Moving Along

12 06 2013

Module D is almost over, and I’m almost out from under my pile of finance classes. Blogging has been far lighter this year than originally planned; this blog started as part of a marketing fellowship for Hult, and it’s gone through a few rethinks since then, but I’ve decided that I need to take it in a new direction. Before we get to that, though, a few updates:

-iTV-Asia and it’s new sister site, iTV-Vietnam, will soon be back online. We have 40 new content contributors signed to the company, and a few new employees in Ho Chi Minh City who will be taking over a lot of the day-to-day maintenance. I plan to start contributing China Author Forum book reviews again.

-while no timetable is yet official, I plan to move back to the US by September. Exactly where I’m going has yet to be decided- finding a position with a company is a higher priority. If you know of any openings in strategy, marketing or business development with an IT or telecom firm (established or funded startup), or in strategy, marketing and product development consulting, please contact me- I’d be very interested in hearing more. If I don’t have a position or a solid lead by the time I graduate in mid-August, I’ll probably be moving to either the San Francisco or Seattle area to begin my search.

More in a few days…

[edit: I’ve decided I should probably reserve this blog for concerns more directly related to Hult, China & Shanghai; I think anything else would probably not fit the tone.]

 





CSR and Strategy: Mixed Signals?

2 05 2013

Module C has drawn to a close here at Hult, and most of my classmates have said goodbye, off to one or more of Hult’s other global campuses. I’m not rotating- Shanghai Campus offers plenty of good classes, and while it could have been fun, it just struck me as an unnecessary expense that I can’t afford right now. Anyway, I’m probably more valuable here (as an “old hand” to Shanghai life) than I am elsewhere right now. Module C of the Hult MIB program is mainly focused around two core classes, Strategy and CSR, that essentially serve as the capstone classes of the Hult core curriculum. After going through the basics of accounting and management in Module A, and tearing through finance, economics and marketing in Module B, these last two classes (before the electives of Module D and action project in Module E) put it all together, framing how the material we’ve covered so far goes together to create a corporate strategy, and the ethical implications and considerations that should be taken when designing and implementing one. Having now gone through the Hult core curriculum, it’s become obvious to me how much the school’s roots in management consulting influence it- the whole thing is essentially a course in how to be a consultant- a useful set of tools to take into any business role.

The two professors we had for these classes- Dr. Cheng-hua Tzeng, from Taiwan, and Dr. Farzad Rafi Khan, from Pakistan, couldn’t have been more different… except that they shared a very surprising bond- both earned their Ph.D.s in Strategy and Organizational Management at McGill under management theory legend Henry Mintzberg, and even shared the same cubicle as grad students! It was uncanny- and apparently coincidental- that they ended up teaching the same students, at the same time, at Hult… yet what a contrast.

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