the program...

Mission: Critical

February 28, 2017 8:41 AM
In 2000, I shut down a lucrative business (sales and marketing of computerized industrial equipment), built over 15 years, that provided a great lifestyle. I rarely needed to work 40 hours per week, and had complete control of my schedule. I gave that up for a role in higher education in which I was working twice (or more) as many hours for one-third the compensation. I still work more and earn less than I did in the late 90s. What gives?

Brain Activation for MBAs

January 23, 2017 1:39 PM
If you read these columns, you may notice that I have been quite interested (maybe obsessed) this year with the relationship between the mind and performance. So imagine my delight when...

Classrooms of One

May 3, 2016 12:12 PM
By Dr. William S. Silver, PhD, Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University Controversial American business titan, Henry Ford, famously said, "People can have the Model T in any color, so long as it's black." That classic...

Goals, Aspirations, and Alignment in 2016

March 7, 2016 9:08 AM
Each year at this time, many of us identify and set goals, whether personal or professional. We use January as a time for reflection and renewal, and hopefully a plan of action toward measurable and attainable, though sometimes elusive, aspirations for the New Year.

Entrepreneurship 2.0: Making Change in Business and Education

January 14, 2016 1:02 PM
Centuries before "STEM" became a common educational term, entrepreneurs used science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to build products, innovate services, and create economic value for individuals and society.

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