The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is encouraging Manitoba businesses to fill out a survey undertaken by The Conference Board of Canada on how well-prepared graduates of management, business, and finance (MBF) education are for leadership, innovation, and organizational success.

The project, “Report Card on MBF Education: Are Graduates Ready for Business?”, focuses on the perspectives of leaders in business, government, and non-profits and whether they think that graduates have received the kind of training necessary to succeed and thrive in their organizations.

The final report will be the subject of discussion among Canadian business school deans, faculty, and other stakeholders as they reflect on the value and future direction of MBF education at a National Forum on Management to be held at HEC Montreal in September-October, 2009.

This is a great opportunity to make your views known about whether MBF graduates are well-prepared to work for their organization and/or what business schools can do to better prepared graduates. The Conference Board has solicited the views of over 4000 Presidents, CEOs, CFOs, and others in various organizations, but want to ensure that as many business leaders as possible have an opportunity to respond.

Here is the formal invitation:

The Conference Board of Canada invites you to share your perspectives and insights – using the online survey link, below – on how well management, business, and finance (MBF) education in Canada prepares graduates for success in innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

We want to hear what you have to say about:

  • How well MBF programs do in producing graduates with the technical, interpersonal, and communication skills required for success;
  • Whether graduates of MBF programs are prepared to be successful leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators; and
  • What improvements could be made to MBF programs to produce graduates with improved skills, attitudes, behaviours, and ambition.

The online survey takes, on average, 9 minutes to complete. Your responses are confidential. Data will be reported in aggregate terms and will not be attributed to any individual or organization. To access the online survey, please click on: http://conferenceboard.checkboxonline.com/MBFReportCard.aspx (or copy and paste the hyperlink into your web-browser). The survey will be available until June 24, 2009.

Findings from the survey will be published in the Report Card on MBF Education in Canada: Are Graduates Ready for Business? The report will provide all participants of the National Forum on Management (“Advancing Canada’s Global Competitive Advantage: A national forum on management“) with a common text to provoke thought and discussion about the state of MBF education in Canada and opportunities for reform. The Forum will take place September 29, 2009 to October 2, 2009 at HEC Montréal. Information about the forum can be found at: http://expertise.hec.ca/forum2009.

The Conference Board of Canada and the Executive Committee of the National Forum on Management appreciate your participation.