Samon is a MIM student from Thailand. Like all students this term, she has been working very hard on group projects, and has to balance several team meetings a week in order to complete assignments. This is a quick snapshot of a recent team meeting of hers.
Samon meets with her team for her Market Research class. They have been working on a project this term where they need to design an innovative product for a company and conduct research in order to determine if their is in fact a market for their product idea. They have been working on some proposed innovations for the Xbox game console, and in today’s meeting they discuss the results of some surveys they conducted recently. Tomorrow they will have to give a 25 minute presentation in class, and be able to recommend whether their idea would be worth investing money in or not. As they discuss the survey results, they find that it is not easy to agree on how to interpret them. Samon feels the results show that there would be strong interest in their product idea within their target market, while Mei, her teammate, is less confident about the results. While they continue to discuss things, Golf, a third teammate of theirs who is also a talented graphic designer, busily works on the layout of their presentation.
The group decides to take a short break so they can clear their heads after their heated discussion. During the break, Samon comments on the demands of this term and how she tries to handle the workload. “This term is really intense, and I often feel like I have to spend too much time studying. I try to finish all my individual work as far in advance as possible though. If you can get caught up with everything and stay ahead of schedule, this makes the pace of the term easier to handle.”
After going to a nearby Seattle’s Best to get coffee, the group is ready to pick up where they left off. They are able to come to an agreement on their recommendations for the presentation, and then begin to focus more on how to organize their content. Golf has created some eye-catching charts to show their survey results, and Mei helps to put these in their PowerPoint presentation for tomorrow. Although she knows they will still need to work for a couple of hours longer, Samon takes a moment to relax and savor her coffee, satisfied that the project is on track and they will be well prepared for tomorrow.
To be continued……
Josh is a full-time student in the Master of International Management program. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Japanese, he taught English in Tokyo for 3 years, before moving to China and teaching at a university in the city of Zhengzhou. Inspired by his experiences in Japan and China, he was drawn to the MIM program because of its regional focus on Asia, as well as for Portland State University’s reputation as a leader in the field of sustainable business. He is studying Chinese in the MIM program, but tries to keep up his Japanese whenever he can.