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Dispatches from Maastricht: Learning Beyond the Classroom

Kevin stands in front of Sint Servaasbrug, an arched stone footbridge across the Meuse River in Maastricht

Kevin stands in front of Sint Servaasbrug, an arched stone footbridge across the Meuse River in Maastricht

Kevin Nielson will graduate from the Crosby MBA program in December. During his last eight weeks as an MBA candidate, Nielson is studying with his classmate, Olivia Harrison, at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics in the Netherlands.  He and Harrison maintain personal blogs of their experiences and have allowed us to repost some of their content.

A large part of studying abroad is experiencing different cultures. While my classes require a significant amount of time, they meet Monday through Thursday, allowing for long weekends to travel and enjoy Europe. You have to be disciplined, but there is time to complete readings and reports and accomplish group work during those days. I have made it a priority to see a lot of new things during the two months I am here.

For this, Maastricht is well situated. There are connecting trains and rental cars for trips to nearby cities, which also allows you to see the countryside along the way. There also are many budget-friendly airlines for weekend getaways that are a bit farther away.​ (more…)

Dispatches from Maastricht: Show Up Late, Bring a Cake and Other Lessons

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Painstaking preparation for leading the discussion

Olivia Harrison will graduate from the Crosby MBA program in May. During the last eight weeks of this semester, Harrison is studying with her classmate, Kevin Nielson, at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics in the Netherlands. She and Nielson maintain personal blogs of their experiences and have allowed us to repost some of their content.

This week I helped facilitate a tutorial for the first time. What exactly does this involve?

As I previously have written, Maastricht University is known for its problem-based learning system. This means that student leaders facilitate discussions of the week’s topic. They are responsible for guiding the rest of the students in their tutorial of about 8 other students through the material.

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Dispatches from Maastricht: Experiences in the Netherlands Mix Old with New

Kevin Nielson will graduate from the Crosby MBA program in December. During his last eight weeks as an MBA candidate, Nielson is studying with his classmate Olivia Harrison at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics in the Netherlands. He and Harrison maintain personal blogs of their experiences and have allowed us to repost some of their content.

The learning experiences at Maastricht University are quite distinct from those at MU, and I want to share some of the differences.

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Learning to Say ‘Yes’ First, Alumna Shares Her Experiences as an International Student

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Sami Gautam graduated from the Crosby MBA program in May 2014.

Samikshya “Sami” Gautam is from Kathmandu, Nepal. She received her undergraduate degree in finance from Kathmandu University. She graduated from the Crosby MBA program in May 2014 with concentrations in finance and marketing analytics. For commencement she was selected to represent masters’ degree candidates as a student marshal. Passionate about money management, she currently works as an investment analyst at Spirit Realty Capital.

Hear more from Sami and ask her questions about her experiences during a webinar at noon on Thursday, December 4. Register here.

On my second day in the United States, I visited the Trulaske College of Business at Cornell Hall for the first time just to see what the place looked like. Inside, a woman walked up to me and introduced herself.

“Hi, Welcome! I am Joan Gabel, the Dean of the Trulaske School of Business,” she said. “Are you a new student?” (more…)

Dispatches from Maastricht: Lessons on Paper Mills and Intellectual Property

Olivia Harrison will graduate from the Crosby MBA program in May. During the last eight weeks of this semester, Harrison is studying with fellow MBA candidate Kevin Nielson at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics. She and Nielson maintain personal blogs of their experiences and have allowed us to repost some of their content.

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The production room at a Smurfit Kappa Paper Services facility

Instead of normal lectures this week, we had two guest lectures: Tom Munten, supply chain director for the Recycled Paper Europe (RPE) cluster of Smurfit Kappa Paper Services, and Professor Bart Verspagen, Director of UNU (United Nations University)-MERIT and Director-Dean of the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance.

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Five Must-Read Books for Marketing Analytics Students

pinnellMike Pinnell graduates from the Crosby MBA program in December 2014 with a concentration in marketing analytics. He will work at DISH, accepting an offer with the company after an internship in which he provided insight into how customers use its self-service tools. Pinnell will live in Denver and looks forward to mountain climbing every weekend.

As I prepare to graduate, I have thought about what sparked my interest in analytics and which books helped me develop as an analyst. This list comes with a significant caveat, however: The field of analytics changes so quickly that as soon as a book is published it is behind the times. To truly keep up, supplement these recommendations with sites like CIO for technology business news, Occam’s Razor for digital marketing news and strategies, Forrester for a blog run by analysts at various companies, Big Data University, and others. (more…)