Speaking frankly, from the outset we did feel that we’d had a bit of a win (this of course is no reflection on the other fellows!) because of Jason’s strong social media background. However as the last month has progressed it's obvious that Jason’s contribution to the team is far exceeding his “technical” skill. In fact Jason’s official role written into our project plan is now “Ideas Man” & “Devils Advocate”. Having someone sympathetic to your context and organisational environment, but external to your peculiar discipline has been incredibly valuable. An appropriate question here and there, and example of what has been done elsewhere, a subtle but slight reframing of a problem, all in the context of the wider group discussion has produced a number of solutions to potential issues. Who knows... maybe eventually we can tempt Dr Sternberg over to the Business School!
Dr Glen Murphy
Senior Lecturer and Subject Area Coordinator (HRM)
School of Management
QUT Business School
I couldn't agree with Glen more!
Having the opportunity to be "undisciplined" and work with the Business School on its contribution to the Transform initiative has been a very liberating experience and its reassuring to hear that my input has been beneficial for the team.
To be honest, working in this cross-disciplinary environment is not that much of a stretch. My home of Journalism, Media & Communication is definitely at the industry end of the Creative Industries (we even used to be part of the Business School!). JM&C has also run double degrees with Business for years.
However, I think my "outsider" status has helped the team in a number of ways:
No one expects me to be a disciplinary expertThis frees me up to ask questions that could be considered naive and even stupid if they were asked by someone with insider knowledge. Having to answer these questions means the Business crew have to explain, what is to them, common sense. That process leads to greater clarity and insight for everyone involved.
I'm not brand loyalI understand the need for whatever we produce to be consistent with the other high quality offerings that make up the QUT Business School brand. However, having someone on the team who doesn't have to be brand loyal can allow the Grad Cert Business Managment to enhance the Business School's reputation in creative and unexpected ways.
Being interdisciplinary makes it easier to be ... interdisciplinary!If the QUT Transform initiative is going to offer genuine flexibility, learners should be able to combine offerings in interesting ways that suit their needs. It makes perfect sense for someone interested in business management to also be interested in social media management. Why shouldn't an educational leader, or a scientist managing a team of 50 people, want to understand organisational behaviour? Being able to float across the breadth of offerings being offered by QUT Transform and identify the places where learning experiences from Business can be dropped into other courses and vice versa, will strengthen the quality of every course.
Good teaching is good teachingEveryone involved in the Grad Cert Business Management is committed to providing learners with the best experiences possible. As a result, there has been an incredibly inspiring exchange of teaching ideas that transcend disciplinary boundaries. I'm happy to say that some of my most effective teaching strategies have come from conversations with colleagues in nursing, science and education. I'm now adding management to that list. I hope the rest of the Business team are finding the teaching strategies from JM&C as useful as I find theirs.
I'm a focus group of oneI don't have a management background, but I know that my own professional development will require me to have one in the very near future. Being someone who is genuinely interested in the learning materials I'm helping develop, both as a student and a teacher, gives me a unique perspective on how to balance content rigour, flexibility of delivery and concerns about how individual learning experiences might be turned into a qualification. All of these are issues at the heart of the Transform experience.
Dr Jason Sternberg
Study Area Coordinator (Media & Communications)
Creative Industries Faculty