One of the exciting things about attending Rady is watching it grow. While Rady strengthens its connections with the community and expands its brand in San Diego (and the world) it is also growing physically! Rady Phase II is well underway and is making progress every day. From the brightly lit student lounge on the 2nd floor, students get an amazing view. To the west, the Pacific Ocean. To the north, world-class construction! If you’d like to learn more about Phase II, visit HMC Architects.
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Greetings and Happy New Year!
The 1st year MBA students are kicking off winter quarter, and it is crunch time! A few of this quarter’s classes not only have longer names but also have tons more cases, group work, and academic rigor that you don’t want to shake a stick at! Fall quarter classes were “fundamentals.” I consider this quarter the “practical applications” of the MBA core curriculum.
Organizational Strategy and Human Resource Management or “HR” – Organization design, incentives, networks, relationships, culture… it is all here. This material is all about the glue that binds organizations together and helps them succeed (or fail).
Operations, Information Systems, and Data Analysis or “Ops” – This class is a natural follow-on from “Quant.” What does one do with all of that quantitative analysis data? Well, apply it to operations and make some process innovation happen! If you’re curious what makes Southwest’s point-to-point system so successful and want to learn why Burger King’s burgers are so flat, this is the class for you!
Finance – What is the answer to 99 out of 100 questions? Money! Okay, well maybe not. But finance class is all about money and value and markets and capital. How do you pick one project over another? What is Facebook really worth? What caused the crisis of credit? (www.crisisofcredit.com) You get the idea.
Marketing – Marketing is often considered a “soft science.” Yet, this soft science sells hard! Learning about customers, their needs, and how to develop products that create value is the most important task a business can do. Without a market, there’s no business. As we move towards our looming “Lab to Market” projects, the lessons from this class will be crucial.
To sum it up, winter quarter definitely kicks it up a notch. There are plenty of case readings, homework problems, a Monday-Saturday workload, and lots of events to attend. Time management is crucial!