Our EuroMBA student Younes Igrouche was interviewed for an article in the digital edition of Le Monde. He talks about experiments and findings during the Global Responsibility Residential Week in Nantes.
EuroMBA thanks Le Monde and its partner school Audencia Business School for this very interesting article.
Beyond an increase in their salary, MBA students are also seeking a new personal motivator: to integrate their knowledge with another sector in order to either revive their interest or answer a quest for meaning.
"My group worked on the idea of a "suspended coffee": a customer pays for a coffee but does not consume it and leaves it at the disposal of someone who cannot afford it, "he says. From this was born the idea of an application that informs store owners and consumers of the goods made available (in this case coffee, but also bread and or other necessities). The team's idea was to "seek a partnership with the Government in order to recover VAT and thus allow easier financing of the activity". Moreover, this is an innovation that he wants to "reproduce in [his] agrochemical company on the distribution of seeds and seeds between farmers."
"This week has been a revelation of what business ethics can mean," he says. It's not just "the icing on the cake". This will become an imperative for the future of business. Society is a key player, you have to listen to it. For many, this has been striking and new."
Read the complete article in French.
We Interviewed newly graduated Nick Milani about his EuroMBA experience and about his new job in Silicon Valley.
Tell us about your move to the USA
It’s a dream come true. I started my career in Australia and I’ve spent the last seven years living in France. That’s where I had the opportunity to study for my MBA. I’ve just graduated and now I’m moving to Palo Alto, California as a Director of Solution Management to launch some new products and services that SAP is developing. We see this as the most important market to try and get a foothold in with these new products so it is critical that I am there. Through my daily work and my master thesis topic I’ve become somewhat of an expert in the area so I got the opportunity to move and I jumped on it. Studying for my MBA definitely played a large part in preparing me for this move. I now feel I have the skills to succeed.
If you would like to read more about Nick's journey, please click on the following link.
In January 2015 we finally move to our new learning platform, IBM Connections. IBM Connections is a the forefront of online collaboration, giving managers the opportunity to discuss, share and collaborate within a fully online environment. Our move to Connections means that not only can we provide our participants with the most up-to-date online learning environment, but the environment provides them with tools and develops skills that they can use as managers.
Connections is a multi-platform system, available on Mac/Windows/iOS/Android devices, meaning that you have access anywhere at anytime. This flexible work environment is designed to stimulate discussion and to foster cooperation, which is at the core of contemporary management education. Work with managers from around the world, join integrated webinars with your fellow students or watch a presentation from your professor. However, unlike a MOOC, you can ask question and interact with the online experts we provide.
If you're interested in learning more about our new learning platform, just contact us and we'd be happy to take you for a tour. If you're looking for a modern approach to education, using the best tools that business can buy, then follow this link to find out more.
EuroMBA student Giovanni Camporelli, stationed in Munich, gives us the opportunity to look behind the scenes of the largest software giant in the world: Microsoft Corporation. Although Giovanni’s EuroMBA journey started only one year ago in January 2014, he already applies the learned management skills in his daily work. It is impossible to imagine the contemporary world without mobile Internet. Companies and consumers rely on their smartphones every day. Whether we like it or not, we have access to information and we are accessible 24/7. However, the need for information puts great pressure on software companies to remain up-to-date and relevant for consumer needs.
Microsoft is a giant in its industry and to remain at the top, it continuously expands by developing new products but by also acquiring cutting-edge software companies, such as Skype, Minecraft and parts of Nokia. This rapid expansion though brings with it many problems. More and more Microsoft faces the challenge of integrating all this new knowledge into an already colossal knowledge organisation. The solution: The Incubation Team was born.
The Incubation Team was given the responsibility to create cross- links between the different stakeholders of new technologies, both within and outside Micro- soft. And this is where Giovanni enters the picture. Three years ago Giovanni was asked to transfer from Microsoft Amsterdam to Microsoft Munich. The move offered him a chance to dig deeper into one of his passions: research the most recent developments in the field of software and identify which new developments are important for Microsoft. Moreover, his membership of The Incubation Team also brought him a new and exciting challenge: The Internet of Things!
Currently one of the most widely-discussed topics within the software industry is The Internet of Things. Think about your thermostat, the soft drinks vending machine, your refrigerator, the oven. By connecting these ‘things’ to the Internet, all devices can become “smart”. They can tell you when they are empty, they can tell you when they need a service, they can tell you when they need sup- plies and what those supplies should be. According to Gartner Group Inc. 26 billion devices will be connected to the Internet of Things by 2020. So far, the Incubation Team consists worldwide of 15 members (including Giovanni) but is expected to grow immensely in the future.
In January 2015, Giovanni will be halfway his EuroMBA journey. In answer to my question regarding what he learned so far from his first three residential weeks and six online courses he said “I have gained more insight in long term strategies. Seeing the needs and goals of our multi-disciplinary departments in perspective gives me the opportunity to really work on the future together”.
In 5 years from now, Giovanni sees himself setting up his own business in software products or working at Microsoft head office in the US. Either way, he wants to stay closely connected to all the future software developments.
A friend had the idea to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise money for War Child. He contacted me and asked if I would come along. To be honest it took a while before my enthusiasm grew. But after a while I realized climbing that mountain is a great personal challenge and we really can help a lot of children.
Now over 70 people will join us starting over several days end, of january and the first of february 2015, in climbing the highest mountain of Africa and the biggest solitary standing mountain in the world (5895 meters).
Obviously we hope to raise as much money as possible and we call upon everybody to help us realize our dream. All 70 people hope to raise €2400,- each knowing it only takes €12,- per child to really make a difference. Can I call on you too?
War Childs mission is 'We believe no child should be part of war. Ever. Children have the right to grow up in peace, free from fear and violence. To develop their full potential and become the person they want to be. Together we can change the future.' http://www.warchild.com/
You can find a link to my action page here (in Dutch): www.warchild.nl/actie/niels-goes-kili