* Robert D. Stephens is an Associate Professor of Management and Director of the MBA program at the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include graduate management curriculum and pedagogy, alternative dispute resolution in a domestic and international context, international strategic alliances, and organizational commitment in boards of directors. He holds a Ph.d. in Management from Indiana University, Bloomington. ** David B. Stephens is a Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. His research interests include alternative dispute resolution, alternative dispute resolution in the public and private sectors, labor relations curriculum and pedagogy, and organizational commitment in boards of directors. He holds a Ph.d. in Labor Relations from the University of Texas, Austin. *** John P. Kohl is a retired Professor of Human Resource Management. He is formerly the Dean of the School of Business at California State University East Bay and also served as Dean of the School of Business at Texas A&M International University. His research interests include conflict resolution, staffing, employee development and training, and HR strategy in the hospitality industry. He holds a Ph.d. in Management from Pennsylvania State University, University Park
This study compares curriculum content with industry practice and builds the case for including skills courses and particularly Alternative Dispute Resolution courses in the MBA curriculum. The research surveyed and analyzed the current curriculum at fifty MBA programs, one per state. The findings are that while ADR courses are present in over half of all MBA programs, they are rarely required and depending on how students exercise their curriculum choices, most MBA students can avoid an ADR course in their MBA studies. The paper argues the case for including and elevating the status of ADR courses in MBA curricula.