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August 2013


Critical Thinking Launch Assignment

Dean Puto has assigned the following for his Critical Thinking session on Thursday, August 29th at 8:30 a.m.:

Leaders are supposed to be critical thinkers who carefully analyze their situation, create and evaluate actionable alternatives, choose and implement the “best” course of action, and learn from the results.  You will spend the next 21 months acquiring “critical thinking skills,” but many experts debate even the definition of critical thinking, let alone the actual process of how to do it. The purpose of this session is to introduce you to the concept, to help you “think” about what “critical thinking” might look and feel like, and to let you try some critical thinking in a particular context. Rest assured, in our 45 minutes together on Thursday morning, you will not magically become expert critical thinkers, but you should begin to have an appreciation for the concept and be receptive to the many opportunities you will have over the next 21 months to more fully develop your critical thinking skills.

1. Read the three‐page article headed “Why Critical Thinking.” Don’t memorize it. Just read it and see if it makes any sense to you. If elements of it raise questions in your mind, mark those
points, and we will see if we can expand on them in this session.

2. Read the short case entitled: “Techtronics Limited.” Please note that the timing of the case is set in 1995, when many of you were probably in grade school. Most of you have one or more HDTV sets in your home or apartment. At some level, you are probably an expert on the topic of modern video imaging. So, don’t try to solve their problem and “answer” the case. History has already done that. Rather, imagine that you were a business professional at the time of the case, and all you know about the technology is what is in the case. What are the kinds of questions would you be asking and where would you go to get the information you needed to answer them so that you could then make a well‐reasoned recommendation to Mr. Leeds, the company president?

Turn in:
NOTHING. That’s right, just read and think, and then bring your brain and those thoughts to the session on Thursday morning.
Note: Since you will be working in groups on your Launch Project, it is fine for you to discuss the article, the case, and your thoughts among your teammates and other classmates as time and circumstances permit. You won’t be “graded,” but I will most likely call on individual students to share their thoughts and ideas. So, be sure that you have some!


Class of 2015: Launch Schedule



         Class of 2015 Launch Schedule
         August 26 – 30
         See details below for daily schedule and dress code



Dress code: business casual

8:30 – 9:00 am Check-in and continental breakfast Schulze (SCH) Atrium
9:00 – 9:20 Welcome from Dean Puto and Tiffany Cork SCH 120
9:20 – 9:40 Faculty/staff introductions SCH 120
9:40 – 9:45 Team discovery SCH 120
9:45 – 10:15 Break, get to know each other in teams and prepare to introduce each other SCH 120
10:15 – 11:15 New student introductions SCH 120
11:15 – 12:45 Lunch with MBA Student Association MOH 201
12:45 – 1:30 Introduction to Case Method – Professor Malshe SCH 127 
1:30 –   1:45 Break  
1:45 – 2:00 Classroom Capture – Dean Puto SCH127
2:00 –  5:00 Branding Mini-Cases – Dean Puto and Professors James, Malshe, and Goodpaster SCH 127
9:00 pm Email “Purpose of Business” assignment to Professor French (  

Dress code: business casual 

8:30 – 9:15 am Ethical Leadership in the UST MBA SCH 120
9:15 – 11:15 Purpose of Business – Professors James, Goodpaster and French SCH 120
11:20 – 12:30 Lunch with Professor Ron James MOH 201
12:45 – 1:45 Launch week team project introduction – Professors Arnold and Malshe SCH 120
1:45 – 2:15 Introduction to library resources – Andrea Koeppe and Scott Oldman SCH 127
2:15 -end of day Project work time with your team  

Dress code: business professional

9:00 – 11:00 Project work time Student commons
9:15  – 11:15 Photos for Student Directory (Teams will be assigned times) SCH 120
11:00 – 11:15 SOS: Student Life – Kay Wimer SCH 120
11:15 – 12:00 Mission, Vision, Credo: Building Our Brand – Dean Woodson SCH 120
12:00 – 2:30 Lunch and introduction to Career Services TMH 252
2:30 – 2:45  Break  
2:45 – 3:45 Industry Panel: Corporate Finance
Industry Panel: Consulting
SCH 315
SCH 316
3:45 – 4:00 Break   
4:00 – 5:00 Industry Panel: Financial Services
Industry Panel: The Marketing Mix
  SCH 315
  SCH 316
5:00 – 7:15 OPTIONAL EVENT
Managing Up: A Dynamic Career Roundtable with Professor Pat Hedberg, Ph.D
5:00 – 6:00 Reception
6:00 – 7:15 Career Roundtable
RSVP required:  
MOH 201

Dress code: business casual

8:30 – 9:15 Critical thinking session – Dean Puto SCH 127
9:15 – 9:30 Break  
9:30 – 11:30 Sharpening Your Professional Edge – Ms. Tricia Cook SCH 120
11:30 – 1:00 Etiquette lunch – Ms. Tricia Cook TMH 252
1:00 – 4:00 Leadership Lab 2.0 – Professor Tuzcu SCH 120

