It is my pleasure to introduce the new collaboration between Great Lakes Institute of Management and the IIT Stuart School of Business, Chicago, to offer the MBA in Business Analytics. What is a matter of even greater pride for me is that IIT Stuart is one of the first International schools that Great Lakes partnered with, way back in 2004. As we embark on yet another landmark association to offer an academically elegant and affordably relevant course in the most ‘happening’ discipline in the world – Business Analytics, it is with conviction and commitment to provide the best educational experience that we have come together again.
Let me take you back a couple of decades. The PC was just starting to become popular and we in India were using GPRS at 64kbps speeds to commence our love affair with the Internet. With the turn of the century, there was the dotcom revolution, a little later it was the subprime crisis followed by the spotlight on the BRICS economies, the Arab Spring, Brexit etc. A couple of years ago, it was the 4th Industrial revolution spearheaded by disruptive technologies, IoT, Analytics, AI, Machine Learning and Block Chains. The world is facing the onslaught of technology in its myriad ways so much so that politics, governments, alliances, trade and commerce, and even day to day life as we know it have all changed beyond recognition.
Under this scenario, the role of the Manager becomes that of one who can think on the fly, improvise to improve and merge enterprise with resourcefulness. This calls for continuous learning and upskilling to keep oneself relevant and ready. It is with these needs in mind, that the MBA in Business Analytics program has been carefully conceptualized and designed to provide the student with the arsenal that is needed to tackle the onslaught of business and competition and emerge victorious. The course is also being offered to you at a fraction of the cost at which it is offered at IIT Stuart, Chicago. Over the span of the first 6 months you will attend monthly residencies at the state-of-the-art, LEED platinum rated campus of Great Lakes at Chennai. The next 5 months will see you continue the learning from the faculty team at IIT Stuart through online and blended modules. The last month is an International Immersion spent at the excellent campus of the IIT Stuart B-school with learnings from Academia and Industry culminating in the graduation ceremony with the award of the degree of MBA from IIT, Chicago.
We live in an exciting era and it is indeed the time to grab the proverbial bull by the horns. Keep the learning constant and stay in the game. Send in your application, get into the driver’s seat and propel yourself into a trajectory of superlative growth and progress.
Prof. Bala V. Balachandran,
J L Kellogg Distinguished Professor of Accounting & Information Management (Emeritus in Service), Northwestern University, USA
Founder, Dean & Chairman, Great Lakes Institute of Management, India