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Study Groups Focus on Team Performance

Your study groups provide support that increases your success in Olin’s Executive MBA program. The EMBA team carefully constructs the groups to include diverse – but complementary – professionals from a wide variety of organizations, industries, and functional areas. The objective is for each group to leverage the various strengths and frameworks of its members to function like a mini corporate board.

A learning laboratory for leadership development

Equally important, your study groups function as microcosms for both team and leadership development. You work side by side with your group members to enhance learning, share perspectives, compare practices, apply management frameworks, assess one another’s skills, and offer feedback and coaching. You also work together on most program projects and assignments, mirroring the collaborative environment of high-performing institutions.

At key points in the program, you complete a Team Development Survey and a Team Behavior Inventory. You also learn how to overcome what The Table Group management consultant Patrick Lencioni terms the “five dysfunctions of a team: an absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results.”

Study teams are rearranged in the second year of the program to replicate an actual work environment and to help you form new connections and networks.

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Jason Froelich | EMBA 36

"You're surrounded by people who see it's worth the investment of time and dollars."

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