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This blog has moved

Posted by Adcoms on 07 September 2010

After 4 years, we decided it was time to give our blog a makeover.  Please visit our new look blog, complete with a fresh group of London Business School student bloggers from our MBA, Masters in Finance and Masters in Management programmes at London Business School student views.

The new site retains all of the content found on this blog, along with a few new features that we hope you’ll enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you to the new site, and hope you continue to follow the London Business School student experience!

If you link to this blog, please adjust your links accordingly.

We have moved to http://blog.students.london.edu/

 

Clubs kick-off

Posted by Samuel on 09 October 2009

For the last few weeks, we had a wide range of clubs kick-off events held on campus. The diversity of the students clubs is truly amazing. Think about something, anything! I’m sure that there is a club already there to satisfy your wildest interests. From the Africa club to the salsa club, from the consulting club to the finance club, from the Iceland alumni club to the wine and cheese club...

I attended several kick-off events, but there’s one in particular that I didn’t want to miss: the entrepreneurship club kick-off.

For this year's kick-off, the club had done a great job: they successfully invited Tony and Maureen Wheeler for a Q&A session. For those who (still?) don’t know them, Tony and Maureen Wheeler are the founders of Lonely Planet Publications. Tony is an alum of London Business School (MSC05) and together with his wife Maureen they created the highly successful Lonely Planet travel guides.  They met on a bench in Regent's Park and in 1972 then went travelling overland across Europe and Asia to Australia.  It is after this trip that they created a travel guide and sold it to bookshops to add to their 27 cents and camera they had when they first arrived in Australia.  The book sold out within one week and was followed by a second guide that was equally successful.  That was the birth of their world famous guides and the rest, as they say, is history.

It‘s great to have the chance to get some insights from such successful entrepreneurs. They managed to turn their initial idea into a company currently publishing more than 500 different titles. Still, they managed to keep their initial passion and enthusiasm alive after all those years. What’s their secret?!

First Year - what an amazing journey!

Posted by Vipul on 25 July 2009



I can't help feeling a little nostalgic about one of the most eventful years of my life. The first year at London Business School has taught me a lot. I can now appreciate, a little more than before, the vast diversity of the world around us. I have learned to look beyond my first love, computer programming, and have discovered other very interesting disciplines. I have discovered Europe through extensive travel. I have made great contacts and awesome friends for life. I have basked in the glow of celebrities. I have experienced the crushing pressure of constant rejection and disappointment followed by the supreme elation of getting what I really wanted!

My study group has been the best thing about first year. We got along well from the start: right from the time we were clinging on to each other for dear life on top of a 20 foot pole. That was at "Away Day" in the first week of school, in a team building exercise. In March, we attended the wedding of one group member on an island off the Istrean coast in Croatia. Then we went to run the Geneva half marathon together. The icing on the cake, or should I say sugar on the pasteis, was the study group (+partners) trip to Portugal. We stayed at a group member's farm-house and thoroughly enjoyed his family's warm hospitality. Besides momentarily being the "westernmost study group in Europe" (at Cabo da Roca), we ate a lot of fish, swam the freezing waters of the Atlantic, lazed about in vineyards and partied till 6AM in Lisbon. Oh, and during the year, we did assignments together as well.

The hunt for an internship consumed my life for most of this year. It all started with crack-a-case sessions back in November. From just 3 hours a week in November to 12 hours a week in January, I and many other consulting hopefuls slogged through the Consulting Club's excellent case book. Milk Round in January was a festival of day-long back-to-back presentations, lots of fried food at networking sessions, and flowing business cards. I have to admit I slept through at least 1 presentation :). Then came the applications: the most I completed in a single day were about 5. After a few weeks of waiting, came the rejections! And more rejections. And more rejections. All but 2 consulting companies had rejected me without an interview. The 2 that hadn't, promptly did so after an interview. I had to fight hard to convince myself that it was just the recession and not me. But it was still crushing. So I decided to pin my hopes on Industry. My interview call rate was much higher, but still no luck! After more than 60 rejections (yes, 60 rejections) came the end of the first year. Summer holiday was due to start with no internship, but many interviews lined up. To my greatest surprise, in the first week after final exams, I got 5 internship offers. At least 3 of them were roles I really wanted. I was in a position to reject offers - the tables finally turned! It felt great!

