It is the time of year when many of us turn inward to self-assess. Perhaps the motivation is a new-year’s resolution, the annual employment evaluation process, or simply too many days of slogging through ankle-deep slush on grey winter days. The conclusion is inevitable: something has got to change. But what? And how?
The controllable currency [...]
We are finding that Chile is a welcoming business environment for the entreprenurial spirit. An expat from the U.S., Peter Murphy introduced us to his business venture here, La Bicicleta Verde, the Green Bicycles. After detailing the successes and challenges of starting and growing his business in Santiago and Valparaiso, he led us on a [...]
While our IMBA students are busy with their four graduate business courses, we have squeezed in a bit of fun and some very insightful corporate business meetings. Over the weekend we journeyed to Valparaiso (Chile, not Indiana) and toured the port as well as the UNESCO World Heritage city. Our weekend was spent on the [...]
Our Intercontinental MBA students arrived in Chile just in time to avoid the frigid Chicago January. We are enjoying the sunny weather — in the 80s and low 90s — while keeping tabs on our family and friends in Chicago. Pictures of the frozen Lake Michigan are beautiful to view, but we are glad to [...]
The Intercontinental MBA Students are packed and boarding planes for their homes in the U.S. As I wrote a program evaluation form, I was stunned by the long list of activities and experiences we have had in South Africa during the past five weeks. These are full time MBA students, so they were taking four [...]
It is a sunny and mild spring weekend at the Wedgwood Inn in Melville as our group of Intercontinental MBA pioneers moves toward the completion of their first international residency. Finals and projects are looming next week, so what appear to be bright, lazy days are divided between cramming, group meetings and power napping. Meals [...]
Our group spent an emotional and educational day in Soweto, a township in Johannesburg burned into global history and memory through the terrible riots of the 1970s. The day was a study in polar opposites, extremes and unresolved social issues.
We began with a celebratory Mass at St. Martin de Pores Catholic Church in the Orlando [...]
The Intercontinental MBA students are ending their third week in Johannesburg. They have just left for a long weekend in Cape Town and after weeks of non-stop frenetic activity, I am remaining in JoBurg with a yawning gap of four days of quiet and productive time ahead. As I reflect on the past [...]
It is the second week of our first international residency for the Intercontinental MBA Program. The students are in Johannesburg, to date having successfully shaken off jet-lag and are in the full swing of our deep dive into the business and social culture of South Africa.
It has been a very full ten days. We know [...]
The first cohort of students in our full-time Intercontinental MBA Program arrived on our Water Tower campus in mid-August. This group of smart, lively student adventurers spent their Orientation Residency in Chicago both working and playing. They focused on and mastered their math review and oral and written communication workshops. Despite their first introduction to [...]