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THE STERN OPPORTUNITY

Personalitini: Tales of Drinks and Dates / Dating Analytics

Liz Batsche, MBA Class of 2014

For this edition’s article, I wanted to stick to the data. At Stern, Business Analytics is a specialization that “deals with the use of data and mathematical and statistical models as a means for aiding the decision process in all of the functional areas of business.” Wow, that is a mouthful, and not in a good way. The MBA1s are spearheading an effort to start a BADAAS Club (Business and Data Analytics at Stern). I appreciate the pun even though I am a damsel in distress! There is data everywhere but not a date in sight.…

On Charity

Judy Shen, Langone MBA Class of 2013

The word “charity” is derived from the word “caritas” in Latin, meaning benevolence and good will to those in need. I know. It’s recruiting season and classes are well under way, there are more contacts you need to reach out to in your excel spreadsheet than the rows can fill. You’re probably wondering, where am I going to find time to volunteer or do something charitable. And when you’ve just sent out the 20th thank you letter, it seems more fitting to do some self-charity by chugging tequila shots at happy hour or binge eating that double make that triple fudged chocolate pint of ice cream.…

Higher Education at a Strategic Inflection Point

Adam Brandenburger, J.P. Valles Professor and Vice Dean for Graduate Education

It is a fall day in Boston in 1996. I am sitting in my office working on my commentary for the Harvard Business Review on the just-published bestselling business book Only the Paranoid Survive by Andrew Grove, the legendary CEO of Intel Corporation. I am writing about my favorite idea in the book, which is Grove’s notion of a “strategic inflection point.” As Grove puts it: “[A] strategic inflection point is a time in the life of a business when its fundamentals are about to change. That change can mean an opportunity to rise to new heights.…

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