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Post from current student Divyasha

In the world of ambiguity – keep “Riding the Tiger” or be swallowed

 Last Tuesday, Dr. Wilfried Aulbur addressed a packed room of students, faculty and administrators at Harris. Dr. Aulbur is Managing Partner at Roland Berger, a leading voice in businesses in emerging market and author of “Riding the Tiger, how to execute business strategy in India”. He discusses nuances of an auto engine with the same ease that he talks about negotiations with stakeholders in a business deal. What I liked about the talk is his ability to ‘zoom in’ – with incredible mastery over technical intricacies, and ‘zoom out’ – weaving several years of strategy consulting experience into his judgment.

Throughout the candid conversation, Dr. Aulbur drew on his personal experiences of working with bureaucrats, businesses conglomerates and new ventures and spoke about navigating through the barriers in doing business in India. Integrating aspects of thought leadership, innovation, flexibility, and community welfare into his talk - the optimism he shared about the Indian growth story was really inspiring.

This talk truly resonates with my decision to choose Harris - it’s curriculum. One of the core aspects of the Chicago Harris Curriculum – it supplements deep academic research with interaction with governance and industry leaders who offer relevant and actionable insights on how to apply a theoretical framework in real world policy challenge.

For someone like me, who is interested in working at the intersection of business and policy in developing economies, Dr. Aulbur’s thoughts on VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) markets is definitely one of the highlights in my 6 months at Harris.

Divyasha Ray (MPP’18), is a data-driven student at Harris who strongly believes in the correlation between ambiguity and life