This is the 24th in a series of business tips from industry leaders that Enterprise Times has interviewed. Enterprise Times recently spoke with Joerg Jung, Executive Vice President & General Manager International (EMEA & APJ) at Infor.
Jung has had an interesting career and education. He has worked for Infor, Unit4, T-Systems, SAP, Adidas and served in the German Navy. He has also studied at Kiel (MBA, Economics), University of Gothenberg (MSC in International Management), University of St Gallen (exec MBA) and at Stanford University he studied an executive MBA on Design Thinking.
Enterprise Times asked Jung how design thinking impacts his role?
“I’m a street smart person, but I’m pretty well educated. I did my normal business administration studies in Germany. So the normal bachelor, masters. I’m not applying anything of what I learned in those studies. Then I did an MBA in international management in Sweden, and I’m applying a lot of that today.
“It was problem-based learning, all case studies based on real-life examples. It was self-learning, group dynamics, leadership, working with companies. That was fantastic. Then, I also did an executive MBA was in St Gallen, which was a great addition to what I’ve done before, but it was not that much learning on top of what I’d done.
“But then the design thinking at Stanford was probably, looking back, one of the most amazing things I’ve done. I’m applying every single bit I’ve learned there every day in my professional life. Whenever we have a challenge, I immediately call in the team brainstorming, prototyping, using design thinking. What is the issue? What is the potential area to resolve?
“So the design thinking mentality is giving me a lot of value, and I’m applying that every day. That is probably the one thing that I enjoy the most out of the education that I’ve done.”