Posts Tagged ‘MBA Entrepreneur’
Part of the value of the MBA program is the opportunity to network and get involved with local organizations. Many of us have found board and committee positions through SFU that will allow us to put our hard-earned business skills to work and give us invaluable experience before the job search is in full swing.
One of these organizations is Net Impact, a global non-profit association of business professionals and students working towards greater social and environmental sustainability. The SFU Segal Chapter is planning its 2010/11 year and I’m excited to be a member of the board to share information and work on upcoming events and initiatives.
Net Impact is currently highlighting the Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition that awards $100,000 in cash and prizes to outstanding business plans that are still in the start-up phase and have a defined social or environmental goal. Summaries are due by December 3rd, 2010 and a list of past winners can be found on the William James Foundation website. Read the rest of this entry »
I recently had the opportunity to add my name as a contributor to an article public in the Wall Street Journal’s Executive Adviser Report, entitled “When People Come and Go“. The research for the article began during the MBA program at SFU, when a group of classmates and myself were tasked with a project about Leadership and Teams. We talked about factors that influence team success, including membership stability and turnover. Immediately someone asked the question: What if your team has changing membership? We began to brainstorm and came up with dozens of examples of teams whose membership changes, including sports teams, project teams, and health care teams. We called these groups “fluid teams”, an expression that had not been used prior to our SFU MBA project.
Without really realizing it, my colleagues and I were asking questions that hadn’t yet been well answered in academic research. Since more and more organizations are turning to team-based work environments, research on fluid teams is becoming important for understanding organizational behaviour. Dealing with the loss of knowledge that occurs when a team member leaves, the lack of commitment that can come with temporary team membership, and the lack of cohesion that can plague teams with changing membership, is a challenge for many kinds of organizations, and research has not yet identified comprehensive solutions to these problems. However, organizations are looking to ensure the success of work teams even if membership is temporary.
The article was published on August 23, 2010 and was quickly picked up by several other online publications including Best Practices Construction Law and SFU Business News. CBC Radio also wanted to cover the article, and I was pleased to represent my colleagues on the CBC radio show On the Coast on Friday August 27.
The success of the article only solidifies the importance of collaboration and team effort to my current career aspirations. I’m very pleased to have contributed my writing, researching and editing skills to this article that is generating so much positive attention. It’s a great reminder for current students who might be wondering how their school work and team projects might contribute to their success post-graduation. We sometimes complain about having to do so many group projects, but they can have exciting results if they are applied in the right way.
I have linked to the WSJ article from the Write Ahead company web site, where many examples of my original writing can also be found. I’m always seeking new projects and looking for opportunities to apply this research and the rest of my business knowledge to other organizations.
The SFU Graduate Business school’s Full-Time MBA is one of the more sustainability-focused MBA’s currently in existence. The program features a dedicated, full-credit sustainability course, along with an equally apportioned ethics class as part of the mandatory full-time MBA offering. These courses provide evidence that SFU’s Graduate Business programs are committed to teaching sustainable and ethical values. The sustainability course in particular is backed by a faculty at SFU that is committed to sustainability planning and policy. The movement is supported in large part by Dr. Boyd Cohen, SFU’s Sustainability Entrepreneur in Residence.
SFU Graduate Business, located in downtown Vancouver is the first University Business School in Canada, and possibly the world to appoint one of their past faculty members as a Sustainability Entrepreneur in Residence. Boyd is a LEED-accredited (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) serial-green-entrepreneur, and a former SFU Business professor. He moved on from his academic focus in 2009 to dedicate his time to 3rd Whale, a company that provides mobile solutions for personal lifestyle, health, and conservation. Boyd has since moved on from 3rd Whale to start his new company CO2 Impact, as well as to write a book with Hunter Lovins, entitled, Climate Capitalism. Read the rest of this entry »
Wahiba Chair (SFU MBA ’08) is nourishing the Vancouver Technology scene with her fantastic new mobile application “CarrotLines“. Wahiba is one of these individuals who has entrepreneurism in her blood, and whose graduate business education served only to solidify and allow her to develop confidence in what is clearly an innate talent for business and technology. Below is a brief introduction to Wahiba and her incredibly colourful professional journey. Stay tuned for what promises to be a regular part of the A Few Good Minds MBA blog. Read the rest of this entry »
The routine of working 9-5 isn’t for everyone, and as a young entrepreneur, it certainly isn’t for me. I’ve launched my own business, Write Ahead editing & writing services. This path necessitates that I take what I’ve learned from my recently completed MBA from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and help businesses write, improve, or revise their business communications. Here is a story about a typical day in my atypical life, and how the SFU MBA helped me develop the skills and confidence to be an entrepreneur in Vancouver. Read the rest of this entry »
This post is part-one of a multi-part series from the international branding expert Christof Appel. Christof was born and raised in South Africa, and has been consulting with individuals and groups on their online brands for over 5 years. In this series Christof will write about personal branding techniques which can be used by current and soon-to-be Graduate Business students.
Students at SFU’s Graduate Business School have the unique ability to be involved with his “Mastermind” program. This is an elite group selected to be involved in an ongoing online workshop with Christof, building their own personal online brands. As newly minted Graduate Business students in Vancouver, this online presence is critical for networking and job seeking. Be sure to read Christof’s first article below, and feel free to comment or email for more detail. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s opportunities to meet business people like Jim Derbyshire, Mentor-in-Residence, that truly define the power and depth of the SFU community. Vancouver is often thought of as a small town, with few global career opportunities and a limited network to the outside world. Jim Derbyshire, hailing from the UK, and who has grown companies in the UK, New Zealand and Ottawa, Canada, would completely disagree. Jim is a Mentor-in-Residence for Simon Fraser University’s (Vancouver) Venture Connection Network. Throughout his nearly 35 year career, Jim has been a serial entrepreneur, Angel Investor, CEO, Mentor, and Consultant in several different industries and vocations. Jim has a very large global network and knowledge base which he is more than happy to share with the SFU students who attend his one-on-one advising sessions. Read more about my experience in an advising session with Jim: Read the rest of this entry »