Greetings From Greece

Executive MBA students at the historic Acropolis.

Executive MBA students visit the historic Acropolis.

 

By Todd Harrod, E.M.B.A ’14

The Greeks of Athens are extremely nice. Graffiti and political campaign banners are visible everywhere and, aside from the tourists, the city is MUCH quieter than my single trip here 10 years ago, when the city was jam-packed with cars and people as the government was preparing for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

It appears that the struggling economy is keeping more Greeks at home; our driver even indicated that many apartment buildings in the inner city are now abandoned.

While Athens of 2004 could not ever be compared to Berlin, Paris or Rome, it now feels more tired and more akin to many eastern European countries that are struggling to become true first-world economies but have a long way to go before realizing that type of economic reform, progress and (hopefully) success.

 

The Executive MBA Class of 2014 is on their last international residency to Greece and Madrid.  They are spending an immersive week exploring the cultural and business aspects of those countries.  Highlights include the Athens Chamber of Commerce, Johnson & Johnson and Deloitte Business Solutions in Athens and Campofrio Food group, Joma Sports in Madrid.

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