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It is a remarkable success story: More than 800 exceptional leaders and business professionals have completed the three Executive MBA programs of Mannheim Business School in the last 10 years. Their career paths are impressive. What unites them all is an experience that has strongly and lastingly shaped their professional and leadership skills as well as their personalities. This is why many companies of all sizes and industries develop their top performers with one of our Executive MBA programs.
Executive MBA programs are considered as career boosters and the ideal springboard for a career in top management. But who is the ideal candidate for these programs? And what makes them so special? Nilgün Vatansever, Admissions Manager for the Executive MBA programs at Mannheim Business School, explains.
Ms. Vatansever, who is the ideal candidate for an Executive MBA program?
Executive MBA programs are suitable for experienced professionals and executives with considerable work experience and a first academic degree. At Mannheim Business School, we require at least eight years’ professional experience. However, the current class average is significantly higher. Thus, these programs are the ideal choice both for professionals wanting or having to move into general management and for executives already having personnel and/or budget responsibility and wanting to develop themselves professionally and personally.
Why this distinction from normal MBA programs? Couldn’t it be inspirational for experienced executives and young managers to exchange views?
Of course, and good business schools also offer this opportunity to exchange views, but at extracurricular events. Although the basic content of an MBA and an Executive MBA (EMBA) may be similar in many parts, the methods of knowledge transfer are different. The quality and the intensity of learning with and, above all, from each other in EMBA programs may be completely different from that in programs aimed at a younger audience. Thus, we strongly encourage participants to contribute their own knowledge and experience in the classes. Therefore, it is not uncommon that a Latin American engineer responsible for major international projects, a German humanist working in journalism and a North American geologist working in the oil industry, for instance, have to jointly find a solution to an innovative problem and, hence, contend with completely new ways of thinking and working.
This certainly places specific demands on the teaching staff, doesn’t it?
Definitely! Plain classroom teaching makes no sense in EMBA programs because basic terms and concepts are generally already familiar due to the many years of professional experience or learned through self-study. Teachers are increasingly taking on the role of moderators by leading and steering expert discussions, accurately contributing their own expertise and ultimately ensuring that the learning objectives are achieved.
What is your advice to prospective candidates? Ultimately, one hardly decides on an Executive MBA program overnight...
You should obtain accurate and comprehensive information, since not all MBA and EMBA programs offered in Germany comply with international standards. Nor is every program with “executive” in its name actually an EMBA. Therefore, you should seek to speak with the business school offering the desired program and obtain the required information, preferably in person or by talking to current participants and alumni, possibly with a similar career. Open days, like those held biannually at Mannheim Business School, are ideal. Last but not least, you should also pay attention to application deadlines and apply early to benefit from early bird discounts or scholarships.
You are an internationally experienced executive? You combine an ambitious and entrepreneurial mindset with a strong sense of responsibility? You want to expand your business knowledge, hone your management skills and grow as a person? Then you are exactly the kind of person we are looking for. The ideal candidate fulfils the following requirements:
Benefit from a flexible and convenient curriculum tailored to the needs of busy executives
Get a degree from Germany’s leading university in business
Gain up-to-date knowledge in all relevant management disciplines
Benefit from a world-class faculty who combine real business know-how with cutting edge insights from research
Grow as a leader and boost your personal development
Gain a truly cross-cultural business perspective and benefit from highly diverse classes
Extend your EMBA experience and attend Personal Development Days up to three years after graduation
Be inspired by the valuable and lasting high-calibre MBS network of business partners, participants, and alumni
Refine your professional profile and increase your versatility and value to your employer
Get an excellent value for money
Carolina Astorga, ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2018
“An entire complex learning process, both as individuals and as a group, took place. We had good days and bad. By working together, we overcame difficulties, celebrated success, and experimented with failure. It happened to us; it happened to every single MCT. It is a normal journey that provides you with priceless experience and gives you war-room training in the daily challenges of both professional and private life. We are expected to learn how to adjust and perform in different group configurations that we are part of. We should try to make the best of it. If we manage to have fun during the time together, all the better. If we become friends, a gift.”
During a promising job interview not long ago, I was challenged when saying that I am a team player. “What exactly do you mean by team player?” the interviewer asked me. “Being a team player, you know, means something different to everyone.”
