28 July 2014 | Alex Martin
This is the last of Alex Martin’s series of blogs for Supply Management about studying part-time for an MBA. You can find his previous entries here.
It is now almost 18 months since I started my MBA journey and since my previous blog I have completed my final module in business ethics and, one month later, graduated from the programme after presenting and defending my final project to a panel of university jurors. Phew!
The business ethics module was delivered by two teachers – Augusta Bora, a police commissioner and business ethics professor at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania and Patrick O’Sullivan, business ethics professor at Grenoble Business School in France. The week covered various topics in corporate governance (and the different mechanisms), corruption, sustainability (economic, environmental and social), and whistle-blowing, before finishing with case studies (forming part of the module’s final grade alongside Saturday’s exam) split between two teams.
During this final teaching module I unfortunately didn’t have much time to spend with colleagues in the evenings as I really had to push to finalise my dissertation before submitting it for the deadline at the end of May. In an unrelated incident, the wheels were stolen from my car in France – I literally found my car on bricks! The added stress of this was not welcome so near the end of my MBA journey but considering this was the only disruption over the entire 18 months of the programme, I consider myself quite lucky.
The end of June saw me and many of my fellow students graduate from the MBA programme. Some have been studying for almost three years, and others like me completed it in 18 months. It has been a short but intense journey and I am glad to have graduated successfully. The final week in June was a series of presentations for all graduating students. We had 30 minutes to present a summary of our dissertations, without it being a condensed report, followed by a question and answer session from the audience (consisting of four jurors and, for those with non-confidential topics, fellow students).
The graduation ceremony started on a hot summer’s Saturday evening with guest speakers from EIPM alumni and last year’s student of the year. I was incredibly humbled and privileged to have been recognised as the student of the year for 2013-2014. It was a real honour for me, and I am extremely grateful to my colleagues and professors who voted for me.
After partying on Saturday night, I drove home from Geneva for the final time because of the MBA. I will never forget this life-changing experience and I am excited about what I can do with the new tools and skills I have learned. I have my MBA certificate, and a set of new wheels for the car too!
Thank you for following my blog through this journey.
☛ Alex Martin is IT business service principal consultant at SAP. He welcomes comments and LinkedIn connections