The MBA Hub

PSU Team Takes 2nd in NextBillion Case Competition


By Pamela Dusschee



Congratulations to the Portland State team of Cindy Cooper, Jacen Greene, and Ted Khoury, who took second place in the 2015 NextBillion Case competition for their case titled “Grameen Intel Social Business: Technology Solutions at the Base of the Pyramid.” The $2,500 prize money is being donated to students for educational opportunities in sustainability and social innovation/social entrepreneurship, such as conference travel. The case has been published at GlobaLens following peer review.

Grameen Intel, a Bangladeshi-based joint venture between the Grameen Trust and Intel Corporation, is a social business that develops and delivers new technology products and services to base of the pyramid (BoP) customers. Grameen Intel bases its impact assessment and business agenda toward achieving a selected group of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are a collection of social goals developed by the United Nations that help track societal progress through predetermined indicators.

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Tags: awards, Curriculum, Faculty, MBA curriculum

Soft Skills, Hard Skills, and the Art of Guanxi


By Jessica Ferrell



Let's start today's post with a couple of definitions:

Soft skills: noun

Personal attributes and interpersonal skills that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.

Hard skills: noun

A specific, technical skill set and the ability to perform certain functional tasks that can be defined and measured.

Only recently did this definition duo begin to bother me. I like that I am good with people; I understand and am frustrated that calculus and advanced analytical quandaries are hard. So I haven’t fretted too much about my imbalanced strength in soft skills.

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Tags: Asia, career changers, current students, MBA Students, Study Abroad

Graduate Business Student Finds Work-Life-School Balance with PSU Online Program


By Garima Gautam



Garima is a graduate business student enrolled in the online program for the Master's in Global Supply Chain Management (MSGSCM). Portland State MBA students have the opportunity to take electives within the MSGSCM, and can also pursue a dual MBA/MSGSCM degree at Portland State.


While deciding for my higher education apart from dedication, drive and executing deliverables, I was also factoring in time and money.

Along with my job journey from a software industry to being an entrepreneur, I do have a personal life like so many others — the most important being my two children. I made some adjustments and tweaks in my career path to balance it all out ☺

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Tags: current students, MS in global supply chain management, Portland State School of Business, supply chain

Rankings: #1 Part Time MBA Program in Oregon


By Pamela Dusschee



Back in March, we announced that the Portland State part time MBA program earned a Top 100 ranking in the most recent US News & World Report's "Best Business Schools" list.

To celebrate, we shared this news through several billboards around town — maybe you've seen the billboards in your neighborhood or on your daily commute?

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Tags: admissions, mba admissions, MBA Students, part time mba, rankings

PSU Net Impact Chapter Appoints New Officials


By Max Bielenberg



The MBA school year is winding down — in preparation for the next academic year, many organizations, including PSU Net Impact, recently held elections and arranged leadership transitions. 

My role as the treasurer of Net Impact has been an integral part of my PSU experience and, though it’s bittersweet to bid it farewell, I’m excited by the energy and drive of the new leadership team.


Standing from left: Rich Schwartz, Doug Beyers, Rob Ellsworth and Emma Ingebretsen.

Kneeling from left: Jay Cornelius and Jessica Ferrell. Not pictured: Kelly O'Rourke.


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Tags: MBA Students, Net Impact, networking, Sustainability

MBA Alum Returns to China, Lands Job in Athletic/Outdoor Industry

By Max Bielenberg


MJ Chen (left) with classmates Jacob Bell and Tony Ferrer.MJ Chen (left) with classmates Jacob Bell and Tony Ferrer.


I recently had an email conversation with MJ Chen, a 2014 MBA graduate who returned home to China after graduation last June. MJ recently began working at Kailas, a Chinese outdoor gear company.

Q: How did you decide to attend PSU for your MBA? What was your background prior to entering the program?

A: I attended PSU for my bachelors degree and graduated in 2010. Twenty years before that, my uncle graduated from PSU with a masters degree in engineering. So when it came to picking grad school, PSU was always on top of my list. Besides, I was the co-founder of a baby product distribution company in China by the time I applied for grad school. Knowing that the PSU MBA program has such a great emphasis on startups, I knew it would be the right fit.

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Tags: Athletic & Outdoor Industry, China, Entrepreneurship, international students, MBA Students

MBA Student Wins National Rising Star Award


By Pamela Dusschee


Congratulations to Jennifer Chambers — Portland State MBA student and assistant dean of finance and administration for Portland State’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) — for being selected for the 2015 Rising Star award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers. 

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Tags: awards, MBA Students

MBA Student Expands Communications Portfolio Through Port Internship


By Max Bielenberg



Crossing the Broadway Bridge on my bicycle, I often see one of my favorite Portland sights: huge ocean-going ships docked next to towering storage elevators, their holds being loaded with grain as dry wheat dust rises high in the air.

Sometimes it’s easy to think that Portland’s economy is fueled by high-end coffee and microbrews. But it’s when you’re crossing the bridges and looking out over the Willamette that you’re reminded otherwise. Portland’s location at the confluence of two rivers — and the ability to send products across the world —has always been central to its identity.


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Tags: Business Connections, internships, MBA Students, networking

International Student Reflects on Decision to Go Back to School

By Zaidi Moin




“What am I going to do after graduation?”

The first thought that came into my mind before entering the first class of the Spring Term.

I felt unsure for a brief moment. Not because I was in the wrong class but for a brief moment, I was questioning my future.

Let’s go back several months ago.

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Tags: international students, MBA Students

MBA Student Kurt Manseau Expands Business Network Through MBA Resources

By Kurt Manseau



One of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences I have had in the MBA program has been the opportunity to build my network of connections within the business community.

Entering the MBA program a great deal of emphasis was placed on the importance of developing a professional network. It was stated repeatedly that internships and jobs most often came from connections students were able to leverage. While this initial introduction made the process seem somewhat artificial and intimidating, I can reflect back and safely say that simply placing emphasis in being slightly more outgoing seemed to produce effective results.

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Tags: MBA Students, mentor program, networking

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Portland State's MBA program has earned numerous accolades, including a 2011-12 Beyond Grey Pinstripes Report rating of #1 in the world — for small schools — for its emphasis on environmental stewardship.