“Team”, as many other powerful concepts, has become somewhat hackneyed. I knew what he meant and somehow agreed. To cut a long story short, I managed to answer the question. In the end, his intervention was very fruitful and enriching: not only was it the subject of a lengthy reflection in my leadership journal, it also triggered the desire to share these thoughts with you.
ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA has much to contribute on this subject. Furthermore, we as participants play an active role and get tons of first-hand experiences. At the heart of the program’s philosophy is the Multi-Competence Team, internally known as MCT. Now, what exactly is an MCT? An MCT is a group of colleagues, namely classmates, with complementary and diverse backgrounds in terms of experience, culture, and areas of expertise. Raison d’être? The MCT is meant to deliver high-level assignments and to spend countless hours of hard work and intensive camaraderie throughout the 18 months of the master program. MCTs are established by the program staff before the program even starts and you are informed about them from the very beginning. They take this setup process very seriously with every MBA class. They consider all possible dimensions during their attempt to find the best group fit. What to expect from such team-based work? Tons of insights and emotions: namely being happy, angry, excited, tired, anxious, hopeful, criticized, supported, loved, and even hated occasionally.
For our class, this journey started back in October 2016. The first challenge was communication. Reaching the right level of communication takes time and involves trust – trust in terms of believing each other and being transparent and respectful at the same time. Challenges kept emerging. We were lacking the most basic emotional attachment in all human relationships: the sense of belonging. But our brand-new team did not have its own identity at that point in time! An entire complex learning process, both as individuals and as a group, took place. We had good days and bad. By working together, we overcame difficulties, celebrated success, and experimented with failure. It happened to us; it happened to every single MCT. It is a normal journey that provides you with priceless experience and gives you war-room training in the daily challenges of both professional and private life. We are humans: we need to coordinate, communicate, and collaborate with others all the time. Terms that might sound familiar to us but at the same time mean something different for everyone. We are expected to learn how to adjust and perform in different group configurations that we are part of. We should try to make the best of it. If we manage to have fun during the time together, all the better. If we become friends, a gift.
Encourage yourself and come aboard! Although there are no recipes for success for working within MCTs, being open-minded, listening to others, challenging outcomes, transparency, pragmatism, value synergies, all along with the right amount of respect, will contribute to your MCT journey.
It has been a great honor for me to work with my MCT. A rewarding experience that enlightens the way, which in turn brings hope to improve as a professional and grow as a human being. I have also found five new friends to count on for a lifetime.
All my best,
Christian Gossmann, ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2018
“I would like to thank Professor Sung Joo Bae, our lecturers, and our two business schools for enabling this remarkable international study experience at Yonsei University in Seoul. You provided us with many more pieces to the puzzle of how the world revolves. This was a really mind-opening intercultural experience: connecting with such a successful global economy with a unique and very different cultural background from that of the western world; meeting people and experiencing their behavior; and, no less important, indulging in the excellent cuisine!”
Yonsei School of Management Visit
Are you familiar with South Korea? Do you know what’s so special about it?
Professor Sung Joo Bae invited the ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2018 for an immersive study trip to the Sangnam Institute of Management at Yonsei University in Seoul: a week of lectures about South Korean business culture, negotiation strategy, marketing trends, and innovation strategy, and company visits to Samsung and SK Telecom. All this to experience the world’s 11th largest economy in terms of GDP.
South Korea has rebuilt its economy in just 60 years, after the country was totally destroyed during the Korean War. Considering that this war is still ongoing, with UN troops safeguarding the intra-Korean border, this rapid development is even more remarkable.
The government transformed a predominantly agricultural nation into an industrialized economy. The southern part of the Korean peninsula, which is as large as Iceland and has a population similar to Spain, is actually the leader in certain industries like shipbuilding, semiconductors, and information technology – in the latter case, competing directly with Silicon Valley giants Google and Apple among others. Supporters of the transition to a modern economy have been rewarded, resulting in big, privately held conglomerates called chaebol, such as Samsung, Hyundai, Kia and SK-Group, which are clearly industry and business leaders. Interestingly, the ten biggest chaebols contributed 80% of the GDP of USD 1.4 trillion in 2016.
