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MBA Offers Trip of a Lifetime, Open House


As part of a three credit elective Practicum on Sustainable Enterprise Development, two Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) MBA students researched, co-authored and published a peer-reviewed case study on Fourth Sector Development.

In collaboration with Tony Smith, PhD, co-director of the MBA Program, Deb King and Rich Myers,  presented their case in December 2011 at the International Conference on Management Cases in Delhi, India.

While in India, the group traveled with their spouses to a village in Jaipur, and visited with the Founder-CEO of Jaipur Rugs Company, a socially responsible business. In addition, they met with faculty and students at two graduate universities in India – BIMTECH Institute and the Jaipuria Institute of Management.

“The visit to Jaipur Rugs Company was a highlight,” said King. “We met with the founder and witnessed his company’s positive impact on the lives of more than 40,000 people who would otherwise struggle to survive. The proprietor’s entire family works to facilitate the production of hand-knotted rugs, all the while offering health care and education to the workers.”

The trip also included visits to the Taj Majal in Agra, traveling to the Amber Fort in Jaipur by elephant and enjoying other sights as part of their tour of India’s Golden Triangle.

Also on the trip was Elizabeth Mast, a December 2011 graduate from Lancaster, Pa. Mast co-authored and published a peer-reviewed case study on Fast Forward Futures with Smith. Together, they presented their case at the conference.

Open House

People in Harrisonburg and around the world are invited to an MBA “open house” on Tuesday, April 10, from 6-7 p.m.

People in the area are invited to the EMU Campus Center Lehman board room, 301, to meet co-directors, Ron Stoltzfus and Tony Smith, current students and learn more. People interested in joining classes virtually should contact mba@emu.edu about how to log in to join the open house virtually.

For more information on the MBA program or to let EMU know you’re coming, call 540-432-4150 or email mba@emu.edu.

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