MID-career MBA could be the making of tech leaders: INSEAD
Bangalore, January 7 2012:While an MBA degree is now recognized as a key componentto enhanceInformation Technology opportunities, not many institutions offerMBA optionsthat make sense at mid career level – or after a few years in the industry. This is a periodwhen many aspirants to the MBA accoladehope to move fromfield or lab work to management positions – or if they are more ambitious, tonew leadership or entrepreneur roles.
The MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA) degrees offered by themulti campus ( France, Abu Dhabi and Singapore) INSEAD Business Schoolhave a special focus on thisneed, explainedV ( “Paddy”) Padmanabhan, Professor ofMarketing and the John H Loudon ChairedProfessor of International Management, INSEAD during a recent visit to India.
He waspart of the faculty of experts at the2nd India Business Dialogue held in Bangalore, late last year – an event that in many ways exemplified the way in which INSEAD seeks to differentiate itself from dozens ofglobal MBA programmes. The dialogue was as part of INSEAD’s Leadership Programme for Indian Executives, a regular curriculumoutreach designed tostrengthen and advance the leadership skills ofmiddle level professionals.Global knowledge, filtered through local experience – that seemed to be the formulathat INSEADsuggested for success.
INSEAD’s standard MBA is targeted at executives of 5 years working experience looking to develop their leadership potential. The EMBA is for those of around 12 years work experience with at least 3 years of management experience looking to further their leadership skills.
Students who enrol in INSEAD’s MBA or EMBA progammes in India ( typically employed professionals) are able to apply their learning in their own jobs, thennetwork with their peers and mentors through web conferences, before taking the final tests either at Abu Dhabi or at Singapore, Paddy explained in the course of a special briefing for IndiaTechOnline.
INSEAD’s faculty ofnearly 150is spread across35 nationalities, making for a rich diversity oftalent – and a 45,000 strong alumniaccount forover 1000 participants every year for MBA , some 2000-plus for EMBA and around 80 PhDprogrammes.
Indiahas multiple institutesthat award MBAs both through full time campus courses as well as accelerated 1-year MBAs.But INSEAD’sincreasing popularity and its successful stress ondevelopingleadershipwas evident at events likethe Bangalore Business dialogue, where many successful entrepreneurs shared their experience incandid and egoless interactive sessions.