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Meet Imran Changezi, EMBA 2009. Hotel Manager at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Read his fascinating story, in which he explains how hard work and determination allowed him to transform his career from front desk clerk to becoming a leading member of one of the world’s most luxurious hotel brands.
Imran Changezi

“Believe me, I tried applying almost everything I found interesting in the class at least once at work, perhaps because I was overly keen. These included decision-trees, process optimization modules, debating ‘price elasticity & inelasticity of demand’ in our revenue management workshops at work, taking a critical look at our marketing plans in line with the frameworks being debated in the classroom and questioning our productivity frontiers etc. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not like I was taking to work something that we, as an organisation, had not necessarily done before, but rather an ‘outside-in’ perspective, freshness of a neutral third party eye, evaluating best practices from other industries and a structured thought process.”

With over 240 students joining our Executive MBA programme every year – there’s guaranteed to be someone with a similar story to you. Whether you share the same background, professional experience or career ambitions – what really resonates with all of our students is the passion to excel in their future career.

Start the new year with brighter prospects
We’re accepting applications for the Executive MBA class starting in January 2015. Don’t miss the next deadline – Thursday 6 October 2014.


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For the first time since they started the programme in May, the EMBA-Global Americas and Europe and the EMBA-Global Asia students came together for their joint class week in London.
The week offered several opportunities for students to really bond together, meet their peers in person and meet students from the other stream.

To balance their extremely busy schedules during the day, the exciting evening events were  dedicated to fun and socialising.
Exceptional candidates hoping to join the May 2015 intake were invited to join some of the classes to get first-hand experience of what it would be like to study the programme. Not only were they in a class filled with  high calibre, globally-focused leaders from a variety of nationalities and industries, they saw first-hand how the curriculum was delivered and provided an opportunity to listen to class debates and discussions.

Professor Gary Biddle at London Business School

Professor Gary Biddle at London Business School

Candidates also had the opportunity to experience a Financial Accounting class taught by Professor Gary Biddle, which seemed to be a particularly popular class and we were extremely pleased with the following feedback we received from visitors:

‘This was a truly invigorating experience and in all honesty, I never thought an accounting class could be taught in such an exciting and interactive way!’

‘Thank you very much for the arrangement. It was a truly eye-opening experience yesterday. The angle of analysing the financial accounting items is very different from what I learnt from CFA textbooks and it is very inspiring.’

We understand that making a decision about the programme takes time, and a thorough research is needed. Observing a class is a really great opportunity to help you to decide whether the  EMBA-Global is  the right programme for you.

The EMBA-Global students will be in London again in October where we will l be hosting class visits again. For your opportunity to join a class, please send a copy of your CV to enable us to get a better understanding about your background. Please note that we can only accommodate a limited number of candidates.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that we host drop-in sessions on Campus every second Friday, from 4pm. You can also meet us at various events around the world.

For programme enquiries, please do not hesitate to drop me an email at embaglobal@london.edu

Emese!


What you need to know about London Business School?
London, one of the strongest European economies, adds a global perspective to your business education experience which will serve you well no matter where your career takes you.  London Business School is consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in the world, with students from over 100 countries and a faculty which are considered to be thought leaders in their fields. Through London Business School’s first-class programmes, global community and international links, we can deliver an educational experience to transform our students’ futures. We offer a rich portfolio of masters programmes to suit students and executives at every stage of their careers.

Studying with us provides access to an unmatched diversity of thought. With a presence in five international cities – London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Dubai – the School is well positioned to equip students with the capabilities needed to operate in today’s business environment. Students further benefit from our 39,000 alumni from more than 150 countries, who provide a wealth of knowledge, business experience and worldwide networking opportunities.

Why attend an event?
One of the key ways to really get to know the School is researching the programmes and finding out if they are right for you. Attending a London Business School event will give you the opportunity to ask our Recruitment & Admissions team about the application process gather information about the School and meet with students and alumni. This information will help you decide if you are ready to take the next step.

International information sessions: These events give prospect students insights into our faculty, the student experience, our global network and details of our programmes. They generally begin with a presentation, followed by an alumni/student panel, a Q&A session, and then a networking reception with staff and students/alumni.

Fairs: London Business School particpates in a number of recruitment fairs around the world. Attending one of the upcoming fairs will be a great opportunity for you to speak with our admission representatives and local alumni at fairs

One to ones:
These are informal meetings with a member of the admissions team.

