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IMD Business School Guide

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Status: The IMD MBA - 90 exceptional people who will shape the future of business
Joined: 25 May 2011
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Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
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Rankings (GMAT Club International Ranking and Clusters)
  • Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2012 (Non-U.S.) #7
  • The Economist 2012 (Non-U.S.) #2
  • Forbes 2011 #1
  • BusinessWeek 2010 (Non-U.S.) #9
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Current Applicant Thread: 2014 - Calling All IMD Applicants

2014 Class (Starting in January) Application Instructions

Five Application Deadlines for 2014 Class
  • February 1, 2013 (11:59 PM CEST)
  • April 1, 2013 (11:59 PM CEST)
  • June 1, 2013 (11:59 PM CEST)
  • August 1, 2013 (11:59 PM CEST)
  • September 1, 2013 (11:59 PM CEST)
*IMD releases invitations for the on-campus assessment day within 6 weeks after each deadline.

Application Essays and Questions
Position sought after graduation
  • Please give us your short term career goal post MBA (up to 5 years). Describe how the IMD MBA will help you achieve this goal and how you will approach your job search. (maximum 2000 characters)
Most important achievement
  • What do you consider to be your single most significant achievement and why? (maximum 1230 characters)

Essay 1: Important achievement
  • What do you consider to be your single most important achievement and why? (maximum 1500 characters including spaces)
Essay 2: Self development
  • Please comment on a situation where your leadership skills proved to be inadequate and what you learned. (maximum 1500 characters including spaces)
Essay 3: Global leadership
  • IMD develops global leaders. What does global leadership mean to you? (maximum 1500 characters including spaces)
Essay 4: Key differentiators
  • Give us four bullet points that clearly differentiate you, that identify your unique contributions to the program. (maximum 1500 characters including spaces)
Essay 5: Reflection
  • Give an example of the most unexpected thing that you've ever learned. (maximum 1500 characters including spaces)
Essay 6: Position sought after graduation
  • For people who are planning to consider new jobs and/or organizations after the MBA, please give us your short term career goal post-MBA. Which function, industry and geography do you see yourself working in? Are these changes for you, and, if so, why? How will you approach your job search? (maximum 1500 characters including spaces)
  • For people who are company-sponsored, confirmed going back to their previous company, entrepreneurs planning to go back to their own firm, and/or members of a family who are planning to work for the family business after graduation, please let us know your short-term career goals and plans after your MBA. (maximum 1500 characters including spaces)
Essay 7: Additional information (optional essay)
  • Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee to know which has not been covered elsewhere in this application? (maximum 1500 characters including spaces)

Class Profile and Program Statistics
Full Time MBA Stats
Length of Program11 Months (January - December)
Campus LocationLausanne, Switzerland
Average Class Size90
Average Work Experience7 Years
Average Age31
Average GMAT670 (Middle 80%: 610-740)
Endowment$38.8M (BusinessWeek)
Tuition (2014)CHF 60,000

Employment Statistics (2011)
Median Base Salary: $140,648
Top Industries: Industry (75%), Consulting (20%), Financial Services (5%)
Top Locations: Europe (63%), Asia (23%), Africa/Middle East (8%), Americas (6%)

Curriculum – Notable Features

One Year at IMD

A systematic combination of classes and real-world projects gives you the knowledge, intuition and skills to move beyond the tools to successfully operate a business and lead people and organizations. Our small class size of 90 participants and deep connection to the global business world make this pioneering approach to learning possible.

The IMD MBA program is focused on leadership: inspirational, innovative and responsible. The careful integration of classes, live business cases and projects allows you to apply what you have learned in the classroom to real leadership situations.

A comprehensive understanding of fundamental business skills and functions is central to running any business. Throughout the year, you will build your knowledge in core areas and directly apply this to real business issues through case studies (over half of which are live) and projects that cover different company stages, sizes, industry and international contexts.

Typical Class Subjects
  • Accounting
  • Critical Thinking
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Global Political Economy
  • Innovation
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Strategy

Current Electives (Re-evaluated annually to reflect the evolving nature of the global marketplace)
  • Entrepreneurship – a longer view
  • International Financial Markets
  • Business history
  • Competing in China & India
  • Globalization through acquisitions
  • Financial engineering: Dead or Alive?
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Advanced Economics
  • Advanced Supply Chain Management
  • Service Marketing and Management
  • Leadership: An introduction to Advanced Group Dynamics
  • Strategy and Innovation
  • *Each elective is composed of four half-day sessions and you will have the opportunity to select five of the twelve electives that are offered.

Projects: Hands-on International Assignments
Continue to build on your international work experiences by completing four different real world projects: different company stages, sizes, industry and international contexts.

Start-up Projects
Understanding innovation and entrepreneurship is essential for leaders. Even in large corporations, a successful CEO must know what it takes to create and grow a business.

