In the second part of the interview, we learn how IMD pioneered the International Consulting Project, the career motivation of the MBA class, post-MBA roles, and the value the program offers for career switchers.
Consulting is the most popular industry for MBA candidates. The International Consulting Project (ICP), the 2-month experiential learning program looks extensive. Is the course only for candidates interested in consulting? Can you give us an overview of the type of projects?
IMD was first on the scene with ICPs almost 40 years ago, and companies come back to us year after year as they really appreciate the value of the insights they gain from our MBAs.
The ICPs take place in the second half of the program and are a great platform for all of our participants to put into practice everything that they have learned during the year and realise how far they have come. It is a step back into the real world. They are no longer working within the safety of the IMD bubble but are working on a real strategic challenge faced by a...
In the second part of the interview with Pascal Michels, we ask how IESE approaches Leadership development and the reasons why 1/3rd of IESE graduates pursue Entrepreneurship within 10 years of graduation.
How does the program develop leadership skills in MBA students?
“Leadership,” “Leader” are terms that get thrown around these days without much thought about what they actually mean. At IESE we teach Leadership as a subject in the first term, but I think it is very telling about how we look at leadership to see that this class is followed in the second term by “managing oneself” and “business ethics.”
All disciplines are woven into the cases we discuss, but it is particularly interesting to see these three connected.
Leading others starts with being able to manage oneself.
Leading people means managing emotions, and if you are not apt at reading and managing your own emotions, you will struggle to be a good leader. The positive impact we expect our graduates to have in their communities over their careers will...
IESE is among the few top MBA programs known for its Case Study Method. We ask Pascal how effective the method is for teaching new concepts and will the call for hands-on experience decrease the relevance of cases
What learning could be more experiential that discussing a real general management situation in a classroom combining roughly 2000 years of work experience across all sectors, functions and geographies?
What is amazing about the case-study method is that it is simply the most powerful way to leverage the incredible diversity that we bring into the classroom. The idea is to learn from your classmates as well as from the professors.
Our professors are all involved in cutting-edge research and consulting work for companies, so in a way, even if you discuss a case that might seem dated, it is really the classroom discussion that will produce the learning. Not only in your classroom, but the professor might also have taught the same case to a group of senior company executives on our New York campus a week earlier. The instincts she would have gained there will also...
We had interviewed many MBA Admissions officers and Marketing Managers. It is rare that you encounter a school's representative that bleeds passion and belief in their program's potential to reach #1 in Global MBA Rankings.
In recent rankings, IESE has been challenging the dominance of INSEAD and London Business School to take over Europe's #1 spot. In such an exciting time for the Spanish Giant, we are pleased to publish the first part of the interview with Pascal Michels - the Director of MBA Admissions at IESE Business School
What is the biggest misconception about IESE Full-time MBA program?
I would say that with a predominance of one year programs in the European market there is an assumption that two-year programs are more relaxed. This is certainly far from true regarding IESE. Academically, our full-time MBA is extremely rigorous, especially during the first year. This is done on purpose because we believe that people get the best out of the learning experience only if they are stretched to their limits. I have no doubt that the first year of our program is at least as intense as the most intense one year programs out there.
Another feature of our full-time MBA which...
In the first part of the interview with Mark O’Brien - the Associate Director of MBA Recruitment at the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, we discuss the biggest misconception about Oxford MBA, the teaching tools at the MBA program, the unique integrative module and how Oxford MBA students can customize their curriculum.
What is the biggest misconception about Oxford MBA?
We aim to be a world-class business school community, tackling world-scale problems. Many people assume that our vision is fulfilled purely through our graduates who go on to work in the social impact space, but it is just as important that the majority of our community who are working in the more traditional MBA sectors believe in the School’s mission and play their part in tackling the problems we face in business and society.
We are a dynamic school balancing the spirit of a young, and innovative class, with the values of an 800-year-old world-class university. The Business School itself was 21 years old in 2017. The Oxford MBA attracts candidates from 60 different nationalities, who come from a wide range of industries and functions.
We are incredibly proud...
