Promoting Cooperation in an MBA Program: Experiential Learning in the Trees
Ruth B. McKay, Randy F. Appel

MBA programs are intensely competitive. If a student excels beyond their peers, they expect to be individually rewarded. At the same time, much of the work in an MBA program is completed in groups or teams therefore MBA students need to act cooperatively. This paper describes an experiential outdoor activity for international MBA students that highlighted the differences between competition and cooperation creating an opportunity for discussion about these different perspectives. An examination of cooperation and competition from a cross cultural perspective is also presented.

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