The Johnson Cornell Tech MBA summer core curriculum is extremely accelerated. Class sessions and exam dates are mandatory, and any effort you put in now to prepare yourself academically will help you to better balance your summer.
In addition to building foundational business acumen, the summer core curriculum serves as live leadership laboratory. You’ll complete a 360 leadership assessment before you arrive in order to make the most of this opportunity to accelerate your growth as a team leader and member.
The Johnson 360 Leadership Assessment serves as the cornerstone for your leadership development, and is required before you begin classes. You will also need it for your Core Team Practicum course that begins in May.
The Survey Process
You’ll receive an email when the survey launches in mid-spring. You’ll need to fill out a self-assessment survey and select raters who can provide feedback about your leadership. The more raters you select, the more you’ll get out of the 360 experience.
Manager: Choose your current/most recent manager or supervisor.
People You Lead: Select any and all employees you supervise. If you don’t have anyone that fits this category, feel free to leave this section blank.
Peers: Select at least five (preferably more) professional peers who have observed your leadership and work.
Other Raters: Aim for five to ten people in this category. This is a “catch all” for anyone who isn’t your manager, person you lead, or professional peer. You can list clients, vendors or peers from volunteer work, sports teams, and other non-work commitments.
Other Managers: If you worked with other managers and would like to request their feedback, please include them here.
Recommended Reading for All Courses and Students
Any time you can invest in academic preparation before beginning your program will be invaluable as the summer core curriculum moves at a highly-accelerated pace.
Consider purchasing or renting Essentials of Accounting by Anthony and Breitner (Pearson, 11th Edition) to use as a course primer. This will not be your textbook, but past students who have used this to prepare have found it to be valuable.
Our Strategy faculty point to Competitive Strategy by Michael Porter as the best preparatory reading for the core course.
Your classes will often refer heavily to the daily business press, and you’ll be expected to keep up a working knowledge of major business events and activities. Once you have received and activated your Cornell NetID, you will be able to review the full text of many business publications through the Johnson Management Library. Stay up to date with business publications like Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times.