MBA Residency (Leading People 1 and Leading People 2)

Professional and online students within the Poole College of Management’s Jenkins MBA Program seek the same kind of connections and networking opportunities with their classmates as those in the full-time MBA program have on campus each week.

The Raleigh Residency Program (MBA 531 Leading People 1 and MBA 532 Leading People 2) provides those opportunities in a unique way that works for online and professional students, while also providing them with a credit course in just two three-day timespans.

The Raleigh Residency is required for professional and online students and consists of a three-day residency held in Raleigh during the first semester of their program (MBA 531). Students are then required to complete a second three-day residency prior to graduation (MBA 532).

“What’s great about the residencies is that they give our online and our professional students not only the opportunity to take a class in three days, but to meet other MBAs in the program and to begin to take advantage of something that full-time MBAs have had for a long time – the ability to develop their network,” said Leigh Shamblin, director of leadership and professor of practice in the Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

How it works

The Raleigh Residency is a crash course in leadership development, said Brad Kirkman, the General (Ret.) H. Hugh Shelton Distinguished Professor of Leadership and department head of the Department of Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in the Poole College of Management. Roughly 80 to 100 students attend each residency session.

During the first residency, students take part in exercises and activities to learn about their own strengths, review emotional intelligence, and examine their presentation and communication style. At the same time, they’ll meet with an advisor who will assist them with their career profile, working with them on their LinkedIn profile and resume, for example.

During the first residency, students also begin to look at teams, the principles of teams, and team management, Shamblin said.  On the last day, students take part in a simulation on change management – examining how they will manage all of the change around them as they become leaders.

What’s really unique and effective is, instead of a single professor being responsible for the entire course, we have three people who are topic experts.

Brad Kirkman, the General (Ret.) H. Hugh Shelton Distinguished Professor of Leadership and department head of the Department of Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Students can choose to take the second residency over either Spring or Summer break. Students are split into three groups during the second residency, rotating among three topic areas led by faculty members: managing people; decision making and empowerment; and leading teams and global team leadership. Over the three days, each group rotates through a full-day on each topic, covering all three areas by the end of their third day.

The benefits

Networking and developing relationships are key components of every MBA Program, Shamblin said. The Raleigh Residency offers the opportunity to develop a network of contacts with whom students may work, share ideas, and with whom they may search for career opportunities, she said.

“We consistently hear from people at the Residency how great it was to meet other MBA students,” Shamblin said. “They’re often taking classes from their house or work and they don’t get to take advantage of the social aspect that full-time students experience.”

For busy professional and online students who may also be working at the same time they’re pursing their MBA, the Raleigh Residency offers the opportunity to receive course credit in a short, time-intensive format that doesn’t take them away from work for too long, Shamblin said. Some students travel from other states, and even other countries, to complete the residencies.

This really minimizes the disruption to their normal work schedule – you’re here, you meet people, and then you can go back to work .

Leigh Shamblin, director of leadership and professor of practice in the Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

By breaking the residencies into two sessions, that second return to campus offers students the opportunity to make new connections and to ask questions or go into depth in new areas that they might not have considered the first time around, Shamblin said.

Finally, students gain essential leadership skills they’ll need as they progress in their careers. Leadership skills are an important component of the MBA Program because, as Kirkman points out, professionals can often be promoted based on their technical brilliance, but promotions also mean they’ll be asked to lead people.

“At some point they’re asked to stop doing and start leading – start helping other people achieve their success,” Kirkman said. “That’s when we can see the real struggle come in – making that transition from doer to influencer and leader.”

“That, I think, is the true value of being able to learn about leadership while in an MBA program.”

Residency Details

The focus of the Raleigh Residency is to provide important lessons on non-verbal communication, presentation, and networking skills. Active duty military may waive this residency requirement and replace with another elective course.

Students should plan to be involved in residency activities all days, including some evening events.

During the residency, most meals will be provided by the Jenkins MBA program. Travel and lodging expenses and reservations are the responsibility of the student.

Upcoming Raleigh Residency (MBA 531 and MBA 532) Dates

  • The Raleigh Residency #1 (MBA 531 Leading People 1) for students beginning January 2020 will take place March 12-14, 2020 in Raleigh.
  • The spring 2020 Raleigh Residency #2 (MBA 532 Leading People 2) will take place March 9-11, 2020 in Raleigh.
  • There are two options for summer 2020 Raleigh Residency #2 (MBA 532 Leading People 2). One will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 23-30, and requires application through the Study Abroad Office. The other summer 2020 MBA 532 session will be held in Raleigh June 18-20, 2020.