B-School Blogs: Election Reactions, Buzzwords in Action, and Jack Welch

Last Updated Nov 10, 2008 2:53 PM EST

Sync (HBS) is gearing up for the official kick-off of recruiting season and feeling slightly cheered by the word from the Career Services office, which says job postings for first years are up 34 percent this year. Meanwhile, a case discussion about Jack Welch and his 20-year reign as CEO of GE got really interesting when the man himself made an unexpected visit to the classroom. "That, to me, is the power of the case method," Sync says.

Not About Jackie (Darden) is still speechless from the results of the 2008 presidential election. In addition to the superlatives on everyone's lips these days, Jackie tells how great it was to share that evening in the company of her Darden family, as part of a diverse institution where everyone is valued. She says, "I'm glad that I was in the state of Virginia during this historic election and happy to know that my vote counted."

Paragon2Pieces (McCombs School of Business/UT School of Law), meanwhile, got some of her readers' danders up when she said she'd save the "anything is possible" and "I'm so proud of my country" comments for the day that an intelligent and credible woman is elected president and discriminatory legislation like Prop. 8 is defeated.

Reflections at LBS has found the silver lining to our current economic woes. In London, this includes lighter traffic on the Tube, improved service -- even from traditionally snarky hairdressers, lower prices on everything except rent in posh neighborhoods, cheap theater tickets, and open tables at the city's best restaurants.

Zen Entrepreneur (Stanford) reveals some of the stresses of exam-taking after being out of school for ten years. Stanford is one of the few universities with a formal honor code, meaning teachers don't proctor exams in the classroom, which for some reason is more unsettling than a more traditional exam type of environment.

Many MBAs have been sweating bullets since the economic meltdown, scrambling to figure out what to do employment-wise come graduation. Iday (Chicago GSB) is one of the lucky few done with recruiting; he'll be joining Bain & Company next summer.

Tristan Handy can't get over the abundance of opportunities at Kenan-Flagler. It's rare for a day to go by without something interesting falling in his lap, he says. Many of these are career-related, the type of opportunities that made Tristan want to come back to school. But many of them aren't, and they're every bit as valuable.

A field trip to analyze the processes of MicroAire Surgical Instruments helped July Dream (Darden) see the buzzwords of B-school in action. "Everywhere we went, they discussed lean and reductions in waste, movement and inventory," she says. "We're not just learning buzzwords here, but the practical application of business practices."

  • Stacy Blackman

    Stacy Sukov Blackman is president of Stacy Blackman Consulting, where she consults on MBA admissions. She earned her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Stacy serves on the Board of Directors of AIGAC, the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants, and has published a guide to MBA Admissions, The MBA Application Roadmap.