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Let the EMBA surprise you

“Challenge the future. You are the ones who are going to make the difference. You are the ones who have to show that another future is possible. Here at ESADE, we want to generate this change with you.” This was how Jordi Brunat, Director of ESADE Executive Education, welcomed new participants to the monthly Executive MBA (EMBA) on Welcome Day. “Be positive, courageous and daring, but above all, keep your mind open. You cannot even imagine where you will be 10 years from now.”

With these words, a new class of students, 40% of whom are women, embarked on the EMBA journey. “We are very proud of this figure and we want it to keep increasing,” commented Esteve Mogas, Director of the EMBA. “This is a change that all of us must be involved in.”

During the welcome session, the new participants shared their reasons for undertaking this new adventure: “We are here to start a new life,” said one student; the rest of the class responded with a round of applause. Indeed, the EMBA is synonymous with change. The new participants are about to encounter endless possibilities and new horizons, both professionally and personally. “Let the EMBA surprise you,” said Mr. Mogas during his remarks.

The new participants also had the chance to share their concerns about this new journey with participants who were in the same situation one year ago. “Here you’ll find time to reflect: Who are you? What kind of leader do you want to be? You only get to do an MBA once in a lifetime, so take a deep breath and enjoy it!” commented Aurora Martínez, a representative of last year’s graduating class.

Daniel, also from last year’s class, stressed the importance of the group’s support: “One of the key points of the EMBA is that you are united as a class. This adventure is also about building personal and professional relationships.” “You’re here to learn from each other,” added Aurora. “Don’t be afraid. Get out of your comfort zone and make mistakes!” challenged Daniel.

Indeed, the EMBA is quite a challenge. The new participants understand this, but they also know that hard work will bring them great rewards. “New professional opportunities”, “creating my own business”, “having a transformational experience”, “learning from my colleagues”, “building a great group” and “growing together” – these were just some of the reflections shared during Welcome Day.

Finally, we would like to pass on the words of encouragement and gratitude that Mr. Mogas shared at the end of the event: “Thank you for being here today. Thank you for your excitement and energy. Thank you for your trust in ESADE and welcome to the new Executive MBA class of 2017-2019!”

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ESADE’s Executive MBA intake sets new records: students from 25 nations, 40% women

Four out of every ten students in the latest intake for ESADE’s monthly-format Executive MBA (EMBA) in English are women. This is ten per cent higher than female participation in this kind of programme worldwide (30.1%), according to the 2017 Executive MBA Council Survey. The survey includes ESADE among the 11 business schools that — as shown in the latest Financial Times ranking — have EMBA programmes in which women make up over 35% of the student body.

The 40 participants in the latest edition of ESADE’s EMBA programme are drawn from 25 countries from around the world. Each speaks an average of four languages and 60% come from abroad. Their academic backgrounds vary, the main ones being: Economics or Business (55%); Engineering (13%); Law and Humanities (13%); Sciences (5%). With regard to the sectors represented by students taking ESADE EMBA programmes, the principal fields are: Energy; Finance and Insurance; Technology and Telecommunications; Consulting; Aeronautics; Health Care; Public Sector. With regard to the functional areas in which students work, Marketing, Sales, Operations, General Management, and Finance are the most strongly represented.

The proportion of female professionals making up ESADE’s intake for the latest edition of the Executive MBA (EMBA) is ten per cent higher than the world average (30.1%) for this kind of programme.The part-time programme is imparted in English on the Barcelona and Madrid campuses and lasts 16 months. Participants have an average of ten years’ professional experience.

ESADE and its commitment to women’s talent

The high percentage of women in ESADE’s EMBA (40%) and in the rest of the School’s programmes (43%) is the result of a firm commitment to gender balance and female leadership. ESADE was the first Spanish business school to join The United Nations’ #HeForShe platform and since 2013, it is an academic partner in Proyecto Promociona para Mujeres en la Alta Dirección [Women for Senior Management Project], an initiative fostered and carried out by Instituto de la Mujer y para la Igualdad de Oportunidades [Institute for Women & Equal Opportunities] and the CEOE [Spanish business organisation]. Almost 400 women have already taken the programme.

