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Ignite your entrepreneurial spirit

Do you have ambitions of developing your own business venture? If you have between seven and 22 years of experience and a strong professional track record why not consider our Executive MBA (EMBA) programme. By choosing to study your EMBA at London Business School, you will benefit from a range of services and facilities specially designed to develop and expand your entrepreneurial perspective.

The Entrepreneurship Summer School gives you the chance to assess and shape your business opportunity in a robust and practical way. This programme aims to help you to succeed as an entrepreneur by providing you with the skills you need to choose which business opportunities to pursue and how to develop those ideas into workable businesses.

The LBS Incubator programme supports a selected number of graduating students and recent graduates to use the School’s facilities to launch your business. Zipporah Gatiti, Founder of Taste of Kenya credits the Incubator for offering almost everything a new business needs, as well as a mentorship programme that goes above and beyond: “If having a mentor was the only thing I’d received, it would have been worth it. Mentors are like co-founders. They study your company, help keep you on track and hold you accountable.”

There are many opportunities to learn from the professionals, the Entrepreneurship Mentor in Residence Programme provides the chance for students to learn from expert entrepreneur mentors from a range of sectors and disciplines. The famous TELL Series also showcases successful entrepreneurs’ personal stories.

Navin Valrani studied the EMBA Dubai programme and the two years changed his life and career forever. “It was wonderful in so many aspects,” he says. “First of all, the knowledge that you pick up on the EMBA gives you a fantastic toolkit to work with. You’re exposed to the most outstanding faculty you could possibly come across, and you can socialise with them after class and have some really good informal discussions. I am where I am today in my life, and with the growth rates of the businesses that I lead, because of LBS.”

Lidia Chmel decided it was time for a change of company, function and industry and founded her own company, Mama’s Dream Club. She says “I would never have had the courage to start my own company without the EMBA programme. Exploring case studies and hearing from guest speakers who had founded their own companies showed me that it was eminently possible to change direction and still be successful.”

The LBS Entrepreneurship Club provides a forum for students to network and share ideas and an environment which fosters innovation and entrepreneurship and helps students to cultivate and develop their own ideas.

Heather Baker, Founder & CEO, Top Line Comms says of her EMBA experience “The EMBA has been an exceptional experience, both personally and professionally. I am far more confident and analytical in the way I approach business development now, so much so that the company has doubled in size over the last 18 months. I’m not originally from London, so for me, making new contacts with the local business community has been just as vital as linking to the huge global network the School offers.” 

If you are thinking about how you’ll finance your venture, we have relationships with Sussex Place Ventures and Enterprise 100, who have been fundamental in helping new start-ups. Students also have the opportunity to pitch their ideas before investors and benchmark their plans against those from other schools. Competitions include, European Business Plan of the Year Competition, Venture Capital Investment Competitions and Global Social Venture Competition. See further information about Competitions.

Start your entrepreneurial journey at LBS. The next deadline for the class starting this autumn is Tuesday 2 May. See further information on applying to the programme.

 

 


We realise that a programme like the Executive MBA is a big investment for candidates, therefore we always like to ensure that we provide you with as much information as possible when taking such a big step.

Below are some examples of opportunities we have in place – in order to help you make that decision:

Class visits:

Why not attend an Executive MBA lecture, alongside other students who are currently in the programme? This will give you the chance to first-handily experience the quality of the lectures as well as the excellent interaction between students within a classroom environment.

“Through the class visit I was able to gauge the mind-set/frequency of the EMBA classroom. It enabled me to understand the importance of class participation and witness each student’s role to enrich overall class’ learning experience”. Suyash Shrivastav (EMBALJ2018)

Personal consultation:

A personal consultation gives you a chance to meet someone from the recruitment team on campus. We can guide you and answer any questions that you may have regarding the programme or the application process itself. We also regularly travel around Europe to meet candidates in a city near them.

A conversation with a member of alumni or a current student:

Although we try to give you as much information as we can when answering queries, sometimes getting those answers from current students or alumni can prove to be far more helpful and reassuring. Whilst a current student can answer any questions you may have about their EMBA journey so far, an alumnus can tell you more about their life after the programme.

CV reviews:

We encourage all prospects before taking any step in their application process to have a CV review done by one of the team members in the EMBA recruitment team. This ensures that you have the right skillset and experience needed for the programme.

Information sessions:

Our monthly information sessions are delivered by the Recruitment and Admissions teams and give prospects further information on our programmes.  These sessions also provide an opportunity for you to meet current students and alumni, as well as other candidates planning to apply to the School.

