Canadian MBA programs look beyond disciplinary, institutional boundaries

September 2, 2014

Canadian MBA programs are looking beyond their own discipline to enhance students’ experiences. Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business recently concluded a pilot program on surgical innovation that brought together as a team MBA students from Concordia, surgical students from McGill, and engineering students from L’École de technologie supérieure de Montréal. Together, the team worked on developing a product with an eye toward building a new company. Sandra Betton, Director of the MBA program at Concordia, says that the university plans to expand the concept to other projects. “The goal is to come up with something that can be patented, sell the idea, and manage a startup. Working with a cross-disciplinary team helps them gain a very different perspective and makes innovation practical,” she said. Other universities are also looking to build bridges between programs. The University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business is working with uCalgary's School of Public Policy to offer a joint MBA/Master of Public Policy degree, while the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business has joined the Global Network for Advanced Management, which unites 27 global institutions to foster international experiences for students. Financial Post