What a find.
This class is a hidden gem within Windows 1.0 UIS and the course description. My skepticism evaporated nearly halfway through the first lecture. Let the record show, courses of this caliber belong to being advertised from the Gasson Hall belfry or across Poets and Quants. While there are other externalities that I think spiced up the experience, such as class makeup and COVID19’s digital transformation effects, laurels must go to the Chef. Dr. Kane adroitly provided both physical, digital, structured, and unstructured environments for students to explore concepts, interact with other classmates, at times express their “passion” directly to their chosen app-based navigation company (@apple I’m sry, ILY)
A few big takeaways for me:
Tech Fallacy: This class could have gone deep into complex topics; it could have also gone par for the course and dropped in 4-5 typical 8pg case studies. I enjoyed the makeup that shifted between the text and readings and, at times, guest speakers. The selected text was excellent for a capstone-like course because it provided academic insight and rigor and direct statements and used cases from various business and their leaders. Nothing beats tried and true, relevant examples.
Course Structure & Rigor: I enjoyed the readings and liked the percentages course makeup—no other way to state it. I also appreciated the input post in the class presentation. As someone heading into strategy consulting, it was immensely beneficial to hear back in short order about the pros and cons of the in-class presentation. No pain, no gain.
Multi-faceted student opinions: MBA’s are social degrees. This class quickly took the cake in how it fostered a rich environment where introverts and extroverts eagerly engaged with each other during the scheduled session and continually online. Often classes ebb and flow in-between tests or forced group projects. #ISYS8621 maintained a consistent level of interaction throughout the semester.
COVID: We learned that companies aren’t just “digital”. It’s a continual process. I’ve already started to whiteness various clients nearly claim victory due to an executed m&a deal or salesforce or Oracle implementation. I started carrying the text in my work bag in order to pass on the rationale to others and to continually remind myself of the various methods and trains of thought. I’m now aware that digital transformation is not on or off; it’s a process.
I’ve learned so much about such varying topics ranging from every corner of the classroom. I felt that the environment allowed students to apply their own learnings and analysis to their own passions, careers, or interests. For me, when a fellow student’s passion is evident I buy-in; I looked forward to “coming presentation” or “blog post to follow.” Thanks again to all those who brought their A-game, our silent hero TA Marisa, and the one and only Professor Kane.
Well done all.