Special 25th Anniversary Alumni Gathering in New York
jun 05
June 05.
10:00 - 18:00
New York Univ. Polytechnic School of Engineering

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Special 25th Anniversary Alumni Gathering in New York
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On Thursday evening, June 5, 2014 CEU Business School MBA students and alumni attended a special 25th Anniversary alumni gathering graciously hosted by the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering [NYU-Poly]. Also present were students from Bard College’s MBA-Sustainability Program and alumni from NYU-Poly’s Management of Technology, MBA-Innovation & Technology Management, Master’s in Management and Cleantech Execs Programs. This extremely energetic and au courant event offered unparalleled networking opportunities and featured a series of focused overviews by special guest faculty representing diverse institutions.

CEU Business School Dean Mel Horwitch, who previously spent fourteen years at NYU-Poly, began by communicating his Budapest-based discovery that not all taught in the United States is wholly applicable in other parts of the world. It followed, he said, that there is much to learn when such a diverse array of guests engages with one another.

Professor Peter Hardi, Director of CEU Business School's Center for Integrity in Business and Government [CIBG], observed that integrity is not precisely an ethical matter, as ethics differ from country to country. He said more serious research and curriculum development work on ethics and integrity are needed, noting that are cent study from his center revealed that top managers do not consider integrity to be the critical management issue that it undoubtedly is.

Nicholas Sarvari, affiliated with CIBG and the managing partner of regional strategic corporate intelligence firm, CNS Risk continued with this theme. Drawing on his company’s near two decades of experience advising multinationals on the complexities of working in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, he opined that as globalization progresses, firms increasingly encounter different ways of doing business, interpretations of integrity, and methods to deal with and eradicate corruption.  Offering a solution, Sarvari stated that one of the best ways to defeat corruption in any setting, is to demonstrate that it doesn’t pay. He closed with the observation that building integrity in corporations is not simply about avoiding corruption, but re-engineering firms so that best practices are understood and implemented at all levels.

Resource shortages will be one of the greatest sources of conflict and managerial challenges in the near future, Eban Goodstein, Director of Bard College's MBA-Sustainability Program, emphasized. Goodstein added that while business used to view environmental issues as a matter external to the firm, they are increasingly seen as part of doing business itself. Although there are questions over how to be profitable and responsible simultaneously, businesses must develop strategies to deal with the environmental changes that will most certainly become even more significant over the next thirty years.

Bruce Niswander, Director of Economic Development Initiatives and the Global Business Incubator at South-South News and formerly Director and Founder of the Global Business Incubator and Technology Innovation & Transfer at NYU-Poly, spoke next. He discussed the importance of creating sustainable jobs and renewable energy via especially worldwide entrepreneurship. He also offered his thoughts on doing business globally, stressing the need to adapt meaningfully and intelligently to local practices.

CEU Business School's own Bala Mulloth, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, discussed his research on social entrepreneurship. He observed that the cultural context is crucial for implementing effectively a social enterprise because “social” means different things in different parts of the world.

Harold G. Kaufman, Professor of Management and Academic Director of the Organizational Behavior Program in the Department of Technology and Innovation Management at NYU-Poly, also dwelt on the intercultural dimensions of global management. Kaufman highlighted the benefits of studying modern organizational behavior for enhancing inter-cultural performance. Referring to the master’s program he ran for many years in Israel, he identified the similar features of US and Israeli culture that nourished the exceptionally high numbers of startup businesses in both nations. Kaufman announced the new degree at NYU-Poly in Organizational Behavior, Systems and Analytics and noted that even in HR there is a rising application of business analytics. This is an area in which CEU Business School is launching a master's program jointly with Central European University's Department of Economics.

The various presentations provided a powerful collage of new directions business education is taking, and these insights no doubt provided the students and alumni of all the diverse programs represented with topics for the exciting conversations that continued long into the evening.

  • "I have been recently nominated as the Regional IT Manager for West Africa at Unilever. My CEU Business School education has been a key differentiator during an otherwise very competitive recruitment process. I would like to thank all my great peers of the 2013-14 cohort and the wonderful faculty at the B-School for the valuable learning experience I had during my time in BP."

    Moussa Moumouni

    MSc in IT Management class of 2014

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