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Leading in a Global Market : Creating a Collaborative Culture - Bhupesh Arora, Eller MBA '98

March 2012

By Liz Warren-Pederson

This month, Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders included Eller MBA alumnus Bhupesh Arora, saluting the transformational change he brought to Avery Dennison.

“Global businesses like ours increasingly leverage technology to maintain competitiveness and create new products and services,” Arora said. Among the initiatives that the Computerworld honor recognized was an internal social media platform to connect Avery Dennison employees worldwide. “We’re strengthening our capabilities with leaders in internal collaboration and social media. This solution is empowering our employees, unleashing their creativity, and supporting their desire to make a difference for our customers,” Arora explained.

But IT services were not his initial focus when he arrived in Tucson for the MBA program. After completing his undergraduate degree in production engineering in his native India, Arora worked for a couple of global manufacturing companies, initially in a Six Sigma role, then later in procurement management for a leading appliance company. “Working on the business side opened me up to all the possibilities in the world,” he said. This burgeoning passion for global business led him to apply to several U.S. MBA programs.

“I looked at a number of factors in choosing a school,” he said, noting that Eller offered the right combination of value, corporate connections, and — of course — weather.

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