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Office Hours: A Q&A with Professor, Management Alan Hoffman
Professor Alan Hoffman holds an MBA and DBA from Indiana University-Bloomington, and is a former director of the Bentley MBA Program. His major areas of teaching interest include strategic management, global strategy, investment management, and technology. He’s authored more than 40 strategic management case studies.
How did you get started teaching in the 11-month, full-time Bentley MBA program?
I have been teaching in the Bentley MBA program since 1988.
What excites you about the research you’re working on now?
Design Thinking. We now have the ability to teach students the creative process so that they can utilize “design thinking” to create new startups and run their own businesses.
What are the top professions this degree program will prepare students for?
Top Management (CEO/CFO/CIO/CMO)/entrepreneur.
What educational background will be most helpful to students coming into your program?
The MBA program is well suited for both students who studied business and those who studied arts and sciences as undergraduates.
What’s your favorite thing about working with Bentley graduate students?
Our graduate students are highly motivated and work very well in teams. They are a pleasure to teach and mentor.
What was your first job after grad school?
I was a cost analyst at the Ford Motor Company in Michigan.
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