What was coined as an idea by Benjamin Franklin in the year 1727, of a small club dedicated towards mutual improvement on a common area of interest, was taken to an all new level by the current first years of the MBA program at Mason School of Business. The global issues covered in the ‘Juntos’ discussion groups this year comprised Corporate Responsibility, Digital Marketing, Data Analytics, Global Economic systems, Food Crisis, Fiscal Cliff, China, Healthcare, North Korea, and Transportation.
I chose to be a part of the Data Analytics Junto group and I must say that it provided me with a platform for looking at ‘big data’ from various angles I never knew existed. We started off by looking into the world of social media, and web analytics; and how it has changed the way data is generated, interpreted and synthesized.
The group watched ‘Moneyball’ over the winter break and in the ensuing discussion, simply marveled at the way data analysis has revolutionized the sports industry, especially in terms of player valuation. Our Junto experience was concluded with a field trip to meet the CFO of Bon Secours Health System in Richmond, Virginia, which provided the group with a real world example of data collection in a hospital environment.
I still remember going through the list of Junto discussion groups and choosing ‘Data analytics’ as my only area of interest. Little did I know at that time that as I would be sitting through the concluding presentations of my classmates at the end of this nine-week period, I would be sincerely admiring the hard work that they all have put in their individual groups. Each presentation topic seemed so interesting that there was never a dull moment, primarily due to the diversity of the cultural, professional, and academic perspective of our first year MBA class.
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