IE Business School Online Masters
Ram Parasuraman
May 14, 2010
All of us authors have no doubt repeated the "buzz word" of an IE Business School Degree, its "diversity". But diversity as it turns out, does not just refer to people from different nationalities. There can be diversity even amongst the same nationality. For instance, it is only logical that India and China, the top two in the World's Most Populous Countries have more representation in a "Global" class. Since I am more familiar with India, let me take a nice little anecdote I have been fondly observing over the past few months in the Program.

Yes, we are all from India, but then some of us have lived in the Middle East before moving to the US, others have moved further due East, to Japan or Singapore. Others have landed up in the Mediterranean or Europe. You find nice shades of culture depending on how long we have lived in each of the countries outside of India. For instance, take me, I have lived in the US for over a decade now and have only worked  outside India. So, my work and presentation have a strong Western influence as it does for Hemal or Shelialla. On the other hand, Nitin, who has lived in Japan over the past several years or Raakesh, a co-author who resides in Singapore, show us a completely different side of their approach to projects and presentations. Yet others, like Samir who lives in Europe or Julie, Sagar or Russel that live in the Middle East, show us yet another variation. It is not just our style that varies, but also our sense of humor, our tastes, interests, the way we spell "humo(u)r" or say "schedule", etc. 

In my world of Digital Communications, we fondly refer to this as Modulation of signals after applying the nationality filter to allow for variations within the vast countries themselves, the duration for which we have been modulated, i.e. have been away from our home country for and the signal level, i.e. how far away from home we reside. So, someone living in Asia would be closer to an Indian living in India than one who lives in US. This is a classic Doppler effect 😉 

This is not rocket science, but you get but a few opportunities to observe such beautiful shades and gradations. The same can be observed for people from Russia, China, Mexico, Germany that live elsewhere. It is sheer beauty. To have the diversity of 30+ countries and several such shades of diversity amongst repeat countries is just a luxury to enjoy in an Online MBA program. It's truly a delightful experience.

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