Archivo de la categoria ‘Field visits’

The challenge of investing in India

“On our EMBA study tour, we visited the Indian school of business. I must say that I was very pleased with the quality of the classes. They were all tailored to give us a general view of India’s current situation regarding foreign investment. After four days of intensive learning, I found myself wondering if I would I invest and how I should do it?

India is a pool of untapped opportunities, however doing business in India is not easy. When selling to the emerging middle class, prices should be affordable – hence low – while still managing high margins. It makes it tough to obtain an acceptable return on investment. I found interesting how the teacher mentioned that for a product to succeed in the Indian market it would have to succeed first at the bottom of the pyramid. Then it should be adapted to higher segments therefore making innovation a key reason for success in India.”

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Read Naïma M. Zodros’ (EMBA ‘16) whole experience in this article

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When organisational change requires a cultural change

Naïma M. Zodros and her classmates in ESADE’s Executive MBA just returned from an international week in Brazil, one of three trips abroad that will take place during the monthly programme format.

Zodros described a highly practical experience in Brazil, where the EMBA participants discovered the peculiarities of the country’s economy. She noted that multinational companies like Wal-Mart and Lenovo – wrongly assuming that the strategies they used in their home countries would also work in Brazil – have failed in their attempts to enter this new market.

When implementing business systems and procedures in another country, you must also make a cultural change. This is something of a revolution, in which, according to Zodros, women executives can play a leading role due to their management style. Thanks to – or because of – their efforts to reach heights until recently reserved exclusively for men, women have developed a unique entrepreneurial spirit. Zodros trusts that this sort of female leadership will inspire other women to pursue their goals and seize new opportunities in order to achieve their aims in any area.

Naïma M. Zodros (EMBA ‘16) shares her experience in this article

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International changes seen from a GoPro

Do you want to see what EMBA participants’ experience at first hand?  Watch GoPro videos of the exchanges.

RIO DE JANEIRO

ESADE Executive MBA - international week Rio de Janeiro

 

 

 

 

 

 

WASHINGTON D.C.

ESADE Executive MBA - international week Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARÍS

ESADE Executive MBA - international week París

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The international exchange offered as part of the Executive MBA gives participants an unrivalled opportunity to develop their careers and to become leaders with global business vision, and to learn about the diversity of cultures and business models.

With this aim in mind, the programme includes three training exchanges, each lasting a week, at some of the best business schools in Europe, Asia, and America.

ESADE Executive MBA: semanas internacionales

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2nd International Stay in Paris

EMBA participants of the fortnightly format of the programme in Barcelona and of the weekly format in Madrid took an intensive module at HEC, Paris. The institution was founded in Paris in 1881 and is one of the world’s top business schools.

Over four days, we delved into “Organisations Transformation & Change Management” in Europe, reviewing business models that ranged from the traditional to the highly disruptive, and covered sectors as diverse as Industry, Technology, Cosmetics and Luxury Goods.

In addition, the sessions were enriched by speakers from L’Oréal, Microsoft, Amazon, etc., who gave their personal visions and specific examples of the real-life applications of various business models.

The only source of knowledge is experience” (Albert Einstein)

Jordi J. Lorente, EMBA Candidate 2015-2016

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International Week in Beijing [Peking]

After an intense, emotionally-charged week of learning, the participants of the 2015 Madrid weekly EMBA programme and the Barcelona fortnightly programme have finally come to the end of their unforgettable trip to the Guanghua School of Management (Beijing).

The experience in cultural immersion helped us learn about 21st-Century China from various standpoints — economic, political, how business is done, socialisation (‘guanchi’) and so on. We also looked at China from a more local perspective, studying growth factors and how China is adapting to rapid changes and above all, discovering how it can grow sustainably in a concerted, global fashion.

Visits to Audi, China Minsheng Banking Corp., and Baidu (known as ‘The Chinese Google’) gave us a more specific view of the country’s business fabric since it gave insights into very different spheres (car-making, commercial banking, and ICT services). These companies shared with us their achievements, projects and some of their plans and strategies for achieving future growth.

Last but not least, to round off the various lectures we were given during the week, we heard the testimony of successful entrepreneurs who told us about their start-ups. They also shared knowledge on the hurdles they had encountered on the way and what they had learnt in the process. The entrepreneurs also gave us advice on the entrepreneurial approaches that worked best in China.

