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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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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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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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Learning across borders: an enrichment inside and outside the classroom

Elective Exchange Program SDA Bocconi, September 2016

Opportunities are everywhere; you just have to grab them. One of the great possibilities the EMBA at ESADE offers is to participate in a study abroad program in other renowned business schools around the world. From multiple courses  and schools one can select the elective which suits best its time and study plan and once accepted the adventure can begin.

I was lucky to be one of five ESADE students selected for SDA Bocconi electives in September 2016 for the course “Corporate Entrepreneurship”. The participants in this seminar came from all over the world: Besides Global and Executive MBA students from SDA Bocconi, people came from UCLA (USA), Mumbai (India), Recanti (Tel Aviv), ESADE (Barcelona) and a few executives were send directly from their companies. Italians, Israelis, Spanish, Germans, Belgians, Luxemburgish, Indians and a Danish professor created a enormous diversity of experiences, nationalities, professions, industries and cultural backgrounds, enriching any group work or class discussion.

During two and a half days we were able to really evolve into the subject, to approach the topic corporate entrepreneurship from different perspectives, learned theoretical models, benchmarks from innovation leaders and understand through case studies different ways of practical applications. The fact that we had people in the class who were entrepreneurs, working in start ups, incubators or leading innovation centres in their companies fused the discussions with actual issues, successes and failures.

Doing all this in a new learning environment with new study colleagues created an exciting experience that I can just recommend anyone who is given the possibility. Electives abroad are not only connecting the best business schools in the world but creating a sense of community by bringing international students closer together, enhancing cultural understanding and creating global networks that might evolve in new partner- and friendships. Isn’t that what an MBA student should aim for?

Written by Linda Ferstl, EMBA MOD15 student.

 

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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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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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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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THE THIRD STAGE: Business Development Project

The Third Stage of the EMBA programme contains a high-profile subject that also happens to be one of the most interesting. It is the Business Development Project (BDP) and its purpose is to develop a project from a start-up’s perspective, whether the business is a new independent one or is an In-Company project. In either case, the methodology is one specially tailored for such embryonic firms.

Once the project’s initial stages had been finished (setting up teams, brain-storming, defining the project and so forth), work was begun on building the foundations for sound development of the business, incorporating the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier stages of the EMBA programme. The process ends with defence of the project before the examiners.

Project progress is monitored and milestones and part submissions established. These are tweaked in the light of any deviations from plan.

The world is run by those who show up, not those who wait to be asked” (Steven Blank)

Jordi J. Lorente, EMBA Candidate 2015-2016

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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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