Diary of an MBA #2: Rocket building in soggy Scotland

8 October 2010
Chris Atkins, author of Supply Management's Diary of an MBA blogTalking coffee with Colombians, football with Brazilians, cricket with Indians and elaborate building projects with someone from Dubai…these are just some examples of the conversations with colleagues on the Durham Business School MBA full time programme over induction fortnight. This overwhelmingly diverse 70-strong group not only contains representatives from 27 countries but also the experience of stockbrokers and entrepreneurs through to doctors and lawyers in what promises to be a fascinating collection of people to be working with. So far we’ve been busy with a range of activities all designed to allow us to get to know each other better as well as smooth the transition from the business world to the academic one. We’ve just returned from three days in the (very wet) Scottish borders on a personal and team development event. This combined personality profiling with a competitive outdoor team challenge, which culminated in a rocket building exercise. With some ingenious reinforced fins and apple in the nose cone for extra weight, our team’s rocket flew the furthest! Together with a networking event, cross cultural workshop and an introductory dinner in the historic surroundings of the main hall at Durham castle we are now well acquainted and ready for the forthcoming challenge of the MBA. The thorny issue of plagiarism has been well-covered, we need to quickly become accustomed to the academic style of writing and the technique of referencing ready to put in to practice in a pre-programme assignment we’ve been set on the subject of CSR. Next week we start in earnest with the first classes in the core modules that we’ll be covering up until Christmas.
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