December 12, 2013
 
  Benchmarking 101

NEW YORK, SILICON VALLEY – In October, the Global MBA Class of 2014 piloted a benchmarking course developed by Noel Tichy, Professor of Management and Organizations. The benchmarking course included 2 days on site in both New York City and Silicon Valley with visits to 10 companies in each location. The whirlwind trip provided GMBA students with access to top executives from major US companies including Intuit, JP Morgan Chase, the New York Stock Exchange, PepsiCo, Qualcomm, and Solazyme.In an intimate setting, executives shared their insights and fielded questions from the students. Students learned firsthand how U.S. financial institutions and IT companies are evolving to be competitive in the global marketplace.

Before the trip, Professor Tichy prepared the students with a virtual benchmarking session which along with analyst reports, company websites, and current events provided the background information needed for an interesting and informative dialogue with the executives. During the trip, Professor Tichy was onsite to coach the students and teach them how to benchmark. Upon their return to Ann Arbor, students participated in a debriefing session to aid in translating what they learned into ideas for improving their own leadership style, as well as, making improvements in their own companies.

 
  Football Against Nebraska
ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Football is a big part of the culture of the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor community and on November 9, 2013, the Global MBA Class of 2014 was able to enjoy the football experience firsthand. Students along with family members, researchers, and staff, spent the day learning about American football and watching the Michigan Wolverines. Everyone got together for a "tailgate" party at a local restaurant prior to the afternoon game where they enjoyed pizza and talked about football. The rules were reviewed through a fun trivia game that gave students an opportunity to show off their knowledge to win “Michigan” prizes. Several students are season ticket holders and therefore, quite knowledgeable about football. After lunch, the group traveled across town on foot to Michigan Stadium, the largest stadium in the nation. Michigan Stadium is affectionately called the "Big House" as it officially seats 109,901. Even so, the official attendance at the November 9 game was recorded as 112,204. The Big House has held crowds of more than 100,000 fans for the last 250 consecutive games.

Unfortunately, the Wolverines suffered a loss that day, struggling to score just one touchdown in a 17-13 loss to the visiting team, the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Despite the loss, attending a game at the “Big House” is always a fun and memorable experience for Wolverine football fans.

 
  Taste of Ross

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Each fall, the Ross Student Association hosts “The Taste of Ross” with the support of the Ross International Club and various other clubs at Ross. The event was held on October 4, 2013, allowing Ross students from around the world to share food from their homeland with the whole Ross community. In addition to food, students from several countries included entertaining activities representative of their cultures. Several Global MBA students who are members of the Japan Business Association assisted by serving Japanese food to attendees and by conducting games and wearing traditional Japanese clothing.

While promoting interaction among Ross students from the US and around the world, The Taste of Ross creates a means to share cultural heritage in a social setting and provide insights to cultures from across the globe.

 
  Alumni News

Legazpi, Philippines – The Philippines recently experienced a massive Typhoon and storm surge which devastated major cities and small villages alike. As the Philippine government and other aid groups concentrated their efforts on rescue, safe water, food, medicine and housing, Global MBA Class of 2011 alumnus Martin Reynoso of CM Pineda Realty along with the Jaycees in Legazpi, Daraga, and Dawani, organized a project to provide power to victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Martin and the Jaycees decided to focus on providing electricity through the use of portable solar power systems as a means for cell-phone charging and LED lighting providing those affected by the typhoon with a means of communication and lighting. Without the assistance, residents in especially remote areas may not have electricity available for several months or even up to a year. Just one of the solar power kits, including the solar panel and controller, is good for lighting and charging cell phones for an entire small village. The Jaycees took on the challenge of both raising funds for and deployment of the solar power kits. A fundraising dinner was held on November 30, 2013 to raise money for the purchase of the kits. Soon afterwards, the Jaycees distributed them to evacuation centers in the Eastern Visayas. In addition to the fundraising dinner, Martin reached out to his fellow Ross alums for support. Global MBA Class of 2011 alums sent their well wishes along with generous monetary donations to support this aid effort in the Philippines.

 
  Happy Holidays

 


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