Carmen

Yesterday we made our final presentation for our startup project. After four months of working to add value to our client company, we are enthusiastic about its prospects so had no trouble presenting it positively to our jury of VCs and entrepreneurs. They asked tough questions which made for a challenging, valuable experience. To celebrate,Continue reading “Carmen”

The Irrationalities of Negotiation

Today we conducted another acquisition simulation, for Finance this time. Our last simulation, for Strategy, was computerized and was built around realizing synergies between the two organizations and generating buy-in from stakeholders on both sides (and external). Today’s simulation was a negotiation between Nestle and Rowntree, a UK-based chocolatier. Our 12 study groups were dividedContinue reading “The Irrationalities of Negotiation”

Beach Volleyball in the Rain

After an incredibly productive several days of work for deskNET, my group’s startup client, I was chomping at the bit to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Most of the class gathered in the auditorium to watch The Constant Gardener, one of 10 movies we must see in preparation for our Discovery Trip toContinue reading “Beach Volleyball in the Rain”

US Immigration

Today’s IPE class featured discussion of Europe’s immigration policies and challenges. In much of the discussion, the US (along with Australia and Canada) was held up as an example of “good” immigration culture. Perhaps I’ve become so bogged down by the US media, where immigration is always a hot topic and our policies are alwaysContinue reading “US Immigration”

The Oracle of Omaha

When I first heard that Buffett would be coming to IMD, I was ecstatic. When I learned that it was Warren Buffett, not Jimmy, I was disappointed but still pretty excited. We prepared and analyzed a case involving Berkshire Hathaway’s first international acquisition, Iscar, and were joined by Buffett and Icsar’s CEO, Eitan Wertheimer. AlthoughContinue reading “The Oracle of Omaha”

Alternative Energy

An anonymous reader posted a comment on one of my previous blog entries asking, “Are there opportunities for MBAs in alternative energy?” My analysis indicates that there are. There is a tremendous amount of investment in alternative energy right now, and investment implies the need for finance, entrepreneurship, and management skills. Alternative energy is alsoContinue reading “Alternative Energy”

Final MBAT Thoughts

Although I complained a great deal about HEC’s disorganization, the weekend was still a blast. Not to be a total geek, but it felt a lot to me like Harry Potter’s Triwizard tournament. There were schools from all over Europe and participants from all over the world. Each school had its own colors and culture,Continue reading “Final MBAT Thoughts”

MBAT Day 3

Today didn’t start out any better than yesterday. Our indoor volleyball team, which had never played together before, was quickly eliminated by Oxford. There was no time to dwell on it, however, as our beach volleyball pairs match, also against Oxford, started immediately afterward. My partner, Mario, was still swimming at the time so hisContinue reading “MBAT Day 3”