Preparing Students for a Technology-Driven Workplace

Dean of the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology, Maryam Alavi, sits down with AACSB Explores to discuss the importance of preparing business students for careers in a technology-driven world.


Maryam Alavi: [00:16] Technology is moving so quickly, and technological progress is really getting to be so fast that it's really getting very difficult to keep up with that rate.

[00:24] I think the best way to develop capabilities in our students to be able to keep up with technological changes is really help them to learn how to learn.

[00:34] First of all, we need to provide an opportunity for them to understand the technology from an applied perspective. Business graduates are not expected to be engineers and come up with in depth knowledge of technologies.

[00:50] They need to know enough to be able to understand and use technology as a tool for the sake of business innovation, or to solve business problems.

[01:00] The idea of being able to converse effectively, to know enough to be able to understand what technological tools might be useful in a given situation, that is very important. The idea is to show them and to teach them basics so they can build upon those basic principles to constantly keep themselves updated and be able to keep up with technological change.

Filmed February 2017 on site at AACSB's Deans Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.