Furthermore, ESADE periodically carries out surveys such as the ESADE Gender Monitor and Mujeres con Impacto [Women Who Make a Difference]. Over the last year, the School has supported many projects, such as the publication ‘37 almas en una’ [37-in-1], a collective essay based on the stories of 37 women managers who tell how their personal and professional experiences contribute to female leadership. These and many other initiatives, such as The MBA Women in Business Club, won Joint First Prize in the EJE&CON ‘Gender-Free Talent’ Award, together with the scientist Margarita Salas, the firms PwC and Atrevia, and the magazine Capital Humano [Human Capital]. Eugenia Bieto, ESADE’s Director-General, is the first woman to be appointed President of the CEMS Global Alliance and is one of the few women heading a world-class business school.

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WELCOME CHANGERS

“If you’re here now, imagine where you will be in 15 years.” This was how the Director of ESADE Executive Education welcomed new participants to the Executive MBA (EMBA) in his institutional welcome remarks. “The EMBA is a programme that will transform you and help you learn a lot. But my message is: enjoy it!” said Jordi Brunat . He added: “You are incredibly privileged, so make the most of this experience. Welcome to ESADE – your home.”

“Future”, “progress”, “change”, “challenge”… These were the words used by the new participants in the Barcelona-based weekly EMBA when asked by the programme director, Carlos Royo, what it meant to them to be starting along this new path. Indeed, the EMBA transforms people and opens up new horizons.

“You will change throughout your time at ESADE. The EMBA gives you a new perspective,” explained Alba Cura, a member of the 2018 EMBA graduating class, reminiscing on how she had embarked on this path just one year ago. “Starting now, you will have lots of professional opportunities,” commented Albert Canela, another member of the EMBA class of 2018 and a classmate of Cura’s. “You will enjoy yourselves greatly during this journey,” he added. “The EMBA will shake you up. It is such an impressive experience, and it is sure to unite you. Trust in your classmates. The support of the group is fundamental in this adventure,” declared Cura.

The EMBA is based on three pillars. The first is making decisions from a position of authenticity. “ESADE believes in collaboration as a means of creating great leaders,” explained Royo. The second pillar is internationalisation. During the programme, participants spend time in Europe, Asia and the Americas, getting to know the realities of these societies and becoming leaders with a global business vision. The third and final pillar is entrepreneurship. The EMBA will let you to take charge of your career and make the professional leap you’ve been dreaming of.

What about you? Do you have what it takes to be a changer?

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Pau Virgili demolishes some myths about the digital world

Who said that being active in social networks is the only option? Who said that only young professionals can manage social media accounts?

These are some of the issues dealt with in the ‘Customer Relationship Strategy in the Digital Age’ master class organised as part of the ESADE Continuity Programme on 25/26 September in Barcelona and Madrid, respectively. The masterclass focussed on the transformation of customer behaviour and how marketing should adapt and bypass online communication. It was led by Pau Virgili, an expert on new technologies, management, and marketing who has managed international companies and now works closely with the ESADE Marketing Management Department.

Pau Virgili showed his disagreement with four myths that accompany the technological revolution. To the surprise of many listeners, he questioned: firstly, the need to be in the digital environment; secondly, the belief that being surrounded by young people guarantees success; thirdly, the assertion that everything has changed; and fourthly, the assumption that the old rules no longer apply. By undermining these beliefs, Virgili made the audience pause and reflect (the main objective of this type of session and, in general, the ESADE methodology and philosophy). There is no change, or changers, without reflection, without demystifying, and without questioning whether the newly generalised paradigms are the only valid models.

Pau Virgili emphasised the leading role of the customer over the brand, and how consumption is becoming more rational, encouraged by the observations and criticisms of friends and family, and in which emotional values trump the brand’s own foundational values. Virgili considers that it is essential to study and understand the ‘customer journey’ that occurs both online and offline and whose broad effects permeate the entire organisation. To capture consumers, brands must relate directly and transparently with customers.

Pau Virgili, who was general manager of European marketing at Hewlett-Packard fast moving consumer goods and European marketing director for Plantronics, is an example of the quality of ESADE’s academic team. The contributions of this team and the numerous lecturers who participate in this type of unique session – full of practical cases and based on sharing knowledge while encouraging innovation and critical spirit – reflect the bases on which ESADE is built. An attentive master class audience eagerly followed the discussions in each session.

These master classes are part of the Open Day offered by the ESADE Executive MBA. These events are an ideal opportunity to learn about the university and its programmes before taking the leap and becoming an active agent for change trained at ESADE. Lecturers, alumni, and the programme director are available during Open Days to resolve any doubts and concerns before applying to ESADE. Open Days are also the first opportunity for many students to see how ESADE works, with the plurality of its lecturers and comprehensive innovation. Students can also see for themselves the quality of the academic contents, one of the aspects most valued by students and a subject of intense focus for the entire ESADE team.

