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The Dean's Corner series provides a first-person, informative narrative of exciting and important happenings at Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business. In this installment from Interim Dean Emery Trahan, he details why Northeastern's annual Giving Day is especially important to him this year, our centennial.

From the beginning of her educational journey, Katherine Kikta, DMSB'23, understood the value a business degree can provide in terms of financial security. But it wasn't until she found the Northeastern Army ROTC program that the world of possibility began to cleave open.

It's a grueling workday for Luke Zaller, who is working as an analyst during a co-op at Ernst & Young in Singapore. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., he can sometimes work on analyst reports until 10 or 11 p.m. But, Zaller says, the job is preparing him for his future career.

The future of health in Sub-Saharan Africa is both uncertain and promising. Life expectancy in this region has increased significantly, and growing economies may provide opportunities for increased financing for health. To effectively improve health in Sub-Saharan Africa, deliberate political investments and African-led models are necessary, as well as robust health systems that can adapt to changing disease and demographic patterns. Community health workers will play a crucial role in achieving universal health coverage and combating pandemics. However, Sub-Saharan Africa remains reliant on foreign financing and must combat corruption and improve domestic health governance to achieve autonomy. Ultimately, interventions to improve health in the region must target the population's changing needs and infrastructure demands.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant shifts in how companies manage their supply chains, with three major changes emerging. First, reshoring is becoming a dominant trend, with companies shifting production and manufacturing to domestic locations from overseas factories to reduce risk and maintain business continuity. Companies are also investing in digital technologies to improve visibility and transparency along their supply chains. Finally, firms are becoming more flexible in their supply chain management by diversifying their sources of supply and holding more inventory. These shifts are likely to have a significant impact on the way goods are produced, distributed, and consumed in the years to come, with government policies playing an important role in managing the impact of these changes.

Reverse innovation, which involves transferring new ideas and innovations from emerging economies to developed economies, can help fix the American healthcare system, which suffers from high costs, uneven quality, and less-than universal access. Developing countries like India are under great pressure to use their very limited medical resources to serve the greatest number of people, at the lowest cost, while maintaining quality. As a result, a handful of Indian healthcare exemplars have mastered clever ways to simultaneously lower healthcare costs, improve quality, and expand access. Govindarajan and Ramamurti identify their secret sauce and recommend that healthcare organizations in the US and elsewhere consider emulating those strategies and practices.

“The D'Amore-McKim MS in Business Analytics program has already been a powerful steppingstone. I built on my understanding of data analysis, learned how to write data reports, and provided the results to business stakeholders. I've also gained exposure to data modeling and integration, and I want to work in a role where I can use this knowledge.” Says Sarocha Promsombat, MS in Business Analytics'22

“My previous work experience taught me to make data more digestible for computers, but my time in the program has shown me how to do the same for people. Learning to analyze data for people and businesses has made me successful.” Says Sai Prasad Sashank Urlam, MS in Business Analytics'22

Cheers erupted and streamers floated down on the ground floor of the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex as the community celebrated D'Amore-McKim's 100th birthday.

“For my graduate co-op, I worked in the finance department at CooperCompanies for six months. This experience helped me further develop my financial analysis and reporting skills while establishing a network that will be useful in my future career.” Says Khushbu Dudani, MS in Quantitative Finance'22