By Mark Cecchini
At ExecEd, we don’t just sit back in an ivory tower and wait for the world to come to us. We get out and interact with it, just as you do in your business.
For instance, you may know that here at the Moore School, we recently launched a program we call Government & Military Solutions. It’s an outgrowth of the special courses we’ve been providing here for the U.S. Army, in which I have been involved for about eight years. The relationship has grown significantly since then. Learn more here: www.mooreexeced.com/government-military-solutions/
But we also go out to talk with military clients and potential clients. For instance, last month I found myself at the Army Logistics University at Fort Lee in Virginia. The ALU is a composite campus for educating key military and Department of Defense personnel in logistical skills. Its stated mission is to “train, educate, develop and certify Army and Joint professionals in logistics, operations sciences, and leadership.”
I was there to participate in a panel of academics – including representatives from John Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University and Virginia Commonwealth University – that was presented as part of a conference on Army Analytics. We were there to talk about the importance of having data-savvy people in the Army.
The Army knows there’s a greater need than ever for sophisticated data analysts in the Army, and that has become a key focus for top brass when they think about higher education topics for key personnel. This conference was a step in that direction.
Our panel talked about various ways higher-education institutions are addressing the increasing need for basic data skills throughout society, and how that matters in the military as well as civilian settings.
At ExecEd, we welcome opportunities to get out and let people know about the ways we can help executives – and those in pivotal roles in the military and government – gain the skills they need to do their jobs better.
For instance, the first week of November, we were at the South Carolina Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Greenville. We jumped at that opportunity because one of the themes was artificial intelligence.
At the end of November I taught a course at ExecEd on Demystifying Artificial Intelligence for leaders and managers. It went well. If you’re interested in taking this course next time we offer it, learn more here: www.mooreexeced.com/2022/03/21/let-us-help-you-learn-how-artificial-intelligence-can-work-for-your-company/
Mark Cecchini is associate dean of Executive Education, and School of Accounting professor and department chair at the Darla Moore School of Business. His teaching and research interests include financial and managerial accounting, information systems, business analytics, control systems and the application of machine learning to business problems.