After a long, long vacation, the UP MBA Program School Year 2014 – 2015 is about to start on August 28, 2014. Due to the academic calendar shift that moved the start of UP Classes to mid-to-late part of August, the summer was extended for 4 months! Just enough to get intellectual juices flowing again.
As an incoming 3rd year and graduating student from the UP MBA Program, an extended vacation is much-needed breather – a much-needed break to recharge batteries for last and the most grueling year in the UP MBA program. Once again, I had difficulties enlisting electives that I wanted. I initially wanted Entrepreneurship and Total Quality Management class but settled for other classes instead. My subjects for this trimester are:
1. Strategic Management I – A core subject in UP MBA program for graduating students
According to Hambrick and Chen (2007), Strategic Management provides overall direction to the enterprise and involves specifying the organization’s objectives, developing policies and plans designed to achieve these objectives, and then allocating resources to implement the plans. It involves formulation and implementation of the major goals and initiatives taken by a company’s top management on behalf of shareholders, based on consideration of resources and an assessment of the internal and external environments in which the organization competes.
2. Knowledge Management – A UP MBA Program elective
Refers to a multi-disciplined approach to achieving organizational objectives by making the best use of knowledge. According to Gupta, Jatinder, Sharma and Sushil in their 2004 Book Creating Knowledge-Based Organizations, Knowledge Management focus on organizational objectives such as improved performance, competitive advantage, innovation, the sharing of lessons learned, integration and continuous improvement of the organization through the study of capturing, developing, sharing, and effectively using organizational knowledge.
3. Services Marketing Management – A UP MBA Program elective
A sub-field of marketing that covers the marketing of services that includes, but not limited to: telecommunications, air travel, healthcare, financial services, all types of hospitality services, car rental services, and professional services.
The UP MBA Program subjects I enlisted for the incoming school year is again, a challenge. I don’t know what to expect. It was nice to be back at UP Diliman Campus after a long vacation. It was a preparation of sorts for the incoming school year – a re-acclimation to the UP Diliman environment.
Last August 16 of 2014, I was invited to attend an SEO Lead Generation Event held at UP Bahay ng Alumni in UP Diliman. Much like in the incoming trimester of the UP MBA program, I didn’t know what to expect on the event I was invited to. The only thing I was sure about is that Ms. Janette Toral was there and she’ll give a briefing on things I’m not so sure of. Since the event was held on an UPCAT date, I was somehow making a full circle reminding my humble beginnings as a UP college and graduate student.
The rest is history. I enjoyed myself in the Digital Filipino SEO Lead Generation Bloggers Meetup hosted by Jennifer Lopez-Gana of JLofied. I had a great time meeting new friends from diverse backgrounds and sampling great food sponsored by Lopez Canteen and Yellow Stylista. I consider myself as a minnow in the field of blogging and meeting some of the respected makes me feel like one too. I cherish moments of introductions as I got validations on what I believe and I also hear success stories of people you personally don’t meet often.
And yes, the great event was overdosed with amzing food thanks to Lopez Canteen and Yellow Stylista. Lopez Canteen’s Palabok is heaven and anyone would be sad if rice isn’t served with their irresistible Kare-Kare. And their Embutido! It was so good that it just lasted minutes when I opened the packaging after the event. Also, Yellow Stylista’s sweets is a much-needed complement. Thanks to event, I won a perfume from Raiza Rayne, cheers!