Find the MBA class where you belong
Do you feel this is the right time to grow your career? To change industries or move your career abroad?
The MBA degree is the gold standard in business education. But with so many options to choose from and so much information online, how can you make up your mind? How do you know which business school will make you feel like you belong?
This is where Unimy’s cultural fit map comes in. If you are struggling to understand what makes MBA programs unique and exhausted from researching different business schools, you can rely on the cultural fit test to find the most fulfilling educational experience for you.
Comparing schools is easy when you know their values
The cultural fit test works in two ways.
First, it maps your own cultural values and habits. For example, you may be very individualistic in your work and study. Perhaps you prefer to plan upcoming projects carefully in advance rather than on the spot. Or maybe you work better in a flexible environment with fewer guidelines. These are different examples of the types of values explored by Unimy’s cultural fit test.
At the same time, the cultural fit map shows you the business schools that share your beliefs and expectations. Each university has its individual map so that you can see the values you have in common.
Your cultural fit has six dimensions.
When you complete the cultural fit test, you get your personal map. It shows your six main preferences in terms of organizational culture. There are no good or bad results – they are unique to you.
Structured vs. Flexible Organization
Every organization needs a mix of structure and flexibility to function well.
Depending on your style and preference, you will want to pick a school with the right balance.
For example, more structured environments usually follow formal processes while flexible ones are more adaptive and spontaneous.
Explicit vs. Intuitive Communication
Do you prefer it when class assignments are explained in detail?
Or is your communication style more subtle and focused on the big picture?
This highlights the main difference between explicit and intuitive communication.
Universities also have their own distinct styles of communication. Some are more precise and detailed, while others will stick to a broad overview.
Personal Contribution vs. Collective Accomplishment
Are you highly individualistic in your work or do you thrive in a team?
Being able to switch between the two is best, but everyone has their preference.
This dimension will help you get to know yours.
Similarly, some schools highlight the achievements of the entire group or class, while other schools are better at nurturing the accomplishments of each individual student.
Long-Term vs. Ad Hoc Orientation
Imagine you are part of a project in class.
How far ahead would you plan your upcoming tasks?
Would you prefer to leave some room for spontaneity?
This dimension measures your preference for long-term investment versus acting on the spot.
Formal vs. Informal Relationships
Every university program relies on qualified professors and mentors to guide students in their education.
Communicating with faculty members in a way that feels comfortable and appropriate is essential if you want to feel like you belong.
If you see professors as peers, this would be closer to an informal relationship.
If you prefer a more official and distanced approach, you might be a better fit for a school with more formal relationships.
Liberal vs. Traditional Style
How would you react if a professor comes to class dressed in a T-shirt?
This is less likely to happen at universities that have a traditional style of conduct. Those that do not follow conventional norms lean to the liberal style. If you have strong opinions about etiquette and tradition, this dimension will be useful to you.
Compare dimensions around the world
Do you need to dive deeply into the culture of a specific region? With the click of a button, you can compare two cultural dimensions and see how they manifest themselves in business schools around the world. Do institutions that prefer informal relationships also put more value on flexible and non-structured processes? Which business school in your region has the perfect balance between explicit communication and long-term orientation? Now you can pinpoint the answer you are looking for with precision.
This is how it works. After you sign up and complete the Cultural Fit Test, scroll down to the section that enables you to explore the dimensions in detail. Select the two dimensions you are most interested in and your general MBA destination. The result is an graph that shows you the business schools in the region and gives you insights into how they compare along your selected dimensions.
Explore this tool freely and in different combinations It will help you spot subtle similarities and differences between institutions. Some schools might turn out to be more similar to each other in terms of values than you expected. Others will stand out with a unique spot on the graph.