Dr. Alphonso Ogbuehi, dean of the College of Business at Clayton State University, is featured in the May 2012 issue of Georgia Trend magazine. Also included in Patty Rasmussen’s “Reinventing Business Education” article are interviews with Clayton State – Fayette MBA student Jade Tate, Assistant Dean Dr. Judith Ogden, and Assistant Professor of Supply Chain John Mascaritolo.
Rasmussen’s article, which explores how MBA programs throughout the state are changing with the times, notes that one size doesn’t fit all in MBA programs, and consequently leads with a quote from Ogbuehi on the changes in business education; a not surprising approach, since Clayton State’s MBA program is designed to be flexible for the students’ convenience, and indeed prides itself on changing with the times.
“The Great Recession taught those involved in business education a lot,” reads Ogbuehi’s quote. “For a long time we were focused on very linear, competency-based education. The focus was on accounting, finance, how to read balance sheets, how to raise a stock price the next day. But we’ve seen a side to business education that needed to be re-emphasized, like communication skills. How do you communicate that things are tough without killing morale? That’s important.”
The concept of MBA programs being constantly re-invented is another theme of the article. Dr. Judith Ogden, director of the Clayton State MBA program, notes that, “We certainly try to incorporate such things as ethical decision-making and leadership into our curriculum. One of the first courses taken is called ‘Communication and Leadership.’ The first management course you take in the supply chain concentration is called ‘Innovation.’ I’m not sure you would have had that in a business course 10 years ago.”
Rasmussen also reports that some of the state’s 16 MBA programs offer concentrations within their programs. That’s where Mascaritolo, the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s 2011 Supply Chain Professional of the Year, and MBA student Tate come in; as Rasmussen notes, although Clayton State’s MBA also has concentrations in accounting and international business, the University’s MBA niche is in the booming supply chain field.
“The Supply Chain MBA at (Clayton State) was the first of its kind when the program began five years ago; the unique focus was one reason the university system approved the program,” explains the article.
“The state is hanging its hat on [supply chain/logistics] in economic development,” added Mascaritolo in his interview. “And my university identified supply chain as one of its ‘strategic pillars’ for differentiating us from other universities.”
A working mother and the holder of a B.A. in English from Clayton State, Tate is also the owner of a convenience store in downtown Atlanta who will receive her MBA with the supply chain concentration on Friday, May 5.
“Whether I wanted to expand my business or work for a corporation, I needed to keep myself marketable,” she told Rasmussen. “It’s an excellent program for the people they’re marketing to, working professionals. Most people in my cohort have full-time day jobs. It’s challenging. You have to have a certain maturity level, not just in terms of knowledge, but discipline.”
To see the complete Georgia Trend article, go to http://www.georgiatrend.com/May-2012/Reinventing-Business-Education/.