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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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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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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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“Our experience of the ESADE EMBA programme”

“It is a hard task to briefly sum up what the last 18 months of the ESADE Executive MBA programme has involved. It has been a whirlwind of activity and emotions and of course we have learnt a whole host of things that are absolutely vital to doing business in today´s world”.

The programme is both ambitious and demanding. Taking the programme was a constant challenge at both the professional and personal levels. It is precisely this mix that makes the programme such an interesting one for both participants and faculty, who both give their all in every session. This combination is complemented by international weeks (The United Kingdom, China, India, USA), which give participants a much better view of the world.

It is thus not a programme for people who lack curiosity, who are conformist or have no wish to change their settings. Rather, the EMBA programme looks to the future and those who will shape it by taking a dynamic approach, adding value. EMBA graduates look at things in a global fashion, are keen to venture outside their comfort zones to explore new, unknown scenarios that hold the key to success.

ESADE plays a key role in all of the foregoing processes and makes them possible. Without ESADE´s Values and Vision, it would be impossible to grasp the depth of the Executive MBA programme. It is precisely this vision that ensures that the EMBA goes far beyond mere Management to reach the individual, allowing each participant to grasp the transcendence and complexity of the values that underlie success.

While the present economic and social situation is tough, taking the EMBA programme allows one to see opportunities where others only see problems. It reveals new paths that would hitherto have seemed impossible. The old limits can be passed given that the programme (which lasts a little over eighteen months) provides intensive training, testing and learning in designing a more propitious setting for one´s business ambitions.

All of the foregoing means that the Executive MBA programme is really a personal adventure that begins not with the very first session but rather from the moment that the student realises that it is possible to change things through his or her own efforts and a desire to grow as a person. All that is needed is that he or she recognises how to go about it. ESADE deals with everything else — the faculty team and the rest of the programme participants.

Ignacio López Fernandez

EMBA Delegate, EMBA 2012-2013

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