Specialists should develop skills outside of their disciplines to make themselves more competitive, according to educators from over 70 of the world’s leading business schools who participated in a session called “Cross-Disciplinary Programs: Making a Place for Design, Engineering, Humanities and Science." This session was a part of this years’ GBSN Annual Conference in Manila.
These skills, which participants listed as important for entrepreneurship, should be developed in cross-disciplinary programs, where, for example, an engineer can pursue a master's degree in business administration.
Desired components of cross-disciplinary programs include development of negotiation skills, communications skills, geopolitical understanding, critical and out-of the-box thinking, and financial understanding as well as knowledge of crisis management, project management, ethics and sustainability, leadership, business modeling and entrepreneurship.
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Samara Tu is a Communications and Event Planning Intern at the Global Business School Network.