Ideas for Improving the Carlson School Are All Around Us

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Travel is a significant part of a dean's duties and I very much enjoy the chance to bring the Carlson School to the world as I meet with our alumni. Their passion for the school is so invigorating, and I find I learn as much about what makes this place special when I'm away as I do when I'm on campus.

Simply changing our frame of reference can lead to such wonderful insights. On one recent trip, I found myself fascinated by the operational efficiencies of the hospitality industry and the intricacies of cross-cultural teams, and wondering whether we could incorporate any of their insights here.

In the coming weeks, I'll be holding a series of "listening meetings" with various stakeholder groups to learn their views on the school as we chart its future course. Before these meetings, I encourage you to take a look around you and think about what you enjoy about the School, and what could we be doing differently.

And if you are unable to attend the forums, you can always share your thoughts with me here on this blog or by email to Your feedback will be invaluable in keeping the Carlson School on its upward trajectory.

The Open Forums for student groups are as follows:

April 19, 12:00-12:45, Full-Time MBA
April 19, 4:00-4:45, MA-HRIR
April 24, 9:30-10:15, PhD (both BA and HRIR)
April 25, 4:30-5:15, Part-Time MBA
April 26, 1:00-1:45, Undergraduates
April 26, 4:30-5:15, MAcc/MBT

All meetings will take place in CSOM 4-300V.