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2011 News

October 25, 2011

Tufts Financial Network and the Institute for Business in the Global Context host Geopolitical Crisis: When the Front Page Converges with the Business Page

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Left to right: Bhaskar Chakravorti, Gideon Rose, Vali Nasr and Daniel Drezner. (Ira Fox for Tufts University)

In the last days of a month that saw the death of Libya’s ousted leader, the first post-revolution elections in Tunisia, and
a deepening crisis in the Eurozone, over 125 members of the Tufts Financial Network gathered at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York for the first in a series of events presented in collaboration with The Fletcher School’s Institute for Business in the Global Context. The 
topic of the evening: Geopolitical Crisis: When the Front Page Converges with the Business Page. An enthusiastic audience wanted to know, “What does this near-term political volatility mean for business in the long-run?”

In a lively conversation that extended well into the evening over cocktails, Fletcher professors Vali Nasr and Daniel Drezner, joined by Gideon Rose, Editor of Foreign Affairs, and moderated by Dean Bhaskar Chakravorti, Executive Director of the Institute for Business in the Global Context, took the audience on a journey that touched on the epicenters of global systemic, financial, and political risk. The panelists debated the increasing correlation of financial and political risk worldwide, and shared their vision of how events may unfold in the near future. 

Read the complete event summary here.

October 11, 2011

Chris Hummel (F93) of Siemens Enterprise Communications Shares the Secret to His Success: “Managing the Matrix”

chummelAt one point not long ago, Chris Hummel’s biggest concerns were how to find fax paper in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and why his Kazakh business partner insisted on walking arm-in-arm with him. Now his days are filled with worries about marketing and managing the latest evolution for global electronics giant Siemens in North America.

It’s a winding career path that took him from Fletcher graduation eighteen years ago to the top levels of a $3 billion company. And if there’s one secret to his success, it’s what he calls “Managing The Matrix,” or knowing how to manage multiple, complex agendas simultaneously.

“Most people do not know how to manage that skill…. Most people do not know how to manage multiple executives or solve multidimensional, cross functional business problems,” he said during a lunchtime presentation October 11 at The Fletcher School, the latest in a series hosted by the school’s Institute for Business in the Global Context.

“If you can master that skill, there’s no stopping you.”

Read the complete event summary here.