Here at Smith we have selective classes, which are basically required electives. You have to take one of a group of classes in a few different areas. One of these areas is information technology. I am taking a class called Strategic and Transformation IT, which focuses on evaluating and making IT decisions in the business world. One cool thing about the class is the professor brings in industry professionals to speak to the class on their experience in IT. Today we had a Senior V.P. from Amazon.com and last week we have the CIO of Chevy Chase Bank. These visitors to class bring the theory behind the topics we discuss into a practical business setting which is very beneficial.
Archive for February, 2008
Approximately 3 times a semester, the MBA program hosts a Friday Speaker series event for the MBA students. These speakers can focus on a variety of topics in current business or could just be something of interest to the current student population. This past Friday we had S. Tien Wong, CEO of Opus8 as our guest speaker. Mr. Wong is a Dingman Center Entrepreneur in Residence and has run his own firms for the past 15 years. He spoke to us about outsourcing and offshoring. These are two hot topics in today’s global landscape and Mr. Wong’s insights as someone who has been involved in business process outsourcing were very interesting.