Broadening Horizons through the MBA Program
Vijay Sachdeva began his career as a software engineer in a Japan-based telecom company in 2005 and joined its office in India. By 2011, having spent six years in technology, he had a sound perspective on ‘how’ things work, but felt that he was missing a major piece on ‘why’ things work the way they do. “I was deriving the solutions but I was not questioning the operability and the need for those solutions,” he said. “At that point, I knew that I needed to pause, introspect and educate myself to gain wider perspectives.” He joined the MBA program at Purdue, where he learned how projects and companies operate, their processes, and the rationale behind executive decisionmaking. Practical lessons while working with GSCMI taught him operations fundamentals, and upon graduation in 2013, he was ready to apply them to the real-world.
InCode Consulting, a division of Ericsson Inc., which specializes in telco-focused management consulting, gave him the opportunity to leverage his domain knowledge and management degree to solve business problems of the telecom world. He has worked on a variety of engagements with telecom operators, equipment vendors and private equity clients in North America, Europe and Asia, tackling diverse business problems ranging from sales-channel optimization and spectrum auctions to fiber deployment strategies. The audience of his deliverables has changed from engineering-teams to executives – but the core nature of the work is still the same: to solve problems. “I find my journey as adventurous as learnable,” he said. “Be it building the software for 2G back in 2005 or creating strategies for 5G now, I learnt lesson from each experience. My MBA was the link that helped me to expand the horizons of my thinking, and I thank my professors at Krannert and mentors at GSCMI for their immense support and motivation to pave a management career path for me.”
“I find my journey as adventurous as learnable...”