Another reason for the rise of this phoenix could probably be found in the preserved cultural aspects of the oriental legacy, defined by a sovereign, self-defensive and protective attitude, resulting from centuries of multiple invasions by China and Japan. Consequently, Confucianism is still the guiding principle for social harmony: belonging to a group, relationships, and hierarchy are more important than personal development and individualism, and working hard and fast for the sake of the country is imperative. Company leaders are personally responsible for success, and are condemned for their failures.
It will be interesting to follow upcoming developments as South Korea becomes increasingly globalized: many Fortune 500 companies are investing in this attractive market and a positive entrepreneurial environment is expected to emerge.
Through this intensive module, we learned how to establish a business in South Korea and how to turn cultural differences and misunderstandings into profound business relationships.
I would like to thank Professor Sung Joo Bae, our lecturers, and our two business schools for enabling this remarkable international study experience. You provided us with many more pieces to the puzzle of how the world revolves. This was a really mind-opening intercultural experience: connecting with such a successful global economy with a unique and very different cultural background from that of the western world; meeting people and experiencing their behavior; and, no less important, indulging in the excellent cuisine!
Marina Safont Sempere, ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2018
“Go ahead! It is fun; it is enriching; it takes you out of your comfort zone. You get to know great people and experience a very intense team spirit that is otherwise difficult to find. You will come out better prepared for your working life – and everything else too. In the program, with my classmates, there is no discrimination of any type: we are people who manage to have fun whatever our cultural background, religion or gender may be. We live and experience diversity at its best!”
What is your main motivation for an EMBA program?
I am a scientist and I have been working in science for a very long time (six years on the job and four years on my Ph.D.). When I started working after my Ph.D., I realized that my ability to make decisions in a corporate environment was limited due to my lack of business know-how. The question that repeatedly comes up whenever there is a new invention is: Is it economically viable? I realized that great technology without a good business plan, good marketing, the right customer orientation, and the right contacts cannot be successful.
For me as a scientist, the MBA program was a great opportunity to broaden my skillset and get a broad overview of all the important aspects of business and the most relevant issues in leadership management. I wanted to achieve a better understanding of all that is required to make a company work, and to differentiate myself from the many people around me by enhancing my profile in this direction.
Has it met your expectations so far? Has it already had an impact on your daily work and career?
So far, I have found the program to be very enriching. I am really quickly getting an overview of many important aspects of business and leadership that I can directly apply in my working environment. I wanted to prepare myself for the next step in my career: to move into a more business-oriented position. In fact, during my MBA I had the opportunity to change from R & D to product management and new business development in the inorganics division within BASF, and the MBA was a clear enabler for me to be able to take this step and take advantage of this exciting opportunity.
Now I really enjoy my new job, getting to experience what I learn in class and being able to add some value to my unit by applying what I am learning. My new job is fun and I feel really fulfilled being able to contribute with my new skills. It is also exciting to learn and live what daily business means, the contact with customers, and marketing in the various regions. Without the MBA, I probably would not have got this position so fast. It has so far already proven to be worth it.
How do you manage to juggle your job, the study workload, and private life?
I have no kids, so one of things that motivate me is to see my colleagues with kids and high-responsibility jobs, and realize how well they manage. They are an inspiration to me. I guess everyone getting into such a program is ready to sacrifice their free time and put in a lot of effort to progress. It is hard to spend weekends and evenings after work reading, preparing assignments, and making calls to coordinate the different tasks with your team. But it is also gratifying to see how things progress and that we deliver good work in our teams.
The most difficult part for me is being able to disconnect: I ALWAYS have something to do – work, class, social life! So my stress level sometimes goes through the roof. But this is also part of learning, being able to multitask, deliver and be efficient, and being able to have fun between one thing and another.
What advice would you give other women thinking of doing an EMBA?
Go ahead! It is fun; it is enriching; it takes you out of your comfort zone. You get to know great people and experience a very intense team spirit that is otherwise difficult to find. You will come out better prepared for your working life – and everything else too. I guess I would say the same to a guy if he were to ask me. In the program, with my classmates, there is no discrimination of any type: we are people who manage to have fun whatever our cultural background, religion or gender may be. We live and experience diversity at its best!
