I’m off to China!

It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks since the spring semester of my first year started on February 2nd. I am incredibly excited and also a little nervous about my upcoming trip to Guangzhou, China! I have just finished wrapping up mid-term papers and am in the process of packing for my flight, which is tomorrow morning!

I will be working with ALOG Technology Solutions, which is a third-party eCommerce warehousing logistics company in China. We will be redesigning and suggesting an efficient order picking process that will reduce the time taken by each front-line worker to fulfill an order. I will be partnering with Lakshmi Kannan, a fellow first-year Sloanie, and two MBA students from Lingnan College, Phoebe Long and Grace Wu on this project.  Sharmila Chatterjee, our faculty advisor, has also been incredibly supportive and has been providing us with ongoing guidance and support with the project.

Many people ask why I took China Lab, especially during my first year at Sloan. I decided to take China Lab because I wanted to learn more about the Chinese culture and learn more about how business is conducted in other parts of the world. I feel like I have learned so much in just the past few weeks about the Chinese culture and its customs, and believe that I will learn even more while I am there.

I also wanted to take an action learning class so that I could gain hands-on experience and learn more about global operations. As someone who comes from a legal background, I did not get as much exposure to businesses day-to-day affairs, and was more so brought in to negotiate joint venture or supply agreements, or to assist with an acquisition or disposition. Or, I would advise clients on their options, i.e. I would explain to them what they could or could not do within the confines of the law, with respect to the proposed solutions that they had generated. Ultimately, my clients would make final decisions and come up with creative solutions that fit within the parameters that I would advise them of. As such, I am looking forward to being in the position to investigate an issue and to (hopefully!) generate a solution that will assist – and perhaps even empower – our client.

I am so excited to have this opportunity. I think that this course will be immensely beneficial to my professional growth and development. I am very grateful to be embarking on this journey, and hope to share updates and photos throughout the next few weeks about my project and my trip, so that you can get a sense of my experience. Signing off for now! ‘Til we meet again in China!

Sahar Dar

Sahar is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. A native of the Midwest, she comes to Sloan after 7+ years working in Chicago, first as a corporate M&A attorney, and then as a law school administrator and adjunct professor. While at her law firm, Sahar established and ran a pro bono program for domestic violence victims, which she later expanded to a citywide legal clinic that she directed for two years. Sahar received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a certificate in Business & Public Policy from The Wharton School. She also holds a BA in International Studies, Psychology, and Economics, from Case Western Reserve University. At Sloan, Sahar serves as a Vice President of the Real Estate Club, the Travel & Hospitality Club, and the Net Impact Club, and is also on both Sloan Senate and the Graduate Student Council. She is passionate about community service, and enjoys reading historical fiction novels, playing board games, travel, movies, acrylic painting, and Sudoku puzzles.

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  1. Sahar, safe travels and an excellent trip!

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