Learn more here about the next EMBA informative sessions. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Congratulations, Executive MBA class of 2017!

The graduation ceremony of the Executive MBA class of ‘17 was held in late April.

Whenever the programme ends, both the students and the faculty members involved in their education have mixed feelings. On the one hand, they are enormously pleased about everything they have achieved, the growth they have experienced at all levels, and the excitement of a new phase in life; on the other hand, they are somewhat sad about leaving behind a group that has contributed to the personal and professional development of each participant, and about the end of an era that marked a turning point in their lives.

As class representatives Kseniya and Don confessed, the 45 participants, with their diverse range of backgrounds, profiles and objectives, “started out as a class of students and ended up like family”.

That just about says it all. Congratulations to all of you, and I hope these months are just the beginning of a lifetime of successes and achievements, both personal and professional.

Click here to see more photos of the EMBA class of ‘17 graduation ceremony.

 

 

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Strategy: differentiation, optimisation or both?

Which of these strategies leads to success? Although there is no easy answer to this question, based on the content and considerations explored in the subject General Management (EMBA, ESADE Madrid), I will defend my own view: differentiation, hands down.

This is not to detract from optimisation or operational efficiency. Simply put, optimisation is not a strategy, but a basic pillar for a company to be able to compete.

Except for those companies that have no competitors (few and far between), any company seeking to be competitive must cultivate a philosophy of optimisation and operational efficiency in each and every one of its processes if it wants to succeed. Otherwise, the market itself will expel it. This leads to a new hypothesis: if a company manages to optimise better than any of its competitors, could it base its strategy on that?

No way, because it is only a matter of time until it would be plagiarised. This is the polar opposite of companies that reach a maximum level of optimisation through technological differentiation.

Those companies achieve their differentiated position based on their technology, which allows them to differentiate themselves specifically in terms of costs.

This final consideration shows that all strategies should be based on differentiation and making the maximum effort to create barriers to defend that differentiation over time, regardless of the type of differentiation chosen.

Post by José Luis García Laguna - Executive MBA 2017

 

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2016 Best EMBAs: Paula Lafora

Published in Poets and Quants on Sunday 12nd June 2016 by Jeff Schmitt 

“The ESADE EMBA taught me to think differently. It gave me the ability to focus on what’s important, plus the ability to look further, from a different point of view. It also taught me to make decisions with limited information. Instead of being afraid of that, I have learned how to make the most of it and optimise it.”

Paula Lafora Ornosa

Executive MBA
ESADE Business School

Age: 33

Location: Madrid, Spain

 

Undergraduate School and Degree: Business and Administration at Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Where are you currently working? Horizontal Project Manager in Customer Management at Iberia Airlines

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles: Member of Yaakar Africa, an NGO that develops various projects in Senegal, helping people who have nothing to develop their own businesses, such as farming, selling marmalade and juice, sewing, and dressmaking. The organisation provides these communities with medical materials and school supplies, and it also opens internet centres in rural communities. In addition, it helps people who wish to continue their studies by providing scholarships so that they can graduate.

Active participation in Foro Generación del 78, an association that provides a venue for young professionals and entrepreneurs to meet with political, social, and business leaders and to learn from their experience and knowledge.

Specific collaborations with Exodus Rescue and Care, an association founded in March 2015 that aims to promote and defend the rights of every person — especially children — considered to be a refugee.

Member of “Living Water”I am a soprano singer in this amazing gospel choir, which performs many charity concerts to support various causes.

Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during business school? In the ninth month of the EMBA, my company offered me a promotion and I joined the new Customer Management unit as Horizontal Project Manager. This position allows me to apply some of the knowledge and experiences I acquired in the ESADE EMBA.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? I am very proud of being part of my company’s transformation plan: Iberia’s Plan de Futuro. I joined the project at the beginning, in April 2013. In 2012, the company had reported a significant loss.