Shuang Han, MANNHEIM & TONGJI Executive MBA, Class of 2016
“Just like the final miles of a marathon, my final thesis will be the greatest challenge. However, all the training - the accumulated knowledge and skills - throughout the program, will now produce results. I look forward to celebrating my graduation in summer 2018!”
The journey is coming to an end
The operations module is my last module of the MANNHEIM & TONGJI Executive MBA program and the final study trip to Shanghai, China.
Before this module, I had already completed the marketing, strategy and finance modules, among others. All these business areas are dependent on and involved in daily operations. Therefore, the MANNHEIM & TONGJI EMBA program establishes this unique operations module as a basis and critical element of the program for executives to understand how to run and improve the execution of their daily business. The operations module includes: corporate governance by Prof. Kenneth Kim, a leading subject expert worldwide; strategic performance management by Prof. Chris Chan, Ivey Business School, with more than 19 years’ consulting and executive education experience; operations and supply chain management by Prof. Manpreet Hora, US, with diverse industrial operations experiences; and information systems by Prof. Carol Hsu, Tongji University.
Information systems class, operations and supply chain class
Corporate governance class
Again, this is a quite intensive module with a large volume of assigned reading, group work and pre- and post-assignments. However, I found it is very helpful to get an overview of the key principles, concepts, best practices, etc. in various aspects of daily operations. All professors are experts in their research areas, with very diverse industrial backgrounds and educational experiences. For instance, Prof. Kim is one of the top researchers in corporate governance, now the leading expert worldwide and co-author of a best-selling book on corporate governance. His lectures cover the broad perspectives of corporate governance including that of accountants, auditors, executive incentives, boards, investors, shareholders, etc. with many real industrial cases. Due to the unique Sino-German business focus of the MANNHEIM & TONGJI EMBA program, Prof. Kim also spent half a day discussing the details of corporate governance in China and sharing his experience of it over the last 10 years.
Group work preparation
Prof. Hsu introduced an innovative app called “POP – Prototyping on Pager”, used for developing new digital prototype designs, in her information systems class. This app simply and quickly transfers a business idea from paper into a working demo with an interactive user interface. Program participants used this app in the group assignment and developed their ideas into an application within a few clicks. After presenting core business ideas in a working demo application, each group could collect feedback immediately. The app allows each group to quickly modify their applications based on this feedback. After several iterations, the business idea and related features were dramatically improved to be closer to customer and market requirements.
An example presented in POP
The company visits are always my favorite part of each study module. This time we visited the SAIC Volkswagen production plant, the Shanghai Motor Vehicle Inspection Center and the Intelligent Connected Vehicle Innovation Center in Anting, Shanghai. Company representatives presented the history of SAIC Volkswagen, a site plan, its current status, future challenges, etc. We then also visited the production line of several car models produced by SAIC Volkswagen. Finally, we sat together with program alumni, well-known industrial scholars and Anting government officials in an open forum and were inspired by speeches about alumni start-ups and entrepreneurship, Anting’s current position and long-term innovation plan, and automotive industry trends.
SAIC Volkswagen visit
An EMBA is definitely not only about hard work, but also a lot of fun. Shanghai is the most developed economic center of China. It has a huge variety of restaurants, bars and cafes. After a day of lectures, group work and assignments, it is very important to be able to relax in the city.
Shanghai, China, after class
Between September 2016 and September 2017, a total of six modules, more than 60 days’ study leave, more than 70 presentations, assignments and group-work activities, meetings with more than 60 executives with diverse industry backgrounds, etc. were split between Mannheim, Germany, and Shanghai, China. During the same period, a few classmates encouraged me to start running. In total, over more than 330 hours I ran close to 3,500 km and lost 20 kg. All of these were great experiences I had in the last 12 months that I could never have imagined before. All stem from my initial decision to start the MBS MANNHEIM & TONGJI EMBA program. I enjoyed this journey immensely!
Just like the final miles of a marathon, my final thesis will be the greatest challenge. However, all the training - the accumulated knowledge and skills - throughout the program, will now produce results. I look forward to celebrating my graduation in summer 2018!
