Long night ahead of us

Our group’s ICA/E presentation on the electricity generation industry is due this week and we’re far from completion. We’ve just ordered pizzas to give us an energy boost (CHF 80–$70–for two pies!!!) and I think it’s going to be a long night. At least we’re not the only ones. People are whistling in the hallways.Continue reading “Long night ahead of us”

Marketing

What Ralf refers to as “tra la la” is actually quite interesting. Co-taught by Martin Koschat (Austrian) and DominiqueTurpin (French), this course is a case-driven exploration of the entire marketing function, from understanding a market to taking products and services to that market. So far we’ve studied DVD production machine manufacturers, discount airlines, sport watches,Continue reading “Marketing”

Good music

Before I moved over here I acquired the Billboard Top 100 hits for each year from 1950 until 2007. During the few hours a day I haven’t been in my study group I’ve been making my way through them chronologically, loading one year at a time onto my phone. Usually, as I load the songs,Continue reading “Good music”

Happy Chinese New Year!

Welcome to the Year of the Mouse! It has been a wonderful weekend of work, wine, and winter weather. When I woke up this morning to work on a Leadership paper, the crescent moon was bright over the snowy mountains, the stars were reflecting off the serene lake, and there wasn’t a cloud in theContinue reading “Happy Chinese New Year!”

Ralf Boscheck

It’s funny that I chose to introduce our Industry and Company Analysis/Economics course in last night’s blog because our prof was in fine form during this morning’s class. Some Boscheckisms: Why are we going into such detail? BECAUSE IT’S GOOD FOR YOU! You’re tired? Why? Because you’re only sleeping four hours a day? That’s justContinue reading “Ralf Boscheck”

Industry and Company Analysis / Economics

Aside: the soup du jour at IMD’s restaurant was French onion today–delicious! ICA/E is taught by Ralf Boscheck, a crazy (in a good way) German who throws chalk at students who ask inane questions. His first lecture was essentially the complete economic history of the world in four hours–step up to the fire hose andContinue reading “Industry and Company Analysis / Economics”

Leadership

A deep, personal approach to growth and development–it’s why I’m here. Nowhere has this IMD quality been more apparent than in our Leadership stream. Since day 1, professor Jack Wood has led us down a path of self and group analysis, inward reflection, and study of leadership. Although this course is exactly as described inContinue reading “Leadership”

Entrepreneurship

Most of my posts so far have been about extracurricular life. Perhaps this is because I spend so much of my time thinking about school so it is tempting to write about other subjects during my free time. This post, however, is devoted to one of our courses: entrepreneurship. Our professor is Benoît Leleux, aContinue reading “Entrepreneurship”