By Javaiz Parappathodi, a PhD candidate in Operations and Data Analytics at ESSEC since 2019. Javaiz has recently joined Durham University, UK as a teaching fellow this September. His research interests are humanitarian logistics, modern slavery and ‘co-opetition’ between firms.
Javaiz taught Operations Management for ESSEC Global BBA students.
How was your experience? Did you enjoy it?
I absolutely loved the experience. Reaffirmed the feeling that, for a change, I picked the right career this time.
How did you prepare?
Preparation was the most difficult part in the whole process. I had all the freedom that I wanted in deciding the course content and direction, thanks to the confidence shown by ESSEC on my capabilities. So, I wanted to completely design the course from start to finish.
I started from the scratch. I prepared the content for each and every session by myself and thoroughly enjoyed the process as well. I also devised my own evaluation strategy (obviously within the guidelines established by the program). I learnt as much as the students at the end of the process.
By Huali WU, 5th year PhD student in Economics at ESSEC.
Huali taught for the first time the course Growth and Development in the ESSEC Grande Ecole Program.
How was your experience ? Did you enjoy it ?
I enjoy sharing important knowledge with the students.
What tools or teaching methods did you use? ( Kahoo, Beekast, cases, …)
I used a lecture-based teaching method. In this course, it is crucial to understand the definitions, to know what questions are being asked, and to master the relevant frameworks to answer the questions. Therefore, when I taught, I always discussed the definitions in detail, described the facts with data that raised questions, emphasized the questions that each model or each theory answered, and presented the theoretical frameworks. Moreover, I also introduced additional reading material to show how good researchers have criticized or extended the existing understanding.