Monthly Archive: September 2013

Sep 30

First Impressions: Wharton’s Coursera Intro to Accounting

Perhaps it’s too early to judge? (I’m only in Week 2 of 10)  Perhaps accounting is just that boring?  Either way, so far Wharton’s Intro to Financial Accounting course on Coursera pales in comparison to the UVA Darden Business Strategy Coursera class in almost every way.  Let me explain.   First, the Accounting class’ video …

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Sep 30

Progress Report: September 30, 2013

Unfortunately, I didn’t make much progress with my homemade MBA this week.  I was able to meet all the course deadlines, but that’s all.  I had to use an hour or two of one night of my vacation to sneak in some Coursera, something I hope to avoid in the future.   There’s no need …

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Sep 23

Progress Report: September 23, 2013

Intro to Financial Accounting, offered by Wharton, started this week, and I passed the half-way point in Darden’s Foundations of Business Strategy.  I must say I’m a bit disappointed in the quality of the Wharton Accounting class so far, but I’ll get into that in another post.   As you can see below, I’m still …

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Sep 15

Progress Report: September 15, 2013

To make sure I stay on track, and to let you all know how things are going, I’m going to try to post a progress report once a week.  In these progress reports I will update my homemade MBA plan Gantt chart, and see how things are going. My main progress this week was on …

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Sep 14

Using Coursera for my Homemade MBA: Thoughts on Coursera so far

In my previous post about my homemade MBA curriculum, I mentioned that I am dependent on Coursera for 100% of my homemade MBA courses, and that I think that’s a good thing.  I’d like to take a minute here to explain why I like Coursera based on my experience so far of taking three Coursera …

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Sep 13

Homemade MBA Curriculum – Choosing my ‘hMBA’ Courses

In my previous post about my homemade MBA plan, I showed a Gantt chart of my homemade MBA curriculum.  This is a great way to visualize my plan, but not the best way to explain why I chose the courses I did.  This post will go through a description of each course I am taking, …

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Sep 12

For a Self-Taught MBA, Coursework Beats Reading Books

While researching how to put together a self study MBA, I came across a lot of information about the books I need to read to make my own MBA.  While I think reading business books is a good start, I don’t think it’s quite enough to call a self study MBA.  Here’s why I don’t …

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Sep 08

My homemade MBA plan

After a little more thought and a few revisions, I have arrived at my homemade MBA plan: Don’t you love Gantt charts?  I do.  Anyways, if you look at the chart, the obvious concern here is the overlapping courses in September and October.  According to the time estimates listed on Coursera, this could amount to …

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Sep 08

My homemade MBA curriculum – a copy of HBS’ Required Curriculum

As I mentioned previously, I took a look at Harvard’s MBA curriculum to see what the key components of a good business school education are.  Why Harvard?  Easy – it’s the best.  Harvard Business School is not only the pioneer of business education, but consistently ranks as the #1 business school in both domestic and …

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Sep 07

The Idea: a homemade MBA

Can I gain the same knowledge and skills through a self-taught MBA as I would through a real MBA at a brick and mortar school?   I’m really excited about this idea.  I’ll define what I mean by the “homemade MBA” in more detail in another post, but for now I just want to get …

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