The only source of knowledge is Experience” (Albert Einstein)

Jordi J. Lorente – EMBA 2015 Candidate

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“The Experience Learning Programme” – an intense experience at Món Sant Benet

It is hard to briefly summarise the nature of the experience of the stay at Món Sant Benet. The Outdoor Experience Learning Programme marks a watershed in our EMBA studies. From the standpoint of leadership and self-leadership, the programme is an initiation in personal and social management under changing conditions. The nature of the change may be personal, professional, or even corporate. Working together to deal with changes of various kinds helped us strengthen relations and improve teamwork.

 Emotions’, ‘change’, ‘revelation’, ‘enthusiasm’, ‘improvement’, ‘feelings’, ‘help’, ‘a boost’, ‘tranquillity’, ‘enjoyment’, ‘creativity’, ‘discovery’, ‘overcoming hurdles’.

These are just some of the terms participants used to sum up in a few words what the programme meant to them.

It is hard to return to the daily grind after this experience in such an idyllic setting yet one has to make the most of every waking moment. The daily routine takes up most of our time and makes us lose touch with what is really important. That is why we are often loathe to stray off the beaten track or to face the need for change. Such shortcomings are part of human nature but we can overcome them with enthusiasm, initiative and determination.

“The future depends on what we do today” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Jordi J. Lorente Vázquez, EMBA Candidate 2015

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EMBA International Week in India

EMBA participants began their immersion week in India by visiting an orphanage for 60 children aged between 5 and 10 in Hyderabad. It was an institution to which they had contributed. The orphanage belongs to the GTSSS Mission which helps over 3600 children through its centres. The participants were received with floral crowns and songs of welcome. The EMBA students brought teaching materials, balls and other playthings for the orphans. The children sang, danced and drew pictures, sharing their games with the EMBA students. The afternoon was taken up with sports and leisure pursuits.

¨We left the orphanage charged with energy. The whole thing was an unforgettable experience¨.

The trip was part of the programme’s Third Stage: ¨Development under Complex Conditions¨. This stage includes a short stay at the renowned Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad. Here, the EMBA students underwent an intensive briefing on India´s opportunities through the course ¨Growth and Development in Emerging Markets¨. The course was given by ISB faculty and was complemented by visits to families, to companies (Schneider Electric, Tata Consulting), and through networking with Alumni.

If you want to know more about the programme, go to the following web site: http://bit.ly/1ogRV8D

 

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Organisational and professional development. The Madrid EMBA experience-based learning programme

The Madrid EMBA 1 group held the Outdoor Training part of the programme from the 12th to the 15th of March at Aldea Santillana. The training focuses on developing leadership skills. Faculty members Jaap Boonstra, Francisco Loscos and their team of helpers ensured full group immersion in the activities.

¨The Outdoor Training changed my view of the world”.

¨I have learnt a great deal in the professional field but this made a difference to me as a person. It was one of those experiences that changes you forever¨.

¨From Friday onwards, classes will be very different because none of us are the same people we were before the Outdoor Training. We are now truly a team after this transforming experience¨.

¨The whole experience wildly exceeded my expectations¨.

“Our coach guided us in an absorbing way throughout the various activities and showed us how to break the bounds that had confined us in our professional lives hitherto¨.

“It was an emotion-packed experience¨.

 

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Discovering the E-Garage

EMBA participants (fortnightly format) visited the ESADE campus in Sant Cugat (Barcelona) on the 8th of November. There, they completed the In-Company Project assignment in the E-Garage facilities.

The session was led by ESADE faculty members Jordi Vinaixa of the Department of General Management and Strategy, and Ivanka Visnjic of the Department of Operations and Innovation.

The E-Garage acts as an ‘incubator’ for projects by those taking ESADE programmes and provides the resources and setting needed to create new business ideas. The E-Garage is also a meeting point and a forum for collaboration between entrepreneurs and investors.

The day ended with a visit to the ESADECREAPOLIS complex, whose purpose is to inspire, foster and speed up innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Thanks HEC Paris!

This week, EMBA participants took the ´Competitive Strategy´ module during their stay at HEC Paris, where they pooled experience with managers from leading sectors in France such as wine-making and luxury goods.

This was one of the three international exchanges in the programme, whose aim is to give EMBA participants a view of the global economy by experiencing other countries and their companies in situ.

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