I was lucky enough to get an excellent role in an early stage company. I couldn't have asked for a better role. I am doing a strategy project in the IT&T industry for a start-up!! The job profile just couldn't be better! I can now truly get my hands dirty! This will be a great summer! What this experience taught me is that I don't want to stray too far from the IT industry, and consulting is not the only role that is fun! Not to say I won't try to get a consulting job for full time, but I will do my best to stay close to my IT industry.

When I was about to quit my job as a tech consultant and join London Business School, I was skeptical about the value of the MBA. I felt that quitting a stable programming job (which I loved), a good salary and a fantastic life in Australia for 2 years of studying un-understandable business mumbo-jumbo and living like a pauper didn't make any sense. I felt like I was "selling out" and giving up on a profession I loved. But I'm telling you, subjects like Discovering Enterpreneurial Opportunities, Marketing and Operations & Technology Management completely changed my point-of-view. I can now see that the MBA will truly allow me to leverage my tech skills and take my career to the next level. I can see myself enjoying a full time role involving formulating marketing strategies or managing technical operations. In fact, I am thoroughly enjoying my current internship project which requires me to formulate a business development strategy! Besides, I'm getting a chance to improve my Mandarin and Spanish and learn some Portuguese on the side! The academics at London Business School are adding a lot of value to my personal development. I am very glad I decided to do this MBA.

The other cool thing about the first year experience has been all the famous, important and interesting people that I've met. The Innovation Club organised a talk by Nick D'Onofrio (Exdcutive VP of Innovation and Technology at IBM). The Aditya Birla India Centre at London Business School brought in Nandan Nilekani of Infosys. The India Business Forum brought in many famous and intelligent people for the annual summit, including Dr. Rakesh Mohan (Deputy Governor Reserve Bank of India). There have been talks by many other famous names, and I don't have enough space to list them all hear. The entrepreneurship faculty organised a dinner with members of the Young Presidents' Organisation where I met the past president of the Richmond Tigers (Australian Football club) and we made Boris Becker wait in line for a table at the restaurant. And I queued up at the stage door to Oliver, stopped Rowan Atkinson before he could board his taxi, and got his autograph (life is downhill from that point).

After the eventful and exciting year, I now truly look forward to second year. There will be all the fun electives, some spare time to work part-time, second year project, exchange to Hyderabad in India, and much more travel around Europe :)

One year out - things I would have / could have done differently

Posted by Manish on 12 July 2009

Astonishingly, it has been almost a year since I graduated and plenty has happened since. A nice long trip between congregation and my job, my new job, the true effects of the economic downturn, suspected green shoots etc etc.


I have spent quite some of this time looking back at the MBA and what it's given to me. More importantly, I keep thinking (with some level of regret) about the things that I missed out on or didn't make the most of.

1) Trips: I certainly should have taken a trip or two in the first winter of our MBA. I hear the trip to Japan was absolutely fantastic and so was the one to South Africa. These were the 2 biggest trips organised by the respective clubs. Not only were some incredible bongs built during those 15 days, but the trip was also such a convenient way to see places I have never visited with all the local knowledge available through your classmates. 

2) SportSport, and in particular going to MBAT in year one, are probably my biggest regrets. Ok, I am not so much the athletic type but the 2 years of the MBA were a perfect opportunity to participate in sport of some type at some level. This could have been a great way to meet people and keep fit. The MBAT victories are held in such high regard at school that I feel now that I should have been part of it. 

3) Sundowner: I have always been fascinated by the idea of being a bartender and what better way to give it a try than by being a Sundowner at the MBAr. This had the added benefit of getting to know a ton of people. However it required quite a commitment in the first place which was a bit difficult for me. So not a very deep regret.

