Ameen Barghi, a former Collat Business Honors alumnus, doesn’t have a lot of time to spare as a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School, but when he had the opportunity to meet a business strategy legend he had studied while at UAB, he couldn’t pass it up.
Barghi (Neuroscience, ’15) recently took part in a strategy seminar on health care at Harvard Business School with Harvard Professor Michael Porter. Porter is regarded as the leading thinker in competitive strategy for all types of organizations, and his approach to strategic management is regularly studied in courses at the Collat School of Business.
“I have been interested in Dr. Porter’s ‘value-creation’ approach to strategy ever since I was in the Business Honors Program at UAB five years ago,” says Barghi. “I jumped at the chance to participate during a case study seminar applying Dr. Porter’s value-creation theory to health care."
Barghi studied neuroscience as a UAB undergrad and participated in the 2015 Collat Business Honors cohort. The honors program provides several opportunities for students to study Porter's approach to strategy and to bridge theory to practice.
During his senior year at UAB, Barghi was named a Rhodes Scholar. He completed his master’s degree in public policy at the University of Oxford on the Rhodes scholarship and enrolled in Harvard Medical School. He is expected to graduate in 2020.
“Alumni of our Business Honors Program are in a wide variety of careers where we hope they will use the strategic leadership skills we teach,” says Barbara Wech, Ph.D., who directs the Collat Business Honors Program, “but Ameen’s opportunity to meet Dr. Porter in a health care case study seminar at Harvard while himself a student at Harvard Medical School is really a home run."
The Collat Business Honors program is a selective program for business students – as well as other majors on campus – who seek intensive training in leadership, research, strategy and ethics.