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The Boston e-lab experience

What an experience it was to go to the Boston e-lab programme this summer! There are countless takeaways (too long a list to include here!) that will serve me well in the years to come, both personally and professionally. From this long list, at a personal level, I take with me the strong connection and the lessons learned from my classmates – an amazing group of people from various Executive MBA cohorts across ESADE.

We experienced situations both in and outside class that made us become a real team, and which I’m sure will lead to collaborations in the future. Of course, we now know how to close deals over lobster dinners with bibs and all! If that isn’t a bonding experience, I don’t know what is! At a professional level, the best way for me to encapsulate the experience is to say that it was eye-opening and mind-boggling at the same time. I felt challenged just about every day to do something new; I also felt a sense of urgency to make a difference.

Sometimes we think within the constraints of what we know, but why not “think big”? The possibilities around innovation, technology and robotics were simply amazing, as we learned at MIT, at Harvard and at the various e-labs we visited throughout the week. Even when an idea seems crazy or unreachable or simply “out there”, if you believe in it, if you feel passionate about it, try it! Leaving with this feeling that “I can do it, too” was worth the money. We saw teams and people working on projects that I would have never imagined, and yet there they are, building businesses and getting funding for them.

Unlikely partners like musicians and engineers working together to come up with solutions to simple and complex problems – why not?! “Thinking outside the box” can be a cliché, but we saw that the most creative ideas came precisely from those who push the status quo. Of course, we needed to bring it down to the practical level: ESADE gave us a good run-down on how to pitch ideas to venture capitalists (our final assignment!), how to manoeuvre the Boston ecosystem (which is the same as that of Silicon Valley) and how to think about teams and working spaces differently. Lastly, I felt proud to see fellow ESADE alumni and fellow Europeans bringing their ideas to life in the Boston ecosystem.

Thank you, ESADE! I had a blast and I can definitely recommend the Boston e-lab. Anyone interested in entrepreneurship or life-changing technology should sign up for this experience.

Post written by Aurora Martínez Ramos

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The EMBA premieres on Facebook Live

The EMBA team has added a new communications channel. On 19 July we premiered on Facebook Live with a video featuring Judith Puigbó, associate director of admissions for the Executive MBA. She was accompanied by two participants from the current EMBA monthly format, Naïma Maëlle Zodros and Alexey Kultyshkin.

The video included a relaxed discussion on personal experiences and various aspects of the EMBA. Naïma, from the biotech industry, decided on the EMBA because she wanted a 360º vision of business; while Alexey wanted to complement his previous education with a more comprehensive programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both positively value the diversity of EMBA participants – something that enables mutual enrichment and productive teamwork. Alexey, who had not previously considered being an entrepreneur, felt that starting a business was now an option after his experience at ESADE.

Questions discussed during the interview include the various methodologies used in the programme, its international weeks, time management, and student business plan ideas (one of the most important sections of the EMBA in which participants choose whether to develop their own entrepreneurial idea, or develop a project within the company where they work – called intrapreneurship).

The care and follow-up provided by the ESADE team is another factor that participants value. ESADE enables participants to visit the school, attend classes, and talk with alumni to acquire more information and viewpoints before making a final decision.

During the video, there was also an opportunity to talk about the best personal moments experienced during the EMBA. At the end of the discussion, viewers could participate and ask questions live or later at: emba@esade.edu.

The video already has more than 2000 viewings and can be seen here. It is the first of a series that will be made periodically to bring live EMBA news, experiences, opinions, and advice from participants. See you next time!

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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.

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PARÍS

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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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Barcelona EMBA students make their first international stay at HEC

Participants of the weekly format EMBA programme in Barcelona made their first international stay in the programme at the end of January. The students (who began this edition of the EMBA programme last September) travelled to the HEC business school in Paris and during their stay, which was themed as “Organisations, Transformation and Change Management”. The stay focused on corporate strategy, value and business.

The students found this first International Week at HEC extremely useful and interesting. Participants were able to combine work, networking and socialisation with classmates and faculty.

