Thursday, April 21, 2011

Service Management Field Trip – Thessaloniki

Yesterday marked the last day of in person contact with our project sponsors. They have sent us some preliminary information to analyze and signed off on the project scope and definition. All that remains now is for us to do our analysis and provide our report. That coupled with the completion of our individual assignments will tie up the end of this course.

Shown above: View of Aristotelous Square from the Orizontes rooftop restaurant in Electra Palace Hotel Thessaloniki.

This has been a unique experience, to hear from the mouths of people who live here their opinion on a very timely topic: globalization, competitiveness and the structure of a nation’s (Greece’s) economy. Our professors did a lecture on Monday talking about the characteristics of the Greek economy, breaking down GDP components and telling a story about Greece’s economic focus and structure over the past 5 years as a backdrop for the current conditions the country is facing. They also prescribed a logical recipe for what would be needed to turn the Greek economy around and the challenges involved. These sentiments were echoed by many of the project sponsors who participated as many of them were looking to boost their competitiveness and engage the other economies of the world.

Today, I’ll be spending most of my time wrapping up all remaining loose academic ends in the hope of leaving nothing unfinished for my return to Toronto.


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