Dear Business SchoolsUppsala Universitet. Foto: David Naylor

Dear Business Schools

The past decades have faced a formidable, if not unimaginable, technological change. I am a student who does not want to be a dinosaurs in a IT dominated world.


03.10.2017 kl: 14:19

Dear Business Schools,

I recently bumped into an article published by the newspaper “The Post” which got my attention. The title said, “UPS trucks never turn to the left”, or better, they don’t unless it is strictly necessary. The famous world’s package delivery company has indeed developed an innovative way to solve the problem known as “vehicle routing problem”. In simple terms, the company took advantage of its trucks’ GPS data and understood that turning to the right would reduce gasoline consumption and CO2 emissions, resulting in lowering transportation costs and increasing the number of deliveries (per year, UPS declared to have saved around 38 million dollars and intensified the number of deliveries by almost 350,000 units). They developed an algorithm able to decide the path turning to the right at any possible time, always resulting in the quickest way.

The past decades have faced a formidable, if not unimaginable, technological change. Basic programming, algorithms and data mining are making the stage of the international business world. Not by chance, IT companies are the leading characters. As a matter of fact, IT skills are becoming essential for future industries managers and the job market is adapting itself to this increasing demand.

Unfortunately for me and my fellows, this is a transitional period from, let me tell you, technologically developed dinosaurs to totally digital minds. Business Schools’ students-and please consider me as such-have been taught how to deal with typical business situations through the use of strategy, leadership, entrepreneurship and many other skills. But is this enough? Are we really ready to be the leaders of tomorrow? No one is trying to suggest that Business Schools should suddenly transform themselves into engineering industries. Nevertheless, the UPS managers had the ability to see the room for solving a common problem through the use of data (intensifying IT classes?).

The job market is changing and so are Business Schools. I started the previous paragraph saying “unfortunately”, and yes, my generation is really unfortunate. Future managers will need sufficient IT skills to deal with everyday stuff. Although Business Schools are on the right path, this is a transitional moment in which students are already required to have the sufficient knowledge to manage IT issues yet Universities do not provide it in the best way. The point here is not to blame Business Schools for what they are not doing yet, rather it is to expect this transition period to be as short as possible.

I am a student living in Italy, currently studying in Norway, and I felt the need of writing this letter because I feel the pressure of not being suitable for the job market. I am a student who does not want to be stuck in a world of dinosaurs.

A Student

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