What a semester! From a historical perspective the argument could be made that we took this class at the absolute best time. As we fought through the pandemic, I was very happy when BC announced that this class would be in person. As Professor Kane has said a few times, this isn’t a class that would translate as well to an online format, it would still be good but not as good. As we experienced over the past year and a half Covid-19 has forced companies to transform which played very nicely into this classes syllabus.
When I first enrolled in the MBA program at BC my expectation was that I would be able to interact with my peers on a regular basis, learning from them as much as I was learning from the professors. Partly due to Covid and partly due to the fact that most of us are doing this in addition to our careers, that expectation has not been fulfilled. It can be difficult to interact with other students in other classes because we’re so focused on getting through the program more so than interacting and building relationships. Don’t get me wrong I’ve met some really good people in the program, it’s just a lot different than what I thought. That’s one of the best aspects of this course, not interacting is not an option. I really wish more classes were like this in the sense that I felt like I was able to learn a lot more about people both personally and professionally in this class than other classes. One of the most important things that I learned is that some of my classmates share a similar appreciation for music, what a time to be alive!
One of the aspects that I found really useful was breaking out into smaller groups to talk amongst people and then coming back to the larger group to talk about what we learned. I got so much from hearing from my peers on a weekly basis about what trends they were finding interesting and hearing different perspectives, classes like this are why I join why I decided to get my MBA. This class afforded us so many freedoms to discuss topics that we were passionate about instead of rigidly aligning to a syllabus. It felt uncomfortable in the beginning, especially as I was wondering, am I doing this correctly? But I was able to get out of my anti-social media shell and really enjoyed the Twitter portion of the course.
What I learned:
From a knowledge perspective on the digital transformation front I feel like I learned that this is an ever evolving field and it’s not that we can just take this class and know everything. I am going to have to stay active on Twitter to understand the constantly changing field of technology and transformation.
I’m really happy about how much we learned about the blockchain. I still don’t fully comprehend cryptocurrency and where it’s headed but it’s very clear to me that the blockchain is here to stay. I am at least able to verbalize what I don’t understand about cryptocurrency much more now than I was at the beginning of the semester. Before this class I didn’t understand the difference between the blockchain and cryptocurrency. I was under the impression that the blockchian was solely there to support crypto and I am glad that we did a deep dive into this and the new world that is the blockchain.
Really what I don’t understand is the explosive growth that we have seen, especially over the past four months. I am not skeptical that crypto will continue to be around it’s mainly the valuation that does not make sense to me. For example, Ether has more than doubled since the first day of this class (2/3/21) as depicted by the graph above.
I’m also a lot less intimidated by artificial intelligence after taking this class. A quote that I will live by going forward “AI won’t replace doctors, doctors that use AI will replace doctors that don’t use AI.” What I really feel that I learned in this course is how managers can leverage AI in a way that will be beneficial to all parties involved.
This class was very demanding from a time consumption standpoint but I really feel like, especially compared to other classes, it was worth it. What I like about this class is although the load was a lot we were learning about really fascinating topics which made it much more enjoyable. If I could review this course in one sentence it would be, demanding but you will be really glad you took it, Professor Kane has a way of teaching that makes class an event that you really look forward to. Reading the email that Professor Kane sent out the week before class started I was really intimidated by the format of this class but four months later I’m really glad that I stuck with it.