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Dr. Beena George Guides Students Toward Seeking the Right Shore
5/10/2010


View a MBA class on outsourcing and learn more about Dr. Beena George, a specialist on sourcing management. George not only teaches outsourcing in her class, she also has led study abroad trips to India to expose students to the evolving impact of globalization. The students were able to visit a broad spectrum of organizations including IBM, CISCO, Wipro and Accenture. Her classes are in tune with current developments in the industry.

If you take a course in business management from Dr. George, you’ll quickly learn that it is interactive.

“I enjoy interactive sessions and draw students into a discussion, encouraging them to think about the reasons behind the concepts and frameworks they study,” she said. “I require them to connect the topics we discuss in class with current events in the field, especially since the courses I teach are in areas that are constantly evolving.” It’s an effective method of learning, George said, because it allows students to continue their education beyond the classroom.

In her classes, students are encouraged to share with each other their real-life experiences in the business world, connecting in-class learning with real-life events.  “Many of our students, especially graduates, have such diverse and rich work experiences that the sharing of their experiences in class is an educational experience for the whole class, including me,” she said.

A native of south India and a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management in Kolkata, India, George began teaching at UST in 2003. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Since then, she has helped put the Cameron School of Business on the map with the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) as an Academic Alliance Partner.

In fact, her Sourcing Management course is recognized by the IAOP as a bridge program for training to be a Certified Outsourcing Professional. It’s a highly reputable distinction, especially considering that the only other academic institution with this recognition is the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Between teaching classes, staying involved with the IAOP and spending time with her husband and three children (two attend UST), George spends her spare time giving back to the community.

Through her parish at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, George works with Habitat for Humanity, maintaining its website and helping build new houses. It’s a rewarding experience for her because, much like her classes, it allows the recipients to be actively involved in the project at hand.

“I particularly like working with Habitat because it is not a handout, but a ‘hand up.’ Habitat requires the families we help to participate in the construction of the house,” she said. “Certainly, like most other people, I benefit in being involved in an activity that brings me in contact with like-minded people and helps establish stronger ties to a community to which I belong.”

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