Upcoming Events in October

International information sessions
Milan – Wednesday 08 October,18.45-21.00 Register here
Hong Kong – Friday 10 October, 18.45-21.00 Register here
Beijing - Saturday 11 October, 15.00-17.30 Register here
Moscow - Tuesday 14 October, 18.45-21.00 Register here
Shanghai - Wednesday 15 October, 18.45-21.00 Register here
Munich – Friday 17 October, 18.45-21.00 Register here
Athens - Tuesday 21 October, 18.45-21.00 Register here
Dubai – Wednesday 22 October, 18.45-21.00 Register here
Istanbul – Thursday 23 October, 18.45-21.00 Register here
Almaty – Saturday 25 October, 18.45-21.00 Register here
Boston – Monday 27 October 2014, 18.45-21.00 Register here
San Francisco – Wednesday 29 October, 18.45-21.00 Register here

Fairs
Forte Fair (London) – Tuesday 07 October, 18.00-21.00 Register here
Accredited MBA Fair (London) –
Friday 10 October, 17.30-20.30 Register here
QS World MBA Tour (London) – Saturday 11 October, 15.30-18.00 Register here
QS World Graduate School Tour (Moscow) – Monday 13 October, 17.00-20.00 Register here
Access Masters Fair (Moscow) – Thursday 16 October, 15.30-20.45 Register here
Access Fair ( Moscow) – Thursday 16 October, 17.00-22.00 Register here
E- Fellows Fair (Frankfurt) – Saturday 18 October, 12.30-17.00 Register here
British Council Fair (Almaty) – Sunday 26 October, 14.00-19.00 Register here

On campus
MBA information session - Wednesday 22 October, 18.30-21.00 Register here
Executive MBA Global information session – Wednesday 22 October, 18.30-21.00 Register here
Executive MBA information session – Wednesday 22 October, 18.30-21.00 Register here
Masters in Management  information session – Wednesday 22 October, 18.30-21.00 Register here
Masters in Finance information session – Wednesday 22 October, 18.30-21.00 Register here

University tours
University of Bristol Autumn Careers Fair - Tuesday 14 October, 12.00-15.00 Register here
Imperial College Graduate Fair –
Monday 20 October, 10.00-16.00 Register here
Oxford University Graduate Fair – Tuesday 21 October, 14.30-18.00 Register here
Cambridge University Graduate Fair – Wednesday 22 October,13.00-17.00  Register here

One to ones
Kuwait –  Tuesday 14 October, Time TBC, Register here


Whilst in August most people may be thinking of the summer holidays, here in the EMBA Recruitment and Admissions office we’re working on the exciting task of putting together yet another amazing EMBA class.

Finalising the September 2014 class is both a thrilling and adventurous project to work on. Already at the very end of the admissions cycle we are delighted to have brought together high caliber admits who are passionate and eager to embark on their new journey as Executive MBA students at London Business School.

On this note, it needs to be said that there is still a small window of opportunity for strong candidates to submit or complete their application. Being at the very end of the admissions cycle any strong applications submitted by the 20th August 2014 will be fast tracked, given that the minimum required documents are all submitted. If you wish to submit a late application then this is the final countdown and it’s imperative that you act quickly, as the new, vibrant, international Executive MBA class is now on board and almost ready to depart..

EMBA brings together ambitious and committed managers from around the world, representing the global leaders of the future. The following link will give you an idea of the kind of  class we are aiming to bring together once again EMBA-ClassDirectory-2014_web

For further questions and information about late applications you may contact me at mpanayiotou@london.edu

 

 

 


It is the time within the academic study year that students mark in the diary and look forward to the most; a celebration of your achievements in the last year in front of your family and friends as well as your classmates and faculty. Congregation at London Business School is held in the wonderful setting of the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank on the river Thames. The venue itself is a world-class concert hall that plays host to the some of the top musicians and orchestras from around the world. A perfect place to celebrate the excellence of our graduating students.

There is always a buzz in the air at congregation as families and friends mingle before the event in anticipation. Students are busy getting fitted in their robes and ensuring they are in as many pictures with their classmates as possible! For members of the programme team, it is a chance to reflect back on the journey the class has taken through the year, from the first days of orientation to the last days of exams and now congregation. It give parents and families a chance to proudly see their loved one’s endeavours at London Business School being recognised by the Dean and teaching Faculty. As you can see from some of the pictures below, it is a wonderful day in a grand setting.