“I cannot emphasise enough the importance of attending the Information Sessions held at the school. One is able to get first hand insight into exactly what is offered on the course and also speak to other potential candidates on the night. More importantly, you get to hear first-hand experiences from a selected alumni panel which was priceless in my view” Dietrich Stadllman EMBALS2018

If you would like to find out more about any of these options, please contact the Recruitment team via email: emba@london.edu


A good thing to do before you fill in your application is to get a grasp of the different elements that make up an Executive MBA (EMBA) application and what the committee members are looking for whilst reading through the different parts.

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CV

The first thing that we see when initially reviewing your application, is your CV/resume. By reading through your CV we are able to take a quick glance into your background, your academics, and your work experience along with any hobbies that you may have. Therefore, this is the starting point of us assessing your eligibility for the programme.

Essay Questions

All applications that are submitted for a London Business School programme contain three essay questions and these are specific to the programme for which you are applying. The essay questions give us a chance to get to know all our applicants on a personal level therefore we look for your personal outlook on the programme, your level of self-awareness, and your collaborative skills.

References

All applications contain two references and we always advise applicants to ensure that one of the two references is completed by your current line manager. This is because your line manager is someone you work with on a daily basis, so no one would know your way of working as well as they do. Furthermore it ensures the committee that your company is informed of your application to the programme.

Transcripts

Transcripts allow us to take note of any academic or professional qualifications that you hold, allowing us to assess your academic abilities in the past, up until any professional qualifications that may have received more recently. Furthermore seeing copies of your transcripts also confirms your achievement of the academics you have listed in your application.

GMAT/EA/GRE

The GMAT, EA and GRE allow us to assess your academic ability at the time of your submission. The tests are split into two key parts of Quants and Verbal. These skillsets are what you will need the most whilst completing the EMBA, therefore the score itself and the balance between all sections of the tests is what is key for us. There is a different score for the GMAT, GRE and EA that students are expected to achieve, you can discuss this further by getting in touch with someone from our recruitment team.

Application Form

All of the above key components are attached to the actual application form itself. In the application form we are able to assess extensive details about you, that would not necessarily be visible in the documents you provide us with. Therefore, it is full of a wide range of questions from your current roles and responsibilities, to your hobbies, a reflection of your academic abilities and so on.

It is important to remember when submitting your application that the Admissions Committee takes a ‘holistic approach’ when processing all applications. Therefore we assess every individual’s assets as a whole, before inviting them in for an interview. Similarly, we review both the application and the interview feedback before making a final decision.


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On 8 January the Executive MBA team, here at London Business School were delighted to welcome the new EMBA class.

Both the Dubai and London streams came together filling the room up with 134 new faces, ready to embark on their 20 month EMBA journey. The class is made of 45 different nationalities, with an average of 12 years of experience. More importantly the rich quality of students is prominent in the diverse titles that they offer, from Managing Directors, to Entrepreneurs, to Doctors and many more.

Orientation week kicked off with an enriching preparatory talk by Professor Richard Jolly, ‘Ten things I wish I knew’. This was followed by the class’ first set of core lectures, as well as numerous networking and group work opportunities thrown into the mix.

The week concluded with a final celebration at a rooftop bar, overlooking the breath-taking London view.

The next intake for the Executive MBA London Dubai programme is September 2017. We will be announcing the new application deadlines on the website soon.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch via email: emba@london.edu.


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Whether you’re at the crucial research stage or in the process of applying for our Executive MBA London (EMBA) programme, the Recruitment Team can offer you a wealth of support.

1. WE CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR RESEARCH INTO THE EMBA PROGRAMME

We understand that it can take weeks, months and even at times years, for candidates to decide on whether to embark on an EMBA and which school to choose.

Therefore we are here to answer any questions or queries you may have concerning the EMBA programme at London Business School (LBS). We can send you further details or any information requested to help you understand all of the great features and benefits that our EMBA has to offer. Simultaneously, we will share with you, what we look for in an EMBA candidate.

At this crucial research stage, we can aid you in differentiating between programmes. For example you may be deciding between the EMBA or our full-time MBA; we can help you understand the key differences and similarities between our programmes and which one might best suit your needs.

2. WE CAN HELP YOU BY REVIEWING YOUR CV

Secondly we can help decipher whether the EMBA will be the best programme for you based on your experience. We do this by conducting an informal CV review.

This is not an admissions decision, rather tailored advice based on reviewing your academic and professional background.

We also work very closely with the Recruitment and Admissions teams from the other programmes in our portfolio. So if we feel you may that your profile is better suited to another programme, we will put you in touch with the right person.

3. WE CAN ARRANGE 1-1 CONSULTATION MEETINGS OR PHONE CHATS

Having a phone conversation or one-to-one meeting will give us an opportunity to offer you tailored advice and support that will help you to submit a competitive application.

We also hold monthly information sessions on Campus where you can meet the EMBA Recruitment and Admissions Teams in person together with current EMBA students and alumni.