Attila Huttera, ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2018
“Our Executive MBA class stepped out of their comfort zone and embarked on a life-changing journey 12 months ago. Why life-changing? Because the insights, realizations and experiences gained through the curriculum are not limited to impacts on business life, but also develop the way one observes, evaluates and connects the dots between seemingly disparate information, and resorts to multifaceted economic, political, interpersonal and social environments.“
Twelve months Executive MBA at Mannheim Business School – A brief summary
“Learning means losing balance.” A memorable statement by a professor during one of the first lectures. Indeed, accepting new knowledge quite often requires letting go of outdated perceptions. At this juncture, the transition from old to new leaves you temporarily shaken.
Our Executive MBA class stepped out of their comfort zone and embarked on a life-changing journey 12 months ago. Why life-changing? Because the insights, realizations and experiences gained through the curriculum are not limited to impacts on business life, but also develop the way one observes, evaluates and connects the dots between seemingly disparate information, and resorts to multifaceted economic, political, interpersonal and social environments.
The course of study facilitates the emergence of such a panoramic view by incorporating various teaching and learning methods. While there are elements of classic teacher-centered lecture formats, a substantial proportion of the time is dedicated to plenary sessions, interactive discussions, case-study analysis and presentation, as well as team-based pre-class, class and post-class assignments. Intercontinental study trips, top-notch guest speakers, distinguished guest professors and researchers along with professional career coaching top off the study program.
One highlight was our first study trip, which took us to Washington, D.C., in the United States: we had the pleasure to visit the World Bank and the global leading think tank Brookings Institution. The syllabus featured tuition on the role of global institutions, lobbyism and political economy in global leadership and governance. Guest speakers included a renowned book author, a former US government official and the communications director of the German embassy in the US. This was not the only event that helped us sharpen our soft skills in terms of leadership psychology, effective presentation and public speaking.
The overall course spotlights long-standing competencies such as finance or supply chain management concurrently with present-day critical issues and the demand for specific capabilities. These include the comprehension and anticipation of disruptive business models, knowledge-based platform economies and (corporate) entrepreneurship. Apart from operations and profit formulas of big corporations, the strategies and success factors of hidden champions, start-ups and family-governed business are scrutinized with the same attention.
Our class comprises more than 20 nationalities – diversity that promotes creativity and cross-fertilization in various types of roles and responsibilities throughout our solution-seeking exercises. The strong interaction with classmates has fostered trust and led to friendships.
What is still to come? Very soon, our order of study will take us to Asia: we will deal with negotiation strategies and geopolitics in Singapore, and we will participate in several company visits in Korea and China, dealing with business models focusing on state-of-the-art branding and innovation concepts. Afterwards, we will be focused on finishing our strategic projects in subgroups, implementing a sustainable charitable initiative as a class and, of course, attending concluding core and advanced immersion modules.
To sum it up, the comprehensive and contemporary knowledge transfer in the Executive MBA delivers the required skills to navigate the volatile, uncertain and complex business world, and to stay at the cutting edge of critical global issues. Staying on track and setting a course for the future presumes being well networked and up-to-date on business and technological developments. But it also calls for continuously improving your cognitive, emotional and political perspicacity. It is the EMBA’s aspiration to jointly cover all these aspects.
Daniela Krämer-Keck, Mannheim EMBA Class of 2017
"Do not hesitate. Trust in your capabilities and go for this unique opportunity in your career. The EMBA can help you boost your management skills and bring you to the next level of leadership capabilities. It lasts only 18 months but is an experience that will change your life."
With her job as European Project Director at a global player and mother of a small child, Daniela is a role-model for women in our EMBA programs. We have asked her about her experiences and what advice she would give to other women thinking of doing an EMBA.
What is your main motivation to do an EMBA program?
My motivation to participate in the Mannheim EMBA comes from the wish to broaden my horizons to a more global management and leadership perspective. Being someone who enjoys speaking foreign languages and has lived and worked in several countries, there is nothing more inspiring than extending my international network with management peers from other continents and companies that work with the same ambition and passion in their field of activities as I do.
The high percentage of international participants and the three global study trips to France, the USA and China clearly differentiate the Mannheim EMBA from other programs. Furthermore, the special combination of this EMBA program with international best-in-class teaching accompanied by high-level managerial discussions in groups, individual coaching and pragmatic “down-to-earth” cases from all industry sectors is perfect for me to question my established problem-solving methods and ways of thinking up till now.
Does it meet your expectations so far?
