Students use learned strategies to negotiate among global peers during Global Network Week.
Global Network Week offers students a valuable opportunity to work with fellow peers from around the world. But what happens when you put them head-to-head, with each side confronting an organizational issue from a different angle?
The answer, according to Greg Hanifee, associate dean of the Kellogg Executive MBA Global Network, is the perfect cross-cultural experience — one that questions your methods and perspective while strengthening your skills for future on-the-job challenges.
For most Executive MBA students, a global experience means an extended stay with your cohort in another part of the world. While there can be value in the bonding that occurs on those global trips, the interactivity with local professionals is often limited to site visits and guest speakers.
But at Kellogg, all students are immersed into a global classroom in the first year of the program.
Every August, first-year Kellogg students have the chance to learn and work alongside peers from across the Kellogg Executive MBA Global Network during Global Network Week, an immersive six-day offering on the Evanston Campus.
Greg Hanifee, associate dean of the Executive MBA Global Network, shared more insight on the value of Global Network Week for Kellogg students. Continue Reading
This post is part of a new series featuring the different partner schools within the Kellogg Executive MBA Global Network.
WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management
Vallendar and Düsseldorf, Germany
European business, luxury goods
Consistently regarded as a top business school in Europe, the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management specializes in the teaching and research of European business, luxury goods. Continue Reading
Students across the Kellogg Executive MBA Global Network recently convened at Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration in Tel Aviv for an immersive week of networking and learning.
In this global elective week, Kellogg students took courses that focused on venture capital in one of the world’s largest hubs for startups, alongside a diverse mix of students from campuses in Germany, Hong Kong, Beijing and Toronto.
Three students shared their takeaways from the trip.
What was your biggest takeaway?
Diversity of thought and perspective inherent in people of different backgrounds, experiences, and culture is a valuable tool in solving today’s business problems … and that tool is plentiful!
Steven Jeffrey Arquilla ’16
CEO, BMO Asset Management Corp
What was your favorite elective? Why?
By Kevin Rasch ’15 (EMP 96)
Two things are often said about India.
“India is big.”
“India is young.”
True, it has the second largest population in the world. Also true, approximately half its 1.25 billon people are under 25 years old. But more importantly to my classmates and me, India is poised to become the world’s most dynamic big economy. As The Economist recently declared, “now is India’s chance to fly.”
To see the growth firsthand, 17 of my classmates and I went to India for eight days of field research, the final portion of our TechVenture India course. This experiential learning course focuses on technology trends in emerging markets.
This is part 5 in a series about the executive MBA global network course at Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada. Read all the stories here
On Day 5, students had the option to attend a workshop on company valuation and financial spreadsheets. This session taught students about the formulas used to construct the appropriate spreadsheets, the right questions to ask and the significance of the numbers on the valuation sheets presented.
Professor Wade’s IT course concluded with a poignant case. The challenge was to design a solution that eliminates stock outs of Malaria vaccine in order to save the lives of the people infected.
After 5 days of intensive class work, students were excited to apply principles learned to their careers.
“The live-in course at Kellogg-Schulich is all about connecting the unexpected: excellent international EMBA students that come from diverse and rich backgrounds, top notch professors and extremely relevant and important courses in IT strategy and M&A in a holistic approach,” said Ala Sader KR 18, Co-CEO of MEET. “All of it combined together provided a unique learning experience in an international setting that enhanced and empowered the executives of tomorrow.”
This is part 4 in a series about the executive MBA global network course at Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada. Read all the stories here
On Friday, classes opened with an interactive session that emphasized the interplay between mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and IT.
Students were split into three main groups, categorized as a top management team (TMT), sales & marketing team and IT team for two separate companies with different versions of a case study. The case study was based on a real case between a Canadian-based and American-based company. Students participated in presentations, negotiations, alignment strategies and recommendations. After hours of heated debate, guest speaker Jon Bowes, head of M&A Integration for PWC, spoke to students about the real companies that the case study was based on, explaining many of the cultural nuances, dynamics and tensions that went on during the deal.
“There are plenty of examples of major corporate mergers and acquisitions that failed because of an inability to understand and overcome the technology challenges during integration,” Jeff Forrest KS 13, Manager at L.E.K Consulting, said. “We’re all likely to go through at least one big merger through our careers, so it was useful to be able to explore these issues when my job and company aren’t on the line!”
After a productive day on campus, the students boarded the bus to explore Niagara Falls and connect with each over an enjoyable dinner at the Skylon Tower.
Students pose in front of Niagara Falls.