Tyson Addresses CEU Business School Community
Tyson Addresses CEU Business School Community
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April 16, 2015

aura Tyson, professor at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, addressed CEU Business School students, faculty and alumni on April 14. She emphasized that MBA students now constitute a primary driving force shaping business schools and determining what is taught.  The future of business schools, she declared, depends on listening to students. Tyson speaks with authority having served as Dean at Berkeley’s Haas School and at London Business School. 

Illustrating how business schools respond to demands by MBA students, she noted how teaching entrepreneurship in business schools has increased immeasurably over the past 15 years. She also observed that corporate social responsibility has also grown as a major concern, triggered by such developments as scandals, corruption and looming environmental crises.

“Policymaking is the art of the possible,” said Tyson, who was also Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors in the Clinton Administration. Going forward may require sidesteps. But hopefully, the overall direction is ultimately forward. A CEU MBA student asked Professor Tyson how students can incorporate social responsibility in their professional career.  Values have an important place in making career choices today, she replied.  Young professionals do not focus only on  compensation. So firms manifesting high levels of responsibility and ethics generally have an advantage in attracting top talent.

She returned to the topic of modern business schools. She was optimistic about the positive role of business schools, stating that they accelerate careers and create new career options.  Schools can be “career changers” and “career accelerators” for students.  At business schools, students also learn from each other.  So a highly diverse student population is a positive feature of schools since there is then increased potential for students and alumni to be part of a powerful and varied networked community.  An MBA degree is also flexible, allowing more options than most other degrees. Geographic clusters of specialization can play a significant role in choosing a school, such as Stanford for high technology, New York University for finance and CEU Business School for entrepreneurship and professional management in emerging and re-emerging economies.

In closing, Tyson advised the students in the audience explicitly to ask themselves what their purpose in gaining an MBA is and what they want to accomplish at CEU Business School.  Finding the answers may enhance their chances for future success, and at the same time, students can help their own institution continue to progress. 

“I decided to go to business school to refresh my academic knowledge and to refocus my career. I am extremely grateful for my CEU experience. I got to know many terrific people from all over the world and significantly improved my business skills. At the end of the program, CEU helped me secure an exchange opportunity at the NYU Stern School of Business in New York City, providing even deeper professional knowledge in the world’s business and financial center.”
Thomas Kossa MBA Class of 2013
Maciej Kisilowski, Associate Professor of Law and Public Management
  • "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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