Dr. Jeffrey S. Sugheir
"If it fits your goals and lifestyle constraints, go for it. Recognize that it is a lot of time and effort to earn an MBA, and the Boise State online program requires self-management discipline and balance with family and career."
Eighteen years of international industry experience including: marketing and sales, financial analysis, and strategic planning for Fortune 200 companies; consulting; and two entrepreneurial ventures.
Which classes do you teach online?
BUSMBA 555 — Business Plan Development (the capstone)
What should students take away from your classes? What do they learn?
This class asks students to research and analyze a publicly traded company and to write a strategic business plan for that company that includes industry analysis, strengths and weaknesses, and considerations of global strategy, diversification, and vertical integration.
Why did you start teaching?
I started teaching international business as an adjunct at Rochester Institute of Technology while working with Kodak. Students seemed to like the course, and I enjoyed the experience. After a few years, a fellowship at Rensselaer became available, and I left corporate life to earn a Ph.D.
What advice would you give to those considering this program?
If it fits your goals and lifestyle constraints, go for it. Recognize that it is a lot of time and effort to earn an MBA, and the Boise State online program requires self-management discipline and balance with family and career.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in business face today?
Responsible use of managerial power, and managing the tension between economic profit and social responsibility—especially our collective stewardship of what is left of the natural environment.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
"The Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.
I played guitar in several bands over the years, including The Consequences in Rochester, New York, and Terminal Lunch in Pittsburgh with the late, great Paul Brown.