The entire B school experience differs according to which side of the story you belong to-in it,or outside as an aspirant.The latter stage,which naturally comes first,is one filled with wide-eyed admiration for the goings-on in the hallowed interiors of the b schools-with all the rich perks that come alongwith it.Once inside,the picture changes to one that is based on a lot more practical approach,to realize the necessity to do the needful to achieve your dreams.Of the many trends that rule the roost in Indian B schools,the one that takes the cake is that of ‘globalisation‘ in an entirely Indian context.The term unfortunately has been used,and overused and ultimately abused heavily in b schools all over the country-here is why.
To put it simply,Globalisation in this context would refer to the round about way to answer a query/case to hide one’s inability to come up with substantial content.Unfortunately it is not that simple as it seems-the term has more of a negative connotation to it in most people’s minds.
For example,an attempt to answer a question on strategy,using the words ‘Maslow’,’holistic’ and ‘sustainable competitive advantage’ in the same sentence banishes you to the ignomony of the title of ‘global heavyweight champion’ for the rest of your mba life.So that’s the idea,someone who is not succint enough,not clear enough-resorts to globalisation.A simple way to identify the ‘globalising’ attempt of a person is the repetative usage of words such as “basically”,”actually”,”this thing”,”that thing”,”you know” or “umm” in the midst of an explanation.More often than not,it is difficult to carry it off,without a bit of articulation.Thus smooth talkers,with generous dose of lip service hold strong chances of turning global champions.
However,there are two basic myths/unjustified notions associated with the phenomenon of globalisation-firstly,the scenario when you hear someone speaking something which you already know of.This tragic set of events takes place,everytime when you expect someone to come up with some entirely new take on a topic that is known beforehand-and when the person explains the same funda that is known previously-he is unfortunately termed ‘global’.This is entirely unfair to the person in question-his understanding is defintely not at fault here-the recipient’s expectations are.
Secondly,the yardstick that is used to compare subjects which are absolutely impossible to compare end up marking some of the most beautiful subjects as ‘global’.One classic example would be the bracketing of some subject like “organisational behaviour” as global vis-a-vis “financial management”-owing to the lack of quantification in the former as compared to the latter.
Amongst prospective students themselves,there are 2 major categories identified,the ones who are unabashed followers of ‘globalisation’ and depend on it for a living.The other variety which borders on the thin lines of hypocrisy prides itself as belonging to the ‘objective’ club and still resort to ‘the big G’ in trying situations to save themselves.
The picture is pretty clear at the end of the day-the subtle nuances of globalisation are here to stay-the longer the queue of the mba-s being churned out in the country becomes-the tentacles of globalisation,good or bad, will spread even further.