Dave Conrad: Embrace constructive conflict

PostBulletinAugsburg College’s Dave Conrad, assistant director of the Rochester MBA program, wrote in his most recent column for the Rochester Post-Bulletin about finding the right balance between the need to deal with conflict and the instinct to avoid it. Read “Embrace constructive conflict” for details on how effective debate can spur innovation in the workplace.

Dave Conrad talks about shared purpose in Post-Bulletin

PostBulletinDave Conrad, assistant director of the Augsburg College MBA program in Rochester, talked in his most recent Rochester Post-Bulletin column a response to a question about fostering shared purpose and collaboration in the workplace. Conrad outlined steps toward building cohesion, including the need to identify with employees the goals, path, roles, and rewards of a project. Read “Dave Conrad: Shared purpose drives collaboration” on the Post-Bulletin website.

Dave Conrad responds to work-life balance question

PostBulletinIn his latest Post-Bulletin column, Dave Conrad, assistant director of the Augsburg College MBA program in Rochester, responded to a reader’s question on work-life balance. Conrad offered six suggestions for how employees can achieve better harmony during the work week. To review his comments, read “Find the right work-life balance” on the Post-Bulletin website.

Dave Conrad discusses management in Post Bulletin

PostBulletinDave Conrad, assistant director of the Augsburg College MBA program in Rochester, is a featured columnist for the Post-Bulletin. In his most recent column, Conrad answered a reader’s question regarding overly attentive managers. Read “Good managers get out of the way” on the Post-Bulletin website.


Star Tribune talks with Auggies about new thrift store

Minneapolis Star TribuneMary-Laurel True, director of community engagement at Augsburg, spoke with the Star Tribune about Augsburg College’s involvement in the development of a thrift store founded and operated by young girls in the East African community. True was instrumental in helping the store get off the ground through her work with Augsburg MBA students who developed a business plan for the store founders. President Paul Pribbenow and Bruce Batten, director of the MBA program, were quoted in the story. Read “Minneapolis thrift store offers retail experience, grass-roots style.”

Augsburg MBA goes to Chile

chile_mbaIn April, 20 Augsburg MBA students led by Professors Magda Paleczny-Zapp and Steven Zitnick embarked on a 9-day international experience to Santiago, Chile. The purpose of the trip was to expose the students to the thriving business climate of Chile and to allow students an opportunity to understand the culture and environment of a South American country that has built a stable, just, and democratic society after nearly 30 years of unrest. Continue reading

The Augsburg MBA — five years and counting

MBAFor five years, Augsburg College has been helping professionals find their calling at work and in the world through its master’s program in business administration. Today, more than 270 students are enrolled in the program at three locations, and the Augsburg MBA continues to grow with offerings in the metro and a potential partnership with the Sinerghia Institute in Moscow. The Augsburg College MBA celebrates its success and looks toward an exciting future with a reception on Friday, Nov. 14 in the Oren Gateway Center.

The Augsburg MBA started in the fall of 2004. The faculty and administration approved the program with the stipulation that it would recruit four cohorts, or between 80 and 100 students, within the first three years. It seems the Twin Cities market was more than ready to accept a new MBA program; in fact, the first four cohorts arrived at Augsburg within four months of the program’s inception. The first 84 graduates commenced in 2006. Continue reading

Rochester hosts business ethics summit

business_ethicsThe Augsburg College MBA program in Rochester will hold a business ethics summit panel presentation on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester campus. Featured panelists are Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. Glenn Forbes, Crenlo LLC CEO and president Lance Fleming, Rochester Post Bulletin managing editor Jay Furst, and Apollo Liquor and Hospitality president Ari Kolas.

The Business Ethics summit will provide the four panel members an opportunity to discuss ethics and moral decision making in their organization. Panel members will briefly discuss how ethics is a part of their culture and business conduct, and also plays a part in their relationships and dealing with external stakeholders. The open audience Q & A will be a significant part of the event, where panel members will respond to specific audience questions following their individual presentations. Continue reading

Zero-cost consulting creates valuable experience

roch_mba For many graduate programs, the last hurdle between students and their diplomas is a massive thesis paper that demonstrates all that they’ve learned. Augsburg’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in Rochester has a different hurdle for its students: complete a management consulting project for a local business or non-profit organization.

For free.

“We use a team approach, because in the real world, that’s how business works,” says Dave Conrad, assistant director of the MBA program in Rochester. The teams of students are selected by the faculty to provide a balanced mix of different skills and specialties that are best suited for each “real-world” partner. Continue reading