London Business School Congregation 2014

London Business School Congregation 2014

Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean of London Business School, giving the opening welcome

Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean of London Business School, giving the opening welcome

After the official ceremony is brought to a close, London Business School hosts a garden celebration within its grounds for students, family and friends. Not only is it a celebration for the students to look back fondly on but it allows them to share their ‘home’ for the last year with their congregation guests.

Congregating class and MiM staff

Congregating class and MiM staff

This is not the end of the students’ time with London Business School but the start of a new chapter. As alumni of the School, they will always maintain a connection with LBS whatever career path they decide to take. We host many alumni events around the world, utilising the strength of our 39,000 alumni network across all continents. Our alumni are based in many of the world’s top companies across a wide range of roles and industries. People say that if you have networked well enough whilst here then you can always find a friend anywhere in the world.

If reading this has inspired you to think more about studying at London Business School in the Masters in Management then you could be in luck. We are still accepting late applications for the 2015 class. Please check our website and if you believe you meet the requirements at this late stage then please send your CV and university transcripts to mimadmissions@london.edu . Maybe you will be celebrating your congregation at the Royal Festival Hall next year!


Like many of you reading this blog hope to be, once upon a time I was an international student studying in London. Being a student in England, and indeed any new country, can be a life-changing experience. As I sit here today on my East Coast train on the way to Durham University (to meet with prospective applicants), I am reminded of my time here as a student discovering my new environment.

If you have applied or followed any LBS news, you will know the School has five key values that we hope will guide students, faculty and staff in everything that we do. Values extend beyond LBS, and to understand, and hopefully appreciate, the culture you live in, you must understand its values. My colleague Lisa wrote in her recent blog post that it’s common to enter into a new environment with expectations, and possibly prejudices, of what the people, food and culture will be like. While these pre-conceived notions may or may not prove to be truthful for you, as a student in a foreign country it’s important, and really a responsibility, that you take the time to discover this for yourself.

As you start to explore your life as a student at London Business School you will soon realise there is A LOT to do in London! I’ve been living here for nearly six years and there are still cities, landmarks, museums, restaurants and so much more that I have yet to experience and see. With all of the offerings that London provides we sometimes forget as visitors to this great city that there is so much outside of our postcode of NW1, and indeed an entire country to explore.

As you consider applying for postgraduate studies, take the time to think about not just the city but the country you are moving to. Yes, London is a unique and interesting place to live, but it is not representative of the entire United Kingdom, just as New York City is not of the United States or Paris the whole of France. To understand the UK – its history, its people and its values – it is important that you go beyond our Baker Street campus and explore what make this country different to probably many places that you to have been to before.

You may even be surprised by what you find!
#blogfromtheroad


How time flies! The Class of 2014 will be graduating in less than two months and we are fast approaching our final application deadline for the Class of 2015 (MiM2015).

As MiM2014s will be leaving our beautiful campus soon, I recently took the opportunity to collect some feedback on, what we hear is always a highlight of the programme, Business Immersion Week.

Before giving an insight into Business Immersion Week (BIW) from a student perspective, let me first explain what BIW actually is. BIW consists of five days of company visits and campus presentations, focusing on creating networking opportunities and allowing students to discover a variety of companies and learn about the way they operate and the challenges they face.  One thing to remember: BIW is not about getting a job! It is about discovering different industries and learning about different corporate cultures. During Business Immersion Week students are also tasked to consider and discuss real business issues and challenges these companies are facing. Typically students meet with senior managers, often LBS alumni, to understand the company.

Companies that took part this year include: AT Kearney, BBC Worldwide, Bow & Arrow, Deloitte, Hermes Fund Managers, IBM, Mastercard, Rackspace, Schroders, Universal Music Group, the Net-a-Porter Group, Unilever, Yahoo! and others. BIW also included a presentation on our very own LBS Incubator, which houses students who are launching their own business straight from their programme.

