An Interdisciplinary Workshop: Spreadsheet Modeling and Case Analysis Techniques for Beginning Executive MBA Students


  • Julian W. Vincze
  • Donald R. Plane


This paper describes an interdisciplinary workshop utilized as the introductory experience for new students in an executive MBA program. A three day on-campus residence period introduces spreadsheet modeling methods and traditional case analysis methods as effective decision analysis techniques. The workshop is successful in reaching the objectives of: 1) forming a collection of individuals into a cohesive class, 2) establishing functioning small study groups, 3) acquainting all students with the interdisciplinary techniques, and 4) reintroducing an academic environment. In addition students are uniformly enthusiastic and motivated at the termination of the workshop.