4) Breakfasts talks: The Alumni relations office puts together a series of breakfast events with Alumni and members of the international advisory board. I went to this event only once in the second year and I met very senior McKinsey directors and other successful businessmen in a setting that involved 15 other students around a small table early in the morning. I still distinctly remember the life's lessons that were shared during the session. Clearly I could have benefited from more of these had I started attending these earlier in the MBA. And they finish just in time for 9 am class so no excuses for missing these. 

5) Summer Ball: I skipped it thinking it was just another event to celebrate graduation some more with friends. I was content with all of the disorientation partying but in retrospect The Summer Ball is the big one  and probably best not missed.

Anyway, what's done is done. At least the list of cool things I got to do is multiple times longer than this one.

MBA TV - Episode nine

Posted by Adcoms on 24 April 2009

Episode nine of MBA TV is here! The Marketing Club is one of the largest and most active professional clubs at London Business School. For students interested in marketing, product development, strategy and advertising, the club offers master classes, interview and case preparation workshops, speaker and networking events and the annual Marketing conference.

In this episode we attend ‘Meet the Marketers’, an event based on the concept of speed dating, giving students valuable face-to-face time with marketers from some of the biggest and best-known companies in the world. We speak to representatives from Cadbury, General Mills and Coca Cola, and catch up with the Marketing Club and current students.

Lord's

Posted by Krish on 19 April 2009

It never fails to happen. Every single time I walk on St.John's Wood Road, be it the middle of the night or in the morning, I feel goosebumps. Even though I've spent the last decade living outside India, Cricket holds a special place in my heart. I was too young to remember live images of Kapil Dev lifting the World Cup from the pavilion balcony in Lord's, but the video is etched in memory of most Indian cricket fans. That win, as heavy underdogs against the much favored West Indian team going for a three-peat, catapulted Indian cricket and laid the foundation for the subcontinent becoming the emotional home of the sport.

One of the special privileges of being a student at London Business School, is access to the facilities at Lord's. As a member of the Squash club, I get to walk into the Lord's complex and play, not 30 yards away from the members pavilion. Of course, the "idiosyncrasy" of English tradition apply here as well -- one has to only be dressed in whites :-) I for one find quite like it and find it very nice actually, especially coming here from the United States, where as long as you had clothes on you were good to go -- for most things.

I hope St.John's Wood Road never stops to make me feel the way I do. It is certainly one of those really small things that make living and studying in this part of the world so wonderful.

MBA TV - Episode eight

Posted by Adcoms on 09 April 2009

Episode eight of MBA TV is here!  The mission of the Women in Business Club is to encourage and enable more women to achieve their individual desired successes - whether they are at the helm of a multinational company, running their own business, or in any position that provides them great satisfaction and a meaningful work-life balance.

The London Business School Women in Business Conference is widely recognised as the leading women's conference in Europe, profiling influential women leaders from the likes of Shell, Goldman Sachs and Santander. The conference, Beyond Ideas: Making Global Impact highlights the impact women are making in local and global marketplaces and how they are making it. This episode includes interviews with Merlyn Lowther, Non-Executive Director, Schroders Plc, Christine Raynaud, CEO, Hudson Europe, Eva Gustavsson, President, Women in Business club and current MBA students.

Turning tides

Posted by Charlotte on 09 March 2009

My MBA experience has completely shifted this term.  My priorities have changed and my outlook is not the same as it was.  Last term work was my priority and I felt that the MBA was just very time-consuming.  I went home to Boston for 3 weeks over Christmas and I couldn’t bear to pick up a book, let alone look at a number.  I realised I had been missing old friends and I was desperately in need of recharging my batteries.

Thankfully I survived the initiation tests to get to the rewards of this term.  And wow, what a term.  How can I summarise it in a sentence?  Interviews, suits, jobs, rugby matches, discovering the alumni bond, party organising, Sundowners, a trip to Paris, Sundowners and more parties.

