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Making a More Empathetic MBA In the Mumbai Slums

Pairing tomorrow's captains of industry with Mumbai's neediest, one Indian Business School is putting its students through intensive empathy training.


Pairing tomorrow's captains of industry with today's neediest in boomtown Mumbai, one Indian Business School is putting its students through intensive humility and empathy training and turning out the next generation of socially-aware MBAs.

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research requires its students to spend several hours a month mentoring kids in some of the city’s most impoverished schools.

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Masters in Business Artistry: When MBAs Get Hands-On

Models and simulations are great, but startups require intuition and artistry.

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Does Teach For America's Summer Institute Really Prepare Teachers for the Classroom?

Institute guru Susan Asiyanbi responds to some of the common critiques of the intensive process.


Over the next few weeks, 5,200 new Teach For America members will become first-year teachers in some of this nation’s most challenging school settings. In lieu of a traditional, year-long teacher preparation program, they just spent five weeks attending one of the organization's eight summer training institutes. That short time span makes the institute an intense experience, and critics say it can’t truly prepare corps members to teach.

The institutes are overseen by Susan Asiyanbi, Teach For America’s executive vice president for teacher preparation, support and development, who draws on her personal experience growing up on the South Side of Chicago and working as a corps member in Newark, New Jersey, as well her Kellogg M.B.A. We caught up with her to find out what the organization is doing to improve its training program, and got some answers to some of the common critiques of the process.

GOOD: What does a typical day at the institute look like for a corps member?

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