Business Professionals and MBA Research

Who We Are and What We Do

At MBA Research and Curriculum Center, we engage with business and industry as part of our commitment to our member consortium of state departments of education. We exist to support our member states in their efforts to provide high quality business administration programs in management, marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship, primarily at the high school and post-secondary levels.


We know that real and meaningful collaboration with business and industry is an essential element of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in business administration. Exposure to real-world learning opportunities provides relevance for students and helps ensure that they are learning the skills required for success in the workplace. Current federal CTE legislation (Perkins V) provides guidelines for schools to engage with the business community, and MBA Research is committed to connecting business and industry with education. We do this through our Executive Advisory Network – ExecNet.

About ExecNet


ExecNet is a diverse network of business and industry professionals who are committed to sharing their knowledge about what it takes for employees to succeed in the business world and in the workplace. ExecNet members contribute their knowledge by answering short monthly surveys, serving on one-day focus panels, presenting at our annual conference, or visiting a classroom to listen and give feedback to student presentations.

ExecNet member feedback is incorporated into our primary and secondary research for our National Business Administration Standards, where it becomes the basis for what is taught in high school and postsecondary classrooms nationwide. In this way, we bring business and education together, where business teachers ensure students develop the skills for success, and business professionals help shape the new talent pipeline.

Get Involved!

ExecNet members support business administration education by volunteering their time in a variety of ways and at different levels of commitment. Explore the following business and education partnership opportunities and let us know how you’d like to get involved.

Build the Talent Pipeline

(Online Surveys: 10-15 Minutes a Month)

Attend Focus Groups Conducted in Your State

Share Your Knowledge and Passion

(Speaking Opportunities)

Join a State Coalition

(For Professional/Trade Associations and Foundations)

Learn More Today

Learn more and join the Executive Advisory Network!