Whooaaa! That was like a sprint!
I’m just back from our first study weekend at CEU Budapest, from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, 3 different subjects, class discussions, home assignments, study group projects and some socializing in between, calling it business as usual would be an understatement.
The first courses we’re being introduced to are Financial Accounting (FA), Business Economics (BE) and Operations Management (OM). Needless to say many of us haven’t had much exposure to any of these subjects. So even though the professors are trying their best to simplify the concepts, it will still need a lot of work on our part to really understand the subjects and first see how they apply to our work environments and then to see how can they help us make better decisions in different business situations.
And of course, each professor thinks his or her subject is the most critical to business success. There was one such instance in OM class by Prof. Lacourbe (http://business.ceu.hu/profiles/faculty/paul_lacourbe). I was very impressed by his enthusiasm and especially the depth of knowledge he has in operations management, which in my point of view as well, plays a significant part in the success of any organization. Maybe my friend Djordje doesn’t agree. What do you think, should marketing and finance organizations report to operations head? A quick check can tell you that there have been many CEOs that came from an operations background. Take for example Intel’s current CEO Brian Krzanich, he is an operations guy and all other organizations report to him! But again, I “think” this depends on the industry or sector we look at. There is still time for discussion and arguments with Prof. Lacourbe and my classmates, I’ll tell you when I’ve an answer, if at all there is a clear answer!
Alright friends, time to board the flight back home, stay tuned for more! Till then, keep learning, help each other and have fun! 🙂