IE Business School Online Masters
Ram Parasuraman
February 26, 2010

The reason you are reading this blog is probably because you have some interest in IE Business School or on the lives of its MBA students. You have probably come to know and embrace the diversity that IE brings together, under its roof or on to its Video-Conferences. Even in this blog, you see the diversity of the authors, their style of writing, their varied thinking and the different approaches they take during and after an MBA.

There is however, one other dimension of diversity that IE brings together in its innovative format of learning. Diversity in its teaching force! A Virtual Classroom not only means that students from the comfort of their homes around the world can get together to debate Google’s Strategy, formulate a Go-to-Market plan for Zara or to scrutinize Enron’s financial statements, but Professors from around the world can guide their discussions!

Although we are just about a third through our MBA now, we have already had professors whose experience ranges from a Chief Strategist from Cartagena, a Negotiator for the European Union, a General Manager for Cortefiel to a senior Mathematician turned Entrepreneur.

Thus, not only do each of these professors, with their MBAs and Phds bring academic excellence, but also have had a track record of applying theory to industry. This gives us a unique perspective of which methods work in practice, which sections of the textbook are obsolete and which are the most relevant cases to discuss in class in today’s business environment.

Not that the internet or Virtual presence needs any more advocates than it already has, but this is another unique advantage you realize with virtual learning. Geographic and logistic barriers cannot come in the way of you learning from the best minds. IE provides that unique opportunity, bringing together some of the very best minds to educate us. Had I opted to go to a Brick and Mortar classroom, I would have no doubt learned the concepts, but maybe not have known how it applies to the real world in so many different countries or business situations.


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