“Presentation Day” – dress code is business professional 

8:30 – 12:30 Project Presentations:
15 minute presentations, 5 minute Q & A
 SCH 120
8:30 – 10:10   8:30     Germany       Team 1.1
 8:55     Peru              Team 1.2
 9:20     South Africa   Team 1.3
 9:45     Saudi Arabia   Team 1.4
 10:10   Russia            Team 1.5
SCH 120
10:15 – 10:35 Break  
10:35 – 12:30   Continue Project Presentations
  10:50   Hungary        Team 2.1
  11:15   New Zealand  Team 2.2
  11:40   Kenya           Team 2.3
  12:05   Venezuela      Team 2.4
  12:30   Finland          Team 2.5
SCH 120
1:00 – 2:30 Lunch, champagne toast and closing remarks MOH 201

Special dates to note for the first week of class:

8:00 – 12:00 Leadership Lab – Professor Tuzcu SCH 120
1:30 – 4:30 Career Services –  Standing Out from the Rest: Your Brand, Your Pitch and Networking TMH350


First Day of Regular Semester Classes


10:00 – 12:00 FT MBA International students ONLY – OISS Orientation – Margaret McKibbin and Samba Dieng SCH 302
12:00 – 1:00 Career Services luncheon: Making a Big Impression in a Short Time – Career Fair Success Strategies  MOH 201
 1:30 – 4:45   Regularly scheduled classes in the afternoon:
  Management of Org Behavior and Statistics


8:00 – 5:00 Communication Labs – See the Commons Whiteboard for specific times TMH 353/354
Academics, Student Life, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

Class of 2014: Re-Launch Schedule

           Class of 2014 Re-Launch
           Thursday, September 5, 2013
           12:00 – 6:30 PM
           Dress Code: Business Professional

Please note: the Ethics Core Class sessions meet in the morning

Time Activity Location
12:00 – 12:40 Career Services Luncheon – Making a Big Impression in a Short Time: Career Fair Success Strategies. Optional
MOH 201
12:45-1:00 Welcome From Dean Puto SCH 421 
1:00-1:30 Mayo Innovation Scholars Program
Mr. Steve Vuolo & Assistant Dean Bill Woodson
SCH 421 
1:30-2:15 Leadership Lab 3 Overview
Professor Tuzcu
SCH 421 
2:15-2:30 Student Life Updates (10 min)
Kay Wimer

  • Key Dates
  • Labs and the Friday Schedule
  • Graduation info – applying etc.
SCH 421
2:30 – 2:45 Student Association
SA officers
Student Association programs and updates
SCH 421 
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00-4:30 Career Services / Recruiter Panel
Includes recruiters from Target, UnitedHealth Group, Health Partners,
G & K and Cummins
MOH 201 
4:30 – 6:30 Open 4 Business – Welcome back second year students, introduce first year students, and network with alumni. Optional The Local



Admissions Updates, Uncategorized

Class of 2015 – Required Summer Pre-course Assignments

Below are the current pre-course assignments. 

*Please note that other assignments may be added at the discretion of our professors.  It is your responsibility to check the blackboard site and read the syllabus for each class carefully to note any additional required readings or assignments that professors may have posted.

1. MGMT Communications Lab Pre-course assignment (Due at 9:00 p.m. first day of Launch – Monday, 8/26)

Read the article “What’s a Business For?” by Charles Handy

Read the article “The Social Responsibility of a Business is to Increase its Profits” by Milton Friedman

Complete a written assignment (Instructions can be found here).  DUE THE FIRST DAY OF LAUNCH BY 9:00 P.M.

2. BEC 600 Pre-course assignment (due 9/4):

Contact Prof. Combs if you have any questions about the course or this assignment:

Register for the Aplia Electronic Course:

1. Connect to: //
2. If you already have an account, sign in. Go to your My Courses page, and click the Enroll in a New Course button.
If you don’t have an account, click the Create a New Account button, and choose Student Account.
3. Enter your Course Key when prompted: RLMT-VNS5-FEMA. Continue to follow the on-screen instructions to access your course.

Payment Online: After registering, you can buy access to Aplia from the Aplia website (you can pay anytime within three weeks after registering)

For more information on registering for Aplia, please visit

1. On-line Pre-test (due 9/4)

  • Complete the Introductory Practice Problem Set first
    Complete the Interactive Tool Tutorial second
  • Take the Pretest third – if you scored 90% or above, that completes your pre-course Aplia work. 
  • If your score is lower than 90%:
    Complete relevant sections in the Math and Graphs Tutorial to improve your skills in your weaker areas.
    Complete the Posttest.  If you still score lower than 90%, consult Prof. Combs to discuss

If you are completing the online MBA Math course this summer, the Aplia Math and Graphs Tutorial may help you.

2.  Reading and Case assignment for the first day of class (9/4)

  • Textbook (Brickley, Smith, Zimmerman) Chapters 1 and 3 (no appendices)
  • Case:  Read Société Générale case at end of Chapter 1 in textbook.  Be prepared to discuss all questions. 
  • Aplia:  Complete Aplia practice problems due 9/4.  Be prepared to discuss.

3.  Read the course syllabus

4.  If you are able, go to the Minnesota State Fair!  We will discuss the competitive soft drink market outside the fairgrounds as well as the monopolistic sweet corn market inside the fair.