Whilst doing our business research module in which we learnt about effective research and writing skills, our director of studies in Perugia Dr Zahid Hussain took us to visit an Italian company based in the nearby Marche region.
The company, Gruppo Loccioni, has defined and created the first eco-sustainable completely integrated community in Italy. It provides services that promote sustainability including environmental and human care. It emphasises co-existence with nature, a positive meeting between technology and nature.
We saw at first-hand how the company has put in place a system to actively reduce carbon dioxide emissions through their operations management. By allowing us to observe what it is doing in the company and at the factory, the company demonstrated transparency in its operations, which it considers to be particularly important.
Thanks to the manufacturing systems and supply chain design module we took recently, we were able to understand how the theories we are learning can be applied in practice by looking inside the factory. The visit also opened our eyes to different perspectives of corporate culture and management style. We saw the benefits of diversity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility in action.
The purpose of the business research module is to prepare my fellow MBA students and me for our management projects. The Bradford-Perugia full-time MBA is structured so that the management project and dissertation is done as part of a work placement over the summer. We knew this was going to be very challenging, but our visit to the company and its factory helped us see that it would be the perfect environment in which to make our research meaningful and applicable to the real world of business.
In between modules, I flew back to my home country of Japan for four days to celebrate an old friend’s wedding. I did some reading and kick started research for my management project whilst on the flight. I thought about Dr Hussain’s advice that creative thinking is crucial for increasing productivity and effectiveness. As an MBA student, you have to bring your management expertise to your own studies in order to be able to fit everything in and get the most out of it!
I am now over half way through my MBA course and I intend to continue to try to think creatively and keep coming up with new ideas. Writing this blog is helping me to reflect on everything I am learning at every stage and consciously and unconsciously it is helping me to discover my passions and goals for the future.