Could your job—as a professor, doctor, lawyer, accountant, financial adviser, or news reporter—be performed by an analytically swift, decision-capable computer? If so, what role might be left for you?
This question—as well as the larger question of what happens to humans when important decisions and actions can be undertaken by smart machines and artificial intelligence—was addressed by leading IT and business analytics expert Thomas H. Davenport during McIntire’s 2016 Spring Symposium, “Analytics: From Revolution to Evolution.” Davenport’s keynote speech at the April 29 event was followed by a lively panel discussion during which Davenport and five distinguished professionals, all of whose businesses relied on state-of-the-art analytical techniques, offered their own perspectives on the question of man versus machine.
Long an outstanding resource for college students, recent graduates, and working professionals seeking key career-boosting business competencies, the 34-year-old McIntire Business Institute (MBI) has seen dramatic growth in applications and enrollment during the past year.
Recognized for his “transcendent impact” on students, Management Professor David Lehman was honored with a 2016 All-University Teaching Award.
Seven outstanding women real estate professionals discussed how industry aspirants can gain a foothold in the business—and what sorts of skills are required for success—during a panel event March 17. The event, titled “The Road Ahead: Exploring Careers in Real Estate,” was hosted by the McIntire School and the Women’s Business Forum at McIntire.
For the 60 students in McIntire Professor Brendan Boler’s third-year course, “The Advice Business: Basics of Strategic Consulting,” Friday, April 22, offered a double helping of invaluable real-world strategic insight: In the midst of an intense, day-long case competition requiring fine-tuned recommendations as to whether or not value retailer Dollar Tree should seek to expand internationally, the students were treated to a compelling discussion of the meaning and power of strategy by new UVA Head Football Coach Bronco Mendenhall.
In an engaging presentation that combined can-do enthusiasm with agricultural expertise, financial acumen, and innovative strategic thinking, Anheuser-Busch InBev Global Director of Agricultural Development John Rogers gave McIntire students a captivating look into super-brewer ABInBev’s complex, risk-ridden global supply chain—and the company’s bold new risk-mitigating, value-creating “SmartBarley” strategy.
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