Cox Global Leadership Program 2014

In May 2014, four groups of students are traveling to Europe (London, Bratislava), Asia A (Tokyo, Shanghai), Asia B (Seoul, Shanghai) and Latin America (Santiago, Sao Paulo) with the Global Leadership Program at the Cox School of Business.

Steve Mattern, Seoul and Shanghai

Sure of Two Things It’s 3:30am and I’m up for the day. Forty-eight hours back in Dallas, my body is still living on Shanghai time. “Just stay up,” is what everybody keeps telling is the home remedy for how to fix jet lag. These people don’t know how jet lag works. Trying to blog my experiences from the SMU Cox Global Leadership Program is tough as I think that all my efforts to stay “in the moment” during my travels is clouding my recollections. But this I know for sure, 1) with that many Cox MBAs running around, Korea hadn’t seen that many “y’alls” since the armistice signing. And 2) the time I spent in Seoul and Shanghai with my [...]

2014-06-23T16:59:06+00:00 June 23rd, 2014|Cox Global Leadership Program 2014|

SMU Global Leadership Program Asia A: Japan & China – Day 4

An update from Sam Puri, who is participating in the Global Leadership Program in Japan and China: For our fourth day, we continued with our company visits and had the chance to meet with PWC and Kirin. The PWC visit was much more of a Q&A format, as we spent about 15 minutes learning about the company with the rest of the time devoted to Q&A. Some of the main takeaways we learned during the session included: PWC PRTM Japan was acquired by PWC US as part of the 2011 PRTM acquisition In Japan, meetings are not for discussion as everything should have been discussed beforehand Traditional companies in Japan have an administrative track into which mostly women are hired and are [...]

2014-05-31T18:33:57+00:00 May 27th, 2014|Cox Global Leadership Program 2014|

SMU Global Leadership Program Asia A: Japan & China – Day 3

An update from Sam Puri, who is participating in the Global Leadership Program in Japan and China: To start Day 3 of the Global Leadership Program, we had to take an early bus the next morning for our company visit to Nishimura & Asahi and Hitachi. The purpose of company visits during the GLP program at SMU is to learn about work culture and operations for internationally-based companies. During our first visit to Nishimura & Asahi, we had the pleasure of first hearing from Megumi Kiyozuka, CLSA at Nishimura & Asahi. He spoke mainly about the macroeconomy, private equity in Japan, and career paths to private equity in Japan. These were some key points that Kiyozuka mentioned: Unemployment in Japan [...]

2014-05-18T19:37:46+00:00 May 13th, 2014|Cox Global Leadership Program 2014|

SMU Global Leadership Program: Asia A Japan & China – Day 2

An update from Sam Puri, who is participating in the Global Leadership Program in Japan and China: Continuing from my previous blog post, on our first official day in Japan, we had the whole day to ourselves to check out Tokyo and did not have any school commitments for the day. As you can imagine, many of the MBA students took this opportunity to explore Tokyo and learn more about the city. Due to my jet lag I was awake by about 5 AM. Many of the other students were experiencing jet lag as well, so many of us were in the lobby trying to figure out what to do by 8 AM. After speaking with Michael Kaplan and Professor Walker, [...]

2014-05-18T19:36:21+00:00 May 9th, 2014|Cox Global Leadership Program 2014|