Watch: New Videos Show How the First Michigan Ross Online MBA Residency Will Push Students Outside Their Comfort Zone


The new Part-Time MBA: Online program from Michigan Ross officially welcomes its first class of students in Fall 2019, but it won’t be long before the students find themselves in Ann Arbor for the first of three required in-person residencies.

The three residencies are designed to offer rigorous, in-person opportunities for action-based learning, equipping students with a deep understanding of leadership, transformation, and innovation, and providing experiences that are unique among online MBA programs.

The Business Leadership Residency, which will kick off in Winter 2020, is an intensive session developed by the Sanger Leadership Center and the Center for Positive Organizations that will guide students in examining their own leadership capabilities while also providing tools and techniques to make them more effective leaders in all phases of their careers.

Two new videos, recently released on the Michigan Ross YouTube channel, aim to give students a look into this first residency by exploring it from two angles.

What to Expect

First, Gretchen Spreitzer, professor of management and organizations and leader of the Business Leadership Residency, discusses what online MBA students can expect to get out their first sojourn to the Ann Arbor campus as part of the program.

“You’re going to come away with actual tools that you’re going to be able to take back to your workplace and use,” she said. “Some skills are particularly important to develop in a face-to-face context.”


During the first residency, students also will have the opportunity to participate in the Leadership Crisis Challenge, a 24-hour simulation exercise that puts teams of students in leadership roles at a company going through a crisis that is quickly spiraling out of control.

Leadership Crisis Challenge

In the second video, Gabby Park, MBA ‘20, takes viewers through her experience during the Leadership Crisis Challenge, in which she and her team were finalists in January of 2019.

“The Leadership Crisis Challenge is never something that I thought would be life-changing,” Park said. “But it has been. The way that you learn how to interact with your team in order to come together and meet a crisis, is not something that you’re going to learn in class.”


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