What a Difference a Year Makes!

The MBA Sustainability class of 2014 has officially matriculated.  Everyone at Duquesne University is excited to see the impact that this cohort leaves through their respective careers.  The video below shares highlights from the year-long program.  What a difference a year makes!


FOM Students for a Day!

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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.

Student Spotlight: Lixuan (Violet) He

violetBefore Duquesne: Violet joins our program from Jieyang, China; however, she has also lived in Leeuwarden, Netherlands and Guangzhou, China.  She attended Guangdong PZ College of China where she majored in financial management.  

Why Duquesne: “I choose this program because it is fast and new.  I liked that it the program was one year, and also that it focuses on sustainability.”

Beyond Duquesne: Upon completion of the program, Violet is looking for a job in the consulting area.  Lucky for Violet, this program allows us to gain hands on consulting experience, which will make her well prepared for any position in the area of consulting.

Founder’s Day Celebration!


Business Classroom 1920

On October 7th , professors and students came together to celebrate the Palumbo Donahue Business School’s 100th birthday at a Founder’s Day Celebration. Dean McFarlin’s speech highlighted how far the business school has come since its inception in 1913. At the time, Duquesne had only one building – Old Main.  The business school, the first of its kind in the region, began with three professors and fourteen students in an office building a couple blocks down the road; a road shared with carriages drawn by horses.

Dean McFarlin also noted that even in 2013, we are often recognized as an early adopter, which is illustrated through the MBA Sustainability program that past Dean Al Miciak helped begin in 2006. Just recently, Corporate Knights ranked this program #1 United States for “integrating sustainability into the academic experience”.

Through innovative classroom techniques and practical simulations, our MBA students are ready to tackle the challenges facing the business world today and in the future. The Palumbo Donahue School of Business prepares for the next 100 successful years of educating and transforming students through business education from a higher perspective.

For more on Duquesne over the past 100 years, a centennial book is available for purchase.  To order, visit here: http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/business/alumni/centennial/centennial-book

Student Spotlight: Jingyan Li

ImageBackground: Jingyan joins the cohort from Beijing, China.  She has a degree in Biotechnology from the Zhejiang University of Technology.  Prior to the program, she worked in human resources at Xiamen International Bank. Her daily work included booking interviews, screening potential employees, and recording meeting minutes.

Why Duquesne: Jingyan chose this MBA program for a variety of reasons.  Firstly, the one-year program attached her because she wants to graduate to pursue her career.  Secondly, she wants to supplement her education in biotechnology with business.  Thirdly, she understands that sustainability is a current megatrend. She shared that “Chinese corporations have begun to pay more attention to sustainability nowadays. They want to build up a sustainable business modules and I want to keep pace with that trend.”

Beyond Duquesne: After graduation, she wants to continue her career in the area of human resources to eventually become a HR manager.