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An experiential and interactive learning experience, with undergraduate, graduate and executive education students, through a round table discussion with distinguished human resources executives and directors from industry took place in November.

The future of work and the fourth industrial revolution: School of Business Students Engage in Lively Debate with HR Professionals

Dec 19, 2018

The stimulating discussion and debate included Hoda Mahran, Human Resource Director and Osama Hashim, Chief Human Resources Officer from Redcon Construction; Hebatallah Abou Rabia, Sub Governor of Human Resources from the Central Bank of Egypt; Fady Labib, Head of Human Resources from DHL Global Forwarding; and Mohammed Khairy, Head of People Capabilities at Vodafone Egypt.


The panel discussed a range of topics including the latest trends in human resources (HR), talent acquisition, the evolution of HR in Egypt, talent management and development, robotics and technology, and economic and political issues in the HR industry. Including the impact technology and robotics will have on jobs, training and pay, the impact of the economic and political landscape on the future of work, HR in Egypt and worldwide and the fourth industrial revolution.


The discussion was initiated and organized by Nellie El Enany, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and moderated by Mohga Badran, Professor of Human Resource Management from the Department of Management.


Khairy explained that it was, “A privilege to join distinguished panel members at AUC’s round table discussion on the future of work. The discussion was quite rich and enlightening. This platform provides a unique learning experience for the university students as it creates an effective open dialogue between them and human resources leaders from across different industry segments. These discussions help in complementing the human resources academic studies with practical experience and insights that help in facing the challenges in an ever-changing market dynamics, coupled with digitalization across industries to drive efficiency and deliver more value and better customer experience.”


The students who attended, pointed out that what made it a different learning experience was hearing from experts who work in the field. Through this roundtable, students understood how industry defines talent with it being more about the will to be better and make others lives better… They leant that; talent is about creativity, doing things in a different way, being passionate, taking initiative, as well as multitasking. They also stressed that being an “intrapreneur” inside an organization is something management look for when hiring.


It was, “interesting to know that GPA is far less important than skills including critical thinking, writing and listening as well as resilience, persistence, grit, having initiative, passion, and self-motivation,” reflected Nada Gheith, undergraduate participating student, adding that “this type of flipped classroom approach is fun, realistic, engaging and a mind opener because it was also a practical discussion of what we learn in class.”


El Enany explained how, “different speakers come to classes throughout the semester, but this round table allowed a broader, more varied discussion and space for a debate, giving students the opportunity to reflect on what they learn in class, helping their critical thinking and reflective learning.” She continued, “when students engage in an experience such as this, they begin analyzing different points of view and opinions more broadly and it gives them the space to reflect on their own personal views, the different theories and concepts they learn in the course, which in turn helps them to develop stronger evaluative judgment and critical reasoning.”