Name: Dusan Janjic
Programme: OneMBA Class of 2017
Job title: EMEA business development director
Company: Schneider Electric
Previous degree: Bachelor of Computer Engineering from McGill University, Canada
1. Why did you decide to join the OneMBA?
“It was the right time in my career; I’m pretty technical but the last few years I’ve been more on the managerial side of things. I wanted to validate what I had learned against the experiences of people in other fields, and fill knowledge into the blanks that I missed. I wanted to try out different parts of business and figure out which part I want to focus on in the future. RSM offers a lot, and I chose OneMBA because of the small groups and discussions I had with professors.”
2. How is the OneMBA experience affecting your work?
“It’s enriching my sphere of understanding in terms of what’s going on at work, especially parts I’ve never done before like financial management. I can implement the new ideas from the OneMBA immediately, I find the things at RSM very relevant to my work. It gives me opportunity to challenge my own work environment as well.”
3. What is the return on investment you expect from the OneMBA?
“I expect a qualitative return of investment, not a monetary one – at least not right away. It’s about personal development. After my degree in computer engineering 15 years ago, I felt like going back to school was the right thing to do. I’m learning so much from the other people in my programme. This is so rewarding; I see how things work in practice. If I want to develop in other business areas or even start my own business, I now have the tools I need.”
4. How has the Personal Leadership Development Programme (PLD) affected you?
“It’s one of my favourite parts of the programme, which I didn’t expect it to be. It’s not necessarily about leadership, but a very good soul-searching experience. It makes me question what I want out of life, and gives me tools to get there. I had ideas of where I wanted to be but didn’t look constructively from a holistic point of view. I now know what makes me tick as a person and makes me enjoy what I do.”
5. Do you notice different cultural approaches to working within global teams?
“There are some homogeneous things when working on global teams, but definitely differences too. I’m very sensitive about how different cultures work, for example people’s relationships to authority, trust-building and various problem-solving approaches. I grew up in international schools with people from all walks of life, and RSM is also really good at pointing this out. It can be challenging, but the OneMBA is reflective of real life.”
6. With your busy schedule, how do you manage the cross-continental projects?
“It gets easier as you get used to it. You need to plan fixed ‘meeting’ times to communicate with the global teams. It has just become a part of our weekends. It works well, but it’s hard at the beginning. It involves a lot of time, but with experience we know how things need to be done.”
7. How are you experiencing the Global Residencies?
“The one in North America kicked things off. The second residency was in Europe. Both gave us content of how to do business in the local environments. In the USA, I was impressed by the presentation about demographics; learning about age and population dynamics and how it creates opportunities. European business is very complex and interesting, and the residency was constructive in going into the details at how things work.”
8. What has been the best part of the OneMBA for you so far?
“The contacts and friendships within the RSM group are really good. We learn a lot from each other both in and out of class. The people and Personal Leadership Development programme have been some of the most rewarding things in the programme so far.”
9. After the OneMBA, what does the future hold?
“The future involves more exploration of new opportunities, and a lot of fun surprises I hope. I’m ready to take on greater challenges, and I feel I have more courage to take bigger steps to do what I’d like to do: to build up small companies into dynamic businesses.”