Days 6,7, and 8 were spent in the historic city of Heidelberg, Germany. From the cultural charm, historic visits, all the way to the amazing collection of food from across the globe, the weekend was one we will not soon forget.
Before Duquesne: Catherine attended Bethany College in West Virginia where she double majored in German and International Relations. Currently, she is working in the graduate office doing administrate and recruitment activities, including best practice research, campaign letter writing, and editing. During the year off in between undergraduate and graduate school she made paintbrushes!
Why Duquesne: “I knew I wanted to come to Pittsburgh, and when I was looking up MBA programs, I was intrigued by the Duquesne’s MBA with the concentration in Sustainability. I didn’t know what it meant at a time, but if I thought that if I could learn how to convince companies to be more socially and environmentally responsible using actual business principles, I would have an invaluable skill entering the market. Sustainability is not a trend, but a long-term investment in reducing risk management.”
After Duquesne: Upon completion of the program Catherine would like to get into cultural consulting for international businesses to leverage her education and cultural curiosity.
Yesterday, Erika Johnson, executive director of the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, visited our Organizational Behavior to shed light on group dynamics. Erika brought a variety of different items from yarn to building blocks, and allowed each of us to select one item to “play” with for a few minutes. I don’t think many of us find the time to sit down and simply play. Without speaking we followed a variety of directions. In the end, each student consulting team took the items in their group to create something. Some teams created art work, while others created games. The exercise allowed us to get outside our usual element to see our group dynamics, as well as individual strengths and weaknesses, while having a lot of fun! Creative Reuse will be back in class for our final wrap up for the semester, and we are excited for what the next visit will bring!
By Catherine Papp
Our visit to FOM in Cologne perfectly coincided with our topics of study so far in the program. We were honored to have Malgorzate Zmuda of the Krakow University of Economics present her thesis about competition at a macro level and whether or not countries compete similarly to multinational companies on a global scale. This of course sparked lively conversation and debate, making us pause to reconsider what competitiveness means and if it even makes sense in economic theory. One of the questions she posed for us that I’m still pondering is, if there are no winners and losers in trade (comparative advantage for you econ nerds like me), then why compete? Next, Professor Dr. Linda O’Riordan captured our interest with a presentation about research being conducted by the Competence Center for Corporate Social Responsibility at FOM. Many of the concepts were very similar to what we’re learning in the program; in order to move beyond a one-dimension value-creation process, businesses must create new models. When profit is the driver for businesses, external costs are not accounted for. Instead, connecting values with value, specifically shared value, will increase employee motivation, productivity, and innovation. With this model, profit is the result, not the driver. Lastly, Professor Dr. Piotr Zmuda presented us with a useful framework for implementing CSR programs in companies.