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19
May

IE through the eyes of a Chinese student

Written on May 19, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Interview between two Chinese students of IE, Shanshan, who studies the Master in Corporate Communication at IE School of Communication and Cindy, who studies the International MBA at IE Business School. Listen to what they have to say about studying at IE and living in Madrid.

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7
Apr

Get insights into the IE-SMU MBA

Written on April 7, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

A blended program sounds abstract and difficult to catch. MOOCs help to get the idea to study a program mostly online and gain valuable knowledge, industry insights and network through it. But still doubts remain…

The following presentation on the IE-SMU MBA, an educational fusion created by IE Business School and Singapore Management University, gives you visual support that online learning works, is effective and produces a great return on investment. Keeping your job, studying with a mostly flexible time table and be able to travel and relocate while doing the program are some of the features of such programs. An Asian focus, project-based learning  and getting taught by global and outstanding faculty are additional valuable elements.

Keen on more arguments? Visit our face-to-face event or virtual information sessions which we are hosting over the next couple of months. Just connect to www.ie-smu-mba.com to explore the details!

15
Jan

Share Anna’s and Lisa’s excitement about the IE MBA

Written on January 15, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

WATCH the engaging comments from Anna and Lisa as they talk about their motivations, experiences and professional goals.

WONDER how much the IE MBA can do for you!

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18
Sep

Celebrating Diversity: IE Global Village

Written on September 18, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

IE Business School held Global Village 2013 in June this year. Five hundred students and alumni from over 80 countries took part in the multicultural event, which served to showcase the best of their countries’ cuisine, art and traditions.

There were stands from 25 countries in this ninth edition of Global Village, providing information on tourism and cultural heritage. The event also featured gastronomic exhibitions and music and dance from the different countries, including capoeira, belly-dancing, tango, typical dances from India and Mexican rancheras.

The funds raised by the sale of tickets for the event will be used to fund the IE Social Responsibility Forum 2013, an international workshop that serves as a platform where experts from around the world examine the corporate strategy challenges in the field of social responsibility, and which is set to take place on November 22 and 23 in Madrid.

Giedre Pavalkyte, Campus Life Manager at IE Business School explained that Global Village is unique to IE Business School. “It is aimed at celebrating the cultural diversity of our students and showing the rich tapestry of countries on our campus. Global Village permits students to get to know each others’ countries by showing the best of their home countries, their traditions, their music and dance, their gastronomy and folklore, thereby enriching their academic experience.”

The Global Village event is organized by IE Business School’s Net Impact Chapter. Net Impact serves as an international platform comprised of 40,000 students and professionals in over 300 chapters around the world who use best business management practices to change the world, promoting initiatives in fields that include CSR, sustainable development, social entrepreneurship and responsible investment. IE Business School’s Net Impact Chapter has just achieved gold standing within the Net Impact network, the highest distinction awarded to the chapters that form part of the organization, for work undertaken in the 2011-2012 academic year.

“We are delighted to receive this distinction in recognition of the hard work and dedication of IE Business School’s Net Impact Chapter, as well as the commitment of the entire IE community to the idea that we can change the world through sound business management,” said Tanya Shariff, former President of IE Business School’s Net Impact chapter.

13
Sep

IE Edutainment: Entrepreneurs’ top tips

Written on September 13, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News, IE University

Entrepreneurs Martin Varsavsky (founder and CEO, FON) and Bernhard Niesner (co-founder and CEO, busuu.com) met with second-year BBA student Carolina, to discuss success, failure and the right time to be an entrepreneur.

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10
Sep

Rethink Music – Ventures for the music industry

Written on September 10, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Berklee College of Music, IE Business School, and Midem today announce the first-ever Rethink Music Venture Day, to take place in Berlin, Germany on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at the nhow Music and Lifestyle Hotel.

The event merges Rethink Music’s experience in fostering positive change for the future of the music industry and IE’s global Venture Day format to give music entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their projects to a team of experienced executives and investors.  It will also offer a variety of learning workshops and discussions for attendees on subjects such as marketing and raising funds for a music enterprise.

Entrepreneurs or companies may submit a proposal to present at Rethink Music Venture Day until September 23, 2013.  Notices will be sent to selected presenters by October 1.  Projects must be “investor ready” with a committed team and a tested business model.  Criteria for assessment will include innovation, team, growth potential, and scalability.  The winner will receive $10,000 legal services through an in-kind donation from Duane Morris, LLP, enrollment in an online certificate program from Berklee Online, a complimentary registration to Midem 2014, and access to investors and capital.

