On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on Bauer students helping future METRO leaders with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.
What happens when a group of MBA students partner with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County to create a leadership development program? An win-win experience for both the students and METRO, according to Leanne Atwater, chair of the Management department at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business.
Atwater, who helped create the teaching modules and facilitated classroom sessions, stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss how Bauer MBAs are helping shape the future leaders of METRO.
“This partnership was serendipitous, but it turned out to be a win-win,” Atwater said. “The first group of students thought this was an incredible experience and the skills that they were leading this project with were things that will be helpful for them in the job market.”
With faculty guidance, the students created a leadership program to build teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills. This type of program would be beneficial for any business, Atwater says.
“We do these projects every semester and any company that would like to have an MBA student group participate in helping them solve their problem, we’re happy to do that. For public sector organizations and non-profits that don’t have the money to afford large corporate consultants, this is a great opportunity for them to have hand-picked MBA students designing an interactive program, and they have a deliverable at the end that is useful to them.”
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