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IESE MBA InterviewIESE 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...

IESE MBA InterviewIn 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 MBA InterviewWe 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...

Interview with Esade MBA Admissions DirectorIn 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,...

Interview with Esade MBA Admissions DirectorIn 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....

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