Last night SOM hit me where I live. For my Competitive Strategy course, my homework was to read a 1991 Harvard Business School case on Xerox's decision to form its Fuji Xerox joint venture in Japan. What trade-offs did Xerox face in forming this entity and giving it its own R&D function? And did Xerox structure the relationship appropriately?
The night before Thanksgiving break I got together for some late-night whiskey drinking with Dave Gorin and Kirk Henderson. When I talk about Yale as an interdisciplinary hive, this is what I’m talking about. Dave is a wildly talented poet who’s striving for a shred of job security by doing an English Ph.D. at Yale.
Happy early Thanksgiving, everyone! I wish you all the best over the holiday, and hope that it is restorative, happy, and delicious.
Since we have no class this week, and I am on a plane to visit my family in San Jose, I figured I’d take some time to update you on some of the goings-on at SOM over the last few weeks. And although we’ve had a pretty academically intensive period, I’m going to focus on the fun stuff.
Balancing it all – the acrobatics of business school are quite delicate. I often equate Yale SOM to a start-up business of sorts. Similar to a start-up, Yale SOM provides boundless opportunities to make great impact. Given SOM’s relatively newer legacy with its ivy peers, SOM has few institutional barriers that lend itself to flexibility and change at all levels from administration to academics to extracurricular activities.
SOM prides itself on its integrated curriculum, which also bleeds over to clubs and other activities around Yale. After starting our Fall-2 core classes, our first foray into the SOM’s integrated curriculum, I have been incredibly impressed by how concepts have blended together, to the extent that it is almost hard to tell which class is which given the overlap in cases and coursework - all presented from differing perspectives (customer, competitor, investor, CFO, etc.). This overlap also overflows to SOM’s clubs and extracurricular activities.
I took a deep breath and threw myself face first into the Pacific Ocean. The cold hit me hard, and my heart began to race as I counted down the seconds I had to hold my breath- 20, 19, 18. My mind drifted to graduate school applications and I wondered if anyone else at business school would have experienced mass casualty training as a part of the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification- 10, 9, 8. Where are they? My lungs began to scream as my body began to shut down slowly and the next wave hit- 5, 4, 3.
I got back to Chicago (my hometown) last night and am currently waiting for the rest of my family to get ready as we are about to go on a short roadtrip...which is why I have to miss today's Harvard-Yale game in Boston. This gives me just enough time to blog a little about my business school experiences so far.
On November 5, I had the pleasure of attending the latest in a series of really terrific and insightful events the Women in Management Club is sponsoring this semester. “Women and Career Progression” featured a panel of five women speakers from Thomson Reuters describing the obstacles they’ve encountered and the choices they’ve made carving out careers in a sector still dominated by men.
One does not simply ignore the importance of sports in our social lives. This argument becomes clear to me when it comes down to understanding American culture, which is supported by the world's greatest sport events, athletes and rivalries. As a group of international Master of Advanced Management students, we had the opportunity to join a tailgate party before the Yale Bulldogs - Princeton Tigers football game and take a closer look into this phenomenon by watching the game.
The Yale School of Management is clearly a place to study business: the school's mission is to train leaders for business and society. But I would argue that Yale Law School--better known as a hotbed of constitutional theory--is also a first-rate place to prepare for a career in business.