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MiMs visiting Universal Music UK

Here is some feedback received from our students:

During our visit to A.T. Kearney’s London office, we heard from Mr. Danil Makarov (MiM Alumnus). Danil told us more about the company culture, walked  us through his journey, thus far, with AT Kearney and gave us valuable tips on how to be more effective consultants. We were also invited for a  networking lunch where we had the chance to engage in chats with multiple A.T. Kearney consultants. Rashid, Saudi Arabia

  It is surprising to see, even within sizeable firms, how an individual can make such a considerable difference. During Business Immersion Week, I had the chance to visit the London offices of IBM and, by talking to some LBS alumni, I was able to understand how the company gives its employees the adequate platforms to support their personal endeavours and projects. Diogo, Portugal

During Business Immersion Week, I had a great experience visiting Aberdeen Asset Management. Not only this was my first asset management company visit, but I also had the opportunity to experience first hand how the operations run on the ground by talking to company employees face to face. After finishing the company visit, I was sure I wanted to give a shot to this new industry I haven’t experienced before! Alex, Romania

I had the chance to visit Yahoo! and gain some more insight into the constantly changing tech industry. It was really interesting to hear the company’s vision on how they planned to reinvent themselves in the changing competitive landscape where other companies like Google and Bing have started to take the lead. Christina, USA

During BIW Week, I had the chance to visit MasterCard office in London. I was amazed by the office premises, it has the best view of the beautiful Canary Wharf.  BIW gave me the unique opportunity to interact with senior management. It has given me a chance to consider MasterCard as a potential employer. Snigdha, India

The LBS Incubator gave me a chance to have a closer look at the businesses and the people who decided to commit to the entrepreneurship experience. It was very informal and down-to-earth and I managed to get an idea of what is the day-to-day life on an entrepreneur and all the persistence and motivation it takes to succeed and get your idea going. Viktoria, Bulgaria

I hope this blog has given you an idea of how Business Immersion Week works! If you are interested in gaining more information on what the programme has to offer, please visit our website. For more information on your eligibility for our programme, do not hesitate to contact us via email at mim@london.edu.


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Two years ago, as part of our Global Business Experience programme, we sent a team of students from Western cultures (North America and Europe) to Johannesburg, South Africa to fix a problem involving a tuck shop – a small retail shop primarily selling food and sweets. The overarching goal was to boost the tuck shop’s bottom line – bringing the business out of the red and into the black.

The students couldn’t come up with a viable solution, which was the point of the week-long immersion program. It’s not that the students weren’t smart or not coming up with ideas, but they struggled to identify solutions that went beyond their culturally ingrained way of thinking. Their recommendations relied too heavily on raising additional funds, an option that was not possible for this business owner. While she was able to make small changes—such as discontinuing items with low profit margins—big change required an investment she could not make, and the students just couldn’t get around this fact.

IMG_1033For these students, the focus was on completing the project instead of working with the client to identify and address her challenges. They took a very analytical, direct and impersonal approach from the beginning—qualities that don’t play well in a culture where dialogue and personal connection are highly valued.

This group of students was not alone in their inability to help a struggling business in a foreign country with different cultural norms. The difficulty in arriving at a realistic solution happened again and again in other teams that were too homogeneous.

At the same time, we noticed that if the students on a team were from different cultures, their success rate was a lot higher. Juxtaposing different ideas and cultural norms clearly helped the students come up with more effective solutions for the micro-entrepreneurs they worked with.

In one such case, a woman who owned a spaza shop (informal convenience stores that are ubiquitous in South Africa’s townships) wanted to increase revenue by offering hot food from an empty space she had in the back of the store. Next door to her was another shop run by a team of Somalis whose business was booming and had no room to expand. The team—which consisted of students from Pakistan, Germany, America, Australia, Brazil and Israel—decided that the woman stood to make more money by renting out her back room to the Somalis next door rather than by making and selling food. It was the perfect solution and one I’m convinced occurred because of the diverse thinking of the students on the team.

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Since then, we make the teams we send on week-long immersions as diverse as possible. But it goes beyond nationality. Teams aren’t just composed of students from different cultural backgrounds, but from different careers. A student with a consulting background may get mixed with one from a finance background, or one with experience in IT or accounting or marine biology.

We’ve brought this approach to our MBA programme. We configure working groups so that each member plays to different strengths, is a different nationality, and we ensure that the team has a mixed male to female ratio. In short, we try to reflect what’s needed in business today: a global perspective.