There’s not much of classes in all of that and yet classes have been great.  Marketing and Discovering Entrepreneurial Opportunities are all getting to the crux of what makes businesses tick.  However, I have learnt far more from doing interviews than I have in any class.  I spent the first few weeks absorbed in ‘cracking cases’, the standard method of interviewing for consulting companies where a business problem is thrown at you and you have half an hour to draw together all of your knowledge and wit and come up with reasonable assumptions on how the problem can be fixed.  It is extremely strategic, a lot of fun and thankfully the preparation paid off since I am lucky enough to have an internship offer from a consulting firm for the summer.

But more than that, this term I have really experienced what it means when people say that the MBA is all about building a network.  This isn’t as cheesy as it sounds and it’s not artificial.  Job-hunting has been a truly bonding experience.  We regularly met up in groups to prepare for interviews together even though we were all competing for the same roles.  The 2nd years have been an amazing resource and the alumni I have met have been extremely supportive and just want to help you to get a job in the companies they work for.

I have found my network of friends and contacts growing in so many other ways too.  I have met up with a student from Kellogg on exchange here who has worked for the company I am going to this summer, I’ve met some creative people through the lunchtime photography classes offered by an avid photographer in our year, I’ve been to brunch with the 19 girls in my stream, I’ve shared drinks, songs and dances with the long line of alumni involved in the rugby club after the alumni match last weekend and I’m finding out the talents of my fellow classmates as part of the committee organising this year’s summer ball.  And this is all going to continue in the sun – I’m going to Thailand for 2 weeks over the Easter holidays with the sailing club – can’t wait!

In the mood for Gelato Mio

Posted by Melanie on 18 February 2009

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Tonight, the Film Club and the Chinese Interests Club put on a film event showing one of my favorite Hong Kong films: In the Mood for Love. They served Gelato Mio ice cream and pizza (from our very own MBA 2009 and MiF 2008 couple) - I intended only to go for a bit of Green Tea ice cream, but ended up staying to see the film again. It was refreshing to hear my native tongue, Cantonese, being spoken. Happy to see so many people had showed up for the event.

Every time I see this film, I fawn over the 50+ sixties-style cherngsam dresses Maggie Cheung wears throughout the film...

such romance...

LBS Rugby Tournament

Posted by Don on 18 February 2009

Hi all,
each year the LBS Rugby Club hosts its tournament. Teams from all over Europe and the US come to London for a 2 day tournament. This is the major Rugby event for European MBA schools ahead of the tournament at Duke in North Carolina in April.
To give you an idea, please find below the match report by the team's captain Minicab (Minicab? ok, that is a nickname, but you will have to get here and join the club to find out more ;-)


Match Report 15 February 2009 
Final Result - LBS 31 d Harvard 5

Minicab's Match Report

With the LBS Rugby Challenge being reduced to just 2 matches in the men's tournament (LBS Blue vs Harvard A and LBS Red vs Harvard B) the most important thing was that we were playing against the team which we were most eager to play. So the match that we had all been waiting for had finally come ... Harvard vs. LBS in the LBS Rugby Challenge. Harvard always bring across a strong and physical team and this year was no exception. But LBS knew they had a squad of players capable of gaining revenge on the big defeat inflicted in the same fixture last year and went into the match full of confidence.

The game started positively with the forwards working very effectively as a pack. They provided excellent ball for the backs, always going forward and the backs capitalised on this strong platform through strong runs by Sanchez at fly half and smart rugby from Alex at 12. It didn't take long for us to cross. After some excellent scrummaging by the piggies in the Harvard 22, and a couple of good phases we were able to open up the Harvard defense to create the extra man out wide to allow Haggis to cross for a try on the sideline. One thing our team has not had all year has been a good kicker but Alex changed that by slotting the conversion from the sideline. LBS 7 - Harvard 0. Determined to keep up the pressure on Harvard we immediately settled back into our rhythm. Harvard were struggling to get any real possession and when they did LBS were always outnumbering them at the breakdown consistently turning over the ball. And with the majority of possession and territory it was not long before we crossed for another try with Sanchez breaking through the Harvard line to cross under the posts. LBS 14 - Harvard 0.

