University of Sydney Business School
University of Sydney’s Global Executive MBA programme exposes participants to disruption and adaptability in a global context through a series of five residential study blocks that include India, the US and Europe. The topic for the Cambridge module this year is to be ‘automation through a disruption and business model innovation lens, with particular relevance to the banking industry’.
The intention is to expose participants to thought leadership and cutting-edge research whilst allowing some downtime for reflection and project work. Last year’s students commented on their experiences: “Excellent speakers, really enjoyed how stimulating the conversations were during/after the lectures”. “I felt all the faculty members were excellent – the passion they showed for their topics I think was the key”. “Well-constructed and coordinated presentations with engaging discussions”.
The Challenging Business Models programme is taught through a series of interactive lectures to encourage lively debate on the topics of populism, global economic trends, governance and culture and technology policy and innovations. The group will meet Fin-Tech entrepreneurs from our own business Accelerator unit and engage in a financial trading simulation to practice real-time decision-making in disruptive circumstances.
Cambridge was chosen as having a unique position to deliver this programme ‘because the UK economy sits on the doorstep of one of the largest established market places in the world – the European Union’. As observers and commentators on the political and economic disruptions in the UK, Europe and the US, Cambridge Judge Business School’s world class faculty are well versed to share their insights on this topic.
Deusto Business School
Participants of Deusto School of Business Master in Business Innovation (MBI) programme are post-experience professionals that come to Cambridge for one week of their modular programme. The study abroad week in Cambridge is focused upon achieving a deep understanding of leveraging innovation and the role of innovation in the entrepreneurial process and company creation.
The key outcome for participants is to leave the programme with strongly raised self-awareness of their own motivation for entrepreneurship. In the words of one student, the course has ‘very effective lecturers who deal properly with and balance the dichotomy between theory and practice. Highly friendly staff and perfect environment for developing an innovative approach to entrepreneurship’.
The intention is to give both ‘the cold and the hot’ aspect of entrepreneurship, defined as not only as start-ups but also as a phenomenon that is often called ‘intrapreneurship’. In addition to taught sessions, participants have the opportunity to meet and debate with entrepreneurs to help understand their mind-sets and decision-making process.
The unique position of Cambridge in the most vibrant technology cluster in Europe gives the participants access not only to world-leading academics who have studied this phenomenon and the factors that contribute to successful enterprises but also to the entrepreneurs themselves.
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Participants of CUHK’s Global Executive MBA spend a week overseas to complement their existing curriculum with cutting edge research from an international partner. The theme of the programme in Cambridge were the multi-disciplinary aspects of stakeholder leadership covering the topics of: leadership, innovation, corporate governance, ethics and finance.
Participants took advantage of the opportunity to reflect on the subjects raised and at the end of the week wrote letters to themselves for delivery two months later. The message about trust struck a strong resonance and several students commented on this aspect, ‘to act whiter than white and be a successful leader without authority’ and to ‘do the right thing, even in a dark room’.
In order to acknowledge the prior experience of the participants and offer new insights that CUHK students had not encountered elsewhere on their EMBA, the programme design gave access to new and insightful subjects that reflected each faculty member’s latest research. The programme took a macro versus micro approach to each subject area; offering the wider perspective and drilling down to the impact on the firm. For example a morning session looking at the philosophical facets of authority structures was complemented in the afternoon by a session on leading family firms.
The unique aspect of this programme was that it was collaboratively taught by faculty from both Cambridge Judge Business School and Fellows of Newnham College. Hearing from non-business focused Professors allowed for a diverse learning experience; being part of the wider Cambridge University ecosystems means we can draw on expertise from computer science to land economy in our programmes. The group also learnt about the ecosystem in action through a visit to Cambridge Enterprise and met with one of the founders of Raspberry Pi; invented by an EMBA alumni.