Admission to the Rethink Music Venture Day is free of charge.  Complete information on registration as well as the submission form may be found at rethink-music.com.

“Continuing the tradition of Berklee’s focus on the future via Rethink Music, we are proud to announce a call for proposals from the next generation of music entrepreneurs. The event will provide an inventive platform for launching a new music startup and we are pleased to continue to this work with Midem and IE” says Allen Bargfrede, Executive Director of Rethink Music for Berklee College of Music.

“Midem believes that entrepreneurship and business incubation has a positive impact on the music industry, for this reason we have developed several initiatives such as Midemlab, our startup competition. We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Berklee College of Music and our new partner, IE, for the first ever Rethink Music Venture Day in Berlin” comments Bruno Crolot, Director of Midem.

“With today’s new music industry business models, a Venture Day for startups in music, provides a great networking opportunity for music entrepreneurs, brands and investors,” said Paris de L’Etraz, Director of the IE Venture Lab.

5
Sep

Making Change Happen – the core of IE’s International MBA

Written on September 5, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Making Change Happen is a one-week intensive module that forms part of the core IMBA curriculum at IE Business School. This dynamic module provides students with the unique opportunity to interact with seasoned professionals and learn firsthand about different ways to approach change management initiatives.

This year IE is proud to have collaborated with another top consulting firm, a worldwide consulting leader, to actively engage you in a “Change Challenge.” Consultant representatives assumed the role of key decision makers within an organization and presented students with a practical “real life” problem. In turn, students were expected to analyze the issue within a condensed period of time and produced a proposal that detailed not only a solution, but more importantly a methodology on how to reach that solution.

This challenging exercise was intended to push students beyond their comfort zone, as they learned how to address complex issues that arise in change management processes. The climax of the week occurred as students presented their solutions internally to a team of IE Professors whom screened for the best semi-finalists. These eight semi-finalists then presented to a former partner of the consulting firm, who hand-picked four finalist groups to present on the last day of the module, where the Consultant representatives determined the overall winning team.

First published on the International MBA Blog.

16
Aug

IE Executive MBA ranks 2nd worldwide

Written on August 16, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

IE Business School holds the No. 2 position worldwide in the ranking of Executive MBA programs drawn up for the first time by The Economist. This achievement further consolidates IE’s position as one of the world’s leading business schools for senior management education. The Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA run jointly by Northwestern (Kellogg) and York (Schulich) heads the ranking.

The Economist evaluated IE Business School’s Global Executive MBA, an English-taught program aimed at international managers, with onsite periods in Spain, Singapore, the US, and Brazil. The ranking was based on the opinions of 8,400 Executive MBA graduates from business schools around the world who were asked about aspects that included quality of the school’s faculty, diversity of the student body, networking, salary increase and career progression.

IE Business School Executive MBA programs are run in both face-to-face and blended formats, and offer English-taught and Spanish-taught versions. This academic year saw the launch of IE’s Executive MBA+, which integrates the management education provided by an MBA program with modules focused on specializations in the fields of Advanced Global Management, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Finance, Marketing and Sales, Digital Innovation and Technologies, and Healthcare Management. Executive MBA+ students can do the core MBA program and/or the specialization module in either English or Spanish, in weekly onsite format and/or bi-weekly blended format. This system is unique to IE and permits students to design their own bespoke Executive MBA+ programs.

IE’s Executive MBA portfolio is rounded off with the IE Brown Executive MBA, aimed at senior managers with an international profile. The IE Brown Executive MBA is run jointly with Ivy League member Brown University, renowned for its excellence in the field of humanistic, social and scientific disciplines.

12
Jul

Team Work – Love it or Hate it?

Written on July 12, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Michael Jordan might be the greatest basketball player of all time. In 1986-87, he had one of the most prolific scoring seasons in NBA history, scoring over 3,000 points. But from 1987-1990 Jordan had an Achilles heel, the Pistons. The Bulls met and lost to the Pistons in the Playoffs for three consecutive seasons. All that changed in the 1990-1991 season when the Bulls beat the Pistons in a surprising sweep. So what do Jordan and the Bulls have to do with IE?

Let me explain.

