The Power of Small: Lessons in Management

The Neeley School of Business is known for its small class sizes and experiential learning focus, but how do these factors play into lessons in management for MBA students?

To start with, small class sizes encourage student engagement, both on a peer-to-peer basis and a student-to-faculty basis.

“At large universities, it’s difficult for faculty and students to be able to get to know each other,” says Robert Leone, J. Vaughn and Evelyn H. Wilson Chair and Professor of Marketing. “Classroom interactions are much more dynamic in a smaller school. Students participate in class discussions and case discussions on a daily basis here.”

Prior to joining the TCU faculty, Leone taught at two of the biggest universities in the country, where he said he’d log in a class participation point for a student maybe twice a semester. Students can’t fly under the radar at TCU. The very structure of the MBA program requires student participation and interaction.

The program's integrative project, national case competitions and corporate assignments enable students to project manage their work and, often, manage others. Neeley's intimate environment means students gain more exposure to management opportunities and are needed more frequently to fill leadership roles on campus and beyond.

Experiential learning is another a trademark of a Neeley School of Business education. As part of the Neeley and Associates Consulting program, MBA students work with companies to help find solutions to business problems. This unique partnership offers students on-the-ground management experience they wouldn’t get in another MBA program, as well as the opportunity to earn consulting chops with real clients while logging multi-level leadership time.

Select students in their first year of the MBA program work in teams to complete a consulting project for a client company. Each team member is given the opportunity to take on various roles within the group, each with a unique managerial bent.

Second-year students are selected to serve as Principals on Neeley and Associates Consulting projects. In this role, second-year students work to identify potential projects, work with client managers to scope the projects and serve as team leader for the first-year students assigned to the project. Principals provide valuable guidance and direction to the team, while maintaining a relationship with the client and ensuring first-year students complete the consulting project as requested. A role like this prepares students to step seamlessly from the academic to the professional realm.

Graduates of Neeley School of Business earn valuable management and leadership experience they wouldn’t get at another school as a result of the many opportunities they have to lead. Neeley students are heavily involved in hands-on learning from day one, and this invaluable exposure to real-life scenarios sets TCU’s MBA students up for future success.

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