Day ONE of term 6 and like any elective term, the first 2 days are spent ‘sampling’ i.e. sitting in on various classes to decide what subjects to sign up for. Kinda like getting a free taste of the weird looking flavours at a Baskin Robbins outlet before finally settling on good ol’ chocolate-chip. It’s an important exercise for the unfortunate ‘have-nots’ who could not get their desired subjects in the first phase of bidding and thus have to decide between the ‘butter pecan’ and ‘bubblegum’ flavours J actually I’m not being fair to the subjects in question, they’re never that bad, just not what some folk think they ‘ought’ to be doing. I dare not be one to judge though, only makes sense that a few high-strung individuals are needed on campus to cancel out the effect of laid-back folk like me J
Sampled ‘Strategy in Multi–National Firms’ (STMF) since I couldn’t get Pricing, and it wasn’t bad at all. Had a lively discussion about the benefits/drawbacks of an Indian BPO firm getting into a JV with an established US firm. The fact that there’s a writeup due before every class will ensure that all pre-reading is done, but can’t argue with the ‘No Final Exam’ policy. The other course; ‘Customer Focused Product Development’ (CFPD) was kinda slow with the prof taking us through the course details for most of the class. Think things will get interesting in the weeks to come though. No exams on that one too, things are lookin’ up already J
Tomorrow I get a look at ‘Marketing Metrics’ (MKME) and ‘Business Performance Management’ (BPMT) and might also sample ‘Managing in a Global Environment’ (MGEN) to then decide between that and STMF. For now its time for a substantial dinner and then to complete all pre-readings till week 2…yeah right!