Andrew Plotkin with his son, Nathan. Photo Credit: Rebecca Salomon

Part-Time MBA concentration in global business pays dividends

Even before Andrew Plotkin completed his MBA at Rutgers Business School, the degree had helped him advance at Sony Music Entertainment.

“This is the big one!” Plotkin said of earning his MBA part time over the past three years. “It’s already made an impact on my career and positions me well for future growth.” He concentrated his studies in global business.

In June, Plotkin was promoted to director of global governance for Sony Music Entertainment. He manages risk mitigation and segregation of duties for finance and accounting services across the globe, ensuring compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. “My team and I serve as a front-line defense to prevent financial records material misstatement,” he said.

Plotkin said the MBA began paying off with his first RBS course in May 2019. “I left every class with information I immediately applied at my job,” he said. Plotkin will receive his diploma in October, graduating summa cum laude.

The 38-year-old had worked for 15 years in supply chain and business process management — including 7½ years with SME — when he was encouraged to pursue an MBA “to position me for a seat at the table,” he said. His SME hiring manager, a senior vice president, and the corporation’s chief financial officer all earned their MBAs from RBS, he said.

“Rutgers University is a historic institution, and the business school is well-ranked,” Plotkin said. “The name carries weight and indicates exceptionalism.”

Working on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, Plotkin commuted to RBS-Newark for evening in-person classes, while taking other courses online. He gave RBS high marks for handling the transition to all-remote learning in March 2020 due to the pandemic. In-person classes resumed last September.

Rutgers Part-Time MBA student Andrew Plotkin

“School and work were both exceptionally supportive” in Plotkin’s efforts to balance a full-time career, graduate school, and his home life, he said. The Cranford resident and his wife Rebecca Salomon became parents in September 2019 as he started his second course.

Plotkin said the instructors, experts in their fields, provided real-world experiences that helped him understand concepts and learn how to apply them. He found Assistant Professor Yla Eason’s “Business Communications” class on sharpening writing and speaking skills extremely useful. “Part of my responsibility is breaking down regulations and the technology-based system controls for people who need to understand them, so this is a crucial skill for my job,” he said.

One standout course was “Financial Management,” offered online and taught by Professor Tavy Ronen, who also is the founding director of RBS’ Business of Fashion programs. “She is brilliant and brought an excitement to the material,” he said.

But perhaps Plotkin’s favorite course was “Managing Strategic Transformation.” Assistant Professor Jeremy Vogelmann used case studies on Best Buy, Starbucks and other global corporations, showing how leaders successfully dealt with crises. “It gave us a perspective and thought process I found really valuable,” he said. “I learned tools for making decisions, and confidence in myself to offer solutions to challenges,” he said.

He completed 49 credits, taking six most semesters. All the classes he took were offered evenings, except for one Saturday morning course. While the part-time MBA program was challenging, Plotkin said, “Rutgers Business School provided an inclusive and helpful environment. No matter how hectic things got, everyone made sure we were all supported.”

- Margaret McHugh




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