I feel like I’m having one of the best times of my life. It is stressful, yes, but in a very positive sense. Every EMBA week brings with it new food for thought. I will mention but a few of the program highlights for me. Firstly, the international study trips to Georgetown University in the US and Tongji University in China were unforgettable in many different ways – both trips were truly enriching intercultural experiences and opportunities for great academic knowledge transfer in the fields of international economics and politics, and international institutions.
Secondly, I am really happy to have met all these very different management peers in my class – we were a truly exotic and very mixed group in our “multi-competence team”. Looking back, I will probably never in my whole career have such a diverse and international team again, so the group work with all the opportunities and challenges was a great group management experiment for me.
Thirdly, I have learned a lot about myself. Having all the different workshops and leadership sessions (including the military leadership class at St. Cyr) to reflect on my own behavior and observe and influence other student’s behavior was very helpful to me, and I can definitely say that I have learned more about my “unknown unknowns” in terms of my personality, which will subsequently make me a better leader.
How do you manage to juggle your job, study workload, and private life?
Doing the EMBA studies now, at the age of 36, while being a mother of a small child and working at a global player as European Project Director with full responsibility for international pricing and organizational development projects, I am in a very intense, exciting and special situation. A lot of people around me asked me if I was sure I could combine all these things, and some of them did not understand the choices I made. And consequently I too was not even sure whether I could master the triple workload before the EMBA started. But now, it feels like I’m having one of the best times of my life and I have no regrets.
I clearly need to say that I am very happy to have had enough faith in my capabilities and ambitions to go for the program – despite others’ doubts. Yes, the triple workload is sometimes stressful, but most of the time it gives me back much more energy than it takes: the unique opportunity to constantly learn new things, adapt myself to new environments, and experience new projects, people and ideas turned out to be a precious source of energy.
I will not hide the fact that the EMBA requires a huge amount of self-discipline and also excellent self-organization. Doing the EMBA on top of my current workload taught me to stay as concentrated and focused as possible in my previously set time limits, regardless of whether this involved reading the preparation material, writing an individual assignment, or preparing the group work. Indeed, my time management has developed even more throughout the EMBA program, as I was forced to set myself clear “frames” within which I had to work for all the activities during the week. Since the results both of my studies and at work are very positive, I am happy with this personal improvement in setting priorities.
In addition, there are two important aspects that I could luckily rely on during the studies: first, the full commitment and support of my husband – he took care of our daughter while I studied and took over even more tasks in our daily “family jobs”; and secondly, my boss and work environment also fully supported my studies and acknowledged my bigger workload and requirement for more days out of the office in my project schedule. Both gave me the possibility to make the most of the EMBA program and to fully concentrate on my studies.
What advice would you give other women thinking of doing an EMBA?
Do not hesitate. Trust in your capabilities and go for this unique opportunity in your career. The EMBA can help you boost your management skills and bring you to the next level of leadership capabilities. It lasts only 18 months but is an experience that will change your life – showing your true ambition and motivation in your business environment is one of the strongest signals that you can send out (especially as a business woman).
Once the application decision has been made and you have been admitted to the program, do everything you can to organize and manage your support beforehand, and to make sure that your “inner circle” (friends, spouse, parents, work colleagues, and boss) helps you to integrate the program schedule with your other duties at work and at home.
Carolin Kutzera, ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2018
“Now that almost half the program is over, I can say that I will leave with more than just a toolbox for my business. The professors are excellent at giving insights that are applicable to real life. Every time a module ends I am energetic rather than exhausted, as I am super keen to apply what I have just learnt to my job.”
With her job as creative director of a medium-sized business, Carolin is a role-model for women in our EMBA programs. She joined the ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA program last October. We have asked her if the program has met her expectations so far and how she manages to balance the workload of the program, the demands of her job and her private life.
1. What is your main motivation for an EMBA program?
As creative director, my background is rather artistic. Currently, since I am moving to a higher position in my company, I want to boost my business-oriented competences along with my leadership skills.
2. Does it meet your expectations so far?
It absolutely does. Now that almost half the program is over, I can say that I will leave with more than just a toolbox for my business. The professors are excellent at giving insights that are applicable to real life. Many assignments actually involve your own company. My study peers from the various industries help me consider things from a different perspective. There is a lot of mutual respect and exchange, and real team spirit!