The remainder of the half, Harvard really stepped it up and we were camped on our try line for an extended period, defending a Harvard team desperate to score some points. Our defense was extremely solid but the ref continued to penalise us at the breakdown. After a warning it was Compass who was shown the yellow card for slowing down the ball. Still camped on our try line with only 14 men Harvard just didn't have enough creativity to cross the solid LBS defense. We finally managed to get the ball and kick it back into Harvard's half. It was courageous defending for that period and heart breaking for Harvard who just couldn't find a way to cross the try line. We were able to go into the break leading 14-0.

In the second half, we were keen to play a very similar game plan which had proved very effective in the 1st half. The piggies continued to completely outmuscle the Harvard team who were relying solely on their captain for inspiration. But LBS knew he was the only danger and kept him at bay for the match. As we grew in confidence our offloading at contact proved very effective although we did throw the extra pass too often resulting in too many turnovers. But we had the upper hand and continued strong work by the piggies, with strong running from Chris and Hoover close to the line provided the perfect platform for Compass to cross for his first of two tries. This was after Babybel had also been sent to the sin bin for repeated infringements and our team down to 13 men at one stage. But despite the number advantage Harvard were unable to capitalise.

With 15 players back on the pitch and LBS in full control, victory was in sight. But we really wanted to rub it in Harvard. So we kept attacking the Harvard defense which to their credit did not stop tackling all match. But strong support play enabled us to either recycle the ball quickly or offload the ball in the contact. We were making easy yards. And the sustained pressure paid off when Alex charged down a Harvard kick for Sanchez to pounce on the bouncing ball to score under the posts. LBS 26 - Harvard 0. Whilst we were determined to keep the score to nil, it was a soft try that Harvard scored when they charged down a kick. But if that is the only way they can score a try against us then we can be hugely satisfied with the strength of our defense. LBS 26 - Harvard 5.

With only 5 or so minutes to play, we really wanted to finish the stronger team. Camped in the Harvard 22 Compass was able to cross for another deserved try to seal a comprehensive victory for LBS and our first LBS Rugby Challenge victory. The win showed how far we have come this season and if we continue to progress as we have to date we are going to be a very tough outfit at Duke.

Final Score: LBS 31 d. Harvard 5

Off the field report

Boat Race
Harvard d. LBS!! The first boat race was a draw despite copious amounts of spillage from the Harvard team. Unfortunately they got us in the replay!!

Yellow Jersey (man of the match)
Jay - the entire forward pack had a massive game and provided a great platform for the backs to attack. But Jay continued his strong form with another huge match making plenty of big hits and a couple of strong runs.

Ref's Player of the Match and Honourable Mentions
"Johnny Wilkinson" Sanchez - absolutely ripped up the Harvard backline scoring 2 deserved tries
Alex Loudon - special mention to Alex for his huge game despite having a tear in his ear for the majority of the match. His composure at inside centre provided great support for Sanchez and his contribution with the boot proved far too much for the Harvard team
Compass - I don't know how he does it but Compass keeps popping up at the right time to score vital tries. He crossed for another 2 and led the forward pack with plenty of big runs

Other Honourable Mentions
Hoover
Chris Rodgers
The entire team

First Try for the Club
Nil

Ferris Memorial Ladies Touch Jersey
Waldo - for his huge contribution to the LBS Women's tournament win!! I say no more ...

Congratulations on everyone's effort yesterday. It showed just how strong our squad is this year and if we continue to put in the big work at training we are going to have very competitive outfits at Duke!!

