Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How to Do Business in India and Turkey - A Tuesday Night

I've professed time and time again that along with being the best MBA program in USA, Kelley's eyes are set far beyond US shores. As I've learned in almost every single case discussion and in the Supply Chain and Global Management Academy, almost every business can be tied to some type of international connection. I've talked about how this nationally ranked MBA program attracts students from around the world, global case competition solutions and how the MBA course curriculum always integrates global issues. But how many times have your past professors given their personal time to address the issue directly, to the student body, outside of the classroom?

Tonight I attended Phil Powell's, head of faculty and economics professor, lecture on "The Impact of Religion on Doing Business in India & Turkey." This was one of the many extra-curricular activities set-up by the MBAA, who continuously enrich not only the MBA Social Life, but the curriculum as well.

As Phil stated, "this is one of the reasons I feel so lucky to be here at a school like Kelley. Mom always told you never to talk about religion and government - it's not polite. But here, we've created an environment where it's safe, where it's logical, because government and religion touch every aspect of business, even if you can't see it."

What followed was an engaging lecture to about 30 students around the globe about the religious and political history of the Republic of Congo, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and India, and how that's shaped the business culture there today. It was enlightening, some students had some incredible comments; and as Phil said, only Phil can put religious diversity and internal trade economics on a matrix.

Tonight is just another reason why I feel so fortunate to be at a school like this. While I chewed on my Indian Pakora and Turkish grape leaf-wrapped olives, I listened to the brilliance, logic, and history of these intertwined players in a complex game, and knew that I was in a safe, insightful, understanding environment where it was being digested by people who would go on to change the world.

I am absolutely a Kelley student.

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