Making a Lasting IMPACT: The “New” Integrated Management Project Curriculum
by Roger Halualani MBA 91| President, GSM Alumni Association
As I’ve told many students and alumni over the years, one of the most important aspects of my GSM experience was my MGT 240 class, which featured a student consulting project. Without the experience and learning from this class, I’m not sure I would have been interested in consulting, which has become the backbone of much of my pharma/biotech career.
Our student team—Sonja Hongisto-Bowman, Drew Porter, Mike Randazzo and Don Robertson—was assigned a local OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) company known as FRS. After working hard to put together our final presentation, we received the highest compliment from a client: they wanted to pay us for the time we invested in their project. It was this kind of outcome that really made the work come alive and allowed us to appreciate the impact that we could have on companies and employees.
When I joined the Alumni Association’s board in 2011, I heard about the update to the program’s curriculum: IMPACT
- Integrated Management Project
- Articulation and Critical Thinking
I was gratified to hear that a team consulting project would again be part of the MBA program. In the past two years, GSM students have worked with leading companies including AT&T, Agilent, HP, Chevron, Johnson & Johnson, NetApp and Wells Fargo.
As a board member, I have been lucky enough to interact with Dean Currall and many of the staff members who focus on the Integrated Management Project, in particular Jim Kelly MBA 10. In 2013 I made a gift to support the IMPACT curriculum because I wanted to ensure that the School had a foundation for continuing to develop and improve the MBA curriculum.
I chose to support IMPACT because my consulting project experiences helped me see how my areas of specialization complement and contrast with all the other areas in a strategic plan. It is important to understand that any weakness in a planning process due to assumptions, lack of knowledge and so forth can negatively impact the strength and applicability of recommendations and action plans. I believe that this ability to identify areas of need and develop plans to improve any situation is an important component of what differentiates GSM graduates from other MBAs.
As the School continues to evolve its core curriculum, I think it is important for alumni to be involved and provide perspective and insights back to the School.
As the new school year commences, please consider how you can improve your relationship with the GSM:
- Become a class agent and help grow your classmates’ involvement;
- Assist the Career Services team with student placement;
- Support the Admissions team by helping to recruit new students;
- Be available to speak to students;
- Attend the School’s programs, including the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series and networking events;
- Support the School’s financial goal to minimize reliance on state funds by donating to the Endowments and/or the Annual Giving Campaign.
No matter how you decide to engage with the School, your involvement and input is important to the GSM’s future.
Questions? Comments? Email Roger Halualani