“I enjoy watching students get to that next level in their personal and professional development, watching them actualize – getting that promotion / that challenging opportunity. I believe in an applied approach to teaching, focusing on building transferable skills for the workplace using hands-on teaching methods such as cases, simulations, role plays and pro-bono student consulting projects.”
Dan Shaw is the Director, MBA Program & Faculty Member (Marketing), Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University. He teaches in the areas of marketing, marketing strategy, marketing communications, global marketing and personal selling/sales management. His career has included time in marketing, business development, sales and management consulting in the following industries: professional services, telecommunications, software development and consumer packaged goods. Dan is Director of Dalhousie’s Corporate Residency MBA program as well as Acting Director of the MBA Financial Services and MBA Leadership mid career programs and teaches in both the BComm (Co-op), BMgt, Corporate Residency MBA and Executive Education programs at Dalhousie.
CEGE Connection reached out to Dan in a virtual interview to discuss why students should choose Dalhousie’s MBA programs.
Why should students choose to study online/blended with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management?
We are the best option for students looking for the alternative to the weekend warrior executive / mid-career MBA. Many prospective students are leery about the impact of giving up every second Friday and Saturday for two years. They worry about the impact on their work life, but also their homelife. They are often at the stage where they have children at home or aging parents to support. Setting aside every second Friday and Saturday can be problematic on both the home and work front. Our online/blended programs give students control and flexibility to carve out the time in their schedule where it fits their needs, whether that is on the commute home from work, evenings or weekends. It allows you to go to your child’s big soccer game, or dance recital.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy watching students get to that next level in their personal and professional development, watching them actualize – getting that promotion / that challenging opportunity. I believe in an applied approach to teaching, focusing on building transferable skills for the workplace using hands-on teaching methods such as cases, simulations, role plays and pro-bono student consulting projects.
What book would you recommend?
I just finished reading “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.” It was a worthwhile book about personal development, Eastern philosophy and mindfulness. It offers tactics that will make you a better person and a better leader.
What do you do for relaxation?
Ultimately, I like to sail, but I am currently without a sailboat. I hope to rectify that in the next couple of years. Aside from sailing, I love to ski, cook, play basketball with my boys, walk the dog, weekends at the cottage and international travel.
What is your next adventure?
It is the last year that my wife, Fiona, and I have both boys home for the March break before they are off for university, so we are taking advantage of this opportunity to take the family to Hawaii. We are going to the Big Island, staying with friends near the beach and taking the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the area (volcanoes, beaches, surfing, rain forest, waterfalls, etc.). I can’t wait.
Editor’s Note: In addition to teaching, Dan is a consultant to several Canadian corporate and non-for-profit organizations, in the areas of marketing, corporate strategy, strategic/business planning, board and organizational development.
Connect with Dan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danbshaw/
Connect with Dan on Twitter: @daldanshaw
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