Dr. Mark Gershon knows operations.  In addition to being a professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management (MSCM) at Temple University, he's also the president of World Class Training Institute and has conducted extensive project work for clients around the globe.  Dr. Gershon has his Professional Engineer’s license, certification as a Project Management Professional and is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.  Who better to learn operations from than an operations guru?

Dr. Gershon has written three white papers for Temple University Singapore:  

Ten Tips on Project Risk Management
Using Earned Value Analysis to Manage Projects White Paper
Double Lean Six Sigma White Paper

Dr. Mark Gershon

Needless to say, when selecting an Executive MBA program a person looks at a wide variety of criteria.  First, which program format best fits my lifestyle?  If a program requires a week away every other month and your job/life can't accommodate that…then it's not the right program.  If a program requires extensive travel and you need to be in the region for work or family reasons…then it's not the right program for you.  The good news is there are lots of different formats and your first order of business is to decide which one best suits you.  Answering this first question is half the challenge in selecting an Executive MBA.

Dr. Mark Gershon knows operations like the back of his hand.  As a teacher in the Fox School of Business MBA, Dr. Gershon has taught a wide range of students "the importance of operations management techniques apply to all activities of the firm".  As one of the students in Dr. Gershon's May 2012 class, I can tell you that operations is a scary module for a marketing (e.g. qualitative) person.  Operations is one big story problem…but Dr. Gershon made the class relatable by using real world examples and he kept explaining until everyone (even me!) got it.

The Executive MBA (EMBA) class starts "Contemporary Corporate Strategy" on Saturday, November 17th.  This is the seventh module for the class of 2013 and promises to be an exciting and interactive class.  Here's more on the class being taught by Dr. Madan Annavarjula:

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Deciding on an Executive MBA (EMBA) is an important decision.  The Temple University Singapore blog is designed to share relevant information on the program, research from the professors and social and educational events.  In the coming months you'll hear from some of our recent graduates on their experiences with the "Power of Fox", plus a few of our current students will share how they juggle work, life and education.  It's not easy, but it's life changing.

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QS World MBA Tour - Singapore Event

17 November 2012

12:00 - 17:00

Pan Pacific Singapore 7 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square

Click here for more information on the event.

In support of his Knowledge Leadership Series (KLS) series lecture on 21 November, Dr. Madan Annavarjula has released a white paper on the same topic: Impact of Technological Innovation Capabilities on International Competitiveness.  Download the Dr. Annavarjula's white paper or register for his KLS event.

Here's more about the white paper and presentation:
The central role of innovation driven knowledge in enhancing economic performance of firms can hardly be overemphasized. Technological innovation as an accepted source of organizational knowledge has thus gained added significance as an important driver of organizational performance.

The Full-time MBA program at Temple University’s Fox School of Business again ranks in the Top 45 in the nation, according to The Economist’s 2012 “Which MBA?” ranking.

The annual ranking, released Oct. 4, recognizes the top 100 full-time MBA programs worldwide according to three years of data drawn from questionnaires of business schools, students and recent graduates in areas such as career and networking opportunities, salary increases and personal development/educational experience.

At No. 42 in the nation, the Fox School climbed one spot in this year’s rankings. The Fox School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School are the only MBA programs in Greater Philadelphia to be ranked by the prestigious Economist.

In global rankings, Fox had the third-best improvement – a jump of 12 places, to No. 77. The breadth of Fox’s alumni network, which includes more than 59,000 graduates, was also highly ranked.
Excel is supposed to make our lives easier.  It's a powerful tool, but most people only use a fraction of the horsepower behind the application.  Dr. Isaac Gottlieb, best selling author of "Next Generation Excel: Modeling in Excel for Analysts and MBAs", shares monthly tips on how to unleash the power of Excel. The tips are gathered from his extensive experience training over 25,000 analysts and professionals from leading multinational companies and from small private business corporations on the use of computer tools for risk analysis and decision making.  The October tip of the month is below or visit Dr. Gottlieb's Next Generation Excel page for the full year's tips. 

October 1, 2012

The October Excel Tip of the Month workbook contains the following topics:

1.     A better was to calculate Cumulative Frequency

2.     Show Positive and Negative values with the +/- sign

Professor Madan Annvarjula, teaching the November EMBA class on Contemporary Corporate Strategy, will be presenting a one hour lecture on innovation and the innovative capabilities of a firm.  Here's more on his lecture:


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