If you spend any amount of time wandering the halls of Gerlach, and staring into lecture halls, you will probably see many students sitting at attention diligently paying attention to class. If you look in front of the students though you will probably see the most important item that is issued to them during their time at Gerlach… their nameplates. These nameplates are 9 inches long, 1.88 inches high and 1/16 of a inch thick with the student’s name routed into the front with capital letters. The name plates are useful for the professors to cold call you and make sure that you are in class… more importantly though it is helpful for your fellow students who may be very forgetful with names to be able to quickly remember your name. It is one of the worst feelings in the world if you forget your name plate (or even worse, LOSE IT!) and are forced to be represented by a piece of loose-leaf paper with your name scrawled on it with a sharpie.
Gerlach is home to several graduate programs and each has its own specially designed nameplate. The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program is designated by a black plate with white type.
The Masters of Accounting (MACC) is designated by a yellow nameplate with black type.
And the Masters of Labor and Human Resources (MLHR) is designated by a purple/blue plate with white type.
I also recently discovered a special nameplate while working at my Graduate Assistance-ship position for a special event for alumni. Apparently if you are a VIP you get a super special Silver name plate with black type. One can only dream!
When I began thinking about interdisciplinary degrees and specifically proposing an MBA+MFA, I spent a lot of time looking at the structure and organization of interdisciplinary both at The Ohio State University as well as at other schools. The Fisher College of Business offers a variety ofcombined MBA degrees. As I looked through the various options of combined degrees (and the lack of joint MBA+MFA degree) I began to wonder what the demand for a combined knowledge of business and the various disciplines were. I, for instance, oft hear and read of the business of medicine… but rarely of the business of pharmacy, however there is a joint masters degree for both. In order to get a more scientific understanding of the needs of combining business and other disciplines, I decided to Google the equation: Business+ “N” where “N” was a discipline offered in conjunction with an MBA at Fisher so that I could compare them to the Googled results of the equation “Business+Design” to see just what the demand/interest for the different combined MBA degrees was. Much to my surprise “Business+Design” returned many multiples of results compared to any of the combined degree disciplines that Fisher already offers, except for Business+Public Policy which Fisher recently addressed with a new MBA+MPA joint degree. Based on the Google results, it seems that there is a a great interest and consequently a great unarticulated need for knowledge to address business and design… The MBA+MFA. (reposted from www.mbamfa.com)
For those of you have read my last post, I am very interested in data and have been documenting daily statistical information about myself since January 2009 through a new social networking site called Daytum. In my last last post I analyzed a chart that showed how I spent my time during the first quarter, now I want to look at how I dressed during the last quarter. For many people going back to graduate school is a chance to relive their glory days as a sweatpants and hoodie wearing roustabout who could go from bed to the lecture hall without so much as a shower. However this is business school which means that occasionally we have to do something business-y or at the very least business casual-y which means that rather than sweatpants and hoodies, there would be plenty more suit wearing and business casual khakis. After looking at the data from the first 93 days of school (including weekends) I realized that I dressed up quite a bit more than I thought. Yes I did wear 108 t-shirts, but undershirts are included in that number. What I found more interesting is that I wore a tie 66 times over that period, more than a third of the time. I also wore my trademark business casual accoutrement, the sweater-vest, 63 times over the period. As the owner of 12 sweater-vests and based on the logic that I wear them an equal number of times, this means I wore each sweater vest 5.25 times over the last quarter. Also on an interesting note, I wore a suit only 10 times. I thought being in the MBA program would require a great deal of suit wearing (so much so that I bought two new suits at the beginning of the year) but really it seems that I wore one less than once a week. According to my data I also wore 3 costumes sometime during the last 93 days… so I guess it goes to show that Fisher is not all work and no play!
For the last year I have been using a new social networking site called Daytum.com which allows individuals to track and share statistical information about themselves. Because I am an information design nerd I really enjoy entering my data everyday and looking at trends over time. One of the stats that I track on myself is how many hours I spend a day doing different things. To the left you can see a copy of the chart daytum generated showing my time doing things from the first day of Fisher Orientation (September 9, 2009) to the last Fisher Event (a marketing hop to Cincinnati on December 11, 2009). The most shocking thing that I noticed is that I spent way more time doing school related activities (clubs, class, studying, job search) than sleeping. I spent 755 hours (31.45 days) doing school related things… while I only got 576 Hours of Sleep (24 days), a difference of 179 hours! Averaged out on a per day basis since the beginning of orientation (and including weekends) I have spent 8.25 hours a day working on school while only getting an average of 6.2 hours of sleep a day. Needless to say… it has been an interesting quarter. Next up on my statistical analysis: The clothes that I have worn over the last quarter and how business casual I really did dress!