In the second part of the interview with Mark O’Brien, we find out why Oxford MBA is leading the trend in enabling candidates to pursue Entrepreneurship. We also learned how the MBA program nurtures Social Impact as a lifelong value.
From the 300+ size of the latest class, 11% are starting their Business. That is an incredible record. How does Oxford MBA encourage Entrepreneurship?
Oxford does have a strong cohort of entrepreneurs, both joining the programme and those switching to entrepreneurship after graduation. In addition to the integrative module on entrepreneurship, all students undertake an Entrepreneurship Project and develop a complete business plan which is presented to a panel of invited venture capitalists and other practitioners. Whether the student already runs a business, or they are considering making a move into entrepreneurship, this is a great chance to develop new products or business models in a safe environment.
We also offer an optional co-curricular course called VIEW (Venture Idea Generation Workshop).
Working in teams, participants will practice important...
We interviewed Seán Meehan – the Dean of the MBA program at IMD Business School. In the first part of the interview, we find out the biggest misconception about the full-time MBA program, the teaching methodology, chances for younger applicants, and the unique class profile.
What is the biggest misconception about IMD Full-time MBA program?
Some people believe our program is not diverse. The IMD MBA is the most diverse program in the world! With one section of 90 students of which 26 are female, our participants ranging in age from 25 to 38 represent 43 nationalities and come from every industry imaginable. We see a growing interest in technology and healthcare as well as from female applicants.
What is the teaching methodology adopted at IMD?
IMD is a business school not a university.
Our faculty are constantly consulting, researching and working with executives on current issues and challenges being faced by companies today. They therefore bring into the auditorium a...
In the first part of the interview with Cristina Sassot –ESADE’s MBA Admissions director, we find out the biggest misconception about ESADE Full-time MBA, the program length options, the curriculum structure and alternatives to specializations.
What is the biggest misconception about the ESADE full-time MBA program?
The ESADE full-time MBA is not a traditional MBA. Traditional MBAs prepare students to take existing leadership positions in large and well-established companies. Non-traditional MBAs, like The ESADE MBA, help students find ways to create new opportunities, in large-established companies, or entrepreneurial organizations.
How can you do that?
By challenging the status-quo and thinking beyond what exists, to create what might be. As an example, a number of our graduates have created the position of Director of Partnerships in companies such as Square and FormLabs, acknowledging the importance of working with others and thinking in ecosystems.
The structure of The ESADE MBA has also been transformed to reflect this mentality....
In the second part of the interview, Cristina shares how the ESADE MBA Admissions team choose the ideal candidate.
How do you choose an ESADE MBA candidate?
Admission process: Candidates submit their application, which is then reviewed by the MBA Admissions Committee
• The Committee makes a shortlist of candidates who are called to an Official Interview. This may be held on our Barcelona campus, in the candidate’s region of residence, or exceptionally via video conference.
• On the basis of the interview, the Committee reviews the full application again and reaches a final decision regarding his or her admission. From the moment the candidate submits his or her application materials (GMAT scores, English proficiency exams, etc.), the process lasts four to six weeks in all.
• Non-academic qualities
In addition to fulfillment of the application requirements, the Committee asks itself three key questions about MBA candidates:
i. Do they show potential for leadership? In other words,...
In the third part and the most sought after part of the interview with Imran Kanga, we discuss the Curriculum Structure and the Post-MBA opportunities at Schulich School of Business.
Schulich offers 18 specializations. Among them, which are the top 3 in popularity? When can students start their specialization?
Students choose their electives and specializations in the 2nd year of the program and have the opportunity to specialize in up to two areas. Many of our students combine Marketing with Strategy, or Finance and Strategy for example. Students are also able to combine functional specializations such as Marketing or Finance with one of our many industry specializations – everything from global mining and retail to health, entertainment or real estate and infrastructure. This ability to combine functional areas with industries helps differentiate our graduates. There is a lot of choice and flexibility given to students that allow them to customize the program to meet their individual needs.
The three most popular specializations are Finance, Marketing, and Strategic Management.