4. WE WILL GIVE YOU THE NECESSARY APPLICATION GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT

Whether that’s reminding you of the upcoming application deadlines, giving you some top tips on how to strengthen your application or sending you more information on the programme requirements; we are here to help you submit a strong application as smoothly as possible. We can also send you an application checklist which contains useful information on requirements such as the GMAT or the Executive Assessment and also details of our fast track application process.

At all points right up until you submit an application, the EMBA Recruitment Team is here and happy to help you begin your journey to becoming a successful student on the next class!

Get the conversation started today! Start your EMBA journey by getting in touch with us via emba@london.edu


On Saturday 4 June we were delighted to host our first Executive MBA (EMBA) Women’s Brunch on campus.  The event was hosted by Julia Marsh, Executive Director for Leadership Programmes at London Business School; it provided a great platform for current students, alumnae and guests to network, discuss ideas and learn about our Executive MBA programme.

Professor Tammy Erickson, a McKinsey Award-winning author, repeatedly ranked amongst the 50 most influential living management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, provided inspiring insights and discussed  Leading Businesses into the Future, stimulating engaging discussions amongst participants, who represented a wide range of industries including technology, consulting, oil and gas, finance and entrepreneurship.

One of our values at London Business School is that we draw strength and ideas from our diversity and one of our aims is to help more women transform their careers  by developing their leadership potential, equipping them with the skills, expertise and network that our Executive MBA programme offers. This year’s EMBA cohort consists of one of the largest intakes of female candidates of 32%  adding to the programme’s already rich diversity.

The next intake for the Executive MBA London and Dubai programme is September 2016.  For more information about the application  process and the deadlines please visit our websiteIf you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch via email: emba@london.edu


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There are many reasons why you might consider studying one of our leadership programmes. Whether you wish to develop your leadership skills to transition into general management, take on new academic challenges, or develop an entrepreneurial idea into a real venture.

Whatever your reasons, undoubtedly a significant part of the programme will be meeting new people and expanding your network.

London Business School offers a unique and powerful environment where you have access to a large network of senior executives and you’ll find there are many opportunities to surround yourself with students from many different walks of life. Here are a few…

Global Business Assignments

As an Executive MBA or an EMBA-Global student, you will be required to take a Global Business Assignment (GBA) and on these trips, you will spend the week with students from other EMBA classes.

 

Electives

Most of the electives for the Sloan MSc, EMBA-Global and Executive MBA are available for students from other programmes. Electives allow you to network with, and learn from, students across the School community and from around the world. They are available to students from all of London Business School degree programmes and visiting international exchange students.

EMBA Capstone

This is an end of programme celebration for the four Executive MBA graduating classes. The evening is a great opportunity for you to network with students from other Executive MBA programmes.

Student clubs

The School has over 70 clubs that create important networks and offer opportunities to explore personal interests. Clubs range from professional subjects such as consulting, entrepreneurship and energy to regional clubs including Latin American and China club. Clubs also organise treks, conferences and social celebrations.

Alumni network

London Business School alumni are a global community of over 40,000 successful business professionals in more than 150 countries. Upon graduation you will become a part of this community that offers you a wealth of knowledge, resources and unlimited networking opportunities.

 

Students will also have the opportunity to share their business expertise with Masters in Management and MBA students through our mentoring schemes, alumni community, events and professional and industry clubs.


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From March 2016 onwards, London Business School will be looking at a new way of assessing candidates for our Executive MBA programme.  We know that applicants for Executive MBA programmes are busy, and that for most candidates the GMAT represents a daunting challenge not just in terms of the test itself, but also in the preparation before taking it.  This is why London Business School, along with five other top-tier Executive MBA Schools spread throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, has begun accepting the new Executive Assessment for admission to the Executive MBA programme.

What makes the Executive Assessment a great tool for both Business Schools and Executive MBA candidates is its relevance.  It is relevant to executives in terms of its content (much more focus on critical thinking, analysis and problem solving, much less on pure mathematics and grammatical structures), and in the amount of time needed for the test.  There is no preparation required, and the test is over in 90 minutes.

This is a fantastic tool that is as much about the candidates’ needs as it is about our need to assess candidates.   Like the GMAT, the Executive Assessment offers you the chance for a full diagnostic and to assess your own readiness to undertake an Executive MBA programme.  What’s different now is that there is no need to invest more of your time than should be necessary to show us in the Executive MBA admissions team that you are ready for the challenge.

What score should I aim for?

One of the obvious challenges with a new assessment and a new scoring system is knowing what score you should be aiming for.  This is a difficult question to answer.  As it is a brand new test there are no test takers before 3 March 2016 and so percentile scores can’t be generated.  Percentiles reflect a test taker’s position amongst all other test takers, so we won’t have percentile targets until enough data has been generated.  We know from GMAC where the Executive Assessment scores will correlate with GMAT scores, but this is a slightly imperfect method as the Executive Assessment is an entirely different tool.  It is many things, but it is certainly not another version of GMAT.

