The d.school—or design school—which Stanford University created in 2005, doesn't offer degrees, but there's been "particular interest" in the multidisciplinary school from M.B.A. students, according to a school spokeswoman.
The d.school course Design for Extreme Affordability was a "main driver" in Pamela Pavkov's decision to pursue an M.B.A. at Stanford. Pavkov, vice president at Oak Hill Investment Management in California, says companies have always tried to be innovative, but the current trend represents a new way of seeing an old problem. She believes that others who pursue design-focused M.B.A.'s can leverage their degrees to land good jobs, like she did.
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When MICA Provost Allen talks about the M.A.-M.B.A. program, he cites author Daniel Pink, who told The New York Times in 2008 that the M.F.A. is the new M.B.A. Allen hopes the "alchemical mixture" of students who believe they are either pure business people or designers will attract a diverse cohort.
"[W]e're training people for jobs that don't exist at the time they come here," he says. "I think there are going to be ways, hopefully, and places that our graduates end up that we can't predict or anticipate at this time."
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