Although I’m not quite sure if two weeks into a 2 year course gives me enough comparison material, and realising full well I’m comparing apples and pears, I’ve been thinking about the differences between the MBA and this MA in Design Studies (henceforth known as MADS, I’m too lazy to type the whole thing out every time I mention it). Beyond the obvious (many more women at MADS than LBS; students are younger on the whole, most of them have a creative background, they’re a lot more funkily clothed and I’ve not seen a Financial Times in class yet) there’s also some differences that go a little deeper. *deep thought alert. well, semi-deep thought then*
The MBA is mostly about making good choices. Knowing which tools and frameworks to use when and how to choose the best option. Strategy, finance, operations, but even to an extent marketing and entrepreneurship help you become a better manager. You learn to manage and choose from a range options. And that’s a very good thing methinks, provided you’re reasonably good at it of course. MADS is all about generating options. It’s about those steps that come before choosing an option from a set: it’s all about creating something new. Very different mindset. And I’m kinda doing it backwards: I learned to make logical choices before I learned how to make the things that you choose between.
Right. That’s enough deep thought for today. I haven’t fully adjusted to my course schedule and the work that comes with it yet, plus at work the workload has jumped up and bitten me in the bum these past two weeks, and I’ve planned a ton of social engagements so I’m struggling to find time to answer personal email and to blog. I reckon I need a few weeks to adjust my schedule back to what feels like more normal again. So excuse me for making this post a bit of a hotchpotch of random thoughts.
Photo at the top of the page was taken in the Tube on the way home yesterday and I don’t mean to be rude, but I can’t believe Vicks put this out. Come on guys, you can do better than this! Damned, you’re owned by P&G, they have more than enough money to hire a good agency. Show some guts and vision. Anyone spot the dodgy statistic in the ad? This kind of stuff irks me. It’s unnecessary. It’s unimaginative, boring and juggles dodgy stats. *Sigh*