Faculty Connect Sessions

Go beyond the lecture


Faculty connect sessions offer real-time discussions and personalized feedback with faculty while you dive deeper into the course matter. They also provide you an opportunity to connect with other students and build your professional network.

Every course in the Online MBA program offers optional weekly faculty connect sessions.

Check out a preview of a faculty connect session.

Faculty Connect Preview

Faculty Connect Session with Fernando F. Suarez, Ph.D., Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Topic: Innovation-Driven Strategy

Part 1: The Beginning of Tesla

In this video, we will explore the journey of Tesla, a small startup company that dared to challenge the status quo of the automotive industry by introducing electric vehicles with cutting-edge technology and design, and the impact it has had on the industry as a whole. From humble beginnings to a global leader, we will dive into the key factors that led to their success and the lessons that can be learned from their experience.

Want to learn more?

Want to learn more?

Want to learn more?

Part 2: Crossing the Chasm

One of the biggest obstacles to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles has been range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before reaching a charging station. Tesla recognized this issue early on and took a bold step to tackle it by developing a network of electric car charging stations, known as Superchargers, which allow Tesla owners to travel long distances without worrying about running out of power. Tesla’s commitment to developing charging infrastructure has also inspired other automakers to invest in similar initiatives, further advancing the electric vehicle industry.

Part 3: Tesla and the Hybrid Trap

The hybrid trap is a phenomenon where companies try to combine new and old technologies, resulting in a product that fails to deliver on either front. Tesla, on the other hand, embraced new technology and disrupted the automotive industry by introducing fully electric vehicles with superior performance, design, and sustainability features. Their approach serves as a reminder that embracing new technology and taking calculated risks can lead to great success and reshape entire industries.

Part 4: Discussion

We wrap up our faculty connect session with a final group discussion about Tesla’s entrepreneurial journey in the electric automobile industry.

Admissions Q&A

Interested in more? Program & Relationship Manager Jessica Ward joins professor Suarez to answer questions about the admissions process for the OMBA program.