My name is Margrete Waade and I am a currently enrolled in the International MBA program at the Daniels College of Business, at the University of Denver. Thinking back on my last year here there is one class in particular that stands out to me, Managing Exports with Professor Roy Becker.
The reason this class was so special was due to Roy’s personality and his unique perspective. He took a humble approach; according to him, although he had taught this course for years, he was no expert on all of the subjects we would be covering, so he invited guest speakers, each a specialist within his or her field, to share with us their knowledge. In addition to speaking to subjects within the course, they shared with us what their day-to-day lives looked like. Hearing how working within exports really might be, made it easy for us as students to understand how we might fit into a profession like that of the guest speaker. Considering we are constantly trying to figure out what is awaiting us beyond the horizon of graduate school, these guest speakers shared their most valuable asset; their insight.
Roy also arranged for the class to work with five companies that were considering exporting their products or services abroad. This was a large consulting project that we did in groups of four to five students. We were able to evaluate what countries might be a good fit based on the curriculum that we had been taught in previous classes, but it also gave us the chance to test out our newfound knowledge of managing exports. It was quite a challenge assessing the success of our company’s offerings in markets that were foreign to us. Still, analyzing the culture, sovereign risk, foreign exchange trends, and the ease of doing business, among several other aspects helped us gauge the likelihood that the company would succeed in the potential market. For the companies we worked with this collaboration was a great way for them to get some outside expertise. For the students it was a great hands-on experience; showing us how to consult with a company, being on a deadline and giving us a real-world experience that we could connect with the curriculum as we were soaking it in.
Learn more about Roy Becker here.
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