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The outside world is changing and as educators of future leaders, we need to think differently about how to respond in ways that best equips the students. Business schools should prepare students to be business managers in a wide range of environments. In order to operate in a global economy, students need to gain an international perspective through exposure to global faculty and internationally diverse classmates, as well as a first-hand experience in different markets. It is only when they have learned how to interact and collaborate with varied people and cultures that they will be able to operate ethically, competently and effectively in a wide range of environments.

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MBA Admissions

Admissions are now closed for the MBA2016 class starting this September. Applications for the MBA2017 class will open late Summer. Please visit our website for further information. For admissions queries, email mba@london.edu


If you are interested in joining the class of MiM2015 starting this September, don’t forget that our closing application deadline for the year is May 31st, 2014.

Please note that you can still submit by the deadline if your application is fully ready but only missing one element, such as your GMAT/GRE or one reference. The application will then be put on hold and reviewed once complete. Missing documents will need to be received within a maximum of two weeks from your application submission.

If you are contemplating submitting your application past this deadline, and particularly if you have not yet taken your GMAT or GRE or would require a visa to study in the UK, please contact us directly at mimadmissions@london.edu to discuss your individual case.

Don’t hesitate to look back at previous entries on this blog in order to get final tips about preparing your application and don’t forget to reach out to our Student Ambassadors http://www.london.edu/programmes/msc/studentambassadors.html in order to benefit from their insights into the programme.

 
We will look forward to receiving your application!

 


I recently had the chance to travel once again around India as it is one of the areas I cover in my Recruitment and Admissions role. I had been to quite a few countries in Asia before but this was only my second time visiting India – and my first trip to vibrant Mumbai.

My time in India has had a big impact on me – a fascinating country both anchored in the past and so rapidly ever-changing. I can confess to have fallen in love with Rajasthan. The ‘Land of Kings’ does seep into your thoughts and will stay with you for a long while, like a shimmery friend full of bright colours, honking sounds mixing with the permeating fragrance of spices in the air. Rajasthani women in their luminous orange saris, luscious green fields, brightly decorated lorries weaving in in crazy traffic, and opalescent marble temples – the state is a feast for the eyes. I’ve been impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit of the people I’ve met and also by the diversity of cultures I uncovered.

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Having to share my Indian adventures with friends, family, and colleagues back home made me reflect on what I thought I knew about the country and the glimpses of truth I discovered in my travels. Some were cliché, some were true: Indian food is delicious and not always spicy! I had to ask myself: when do local customs become stereotypes? Can preconceptions turn into prejudice? How do you reconcile assumptions with reality?

Being confronted to another reality that happily co-exist with yours – especially if you have not spent a lot of time away from what’s familiar to you – can be a daunting and exciting experience. At LBS, you will be meeting people from countries you’ve barely heard of, people with distinct history and stories, different patterns of behaviour, and unique views on life. And guess what: they are just like you! Embracing those differences (or unexpected similarities!) is what makes being part of our LBS community so challenging and interesting.

As you may be applying to join the School, do reflect on the experiences you’ve had in a multicultural situations or in a diverse team. What did you enjoy about them? What were the challenges? What have you learned that will now help you thrive in an international context? For those of you who don’t have a lot of experience in a diverse environment, how would you approach it?

Here are a few tips on how you could make the most of our diversity as a student of London Business School:

. Be curious and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
We all love to talk about ourselves and what we know well. Your classmates here will be happy to share their unique stories and expect the same of you. Understanding why people do things or think the way they do is a first step towards effective collaboration, both in your personal and professional life.

. Embrace ‘new ways’
The LBS campus is a safe knowledge hub. Solving a well-known problem in an untested way and trusting someone else to ‘know best’ is part of our learning experience here. Take a risk! If you’re not interested in other ways of thinking, you’re in the wrong place.

. Don’t lose yourself!
No one is asking you to forget your own (amazing) culture and customs. Others should be as respectful of you as you are of them. Tattoo, our international cultural event in February truly showcases our student body in its full diversity through rich cuisine, expert (and at times silly) dance moves, and incredibly catchy music!

During my travels around ‘Incredible India’, I just had to keeping eyes and mind open, trust my instincts but also acknowledge my own preconceptions in order to find balance. Letting it all sink in without trying to over-explain it was my way to immerse myself in such a rich country. I did want to learn more after my travels so I have been reading books about traditional customs and history, notably about New Delhi, which I adore. Now, I have to make peace with the fact that I’ve barely scratched the surface of this immense country and look forward to my next visit!