Monthly Archives: December 2011

What I Learned This Fall

When people speak of what they learned in business school, they usually speak of the skills they gained. Clearly, a technical knowledge is not as important in business school as it is in medical school or law school. In many ways, this distinction is even more evident at Darden, where skills like teamwork and persuasion are emphasized in learning teams and in the classroom (versus completing a problem set by yourself). Still, for me, much of the value of this last semester has been actually learning new business concepts that I can apply in the future. I mention this because I think in the application phase people never really get a sense for what they’re going to learn in business school, which is important (although I’m not sure it differs that much by school). Some of the most useful things I’ve learned or best individual cases:

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