Some say that a part of the Bull’s success is because Jordan changed from an individual on a team to a player leading a team. And if there’s one thing you should know about IE, is that it loves group work.

Group work is synonymous with class work.

But with people from all around the world working together in stressful environments, sometimes this doesn’t always go down so well; expect possible conflicts, and expect a lot of them. True, you might be blessed with a group with none at all, like vultures on diets eager to share, but chances are slim. You’re more likely to find yourself in a group where someone or several people have completely different working styles compared to your own. When you want to go “left”, some might want to go “right”, and vice versa. However, together you have to figure out how to go straight which often is easier said than done. But it’s a great way to learn for all. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

I think the two most important things I have learned so far are:

It’s important to become friends with the people in your group

Sound silly? It’s not. You’re far more willing to go the extra mile on a group project for someone you consider a friend; and you’re also far more likely to actually pay attention to what they have to say.

Just because you think you are right, it doesn’t mean they’re wrong

As I see it for now, group work isn’t about proving who’s right and who’s wrong. It’s about getting the job done the best way possible; and although I might sound like I know exactly what I’m talking about, I assure you, I don’t; I’m still learning, a lot.

Some might say that IE gives it too much credit and puts too much focus on group work. I disagree; because if you can’t figure out how to work in a group when only your grades are on the line, how will you fare when you graduate and your job is on the line?

Group work, hate it or love it?

The most important thing is to make sure you learn from it.

First publish on IE Master in Management blog, written by Charles Oben.

29
Jun

The MBA is about inspiration and electricity!

Written on June 29, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Germano Air ChinaSome of IE Business School’s most outstanding alumni are working in Asia, and this week Joël McConnell, IE’s Director of International Development for Asia Pacific, caught up with Germano Rollero: an International MBA graduate based in Beijing who is currently working for one of China’s major civilian aviation companies.

JM: What brought you to China, and what are you doing professionally right now?
GR: I came to China because I’ve always been fascinated by this country, so much so in fact that I chose Chinese as my Major subject during my undergraduate degree. Not surprisingly the majority (I’d say about 90%) of my professional career has taken place here in China.
Currently I’m part of the Global Corporate Accounts team at Air China International, the most important Chinese carrier. Air China is a state-owned enterprise and it has been one of the most profitable airlines in the world for each of the last 5 years. Consequently, the company is ambitiously growing beyond China’s borders. It’s very interesting being part of a company that is growing globally so quickly, it almost feels like I’m a pioneer, or better said: part of a team of entrepreneurs at a start up that has 25.000 employees.
In my everyday work I supervise the efforts of our offices around the world, with the objective of improving our service and growing our revenues from primarily global Fortune 500 corporate clients. I do also business development globally to find new corporate clients, signing global deals with them. Our team is at the forefront in making Air China a more global airline.

JM: How did your MBA experience at IE Business School help you get to where you are today?
GR: The MBA helped me because it made more confident and outspoken. I am not a finance major, I was not working in investment banking or in strategy consulting before the MBA, but some of my classmates covered these topics. At the beginning, I was kind of more reserved when expressing my own views about the cases discussed in class and our work groups because my classmates had more knowledge about these subjects. After some time though I realized that my fresh take and views on the cases were adding a lot of values to the discussions, actually many times much more value than the views of my more experienced peers. I gained more self-confidence and I became more capable of establishing a vision and of instilling enthusiasm in others.
My MBA experience helped me at Air China, in fact in addition to my day-to-day job I am asked to attend many other project team meetings related to the future of the company, because of my ability to express new ideas and points of view about complicated problems and unclear situations.

JM: What do you remember most fondly about living in Madrid?
GR: Without a doubt the friends I made at IE. It was great to be surrounded by so many wonderful people full of enthusiasm and creativity. You feel so much inspiration and electricity on campus, and Madrid helps you to bond with them, given the many opportunities to network and have fun in the city. Furthermore, after the MBA you become even closer with all your peers. Even though they’re scattered around the world, you know you can count on them should you need to ask them for help.

JM: Any tips on applying to the program, especially with regards to the admissions application?
GR: Focus on your dreams and on what you want to achieve after the MBA, and you will find the enthusiasm and the motivation to go through all the steps of the application. It’s tough, but the MBA experience at IE is worth it!

JM: Where do you see yourself in 2 years?
GR: I see myself in an overseas assignment with Air China, leading globalization efforts in foreign markets to help Air China to become one of the best airlines worldwide.

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