What is this contest about?

Tomorrow’s MBA is about co-creating the most differentiated, sustainable and relevant MBA. The contest gives you, and others familiar with the MBA, the opportunity to share ideas and input regarding the MBA of the future at William & Mary’s Mason School of Business.

Along with you, we will create a new MBA that employers, recruiters, professionals, executives, professors, students, and users will find useful and meaningful. To provide some guidance, we have divided the discussion and input into categories: Courses, Focus & Skills; Formats; Scholarships & Financing; Lifelong Learning & Community; and Marketing & Branding. You can post an idea or solution in one or several categories or you can submit a complete MBA plan of your own.

The creative process, sharing, and discussion within the community will ideally result in the development and submission of new ideas and concepts, and discussion and rating of ideas.

Join us and share your thoughts and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

Consider these important questions when creating Tomorrow’s MBA

Consider the following questions:
  • What skills do people lack in your work environment today? What skills and abilities could help you, your colleagues, new hires, and organization be better and more competitive? What skills and knowledge do you think new MBA graduates should possess?
  • What was missing in your education in terms of both curricular and extra-curricular activities that you now realize should have been included?
  • How would you create a sustainable, relevant, high quality MBA program? What would it include in terms of courses, experiences and activities?
  • Which specific courses, areas of focus, and skills are relevant to ensure a high quality MBA program?
  • How can the Mason School best collaborate with the business community to ensure Tomorrow’s MBA and the School are serving businesses and organizations?
  • What new teaching formats (online, offline, blended, etc.,) should be considered when designing Tomorrow’s MBA?
  • What role should technology play in the delivery of Tomorrow’s MBA?
  • What should the academic calendar look like moving forward (two-year program, one year, percentage of the program on campus, semesters, blocks, semesters abroad, internships, etc.)?
  • How should globalization be included moving forward?
  • How can scholarships and financing be approached differently and more effectively so Tomorrow’s MBA is affordable and within reach, financially, to many?
  • What innovative strategies could the Mason School of Business adopt to maintain a strong MBA community and a lifelong relationship between the Mason School and the graduates of its MBA program?
  • What are the most effective ways, in terms of marketing and branding, to reach high quality prospective students and attract them to Tomorrow’s MBA at the Mason School?
How does the contest work?

You are invited to contribute your ideas in one, many, or all the categories. If you prefer, you can upload your complete solution. You are also invited to evaluate and discuss ideas and thoughts submitted by others. That evaluation and discussion will further the conversation which will, ultimately, help the community co-create Tomorrow’s MBA. The platform is designed to generate and support discussion.
Important dates

  • Contest start date: October 30, 2015
  • Closing date for submission of entries and ideas: December 27, 2015
  • Jury deliberation: January 18, 2016
  • Announcement of the winners: February 15, 2016
Submission of entries

It is simple. To share your ideas, concepts and links, please complete the following steps. (It looks more complicated than it is.)

To submit:

1. Read the website to become familiar with the discussion and contest

2. Add category
1st category: Courses, Focus & Skills
2nd category: Formats
3rd category: Scholarships & Financing
4th category: Lifelong Learning & Community
5th category: Marketing & Branding

3. Develop your idea

4. Name your idea

  • Title (give your idea a clear title)
  • Description of your idea

5. Add further attachments to your submission (optional)

  • Upload a link to your concept
  • Upload images (.JPG, .GIF, .PNG, .IGS, .STP, .3DS, .VRML; max. 5MB)
  • Upload documents (DOC, PDF, XLS, PPT, TXT, CSV)
  • Add video

6. Add tags (optional)

7. Submit your idea

Community evaluation

As a registered user, you can evaluate an idea/submission by assigning it one to five stars under each of the following:
  • Desirability for students
  • Relevance for companies and organizations
  • Feasibility (Can it be done)
  • Degree of innovation
  • Long term potential
The average rating is displayed in the idea pool.
Your rating helps the jury select the best ideas which will be awarded prizes.
Expert evaluation

The community is partly made up of experts from the College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business. To support the jury in selecting winners, each expert will also evaluate ideas/submissions by assigning them one to five stars based on the following:
  • Desirability for students
  • Relevance for companies and organizations
  • Feasibility (Can it be done)
  • Degree of innovation
  • Long term potential
Jury evaluation

The jury will select the winners of the contest based on the above criteria, community evaluations and expert evaluations.
The jury

The jury consists of experts from The Mason School of Business and relevant authorities: Short vitas of the jury members are available here.

First Prize
The winner’s name will be engraved on a Tomorrow’s MBA plaque that will be prominently placed in Miller Hall, home to the Mason School of Business at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. In addition, the winner will be featured on the school’s website and in a news release.

The winner will also be invited to be a guest on Leadership & Business, the College’s weekly podcast that features interviews with CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs and other thought leaders from around the world. Thousands of people listen to the podcast each week on i-Tunes and through the Mason School website.

Second & Third Prize
Winners of second and third place will each receive a plaque engraved with their names. In addition, they will be featured on the school’s website and in various communication channels. Of course, we encourage each winner to include information about their prize on their CV to demonstrate their willingness to volunteer and engage in relevant projects that effect students and the MBA.

Comments & Discussions

You are encouraged to evaluate ideas posted by others. Also, you are invited to post comments on all ideas or reply to other contestants’ comments. Doing so will increase your activity index which will have an influence when the jury selects the winners. To add comments, simply use the comment function at the bottom of each idea.

You can also post public messages on the profiles of other community members by using the message function on the member’s profile.

Tag Cloud

To explore the ideas, you can use the tagcloud. The tagcloud is a visual representation of keywords which lead you to a list of ideas that are associated with the keyword you have selected. The tagcloud features all the tags you and other contestants have attached to the ideas. The larger the tag appears, the more ideas attached are to it.

In order to participate in the contest, you must register. As a registered user, you can submit ideas and read, evaluate, and comment on other contestants’ ideas. Registering also makes you eligible for prizes.

To finalize your registration, you must agree to the terms and conditions. You will receive a conformation email that includes an activation link. We ask you to register so we can accurately categorize ideas submitted by audience segment.

To register, you must take the following steps:

  • Login information (required)
  • Personal information (partially required)
  • Interest in other contests (optional)
  • Agreement with terms & conditions of the contest (required)
  • Register
Terms & Conditions

To be eligible to participate in the contest, submit ideas, and be eligible to win prizes, you must become a registered user and agree with the terms and conditions of the contest.