Business rep gives pointers to students

By Rosemarie Gonzalez
September 18, 2003

On Monday, Sept. 15 at 12:30 p.m., Yvonne McNulty’s international business management class convened for a presentation, which was administered by Oracle, which is a software company-regional manager, Stephen McNulty.

“I was able to ask my husband if Oracle would be prepared to come in and speak to the class. He said he would go one better and that he would come in and speak to the class, personally, himself,” McNulty, a business professor, said.

It is a requirement of students enrolled in the international management class to attend four meetings with presenters from outside companies.

“The aim is to extend what I teach in lectures into the real world by having a live international manager put into practice what we cover in the textbook and in the lectures,” McNulty said.

Through her husband’s presentation, McNulty was able to have her students be aware of the resources and opportunities available, not only in Oracle, but in world-wide management.

Since Stephen McNulty is originally from Australia, he knows what it is like to travel, as he does that at least twice a week. He was able to start off in his native country and then come over to the United States and work in Chicago for a little bit before he moved to local Philadelphia and started a position as regional manager.

McNulty speaks on behalf of Oracle and their world-wide issues when he said, “The answer is to consolidate and be able to distribute all of the information from one place. We can access any information from any place in the world from Oracle. This was not possible three or four years ago.”

He explained to the students that Oracle is very supportive of furthering educational needs. They have a program, located all over the world, in which students can sign up online and take some training courses. Any individual may pay and download the software necessary to begin a course.

McNulty also talked about how traveling is a major part of his work as regional manager. Although it is not a disturbance to travel, he has had to deal with the cultural differences in his transition from Australia to the U.S.

“The traveling doesn’t bother me, but I remember that when I first came to the U.S., it was not customary to give alcohol as a gift to a customer. In Australia, just about everyone drinks, so a nice bottle of wine is a good gift,” McNulty said.

After instilling some facts on Oracle and world-wide management, McNulty parted by giving his wife’s students gifts for asking and answering questions correctly.

“It’s about taking all of that knowledge and making sense of it in the real world of business by having real business people come in and give the students alternative perspectives; all of which broadens a student’s thinking and informs long-term career options,” McNulty said.

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