Our best advice to you is to aim to do your best.  The Executive Assessment requires minimal preparation mostly because it’s a great diagnostic tool that shows what your abilities are.  This is much more about decision making than the GMAT, so your actual ability will be what drives your results.  Going in with a clear mind and a positive attitude will give you the best chance to deliver a score that shows us why we should admit you to the programme.

For more information about GMAC’s new Executive Assessment, visit http://www.gmac.com/executive-assessment .  The site includes a wealth of information, offers some sample questions, and answers some of your more burning questions.  We’re excited about this.  The Executive Assessment really is a great new way to look at admissions for executives and gives you back some of that most valuable of commodities – your time.

 

For FAQs, please visit http://www.gmac.com/executive-assessment/take-ea/faqs.aspx

For any other questions you may have regarding your London Business School Executive MBA application, please email us via emba@london.edu. 


The Executive MBA is a transformative programme designed to help you realise your leadership potential. You’ll receive business knowledge, leadership skills and networks to accelerate your career, wherever you decide to take it; in London or Dubai.

To help you develop your global perspective, as part of your programme, you will be attending one of our Global Business Assignments (GBA).  On these trips, you will be accompanied by a member of the programme team, a faculty member and students from other Executive MBA classes.

Mariana Santagada, EMBA Programme Administrator shares her GBA experience.

The purpose of these assignments is to enable you to broaden your business experience, grow your global network, apply your skills and explore a new culture.  Currently we have trips available to Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Beijing, Dubai and Moscow. The Global Business Assignments are structured in different ways. If you choose Buenos Aires, Dubai or Beijing as your destination, you will be visiting a number of local companies; if you choose a GBA to Cape Town or Moscow, you will be assigned to work with a local company as a consultant for the whole week.

Last year I co-managed the GBA in Buenos Aires where I was joined by 72 students and Professor Dominic Houlder. The week began with a visit to the IAE Business School where two of their professors gave presentations ‘ Argentine Paradox’ and ‘Financing in Emerging Markets’.

The rest of the week we had several speakers including economists and a CEO from a telecommunications company. We visited the largest e-commerce company in Latin America, went to the offices of the most important media company in the country and listened to the VP of Strategy for the energy company Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF).

During this week, we learned a lot about a country which has been economically volatile for over 30 years and how organisations and people are fighting to survive the instability and the devaluation of the Argentine pesos that, until this year, used to have different values: the official change and the black market change. Most of the students who went on the assignment were coming from countries with stable economies that  had never experienced the type of instability Argentina has.

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But it wasn’t all just work and learning during this week. We took the students to a tango show, we were invited to a cocktail reception at the British ambassador’s house in the best area of Buenos Aires and students had most of the nights free to explore the city and the culinary it is so famous for.

Taking part in any of these trips is an experience that students don’t forget. They get to mix with other Executive MBA classes and have the chance to interact with different cultures and professional backgrounds and create friendships that last a lifetime.

Every global business assignment is an adventure of its own. When it comes to making a decision about the trip, make sure you choose according to what you want to learn in the long term, be open minded and enjoy the experience.”  Mariana Santagada, Executive MBA Programme Administrator


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If you are invited to an interview for the Executive MBA, you will be asked to give us a ten minute pitch.  This constitutes the first ten minutes of your interview and is a vital chance for you to sell yourself to us.  It is one of the parts of the interview where you have the chance to show yourself to us on a personal level; mentioning things such as extracurricular activities that you are involved in would be particularly interesting to us.

We want to see what differentiates you from the hundreds of other applications we receive – whether you do through the content of your pitch or the format of your presentation is up to you. Remember that you don’t have to use a PowerPoint presentation; the way you present your pitch should be the way that is most natural for you, and in a way that gives you a chance to put your personality across to us best.

The pitch isn’t a chance for you to repeat what we’ve seen in your application.  It isn’t necessarily a list of your projects or achievements.  What is most important to us is what kind of person you are, what makes you tick, what makes you a strong candidate for the Executive MBA and how you would contribute to the programme in the future.

This is your time to show us what makes you a unique Executive MBA candidate!

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 “The fact, that you’ve got this far means a lot.  The presentation is your chance to consolidate this, but, more importantly, to really put your character across in ways that aren’t possible in the written application.  It’s an important ten minutes; use the time wisely and think about what kind of person you want us to see.” Brett Hunter, Senior Admissions Manager for the Executive MBA

 

The next intake for the Executive MBA London Dubai programme is September 2016. If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch via email: emba@london.edu