IE Business School Online Masters
April 23, 2012
The Global Executive MBA Program´s new module in Shanghai

The first cohort of the Global Executive MBA program visited Shanghai on the past month of February, for the first time with the new program structure and design. This unique, innovative, and highly-demanding program recently extended its international educational partnerships in 2011, thus including modules in Brazil (Insper, Sao Paulo) and the USA (Brown University, Providence), to enrich our students’ educational experience and, in combination with our continuing partnership with Fudan School of Management in Shanghai, provide students with a truly global vision of business:

  • An Asia Perspective – developed in Shanghai with Chinese and Western business leaders, experienced management consultants and entrepreneurs, as well as Fudan University faculty.
  • An Emerging Markets Perspective – developed in Sao Paulo through Insper faculty and local business leaders, with particular emphasis on the twin challenges of sustainable development and overcoming social inequality.
  • A Beyond Business Perspective – developed in Providence with Brown faculty who will draw on liberal arts fields such as psychology, political economy, the humanities, and the arts to shape more rounded global leaders, ready for today’s challenges.



On this past February 2012 module in Shanghai, our Global Executive MBA students participated on a lively discussion about Talent Management in China with a panel of experts in the field including experienced executives and consultants coming from organizations such as Gallup and McKinsey, as well as HR executives and Talent development directors from various companies and industries. The panel and discussions also explored, in-depth, the current representative case and success story of a specialties chemical multinational company, examining how their company grew from a modest 1M USD sales with 50 staff in their first year in China to currently 250M USD and over 800 staff (all growth organic). Equally impressively, 70% of the staff in their first year in China 17 years ago are still with the company, and all in senior leadership roles. The key matter explored was: how did they do it, especially in such a challenging market, where HR management is at the forefront of the key problematic issues for so many companies in all industries? Students and panel members discussed, with the company’s former China GM and current president and talent development director, what problems they faced and how they overcame them.

Company Visits in this module included a diversity of industries (FMCG; energy & technology). On one of our visits, students learned from Cisco executives about their latest initiatives and business challenges in Asia, and the group participated in a Tele-Presence call, with Cisco´s San Jose (California), Madrid and Shanghai offices.

IE Alumni participated in the module, networking with our current students, and sharing some of their experiences to them, as current business managers or entrepreneurs in the Asia-Pacific region.

 Our Global Executive MBA students also had the opportunity of learning from Fudan University faculty about how Internet is changing China, as well as understand the fast-moving marketing situation in China as an immature market and an emerging market as well. Going even deeper into the complex Chinese market environment, students discussed and got insights from a seasoned strategy consultant regarding multichannel strategy executions and the challenges particular to this market.
March 13, 2012
Focus on Blended Education in The Financial Times

The Financial Times has just launched its Special Report focusing on Online Learning.

While most of schools are struggling to stand out of the crowd, IE Business School is proud to lead the challenge with its Blended Education model.

Prof. Álvaro García Soto, executive director of the Global MBA analyzes this educational trend in one of the articles published in this special report.

 Financial Times Special Report

Alvaro Garcia Soto

Prof. Álvaro García Soto

FT Blended Education
February 16, 2012
Memories from our most recent IXMBA graduates…

Congratulations, IXMBA Class of 2011…
Here you are the compilation of your happiest moments at the graduation day on December, 22nd.
We wish you all the best and we hope you keep your bonds with IE Business School from now on!
February 3, 2012
Huan Ying, IXMBA students!

Welcome, IXMBA Students!

Here you are a little sneak-peek of how amazing was the face-to-face period in Shanghai, China,  for the current IXMBA Students.

During these two weeks of hard work with their mates, our students had the great chance of meeting exchange students from Fudan University (where the face-to-face period was hosted) and the very first Venture Day celebrated outside Madrid campus.

Well-renowned panelists in the jury were invited to the Business Plan Competition at the Venture Day:  Here, local and international VC investors and CEOs had the chance to meet and assess our IXMBA students with their Entrepreneurship projects.

In fact, one of the IXMBA teams achieved funding from a VC just  after their presentation!

Just take a look at the pictures and see for yourself!
January 20, 2012
Don´t miss the next Online Master Class!

Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies (24th January)

IE Business School invites you to participate in an actual Online Master Class that will be brought to you and other standout professionals via live video conference streaming. The discussion will be led by Newton Campos, professor of “Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies“, who will introduce and analyze the challenges of the subject in question with joining participants.

Professor Newton Campos has been studying the phenomenon of entrepreneurship over the past 10 years and has contributed to the start-up of several companies in Brazil. In this session, Professor Campos will discuss the paradoxical impact that obstacles can play on the development of new businesses in these growing regions all over the world. Subsequently, he will host a debate and stimulate the reflection on how people can generate benefits from these obstacles by identifying business opportunities and putting ideas into practice in some emerging markets that will soon become the largest players in the world.