Compass, Minicab, Greenwich and Viagra

The Medium is the Message

Posted by Rebecca on 13 February 2009

I first read Marshall McLuhan's book Understanding Media (apologies for the unacademic referencing) back as an undergraduate.  At the time I thought it was one of the best books I had ever read and I was naive enough to think that I understood what he was talking about.  It was enough for me to seek out media projects as a management consultant and waste countless hours reading everything related to the media industry, from Pew to Trendhunters to Adbusters. 

So it shouldn't come as a surprise that the first club I joined was the Media Club.  They had me at "multi-channel content".  I quickly learned that I know only a trivial iota about media, barely enough to compete at pub quiz night relative to many of the other Media club members.  The Media club is one of the largest on campus with over 600 members. Its mandate is two fold: to help students learn about and engage with the media industry and to educate the media industry about the value of MBA students.

The Media Club organises different events to serve these two mandates.  The biggest single event is the annual Media Summit held each November (captured in an episode of MBA TV). This year we were lucky enough to have a stellar line-up of guest speakers, including Mark Thompson (Director-General of the BBC) and Bill Roedy (CEO of MTV Networks International) and over 200 delegates.

Twelve of us also went on a trek to LA in December, visiting 14 media companies in 5 days.  We met with NBC Universal, MTV Digital, Yahoo! Sports, MySpace and CAA to name a few. I think my personal highlight was having dinner next to Larry David, but that's just the star-struck tourist talking. 

On a smaller scale, the club organises weekly lunches with media executives.  Each week we invite a different person to join 15 of us for lunch on campus.  It's an informal event where we can learn about what's happening in digital or television or social networks to name a few topics.  I've made it a habit to go each week and I'm never disappointed - I always learn something new and leave with something to think about.

Up next we're gearing up for our Meet the Media event in March.  We're inviting an equal mix of students, alumni and industry execs to join us at Soho House for a night of chat and cocktails.  It should be a lot of fun and chances are tickets will be in hot demand.  

Blog MTM Invite

I'm one of the hopefuls looking for a media internship this summer, which is typically more of a "make your own job / choose your own adventure" deal as opposed to a structure programme like banking or consulting.  These types of opportunities tend to come later - May or June - and I know the wait will be agonizing.  It's already weird sitting out while everyone marches around in suits and cracking cases. But I know that when the opportunity presents itself I'll be armed with more than a Marshall McLuhan quote, which is a lot more than what I started with in September. 

MBA TV, Episode five

Posted by Adcoms on 28 January 2009

The latest episode of MBA TV is here. In this episode we feature some of the highlights of the annual Global Energy Summit hosted by the London Business School Energy Club. The Club has over 1200 active members who are interested in all aspects of the energy sector. Each year, the Club runs events for students, alumni, and members of the energy industry. These events include speaker sessions, career forums, site visits, social events, and the Energy Club’s flagship event, The Global Energy Summit.

The summit titled ‘Energising the future: Identifying Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges’, allowed energy leaders to engage in thought-provoking debate and provide their views on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. 

The summit included sessions on:

  • ‘Capitalising on the Future of Energy’ with a keynote from Jeremy Rifkin, Foundation of Economic trends,
  • ‘Capturing Value through Biofuels’, and
  • ‘The Changing Landscape of Oil and Gas.

MBA TV went along to speak with some of the Summit attendees.

MBA TV, Episode four

Posted by Adcoms on 15 December 2008

The fourth episode of MBA TV is now available to view online. In this episode we show you the highlights of the 2008 Media Summit hosted by the London Business School Media Club. The club has over 300 student and 650 alumni members, and is one of the most active professional clubs on campus. Students are responsible for developing the content of the summit and securing funding, this year they attracted a number of high profile speakers from the media industry including:

·         Jon Snow, Channel 4 Newsreader

·         Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC

·         Bill Roedy, Chairman and CEO, MTV Networks International

·         Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-chief of the Guardian News & Media

·         Stewart Till, Chairman of the UK Film Council

Click here to watch the full uncut version.

