Progress Report: October 20, 2013

My first two homemade MBA Coursera courses are now complete!  I cranked out another solid week of work on my homemade MBA, and I feel like I have a lot to show for my effort.  This week, I finished Foundations of Business Strategy class as well as Entrepreneurship.  I also crossed the half-way point in Accounting by completing the mid-term exam.

Here’s my updated homemade MBA plan Gantt chart:

10-13-2013 Progress Report

10-20-2013 Progress Report

As promised, here’s how last week breaks down class-by-class:

  • Strategy:  Done!  I find out my final grade and get my peer-review feedback on my final project this Sunday.  This was my first completed course in my self-study MBA, so this was a pretty special milestone.
  • Accounting: took the mid-term and watched the Week 5 lectures.  I’m past half way now, and am still on track for a statement of accomplishment.
  • Entrepreneurship:  Done!  I finished and submitted all the required materials and took the post-course survey.  Woohoo!  My second self-study MBA class completed!
  • Operations:  No progress on this one so far.  I will start Module 2 next week to maintain pace.
  • International Organizations Management:  I finally got started on this class this week, and it’s a breeze.  I finished Weeks 1 and 2 in less than four hours one night, followed by Week 3 the next night.  Then again, I did watch the videos at 2X playback speed, but still.
  • Marketing:  I completed Week 1 of Marketing this week, and it is fantastic so far.  See my first impressions post for more details, but this one is going to be a winner!


I’m really happy to have completed Strategy and Entrepreneurship this week.  I will do a full, detailed review of each course when the course-load dies down, but Strategy was an amazing class – probably my favorite Coursera class to date.  Entrepreneurship was also good, but could have been a bit better.  Stay tuned for the full reviews so you can see for yourself.


  1. It’s great to see you are learning so much from these classes. I also took the Strategy class; I’m taking Financial Accounting as well.

    How are you going about recreating the networking / extra-curricular aspect of business school?


    1. Hello fellow Courserian! What did you think of Strategy? What do you think (so far) of Financial Accounting?

      You bring up a great point regarding the networking and extra-curricular activities that most (all?) business school students enjoy and take advantage of during the on-campus business school experience. I have to say that my homemade MBA can’t really replicate those relationship building activities like a real business school; it’s more about the technical business knowledge. I will certainly be meeting new people and building new relationships while at work, but these relationships will be much more homogeneous than the diversity you get in a well-crafted b-school classroom. Fortunately, in my case, I am on a rotational program at work and will develop a very rich network of people from various divisions, functions, and locations – even though they’re all from within my company. It’s not as good as a business school, but it’s pretty good for work.

      If it’s more about the networking and relationships than the technical business knowledge, then perhaps I’m missing the point of an MBA? What do you think?

      Thanks for the comment, and I hope you’ll come back to let me know what you thought of Accounting. Good luck on the midterm!

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