Interview with Sean Ferguson, Associate Dean at HKUST Business School

Sean Ferguson

Sean Ferguson is the Associate Dean of Master’s Programs at the HKUST Business School in Hong Kong. Previously at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, Ferguson also spent several years in management consulting and the software industry, working for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young in its transformation consulting practice and then with PROS Revenue Management as the product manager for its analytics and execution software products.

Before earning his MBA from Rice University, Ferguson worked as a business line manager for Procter & Gamble’s Bounty brand. He received his Bachelor of Science in engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

What are individuals looking for with an MBA at HKUST?

As Sean Ferguson explains in the video interview below, students in the MBA program at HKUST want to gain perspectives to help round them out as a global manager for the future. They achieve this through learning from a world-class faculty, and fellow classmates with diverse nationalities and career experiences. Both in the classroom and through various social events and activities, students gain a greater sensitivity to how other people see the world and are better able to relate to them. This equips them with an awareness of cultural nuance that they can call upon whenever they go into a new environment.

While recruiters in Asia have historically had less familiarity with the MBA, Ferguson observes how receptive they are to the value that an MBA brings to the table. He also discusses the role of technology in the future of business education, which he believes will make the MBA experience more efficient and more customisable to the student’s learning needs. By placing the more mechanical elements of the curriculum on line, this will free up more time for the higher value-added aspects of personal and self development.

The Associate Dean concludes by sharing who he would most like to have dinner with, and why.


For the full interview on Forbes, click here.

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