In a team of about 6 participants, you will work with an early-stage, high-tech venture and help it develop its business plan, validate its business model, or provide assistance to move the company to its next stage. You may even get the chance to develop your own entrepreneurial ideas.
  • Since 2002, over 120 high-potential start-ups have worked with our MBA participants
  • In Switzerland, over half the leading technology start-ups (in terms of funds raised) have worked with IMD MBA or EMBAs.

Start-up projects cover diverse sectors and issues, such as :
  • Developing the market entry strategy for a biomedical product
  • Re-engineering the value proposition for a medical device company
  • Fine-tuning the value system for an SAP service company
  • Identifying the channels to market a new loudspeaker technology

Discovery Expedition
The Discovery Expedition is much more than a business visit: develop your leadership skills, apply what you have learned in class to a real situation, address local business issues and make a difference.

You will work directly with small and medium-sized enterprises to:
  • improve current business processes
  • provide know-how to the management team
  • examine financing
  • transfer best practices in marketing, HR, operations, etc

Preparation starts in the international political economy course by learning about South Africa and the challenges and opportunities in emerging markets. You will also work with the companies prior to your departure and continue to work with them after your return, to support the implementation of your suggestions.

International Consulting Projects (ICPs)
For 30 years IMD participants have worked on important strategic issues with top management of international and medium-sized companies such as AstraZeneca, Maersk, Nestlé Professional and Plumettaz. Each project is carried out by a team of five or six people, supervised by Faculty members who have extensive experience in consulting or line management. Participants frequently travel to international destinations when working on their projects. Since we started the ICPs in 1980, participants have completed more than 440 projects in 65 countries across 5 continents.

ICP 1: Assess a growth opportunity
You will conduct an industry analysis, assess the company's capability to grow and analyse new market or product opportunities.

ICP 2: Plan and implement change
You will create an implementation plan for an important strategic change, design a pilot and assist with prototyping, be part of the implementation plan and help manage the impact.

More than 50% of the clients are repeat customers, showing that your ICP creates real value.

Download the ICP Brochure

Leadership & Personal Development
Leading people
Learn how to work with people of different functional backgrounds, multiple types of organisations and conflicting groups to achieve your goals.
  • understand interactions between different groups
  • explore the decisions and trade-offs leaders make when faced with challenging dilemmas and conflicting objectives
  • design an integrated vision and develop action plans to get the support of diverse groups.

Outdoor exercises
High intensity outdoor leadership group work and team-building exercises provide an effective method for leadership development:
  • learn how you and your team perform under pressure and how you can be more effective
  • openly explore behavioral factors - the more you step out of your comfort zone, the more you will learn
  • enhance your capacity to lead responsibly by understanding the rational and emotional factors at work in groups

Personal leadership development
Understand and develop your capacity to exercise leadership responsibly; develop your self-awareness; identify your strengths; and learn how to lead teams through:
  • your Personal & Professional Identity Narrative (PPIN)
  • in-depth self-analysis through self-reflective papers
  • individual and team coaching
  • peer reviews on your strengths and weaknesses
  • optional confidential sessions with a trained psychoanalyst (personal development elective)

Additional Benefits: Unique advantages of becoming an IMD student
You will be challenged to become the best you can be, and more. You will gain practical, ‘real world’ experience in an executive environment. You will expand your limits and become a part of the global IMD network.

The IMD MBA is:
  • Highly intensive, challenging you to expand your limits
  • Stimulating, for high-energy individuals with several years’ work experience
  • International, to develop global business leaders
  • Personalized, with a participant to Faculty ratio of 3:1
  • Practical, so you benefit from IMD’s extensive real-world experience in executive education
  • Creative, offering unique opportunities to build innovation capabilities
  • Selective, so you are challenged by 89 exceptional colleagues

You will get:
  • A chance to understand and maximize your own leadership style - Self awareness is critical for global leaders. You will develop an understanding of your individual leadership style and how to be effective in different situations. A Personal Development Elective offers further individual coaching with a trained analyst.
  • A personalized, accelerated general management education - The IMD MBA helps you prepare to position yourself for a leadership role. It will challenge you to expand your limits and stimulate you to learn from the 600+ years of collective experience amongst your classmates.
  • A one year challenge in a small, high caliber international group - Each year we limit our program to one class of 90 participants, carefully selected to make up a truly diverse group with complementary skills, nationalities and cultural backgrounds. We keep the class small because this kind of leadership development involves a high degree of personal attention and coaching.
  • A high return on investment - IMD MBA graduates are highly sought-after, experienced executives whose average starting salaries consistently demonstrate their market value. Over 60 companies worldwide are involved in our on-campus recruiting process.
  • An immense global network - At IMD you have access to over 60,000 alumni; over 8,000 executive education participants, and our Learning Network of over 180 companies. Our Faculty develop cutting edge research and programs that meet real world needs.

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Originally posted by imdadmissions on 28 Mar 2011, 19:39.
Last edited by bb on 08 Jul 2011, 10:13, edited 5 times in total.
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