3. How do you manage to juggle your job, the study workload, and private life?
Well, it is tough but possible. Some decisions at work need to happen much faster. The study part is actually a very positive additional workload. Every time a module ends I am energetic rather than exhausted, as I am super keen to apply what I have just learnt to my job. To charge my batteries, I give myself short but clear breaks where I literally go offline. This helps me free my mind and get back on track very fast.
4. What advice would you give other women thinking of doing an EMBA?
Do not find excuses to postpone your dream. Just go for it and challenge yourself. It is a great, intense journey together with a truly diverse and inspiring group of people willing to grow with you. You will not regret it!
If you want to join one of our EMBA classes, we strongly encourage you to get in contact with us. MBS also offers special scholarships for women in business. Find out more about them here.
Nadja Scherer, ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2018
"It turned out to be a fantastic study trip. Dr. Sam Potolicchio, named 'one of the Best Professors in America' by the Princeton Review and 'the Future Leader of American Higher Education' by the Association of Colleges and Universities, had designed an intense week of lectures and interdisciplinary group work, invited several tremendous speakers and planned exciting visits for us."
Twenty-first-century Leadership: Lessons from Washington at McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
Excited. This best describes how we felt when Program Management announced that our ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA 2018 residency in the US would take place at McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University.
Visiting Washington D.C. only a few months after the election of Donald Trump, following eight years of Obama’s presidency, sounded like a very promising study trip.
And it turned out to be a fantastic trip. Dr. Sam Potolicchio, named “one of the Best Professors in America” by the Princeton Review and “the Future Leader of American Higher Education” by the Association of Colleges and Universities, had designed an intense week of lectures and interdisciplinary group work, invited several tremendous speakers and planned exciting visits for us.
With his stunning vita, Sam is certainly one of the most “diverse” lecturers we have experienced so far. Although we are the most international class ever in the ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA program with 24 nationalities represented, Sam has still taught and worked in more countries.
His teaching style is so different from that of all the other professors and speakers we had experienced so far – we will certainly never forget certain videos and their significance for presidential election campaigns in US history. His imitation of Bill Clinton’s, “I got you, baby,” is priceless.
Dr. James Vreeland from Georgetown University on “The Academy Institutions & Global Finance” was only the starting point of a series of first-class lectures, followed by Bruce Mehlmann, one of Washington’s top lobbyists: an interesting insight into American politics from a perspective that is hardly possible in Europe.
Our visits to Brookings, potentially the world’s most influential think tank, and the World Bank were clearly among the highlights of our trip. What invaluable insights into two major organizations that shape politics not only in the US but also on a global scale!
Senator Spencer Abraham, former Secretary of Energy in the Bush (43rd) Administration, very openly shared his own personal views on life in American politics, before and after Trump, including his guiding principle that so-called failures sometimes turn into one’s biggest successes. Quite an alternative view with regard to typical career paths.
The unplanned visit of the cultural attaché of the German Embassy in the US, Holger Mahnicke, gave us insights into the collaboration between the German embassy and the new Trump administration – or rather, the first draft of the Trump administration, since literally thousands of positions are yet to be filled and Obama’s team is still doing lots of the current work. Given his responsibility for the several communication channels of the German embassy, we briefly evaluated the importance of twitter as increasingly important … at least as long as Trump is on the job.
Wonderful conversations on and off topic, a spectacular walking tour of The Mall and a variety of visits to museums, restaurants, bars, etc. have made this trip unforgettable. The pleasure of learning and working with such a gifted group of classmates – now friends – is my most cherished memory of this week. I can’t wait to see you all again soon!
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18-month, modular-based part-time Executive MBA program for professionals and executives with at least 8 years of job experience in cooperation with ESSEC Business School (Paris/Singapore).Learn more
18- to 42-month, modular-based part-time Executive MBA program for professionals and executives with at least 8 years of job experience in cooperation with Tongji University (Shanghai). Focus on Sino-German business relationships.Learn more
Superior service at all levels: Executive MBA participants who study at Germany's number one business school can now travel first class with Deutsche Bahn. While juggling their job, study workload, travel, and private life, it is essential that our participants make the best use of their time. To this end, Mannheim Business School provides EMBA participants with a free BahnCard 25 1st class for a period of 12 months.