Associate Dean’s Message – Full Speed Ahead

Mar 3, 2017 | Dean's Messages Leave a reply

Spring 2017 Update – Travel Abroad, Accreditation and Six Sigma


Believe it or not, we are already on the home stretch for another spring semester, with another group of MBA and MACC students anticipating their graduation a few short weeks from now.  And for those of you who have already gone through that in the past, know that we approaching spring break next week, which means students are just completing week 8 of their strategic management experience with Dr. Daniel, along with any other classes in which they are currently enrolled.

Revolver Marketing Group CEO Larry Stessel and I are headed to Dublin and London in less than 48 hours with a group of 26 students for the next study abroad course.  A few weeks later in early May, Professors Chuck Wainright and Dennis Chen will lead a group of PMBA, MACC and HCMBA students on another trip to Taipei, Taiwan, while our AMBA students will be led by Dr. Rachel Wilson and Dean Pat Raines on our first study abroad trip to Bogota, Colombia.

Mr. Stessel and I will spend the first three days of our trip in London where we will have a couple of business visits on Monday.  But the highlight for this trip which the students are most excited about is on Tuesday morning, where we have space reserved at the Hard Rock Café-London.  There, the students will participate in a business roundtable with two of former Beatle Paul McCartney’s chief legal team, along with a senior leader from Apple Records, Inc. and the former CEO of Sony Entertainment Division (UK/Ireland).  And of course, we will top that off with a visit to Abbey Road where we can’t pass up an opportunity to complete the obligatory walk made famous by the Fab 4 on their famous album cover of the same name.  Later that day, we will head to Dublin where we will spend the remainder of the week visiting another set of businesses and nonprofits we’ve lined up, including the Guinness Storehouse.  The focal point for several of these visits will be the impact of the recent Brexit vote in Great Britain and what happens next as many of those changes begin taking effect.  Check back on the Massey website in the very near future for a full report on this trip.

I can also share with you that earlier this week, we hosted four senior leaders from peer accredited business schools who were part of our Peer-Review Team with AACSB International.  Their visit was the final piece of our five-year continuous review program which we must complete in order to remain as one of only two private universities in Tennessee to hold that prestigious honor.  A final announcement on the outcome of their assessment will not become official until early April, but the visit went very well and the team was highly impressed yet again by what is happening within the Massey School.  We look forward to a positive announcement when that becomes official next month.

And finally, many of you are aware that we have been growing our new business intelligence concentration over the last two years, and that program is taking a major step forward this spring as we will soon be announcing to the general public a partnership with HCA, Inc. that will align both our six sigma green belt and black belt certifications with that local company.  HCA employees and Massey MBA students will be completing the same green belt curriculum at our respective locations, and then I will be working with Master Black Belt and HCA Director of Process Innovation, Jim Langlois, to deliver a single Six Sigma Black Belt course to enrollees from HCA and Massey, beginning next month.  This represents a great business/university partnership opportunity and one we are both very excited about.  The new initiative should ultimately result in a higher quality Six Sigma experience for enrollees and a new opportunity for both of our organizations to partner together.

We trust you are all doing well as you continue your personal and professional journeys.  As always, please let us know if we can assist you along the way.  Best!  Joe

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