Please register below to one of our Online Master Class sessions:




Academic Background

• Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship, FGV-SP
• MBA, IE Business School & IIM Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata
• Bachelor in Accounting, PUC-SP
• Information Technology, ORT Institute of Technology

Professional Experience

• Professor of “Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets”, IE Business School
• Admissions Director, IE Business School
• Country Manager, Brazil, IE Business School
• Extensive participation in successful and failed start-ups in Brazil
• Marketing Expert, Telefonica



For a better simulation of a debate generated under the case method, we suggest you to take a look at the Master Class video of Hans Rosling on Global Population growth and try to find answers to the following question: What kind of business opportunities arise with the phenomenon observed by Rosling?

Looking forward to your participation at the event,

Warm regards,
Blended Programs Admissions Team
January 10, 2012
Real success at the IE Venture Day in Shanghai

The  IE Venture Day  , hosted for the first time outside our Campus in Madrid,  has been a GLOBAL success !


On January 10th, the IE Venture Day competition kicked-off very early in the morning at Fudan University in Shanghai,  where aspiring IE entrepreneurs presented their business plans to a world-renowed panel of  VC and Angel investors.

Our Global Executive MBA  students have risen the bar again, challenging the Jury with innovative, sustainable and “out of the box” pitches.

In this very first international edition of the IE Venture Day, there was a tough competition between Business Plans but we would like to send our warmest congratulations to the winner team Medsynch , a new concept for health monitoring system.



Moreover, all the Business Plans from our students were truly representative of the IE Business School  approach to entrepreneurship and of its commitment to supporting new and disruptive ideas among the investors.

In fact, during the event, we have been confirmed that one of the teams, XXBB (a social platform for chinese mothers) has received a proposal from one the investors in the panel!

Such good news to share with the audience!

Keep updated and follow us these days through our blog and social media networks!
January 9, 2012
IE Venture Day goes “one step beyond” and launches in China

Shanghai Venture Day

IE Business School is proud to host its next IE Venture Day  in Shanghai on January 10th, 2012 at the Fudan University Business School.

For the first time, the IE Venture Day takes a step further delivering its entrepreneurial spirit abroad by launching the project in the Asian “hub”.

During the Venture Day  in Shanghai there will be two business model presentations, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, including a lunch and an evening networking event with Fudan students.

This group of business models include projects in micro finance, renewable energy, tourism, electric cars, theme parks, medical devices, biotechnology, agriculture, education, internet platforms and social media.

Theses pre- selected business models are presented by IE students and IE Alumni to Jurys of potential investors and local Entrepreneurs.


James Tan    Our guest speaker, as well as a Jury member for the event will be Mr. James Tan, a well-known Angel investor based in Beijing    and Singapore who will address the group on Startup Activity in China. Mr. Tan is Co- Founder of 55tuan and Managing Partner of QuestVC.

  QuestVC is a venture capital firm with offices in Beijing and Singapore that invests and incubates companies at the seed and angel stage. James is co-founder and former COO of 55Tuan, the largest social e-commerce site in China with 5,000 employees across 200 cities. Prior to this, James was in the technology and financial sectors with companies in the Singapore Technologies group and JPMorgan Chase.



The IE Venture Lab is the vehicle for preparing IE Business School student and alumni startups for Venture Days in different VC and Angel investor locations.


Follow us these days through our blog and social media networks!



December 21, 2011
Congratulations Global MBA Sep 10 Intake!!!

After 15 months of hard work, our Global MBA students from the September 10 intake have finally made it!

Here you are a brief sneak-peek of the last week here in Madrid during the last face-to-face period: your final exams and the Graduation Ceremony.

From the Blended Team, we wish you all the possible luck because the best is yet to come…  and we hope you may share it with us and don´t loose your bonds with IE Business School.

November 28, 2011
Back from “The Silicon Valley Experience”

The Blended Programs  have reached one step further!

The Face-to-face period for the Master in Digital Marketing students, held for the first time in San Francisco, California has been an amazing success.

Our 2011 MDMKT intake and a group of students representing the Global MBA ,  had the unique opportunity to attend lectures from prestigious professors of Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley , combined with relevant visits to New Tech big firms such as Google, Electronic Arts or Zynga.

Moreover, the group had networking meetings  with brilliant entrepreneurs from start-ups and incubators  in the Silicon Valley area.

Do you want to know more about their agenda and insights?

Check our Master in Digital Marketing playlist   and stay tuned to “The Silicon Valley Experience.

And don´t miss our live picture gallery below to see the students´materials!
November 15, 2011
This is “A Blended Life”: the best of both worlds

Find out more about IE’s innovative blended education format – a format that combines the best techniques of traditional face-to-face education with technology-supported online interactive learning.

Check out this video and learn for yourself the key values of the Blended Education:

Balance and flexibility, applied learning, networking and diversity


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