–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 12.13.16
Dr. Patricia O’Connell, Lourdes University College of Business and Leadership professor, will travel on a global immersion tour with 13 students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration degree program to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. During the eight-day immersion, students will tour and meet with business executives as well as experience the region’s culture and traditions.
Sylvania residents Xavien Cohen and Haley MacRitchie are two of the MBA candidates who will depart Jan. 1 and return Jan. 9. This marks the seventh international immersion for MBA and Master of Organizational Leadership students. To date, the graduate program has offered immersions on four continents. Previous graduate cohorts have studied business, economy and culture in Brazil, China, England, Italy and South Africa.
MBA student Monica Morales has arranged a corporate connection with international colleagues. The Inside Sales specialist at Schindler Elevator in Holland, Ohio, worked with management to arrange a group tour for herself and fellow MBA candidates at the company’s headquarters in Dubai. In addition, Ms. Morales is excited to travel internationally for the first time and to meet and interact with other businesswomen. “It is my understanding that in Dubai, business women are quite accomplished and respected. The immersion offers me the opportunity to learn more firsthand and to see how other cultures conduct business overall,” said Ms. Morales.
Fellow MBA student Gregory O’Shea works as a quality intern at Pilkington North America, Inc. In that position, he regularly collaborates with engineers and supervisors in the U.S. and the United Kingdom to perform quality testing on production samples, maintain laboratory hardware and software, and generate regular quality reports.
The Dubai experience is even more special to MBA student Jonathan Farrell who has never flown. Owner of JF Landscaping, he currently serves as a marketing assistant intern and project manager at Interface Performance Materials, Inc. In this role, he works directly alongside the executive sales-leadership team handling sales projections, marketing communications and market expansion projects. “In our MBA program, we’ve learned that Dubai has a specific business culture. It is more laidback with less hierarchy and a mutual respect for everyone,” adds Mr. Farrell.
Many of the MBA students are excited to view all of Dubai’s architecture – from ultra-modern, to minimalist and classic design. This hub of the modern Middle East offers an eclectic landscape. In preparation for the immersion, Mr. Farrell, Ms. Morales and Mr. O’Shea have created a logo, and are planning to record and share the experience through blog posts, social media updates and photo and video uploads.