MOT Class of 2018 Learns New Meaning of Teamwork During Residency Abroad | Technological Leadership Institute

Photo of MOT 2018 students at Caterpillar Suzhou.

The following is a personal account from M.S. in Management of Technology Class of 2018 student Laura Murphy, Information Security Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

The International Management of Technology Project (IMTP) was an important test of both technical knowledge and fortitude, especially when it comes to the unexpected. After 32 sleep-deprived hours, our last cohort peers finally arrived at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam at 5:30 a.m. Our luggage, however, was 2 countries behind us and only four hours remained before our first lecture.

Nonetheless, we persisted. Eventually, the luggage arrived and we slept where we could. What held us together was each other and we ultimately co-created a successful first day of learning in Vietnam: our classmates shared knowledge, skills and even wardrobes to help us get ready for class with limited time and in spite of travel mishaps.

We’ve relied on our relationships and ability to function as a team all throughout the M.S. in Management of Technology (MOT) program. Being abroad was no different. We continued to rely on one another to ask probing questions, share powerful insights and leave no one behind.

The importance of relationships for success in business was a clear theme throughout our IMTP site visits. International Study Programs, the contract agency who did a phenomenal job organizing our trip, relied on their relationships with companies like Huawei, Caterpillar and Intel to get us in the door for site visits. In Ho Chi Minh City, we heard about the work employers put into building relationships with their employees to drive retention in a tight labor market, and how the right relationships within the government can make it easier to do business successfully in Vietnam.

In China, we learned about how joint ventures with Chinese companies like SAIC can pave the way for Western companies like GM to understand local markets and to capture their niche in the massive Chinese market. We repeatedly heard about the power of WeChat, a Chinese multipurpose social media mobile application, as a means of fostering both social relationships and seemingly frictionless commerce for the 900+ million people who use it daily. 

Throughout the trip, our teamwork echoed lessons learned from faculty member Kirk Froggatt’s “High Performance Training” class, in which we learned that in high performing teams, members are motivated, defer to team needs and listen to and respect each other.

We’ve known since that lecture that high performing teams produce synergistic results; it took IMTP for us to learn that in practice, and those synergistic results include a panda army.

To learn more about how IMTP, hear what Laura's classmate Ted Steinmann has to say about the 2018 international residency.
Click here to browse photos of the 2018 international residency.

If you would like to learn more about how IMTP and how an M.S. in Management of Technology from the Technological Leadership Institute can benefit your career, attend an upcoming information session or contact our admission department.

A Look Inside the 2018 International Residency

For two weeks every January, our second-year M.S. in Management of Technology (MOT) students take their learning abroad to get a first-hand, up-close lesson on the economies of two contrasting countries, one emerging-market nation and one more developed. The trip is packed with invaluable experiences and insights into the intricacies of international business. Learn more about their experiences this year in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Shanghai, China in the links below.