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Monday, September 11, 2006

Sniff, cough, sneeze 

I woke up on the second day of classes with a burning feeling in my throat, a stuffy nose, and a general feeling that my respiratory feeling was about to go into revolt. A great way to start the year! Fortunately, most of my classes haven't got up to full speed yet, so I could spend some of the weekend feeling sorry for myself without falling hopelessly behind.

Speaking of classes, my selections for this semester are set. They are:

Strategy and competitive Advantage - this is one of the legendary Wharton courses with a professor who's renowned for being good but tough, and a 70 page final project. I'm really looking forward to it, but it's probably the course that scares me most this time out.

Managing Change in Organizations - this one's pretty self explanatory and looks like it's going to be really good.

Building Human Resources for entrepreneurial Ventures - a new course this year, that promises to be very interesting. It's a half unit and I'm taking it next quarter, so I'll have to wait a few weeks to find out.

Operations Strategy and Process Management - lots of lean manufacturing/service with some site visits and workshops.

Operations Performance Analysis - another new, half-unit course, taught by one of the faculty and someone form McKinsey. I'm really looking forward to it, but not sure how I'll cope with one 3-hour session a week instead of two 1.5 hour ones.

Marketing Research - this is my 'extra', non-major course this semester. I figure its a useful thing to know about and uses some of the stats stuff that I enjoy. Two different professors teach it this semester. I opted for the version without a big project (because all my other classes have big projects) and seem to have got the more interesting teacher into the bargain.

Unlike first year, the courses are very project-heavy and exam-light (I just have one take-home final). I've only had to buy one text book - although I've spent about $500 on bulkpacks - got to love those HBS cases and their royalties!

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