SharkBytes Archives


Division of Public Relations and Marketing Communications
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

(954) 262-5353
(800) 541-6682 x25353
Fax: (954) 262-3954

NSU Integrates Korn Ferry Tools and Research into Huizenga College’s The Real World M.B.A.

Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship has partnered with Korn Ferry, the preeminent authority on leadership and talent, to ensure that students have what they need to enhance their career potential and employment opportunities by the time they complete the college’s The Real World M.B.A. program.

At the start of the M.B.A. program, students participated in an orientation course which included Korn Ferry’s Assessment of Leadership Potential (KFALP). The assessment results helped students understand their leadership skill levels as compared to global normative sets of executives as well as assisted them in planning a career path through their master’s studies.

“Personalized feedback will guide our master’s students in the areas they need to develop to get ahead in business,” said Preston Jones, D.B.A., dean of NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. “The goal is career advancement – the main reason people choose to pursue an M.B.A.”

The KFALP assessment measures what Korn Ferry’s research calls the seven signposts of leadership—the unmistakable markers that identify high-potential leaders. “Our research indicates that all high-potential leaders are marked by differentiating characteristics and attributes that indicate their likelihood of future success. Overall, the clearer the signal on the greatest number of attributes, the better the odds that he or she will exhibit superior leadership performance,” shares Julie Staggs, M.B.A., Managing Principal with Korn Ferry’s Leadership and Talent Consulting Practice. “Including this assessment and personalized feedback for students is an innovative move to provide students with first-hand experience of the same research based tools used in Fortune 100 organizations across the globe.”

According to Steve Harvey, M.B.A. assistant dean of graduate affairs at the Huizenga College, The Real-World M.B.A. faculty were specially trained by Korn Ferry, and are working one-on-one with Huizenga College students to identify the gaps found by the assessment and determine the best way to help them reach their career goals.

The Huizenga College’s The Real World M.B.A. is making its debut this semester and has been designed to teach practical knowledge and skills that graduates can use to improve their career and promotional opportunities as well as enhance their personal development. The curriculum was developed by the college’s M.B.A. Council, chaired by Suri Weisfeld-Spolter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing and included Leslie Tworoger, D.B.A., Professor of Management; Andrew Felo, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of Accounting; David Hinds, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Decision Sciences; Ramdas Chandra, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Business and Pankaj Maskara, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance.

For more information, go to: