Kelley School leads Solving Integrated Business Challenges workshop for the Yangon University of Economics
August 10, 2016
Post by IIB Program Manager Jonathan Crum
One of the key areas of weakness for business students in developing countries is in their problem-solving, critical thinking and business leadership skills. In other words, graduates are not prepared to solve the integrative business challenges inherent to multinational corporations working on penetrating developing markets with their professional service and products. The lack of preparedness weakens local staff pools and often motivates corporations to source their professional leadership from international locations. For Myanmar, that means drawing on more advanced economies in Thailand and Singapore, or Hong Kong—a loss for Myanmar’s opening economy—especially in terms of valuable work experience.
|IU’s Kelley School of Business Professor Dr. Terry Campbell at ADEPT workshop|
Kelley School of Business Prof. Dr. Terry Campbell, as part of the USAID-funded ADEPT partnership in Myanmar, conducted a seminar series on addressing these integrated business challenges for the Yangon University of Economics. The informative seminar program, between July 21st and 25th, provided 94 first-year MBA students with problem-solving, critical thinking and business leadership skills as well as a look at temperament an emotional intelligence in the workplace. The seminar for 21 faculty members focused on teaching the same integrated problem-solving and leadership, to prepare them for incorporating the ideas and methods into their classes. Specific issues to be examined include improvement plans, critical thinking, leading using personality type tools, critical thinking, teams, exploring the net-present value of human resources, investigating barriers and alternative solutions, and examining change management in an organization.
ADEPT is a public-private partnership funded by USAID with the IIB, in collaboration with major alliance partners Hewlett Packard (HP), the VinaCapital Foundation’s Lotus Impact fund, and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR).
This visit vastly contributes to ADEPT’s core mission–to bring a lasting legacy of entrepreneurship skills, opportunities, and capacity building to the business and higher-education of Myanmar.