An evaluation of the challenges MBA students encounter in acquiring and applying threshold concepts in Economics
An Economics Network funded project, 2006-7
Project leaders: Dr Keith Gray, Ms Peri Yavash
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The main purpose of this project is to enhance the acquisition and the application of threshold concepts in Economics by non-specialist postgraduate students. It is recognised that one aspect of threshold concepts is their troublesome nature (Meyer and Land, 2003). However, they may pose additional challenges for postgraduate students with a non-Economics background, but with commercial experience.
The project has a series of related objectives. These are to:
- Evaluate MBA student's perception of the role and usefulness of economics to management decision making and evaluate how this changes through the implementation of embedding strategies
- Examine the implications of the research findings for the wider postgraduate community within the Business Faculty where students also take a compulsory diet of economics, e.g. MA Financial Management.
- Assess the implications for MBA course design, innovation and resourcing.
- Extend the existing FDTL5 project on Threshold concepts (of which Coventry is a partner) by examining the key differences between the experiences of undergraduate and postgraduate students in acquiring and applying threshold concepts in economics