Sunday, June 5, 2011

Week 10 rundown

Activity 3/27 4/034/104/174/245/01 5/085/155/225/29AVG
Intl Biz Strat 8.410.711.910.819.313.15.49.66.111.210.6
Mktg Strat 4.813.912.812.717.36.810.314.316.416.112.5
HR Mgmt 11.86.613.710.87.112.213.48.412.58.610.5
* Note that 3 hours each week is spent in class

Here it is; part 10 in this 10-part series. I've affectionately called this one the "sometimes school makes you miss out on an absolutely gorgeous day" edition.

Yep. It is gorgeous outside, but I'll be inside the fortress for the rest of the day studying, watching music vids on Youtube, and snacking like a beast. Fortunately, I'm meeting a bunch of friends tonight for dinner at nearby Union Pizzeria, which is supposed to be really good, so I have that to look forward to.

It's interesting to see that on average I spent similar amounts of time on each class every week throughout the quarter. If you tacked on 1 more class, bringing it in line with a normal course load, then school would pretty much be a full-time job (with awesome hours).

The theme for all of the classes this week was relax and review. We didn't cover any new information in any of the classes. Instead, we wrapped up final projects and ran through course reviews.

International Business Strategy
We spent half of a class reviewing the course content and the rest of the time watching the final team presentations. After a while, all of the presentations started to sound the same because there are so many companies that make the same mistake when entering the international market: export their local model without adapting it to the 3 Cs - local consumers, local competition, and local costs (that's a class framework).

My teammates did a fantastic job with both the paper and the presentation for our final project. This was one of the smoothest projects I've ever been through at Kellogg. Viva divide and conquer!

I have the final for this class on Wednesday afternoon, so I'll be spending much of my remaining time studying for it. It is my last Kellogg hurdle.

Marketing Strategy
I'm taking this class Credit/No-Credit, and yet I spent the most time on it this quarter. What's up with that?

The last few weeks I've been focused on our final MarkStrat presentation, which went great, and our final project, a marketing plan for the New York Times Media Group (we chose the company), which is due tomorrow night.

We had 3 classes this week; 2 regular classes and 1 "bonus" class to get through all of the MarkStrat presentations. There were some really entertaining presentations sprinkled throughout, including one where the presenter rhymed his way through the entire 10 minutes. Amazingly, the words all followed the content on the slides.

Our presentation was received pretty well from what I can tell; at least, we "won" a lot of the votes in our industry, like the company that most people would invest in.

Our paper is coming along nicely, although picking a company in a declining industry has made it more challenging. We've also settled on the divide and conquer approach here, and we should have the first complete draft by the end of today. I'm anticipating a lot of round-robin edits to it tomorrow. It will feel great once it is done.

Human Resource Management
We spent half of our final class talking about several research studies on discrimination. None of it was going to be on the final, so it was a very relaxed class. Afterward, he walked through some of the practice problems for the final. Per my earlier post this week, I really enjoyed this class. I think that this class and Int'l Biz Strat have really cemented for me how much I enjoy microeconomics (probably because it is more quantitative). It's too bad I didn't take more MECN classes while I had the chance, but oh well; you can't do it all.

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