Since I hail from a non-business background, my main goal in pursuing a business school education was to gain finance and other hard skills, so as to become a general manager within the pharmaceutical industry, my current work area.
It was two weeks into the 10-month INSEAD MBA programme. Six strangers were dining pasta on a weekday. What we didn't know however, is that this was an evening that would change our lives forever.
I knew I wanted to go to business school when I realised that an engineering approach may not be the best way to tackle every business problem.
It has been three weeks into the start of my TIEMBA programme journey and here I am suffering from withdrawal symptoms following an intense 1.5 weeks of adrenaline-packed, intellectually stimulating flurry of activities, discussion and experience sharing. I still occasionally dream of class discussions and even competing again in the TechMark competition (where teams within the class compete with each other to design, produce and market products for global markets). Not sure if any of my classmates experienced the above.
With a diverse syllabus covering almost every aspect in the financial world, the EMFin helped me gain inside knowledge about other areas which I did not have exposure to before.
“The idea that business has the power to change the world for the better is not only an inspiration to me as Dean, but also central to INSEAD’s DNA.” - Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD
Imagine yourself lying on the beach on a hot summer day: you are comfortable, and you could spend the whole day like that. But then there’s this endless ocean right next to you – inviting but somewhat scary – where you can swim, dive, surf and do other exciting things. So, you carefully approach it and try the water with your feet – it’s wet, chilly and uncomfortable. Five steps further you are waist-deep in the water and that’s when it gets really cold, and you think of going back to lying under the sun for the rest of the day.
Having loved my Process Operations Management (POM) class, it was a no-brainer that I would take its logical follow-up: Competitive Supply Chains (CSC). The objective of the course is to use the building blocks we got in POM to look at how an effective supply chain strategy can allow a company to differentiate itself from its competition and gain a competitive advantage over them.
Discover how the Executive Master in Finance (EMFin) combines your experience with newfound knowledge and skills to deliver strategic solutions to real-life challenges in finance. Participants of the INSEAD Executive Master in Finance often remark positively on how the programme blends theoretical and practical learning.
Learn how Blue Ocean Strategy, created by INSEAD Professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, is being adopted in over 1800 universities around the world. In MBA education, in particular, students learn how to break away from the competition and create new market space in the real business world through a series of concentrated BOS courses. Here is what faculty and MBA students have to say.