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Brian Jennings serves as associate dean of MBA programs and executive education at Scheller College.
Brian Jennings serves as associate dean of MBA programs and executive education at Scheller College.

TAG Radio Features Scheller College's Role in Creating the Next Generation of Business Leaders

Brian Jennings, associate dean of MBA programs and executive education at Scheller College of Business, was featured on Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) radio network’s Tech Talk program on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Jennings discussed how Scheller College is adapting programming to develop business leaders who excel in a world disrupted by technology. He also described the distinctive connection between the College and the technology community, and the future trends of business education.

“One of the great things about working at Georgia Tech is the unique positioning we have as a business school at the intersection of business and technology. It’s a station where we’ve always been,” said Jennings. “The constant change and the rapid increase of change – this is where business is shifting now."

He continued, “Companies are looking for a new type of leader. One who has the capabilities to solve complex business challenges in a rapidly changing business environment and stay on the leading edge. There’s a lot of evidence that the work we are doing here at Scheller supports that success. All our graduates are highly sought after.”

Jennings also talked about the innovation ecosystem in the Tech Square business community, including the presence of many Fortune class companies and startup incubators. “...What we’ve been doing as a business school is weaving these innovation centers and startup incubators into our academic programs – whether it’s through experiential learning opportunities, guest lecturers, industry panels, or workshops.”

When asked what makes Scheller College unique in the way that it works with corporations, Jennings shared three distinguishing characteristics: academic partnerships, focus on the intersection of business and technology, and an emphasis on experiential learning.

“We expect our learners to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. Many of our programs have that component as the anchor as to how people will apply what they have learned in a real life setting.”

And as to the future of business education, Jennings said, “We are seeing more focus on online learning, continued emphasis on experiential learning, the trend to combine an MBA with a Ph.D. or master’s in a technical field or earn a dual degree, and lastly, the concept of lifelong learning.”

TAG's mission is to educate, promote, influence, and unite Georgia's technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances Georgia's tech-based economy. Launched in January 1999, TAG merged three of the state's largest technology organizations: the Southeastern Software Association, the Business and Technology Alliance, and Women in Technology. TAG is headquartered in Atlanta and has chapters in Greater Augusta, Columbus, Middle Georgia, Savannah, and Athens.


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