Managing Global Teams – insights by Infosys

Posted by Vipul on 19 November 2008

Today, Jitin Goyal (Vice President and Head of Banking & Capital Markets Group) from Infosys spoke to members of the Technology and Emerging Markets clubs about managing teams that are culturally and geographically disparate. He had some interesting insights and gave us a true feel for what it’s like to work across continents. This theme is very central to the diversity values that London Business School strives to instil.

What are teams at Infosys, and most global IT companies, like? There will typically be a large client in the U.S. or Western Europe. The client will be supported by CFGs (Client Facing Groups) and Consultants in those countries. The consultants will typically work in close contact with delivery teams in countries like India, China, Mexico and even Canada. This global model, along with its many advantages, creates some problems. How do you get people in Japan, Poland and California on the same conference call? How do you get Portuguese speaking programmers and French speaking consultants to communicate effectively? How do you break cultural stereotypes? I’ll give some examples here, but if you want the full low-down on Jitin’s talk, drop me an email.

What does “6 AM Pacific” mean to you? Jitin reckons that’s the best time for conference calls! Since it’s day time in most of the World, except for Pacific islands, people in all countries can join the call! This also means that people in Australia will have work pretty late at night, while people in California will have to brush their teeth while talking. Does this mean one has to work from 6 AM to 11PM? No, it means that work has to be divided into small chunks done throughout the day. You could take a call from 6 to 8, then go eat breakfast with the family, and arrive in the office at 10. Perhaps, leave the office at 4, pick up your kids from school, and get back to online meetings at 8 from home. Flexibility is the key!

Get a first life! Facebook, Myspace, Second Life, Skype, Instant Messaging – are all very central to our lives. Companies like Infosys are realizing the potential of these tools and are increasingly using them to encourage employee teaming and communication. But we must learn to take a step back from time to time.I personally get the jitters if I haven’t checked facebook for 2 hours! If we get too involved in virtual reality and ignore real-reality, we can get into trouble. Jitin quoted the case of the man whose wife divorced him because his SecondLife avatar was having a virtual affair!

In conclusion, Jitin pressed home the point that global teaming can be challenging but is being managed well by companies like Infosys. For those of us considering careers in consulting or even general management at global firms, the lessons from Infosys are invaluable. Infosys is a NASDAQ listed company with 100,000 employees across 26 countries. Visit their website: http://www.infosys.com. To stay up-to-date about more such events, bookmark the tech club blog: http://lbstechclub.blogspot.com/

I’m the dummy!

Posted by Charlotte on 14 November 2008

My Sundays have never been quite like this before.  I’ve joined the women’s touch rugby club (that means no scrums and no full-on tackles) and for the past few weeks I’ve been out in Regent’s Park with a big bunch of girls doing drills and getting covered in mud.  It all seems relatively inexplicable but I’m most bemused by the exercise where one person charges directly towards the opposition with the ball whilst someone else runs right behind her yelling ‘I’m the dummy!’  It’s a lot of fun even if I’m not quite sure how it’s going to help us to win games yet…  The rugby team is brilliant though.  It’s one of the most fun and active clubs on campus and it’s been one of the best ways of meeting people from the year above.  They’ve all been very welcoming and they’re constantly giving us great advice for navigating our first year – insider information at last!

There have been several other occasions over the past few weeks where I’ve been gripped by an urge to yell ‘I’m the dummy’.  This term I’ve been plunged into a completely new and unfamiliar world of finance, accounting and economics, and finance is tough!  For those of us with non-quantitative backgrounds it’s a struggle since classes try to cater for all backgrounds and many have worked in finance before.  There are a lot of new concepts to absorb in little time but while it may be harder for us, I also think we’re the lucky ones.  A whole new world is opening up to me; it is fascinating to understand how to value a company or government bonds so ironically, finance is also my favourite subject.  It is amazing how reading the Financial Times today is a completely different experience to only just a few months ago.  And this is what I came to business school for – so I could understand what all these intelligent people are writing about!