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The Management Exercises: An Implementation Progress Report

In respectfully emulating the Spiritual Exercises as envisioned by Ignatius Loyola, The Management Exercises prepares students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to be better leaders and, thus, better citizens. The intensive nature of The Management Exercises requires students to reflect on their values in relation to the why and what of management action, not just the how. In just two years, we have learned much as The Management Exercises have been fully implemented in the USF School of Management MBA program. We will hold an interactive workshop open to those who wish to learn more about The Management Exercises and its implementation. We invite our colleagues to engage with the Canvas-supported design in order to develop a more concrete idea of the program and the possibilities it presents for application in their home institutions. First, we will provide an overview of the design of The Management Exercises. The four modules that comprise The Management Exercises can be offered as a stand-alone face-to-face course, a hybrid course (mixing face-to-face and online interaction), or as a fully online course. The content we will share was designed for a graduate MBA population but the structure can be adapted for undergraduate populations as well. Second, we will address the challenges related to the implementation of The Management Exercises in our MBA program, the changes made to The Management Exercises since implementation, and current inquiries and initiatives around offering The Management Exercises to USF staff and alumni. Finally, we invite an open discussion on how best to adapt The Management Exercises in one's institution.