LARAMIE — When the University of Wyoming opened their new College of Business facility in 2010, it also launched a "retooled, on-campus, full-time MBA program."
Kicking off the new MBAs was a one-week National Outdoor Leadership School wilderness program in which students came together as a team, testing themselves as both leaders and followers in various challenging outdoor situations.
The fact that both schools are based in Wyoming had very little to do with the partnership. In fact, NOLS attracts MBA students from across the country as universities look for more effective ways to teach the dynamics of team building and leadership.
The trend started in 2003 when the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School selected NOLS as an off-campus component of their training. A few years later, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management followed suit. According to an article in Bloomberg Businessweek
, the number of MBA programs NOLS has worked with has tripled since 2007.
UW will require its 12 full-time MBA students to take a seven-day expedition in the Wind River Range
"We talk about leadership in class, but we really want them to spend some practicing leadership and thinking about the type of leader they will be," Martin Saffer, director of Wyoming's MBA program told Bloomberg
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