The transformation plan aimed to introduce permanent structural change across all areas of the business in order to stem losses and return the airline to profitability, which happened in 2014. Iberia’sPlan de Futuro was led by our CEO, Luis Gallego, and our CFO, Javier Sánchez Prieto. The plan was coordinated by Strategic Management. As I said before, I joined it at the outset, so I had the opportunity to be involved in defining the plan. The Plan de Futuro was structured with 32 initiatives spread throughout the organisation and was driven by “change engines” (directors who were able to look beyond the day-to-day work in order to draw up a medium-term strategy). I was responsible for follow-up, monitoring and challenges in the transformation process in the sales, handling and internal communication areas.

The entire organisation worked very hard, and we are still working hard to consolidate our good results and achieve sustainable growth. Thanks to Plan de Futuro, we lay the foundation for the launch.

Favorite MBA Courses? Advanced Marketing Management, Corporate Finance, Corporate Responsibility, Economics and Geopolitics, as well as the learning experience in India.

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Read the whole essay: http://poetsandquantsforexecs.com/2016/06/12/2016-best-embas-paula-lafora-ornosa-esade/

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Speed Meetings: EMBA students interviewed by headhunters and corporate Human Resource managers

Everyone knows that the Executive MBA programme fosters participants’ professional development.

There are many ways in which it does so. Here, one can highlight Speed Meetings, networking activities held by leading companies and headhunters in which EMBA students attend short interviews with several interviewers. This gives participants the chance to give potential recruiters their CVs and to get feedback.

The Executive MBA programme’s Careers Service holds these activities each year to foster opportunities for professional growth among participants. Such opportunities may involve either changing company or getting promoted in one’s present firm.

Three Speed Meetings were held for EMBA students during the 2015-2016 academic year on both the Barcelona and the Madrid campuses. Many companies took part in the events, including: Danone; Desigual; SEAT; BT; Massimo Dutti; Alstom (GE). Leading headhunters attending included Michael Page, Cátenon, Robert Walters, and Montaner.

Mercè Clapés, Head of the Careers Service for these kinds of events, said that putting students in contact with executive recruitment experts and potential employers “opened doors”. She also noted that the feedback they provided “is invaluable and of great value in taking the next career step”.

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A celebration of talent at the Graduation Ceremony for the 14th Executive MBA in Madrid

The venue —  Casa de América — was decked out for the graduation ceremony for the 14th ESADE Executive MBA programme in Madrid, held on the 3rd of June 2016. The event was a sea of smiling faces and fond embraces as the graduands celebrated their success.

Student delegates Jorge Munir and Myriam Ramos stressed that the sixteen-month programme had been an intense learning experience at both the personal and professional levels. They thanked each of their fellow students and teachers with a few well-chosen words. They also expressed their deep gratitude to graduands’ families, saying “We wish to share our success with our families because they also helped to make it possible”.

After congratulating the students, Michele Quintano, Director of the programme in Madrid, moved on to awarding the diplomas — the high point of any graduation ceremony during which each graduand is warmly applauded and cheered by the congregation.

The keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony for the 14th Executive MBA programme in Madrid was Daniel Carreño, President and CEO of General Electric in Spain and Portugal. Carreño’s speech focused on the way digitalisation is transforming the industrial world. In his words, “We are not living in an Age of Changes but rather seeing the dawn of a New Age”. He also noted that in today’s industrial setting, one needs to be flexible and to bear in mind that talent is one of the keys to success.

The crowning moment of this very special day was a musical performance and commemorative video, in which the graduands thanked ESADE faculty for their unwavering support during the whole adventure in education. Michele Quintano was given a T-shirt by the new ESADE Alumni as a token of their gratitude. Michele reciprocated by donning the garment in a thrice.

It only remains for us to wish this year’s crop of talented graduates of the Executive MBA programme in Madrid every success in their careers. Here we cite the words of the Director of ESADE Madrid, Enrique Verdeguer: “The real path begins now. We hope to share it with you”.

Congratulations!

To see the photos of the Graduation Ceremony, click here

The video of the event can be watched by clicking here

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The 2016 EMBA programme starts in Madrid

The inaugural session of the new edition of the weekly format of the Executive MBA (EMBA) programme began on the 29th of January. On their first day at ESADE, the EMBA freshers who had entrusted the School with their training over the next 16 months, were very enthusiastic about starting this new stage in their personal and professional development.

The venue for the inauguration was the ESADE building in Madrid. The participants met Michele Quintano, the Programme Director, and some of the faculty who will teach them. The participants also got the chance to share their backgrounds and aims with their fellow students.

After this promising beginning, we wish tomorrow’s senior managers a highly enriching and successful EMBA programme. We wish you luck!

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