Learning by doing

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them,” Aristotle said.

It is in that spirit that the NUS MBA programme launched the Management Practicum, a mandatory module for its MBA students. It is an extensive project that allows students to work with companies on their business challenges. Students get to use their management skills and apply concepts and theories acquired in the NUS MBA programme to real-life business dilemmas. Masana Takahashi, an NUS MBA student from the Class of 2014, advised Integrated International School, for his Management Practicum project. Here, he shares his thoughts on his experience.

Describe your management practicum experience in brief

  1. Management practicum involves hard work and teamwork, team discussions late into the night, number crunching, and running about for field research. The experience was tough, but there are lessons to be had from it.
  2. The more you devote your time and energy to the project, the more you will learn from it. The opposite is also true.
  3. If the client uses your ideas, they become a real strategy. If not, it is a good opportunity to learn about what worked and what didn’t from the project. In both instances, students will gain confidence and pride, as well as valuable lessons.
  4. Knowledge of yourself and your team members is crucial to the project’s success. A person cannot know everything there is to know, and is unable to do everything alone. All projects need teamwork. Think about how you can contribute. Continue reading