Arriving in the 4th semester of the exec MBA we have completed 12 modules, 328 hours of class, an average of more than twice that in readings, assignments and projects. Every one of those hours has taken its toll over three long semesters. However, entering the home straight, energy and enthusiasm are at levels not reached since our block week 18 months ago!
The highlight of this semester for most people will be the international trip. For those of us remaining here to keep the home fires burning, Managing the Negotiation Process provides an intriguing way of passing the semester. The course lecturer (Stephen Boyle) has a reputation built over the last number of years, with alumni from over 7 years ago praising the course. The class has been split into two groups of 3 person teams, randomly being paired against each other for live negotiations (with the two teams representing different parties in the negotiation. Friendships developed over the past 18 months will be cast aside for the 2 hour battle. Preparation and quick thinking will be a teams’ best assets.
Home straight it is, will we miss it when it is all over?
Brian Shields ~ Year 2 Executive MBA