Business Students and Cross-disciplinary Learning

Maryam Alavi, dean of the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology, looks at the benefits of cross-disciplinary study in business schools and beyond.


Maryam Alavi: [00:00] A lot of innovation and disruptions in business is really occurring at the intersection of very different disciplines and technologies.

[00:22] As technology becomes a major driver of innovation, and as all businesses and all industries need to innovate in a sustained way to stay relevant and to thrive, workers and our business school graduates really need to be able to function well in cross disciplinary teams.

[00:44] There's not going to be innovations that can just be accomplished within the narrow confines of the given discipline or functional area. In order to be able to come up with the best solution to complex problems, increasingly organizations and workers need to be able to do really well in cross functional teams.

[01:05] The idea is not to become experts in a variety of different disciplines. The idea is to be able to listen and have an open mind, and be able to communicate effectively, and be able to look at problems or opportunities in business from different perspectives so the best solutions can be able to be developed.

Filmed February 2017 on site at AACSB's Deans Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.