One day as I was sitting in class doodling, as I often do, I was was trying to sketch pictograms for different concepts that were being explained during the class and after doing a couple realized that I had done sketches for Accounting, Business Casual and Consumer Packaged Goods… when I realized A, B, C! The ABCs of business! I want to illustrate a set of flash cards presenting the A,B,C’s of The Max M. Fisher College of Business and present one or two each week, starting next week with Accounting. But I need your help, Please give me your suggestions for the rest of the letters of the alphabet! or if you have better ideas than the one presented! If I use your idea, I will give you a shout out! It can be anything Business, MBA, Business School, Fisher or OSU related. Thank you in advance for everyone’s Help!
So, there are 15 commonalities I discovered regarding Buckeye Tailgating. As many of you know, I’m not all that into sports. I actually had to Google this morning to discover how many points a touchdown is worth (I thought it was 7, it is actually 6). So I have been mostly removed this quarter from all things football, which is really hard to do especially living almost next door to Ohio State Football Stadium “The Shoe”. Normally on home football game days I go shopping to get some personal store time. However today was the last Buckeye home game for the season so I decode decided to go exploring to see what football culture (especially tailgating) is all about. After about 3 hours, I found 15 things that were common sights in nearly every tailgate site I visited. In no particular order, just the order they appeared on my camera:
Thursday October 5th, 2009 was a very exciting day for the Fisher College of Business first year full-time MBA students… our first official case competition! For those not in the know, case competitions are basically the main battleground for intercollegiate MBA superiority… it used to be dodge-ball, but the AACSB decided that there wasn’t much academic merit to that. The basics of a case competition are as follows:
Create a team of students (usually four)
Read the business case (these can be between 2 and 50 pages)
Identify the issues
Develop a plan to resolve the issues
Prepare a presentation to communicate your plan for the “board of directors” – panel of judges
Our case competition was no different. Sponsored by Procter & Gamble (aka P&G as the cool kids call it), we were tasked to gather a team of four people, hopefully including someone who knew something about finance. The group I was in was lacking on the financials, but we sure made up for it in spirit and earnestness! The night before the competition, we tried to prepare for what might come up… but we had know idea what to prepare for since this was a completely new experience, all we knew was that there would be something involving a product that P&G produced. So we spent some time reviewing P&G marketing strategy and consumer insight. We also looked at some of the successful presentation PowerPoints provided by my mentor in the MBA Marketing Association and all around nice guy Mike Hrostoski to see what was deemed important information. Looking back, this may have been overkill, but I think it really helped us when the competition actually started.
The day of the competition arrived and the P&G representatives gave us the background and mission: Sell more Crest Whitestrips! Then they shot a pistol in the air and we all scampered off to our respective rooms to case compete. I’m kidding about the pistol shooting, but everyone did move pretty fast, unlike other case competitions that could last anywhere from 24-36 hours, the P&G case alloted only 4 hours. That is 4 hours to define what the problems facing Crest Whitestrips are, generate ideas for a solution, refine the solution, create financial and make the presentation. As anyone who has made a presentation before knows, that itself can take up to 4 hours. Needless to say it was a really intense 4 hours. I won’t bore you with the details, but here is the board from our room when we were done:
I thought we developed some very good ideas, including a high-end Crest Whitestrips dispenser ala the iPod dispensers you see in classy places. The next day were presentations each of the 13 teams gave 15 minute presentations to a “board” consisting of P&G representatives and marketing professors. Everybody’s presentations were great! It is amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it for 4 hours. There wasn’t a dud in the bunch, it shows just how great Fisher students are. It was also great to see people present who you never get to see present because they aren’t in your EPI section. I got to design our team’s presentation, which was fun, but very stressful, you can see it here: Team one PNG CASE COMPETITION Slides. In the end we ended up winning, which was really exciting and a big surprise because every team was so good. But not a bad end to my first case competition, looking forward to the next time, with even more time! Also big/major props to my team 1 case team mates: Brian Blewitt, Prasant Balakrishnan and Nancy Dadas, you guys are the best! (PS: everyone who competed in the P&G case competition got goodie bags with Crest Whitestrips Advance Seal in them. Having previously used their strips and been disappointed, these Advance Seal ones, change everything! they are amazing, go get them. thank you.)
I was cleaning up my apartment today and looked at the course packet for Organizational Behavior, one of our core first year classes and realized that we had read more than half. I wanted to know just how much Organizational Behavior I had learned in the half a quarter that has elapsed thus far, so I made an infographic! Enjoy
I apologize for being remiss in my duties to provide all of you lovely readers with pretty pictures and words, but I have been laid up the last 2 weeks with the flu and midterms, however I do have some exciting things to share. As I was going through my notes recently, I found some of the notes from the first 3 days of Fisher Advantage orientation, very pretty pictograms of everything that was discovered, feel free to try and rediscover what we learned by looking at the all the various symbols! ahhh… memories!