ESADE’s Executive MBA includes three training stays at some of the best business schools in Europe, Asia and America. During these stays, programme participants get to discover at first-hand how a country and its companies work. In the process, they get a broad vision of the global economy from their on-the-spot experiences. Students also get the chance to visit major companies in the country being visited, meet top executives and identify business opportunities and the scope for collaboration in the host country.

The next international stays for students of the weekly format of the Barcelona EMBA programme will be at Antai (China) or ISB (India), themed as “Growth & Development in Emerging Markets”, and at Georgetown University (The United States), where they will go on the last international week, whose theme is “Leading in Global Organizations”.

If you want to see more photos of our students’ stay at HEC Paris, click here.

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We congratulate the 16th crop of Barcelona EMBA graduates!

All effort brings its rewards and the happy faces of the 16th crop of graduates of ESADE Barcelona’s EMBA programme at the graduation ceremony held on the 29th of January was a case in point. They were the stars of the occasion.

The graduation ceremony was held at the ESADE Forum and crowned months of hard work. The programme was a unique experience for its participants. Sonia Madorga and Vicente Sancho recalled it in the name of all those who took it. They not only mentioned the over 1,000 hours spent in taking the programme but also the opportunity it gave them to get to know their classmates and forge lasting links.

Sonia and Vicente also spoke of their training stays and exchange experiences in India, China, Canada, France, Australia and The United States.

“Never forget that the spirit of ESADE is to work for the common good and a fairer society”, reminded Esteban Mogas, Director of the EMBA programme. Prof. Fernando Trias de Bes stressed the importance of change, vocation, the importance of emotions, disruptive innovation and being fearless in pursuing personal and professional success. “Think big, do not be put off by unexpected setbacks and keep your eyes wide open”, he told the graduating students.

Jordi Brunat, Executive Director of ESADE’s Executive Education Unit, referred to values as the driving force: “I would like to see where our values have taken you in ten years’ time and the good you have done with them.”

The crowning moment was the award of the diplomas. Each graduand was applauded by classmates, family and the whole ESADE Executive Education community. It was one of the most emotion-packed moments of the graduation ceremony.

It only remains for us to warmly congratulate the 16th graduating class of the EMBA programme. Well done!

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Welcome Barcelona EMBA participants!

Starting ESADE’s Executive MBA (EMBA) programme is always a great experience, as the freshmen beginning the latest edition EMBA fortnightly format in Barcelona will testify. The programme started on the 21st of January.

The Avinguda d’Esplugues building on our Pedralbes campus was the venue for the programme inauguration. The event gave the participants the chance to meet one another and discover the first steps in the ESADE experience. Jonathan Wareham, Dean of Faculty & Research, spoke of the School’s global presence and Esteve Mogas, the Programme Director, commented on key features of the EMBA, ranging from academic organisation and courses to international stays in France, India, China, and Georgetown (The United States). He also recalled that taking a programme like the EMBA one involved considerable effort that “enables one to grow in both personal and professional terms”.

Mogas also stressed the importance of teamwork in ESADE programmes both from the standpoint of collaboration and of healthy competition. Here, he noted that “ESADE does not cut you out but rather challenges you to improve”.

The final part of the event involved presenting the programme participants. Most of the freshers were drawn from the fields of Operations, Marketing, Sales, and General Management. The company profiles were very varied, ranging from family businesses, multinationals, major banks, and public bodies. This diversity of fields and sectors greatly enriches the EMBA programme and participants’ experience of it.

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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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We starting the Third Stage!

The international stay in Asia and the last courses in the Second Stage marked the end of the first half of the fortnightly format of the EMBA programme. We had enjoyed the intense, varied classes, which were emotion-packed and full of valuable lessons.

We leave behind the well-deserved (and now almost forgotten) holidays that have left us raring to go for the programme’s Third Stage.

The new stage we are now embarking covers subjects that are both thrilling and complementary. They range from the development of new businesses, self-knowledge, an international stay at HEC Paris and a whole lot more.

On this leg of the journey, we will press ahead with our quest for personal and professional development and will also have the chance to share thoughts with our own personal coach as we grapple with anything that might hinder us from achieving our goals. In addition, there is professional guidance to show us how best to attain our aims.

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Jordi J. Lorente – EMBA 2015-16 Candidate

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