Bryant University. The Character of Success

TEACHING METHODS

Our faculty use various methods of instruction. These different teaching methods expose you to the best business practices of industry leaders, cutting-edge techniques used by experts and consultants, and a wealth of resources to develop your understanding and evaluate the performance of companies and industries throughout the global marketplace.

In short, each MBA course has been specifically designed to integrate business theory with practical skills so you can apply what you have learned immediately:

  • The Case Method

    Business cases describe the real challenges faced by managers, and enable students to review a range of possible solutions to determine the best one. By examining actual situations, students have access to a level of detail that enables them to engage in rich discussions. They benefit from hearing multiple perspectives and they learn to refine the decision-making process to develop the best solution. In some cases, students serve in specific management roles for the discussion. They may break into teams to develop different solutions, or participate in a full class discussion. Each case and each class may utilize a different type of case method.
     
  • Quantitative exercises

    Quantitative methods are important tools in finance, marketing (market research), operations management, human resource management, CIS, and accounting. Classes in the MBA program use quantitative exercises to teach students to use appropriate methods to efficiently allocate resources, identify and evaluate opportunities and threats, understand trade-offs, and evaluate performance. Students implement these tools in the classroom so that they can better assess and identify a business' strengths and weaknesses, as well as evaluate important trends and relationships, review optimization, and use these methods in planning.
  • Simulation exercises

    Business strategy simulations are exercises where teams of students run a virtual company in competition against companies run by other class members. Company operations parallel "real life" businesses as students compete in a global market arena, selling branded and private-label products in different geographic regions. They practice crafting and executing a competitive strategy that results in a respected brand image, keeps the company in contention for global market leadership, and produces good financial performance.