In 2002 the writing was on the wall that the days of the Public
Service Appeal Board were numbered after the election a new
government. Hence I thought it prudent to enhance my Résumé
by going back to school to earn a Masters of Business
Administration. So I applied and was accepted into the MBA program
at Royal Roads University. Yes this was the same facility as Royal
Roads Military College. In 1995 the government closed the
military college and leased the facility to Royal Roads University.
The program involve three residency sessions during consecutive
summers and online courses during the months in between. All courses
involved teamwork in groups of five to eight. some of the courses
Strategic Business Decisions
Human Resource Management
Management Consulting Essentials
As with my graduate
work at the University of Victoria, the MBA program required an
original research project. As I was quite involved in municipal
government at the time as a volunteer, I chose to research Municipal
Amalgamation. In the Victoria area there were 13 individual
municipalities operating in a very small area with a relatively
total small population of about 500,000 at the time. I found this
very interesting given the tremendous waste of public resources and
inefficiencies involved in this structure such as operating 13
municipal police departments in isolation from each other.
In 1981 when I wrote my first graduate thesis I had to hire a typist
to type each page of the document. There were no computers or
word processors that I could use to write my thesis in those days.
However 22 years later in 2003 I was able to put together my
graduate thesis for my MBA on my computer - no more hiring a typist
at $2.00 per page to type my thesis. As a result my MBA
Graduate Thesis can be viewed and downloaded here.
Masters of Business Administration
My decision to spend
$40,000 on the RRU MBA Program was a good decision since shortly
after graduation the BC Government closed the Public Service Appeal
Board. Fortunately for me the RRU VP Finance has agreed to be
my academic advisor for my project. This opened an opportunity for
me when he had an opening for a Director of Facilities. So shortly
after finding myself unemployed he hired me to fill this position.