Globalization, innovation, competition, international markets, outsourcing, political turmoil, and natural disasters all affect industries around the world. Today’s business environment is more demanding than ever before, and requires skills, experience, and decision-making of the highest caliber. To succeed you need to understand the challenges, gather and analyze information, and most of all, think critically. The focus of the Augsburg MBA is on critical thinking informed by personal values and ethics.
Since its launch 20 months ago, under the direction of Professor Robert Kramarczuk, the MBA program has grown to over 300 students. Dr. Kramarczuk’s international career included teaching at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland, running several successful businesses, and starting up six other graduate educational programs in the U.S. and abroad. He was enjoying retirement when the Augsburg call came. It was simply too good to pass up.
“I consider it a great privilege and honor to serve as director of the Augsburg MBA Program,” he comments. “Building the Augsburg College MBA is one of the most rewarding endeavors I have had the opportunity to be involved in.”
The program reflects Augsburg’s mission—service to others. One group of MBA students spends time in the Somali community. Others are involved in field projects where, as a team, students work with an organization for 10 to 11 months.
The Augsburg MBA is unique, he says, because “we look at it from a different perspective. We look at it as your life’s purpose or vocation, with the MBA being a critical leg in this life’s journey.”
At a recent event, students presented Dr. Kramarczuk with an award. Student Babette Blumenauer commented, “He has started this program that will change my life course. I am not just a number or an obscure student here. Dr. Kramarczuk … gives me time, shows he cares, and knows my name. And that has meant a lot to me.”
Master of Business Administration
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