Sorry its taken me 2 months to update. Its been a very hectic 2 months to say the least – from demanding coursework to navigating team dynamics. Since my last posting – we at the Global MBA are almost done with 4 classes. Marketing Management, Financial Accounting and we’re in the last stages of Cost Accounting and Strategy. The professors have been absolutely brilliant in challenging us everyday, making us think exhaustively and adding value to our discussion, that truly facilitates learning. I cannot tell you the amount of “Aha!” moments I’ve had in the past 2 months. The amalgamation of our diverse and intellectual student group, case methodologies and blended platform makes for a very powerful learning experience. Its not just the student group that’s diverse, the professors contribute to the diversity as well. For example the current professors in Strategy & Cost Accounting – teach from Cartagena and Amsterdam! Every strategy session we learn little tidbits about Cartagena and doing business in Colombia. Talk about Global!
In addition to being exposed to concepts from leverage ratios, branding, target costing and national diamonds, the program also manages to focus on ethics and corporate responsibility. All the courses so far have integrated topics about ethics and CSR quite seamlessly. Now this is key. IE, manages to make CSR an underlying factor in these courses. This is designed to make us better global citizens with astute awareness to the CSR and ethics problems that plague the society today. And did I mention its interesting? Analyzing the pitfalls of Enron and Worldcom is nothing short of fascinating.
So, what’s next? South Africa! Yes, the first presential session after Madrid is being held in Johannesburg, the the last week of February. Its a one week exchange program between IE Business School and Wits Business school. We’ll be exploring a variety of issues from marketing/doing business in South Africa to the role of eco-tourism. In addition to balancing the curriculum in South Africa, we’ll also be juggling our next classes Quant and Economic Environment. I’m certainly looking forward to the challenge and I’m excited re-connect with my classmates. So, look forward to some pictures and other interesting tidbits in the next post.