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  • Business Ethics within Seattle University

    Posted by Autumn Johnson on 4/24/2014 12:40:59 PM

    Spring quarter in the Bridge MBA program has challenged me in a manner I have never been academically challenged before. Part of the quarter’s curriculum is a Business Ethics course where we learn about ethical philosophies in regards to business and attempt to understand these philosophies within specific case studies. The reason I find this course difficult is by no means the structure or the workload, but because of the ethical dilemmas present in the cases we read. At times I find myself defending a corporation whose business practices are very questionable because there is no written law or code that specifies the need to act differently and philosophy defends their conduct. I am then presented with another case where philosophy may defend the business' practices; however, I disagree completely with what the company is doing.

    Ethics is an extremely difficulty endeavor to tackle in the business world and this class is opening my eyes. Though I am forced to look at a difficult case, analyze it, and make a decision on the matter where no “right” answer exists, I am very happy I am being put into this situation in a theoretical sense. Seattle University is preparing me for these ethical dilemmas, which are more than likely to arise in my business career. Once I complete this class, I am confident I will be able to understand unethical behavior, know the root cause, and present realistic solutions. I am discovering through this class that there are certain practices I will not stand for in a company and if a company engages in these practices I know I do not want to work there. The hardest part about this course is having your eyes opened to the unjust and terrible things that happen in the world. That is why I am happy Seattle University values an ethically driven business curricula. They are training future business leaders in a manner that will hopefully encourage just and ethical conduct.

    I enjoy the challenge of learning about business ethics, because though it can be hard at times, I understand its necessity. I understand that these difficult issues are not going to go away unless students like myself take our ethically driven education and put it to use. This is not to say students like myself will be the ones defining what is right and wrong; however, it is to say we will be the ones who are able to identify what is clearly wrong and what can be done to make it right.

    By: Roger Pierce, Bridge MBA candidate 2014


    A Mid-Program Reflection

    Posted by Autumn Johnson on 4/10/2014 02:21:03 PM

    Spring break has come and gone and I find myself in the midst of my third quarter of the Bridge MBA program. I am half way to my degree and I could not be any more excited about it!  These past quarters have been challenging, but very rewarding. I am more than happy with my decision of pursuing my MBA at Seattle University and I could not be more proud of my accomplishments, thus far.   

    Winter quarter ended the same way it started, busy. Many of my classmates and I have discussed how last quarter was one of the more challenging and time consuming quarters we have faced in our academic careers. In my opinion, it was challenging in a different way than one might think. In my previous blog, I spoke about the art of group projects inevitably found in all business curriculums. It is within these projects where I think most of the challenges arose. Coordinating schedules and devoting much of your outside class time to projects can be (and was) hard work. This is not to discourage you from wanting to apply to the Bridge MBA program, as I am happy that I obtained these experiences prior to entering my future career. Winter quarter was a valuable quarter as it prepared me for the workload that will, more than likely, be similar to my job one day. As thankful as I am that winter quarter is over, I am just as thankful for the hard work I had to put in. Without this hard work, I don’t believe I would have grown as much as I did. 

    This is not to knock on fall quarter at all as that quarter presented challenges and learning opportunities, as well. However, I am a little biased as I did discover through winter quarter that supply chain management is the field I want to go into one day. This has changed drastically from two years ago when I believed that I wanted to be an Audiologist. I majored in Speech and Hearing Sciences at my beloved alma mater, the University of Washington, and was challenged academically there, as well. People always ask me what the differences are between the two schools and I always find it hard to answer. For one, undergraduate studies and graduate studies are different in their own right. That fact alone skews my understanding of their differences so I really cannot give a justified answer. And two, business presents different challenges than a science degree and vice versa. There are some things I think were hard from my undergraduate studies like neuroanatomy, but there are also things that I think are hard from my graduate studies like accounting. Yes, accounting is just as difficult for me as understanding neuroanatomy. I actually got a better grade in my neuroanatomy course than I did my accounting course.  

    But I digress. The real reason I am writing this blog is because I want to let you know that it has been a long journey in higher education. I didn’t have to pursue my MBA at Seattle University. I’m sure most of you are having difficulty deciding whether or not you should even apply. I hope this blog can put to rest some of the fears and doubts you may be having. I absolutely questioned whether or not this program was worth my time and my money while I was applying. And I’ll be honest with you; I even had my doubts at the start of the program when classes had already begun. Was this worth it? Will it pay out? But doubts and questions are natural, especially early on. But with two quarters under my belt and two more left until my graduation, my doubts cease to exist. Seattle University has an amazing curriculum, amazing professors, and an astounding amount of business connections. I cannot tell you specifically where this degree will take me down the road; all I know is that I’m happy with the route it’s taking.

    By: Roger Pierce, Bridge MBA candidate 2014