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EMBA- Executive MBA (Blended)

Content and Methodology

Methodology

The Executive MBA-Blended combines the best of two methodologies: taught and online sessions. These two methodologies make it possible to optimise learning while maintaining academic rigour and overcoming the barriers of distance, making the most of each participant’s time and meeting his/her needs and financial possibilities.

Taught sessions

During the periods comprising the taught sessions, participants will be exposed to a series of methodologies that will enable them to make the most of the face to face contact provided in class.

  • Case studies: discussions based on examples and businesses. Participants will be guided by their lecturers as they discover the keys and concepts of business and people management. Lecturers will act as facilitators, guiding discussion and debate so that the key concepts emerge.
  • Networking: during the week of taught sessions, participants will have the chance to speak to business leaders as they share their professional experience. During the international week in INSEAD, participants will have the opportunity to share experiences with their counterparts in the taught version of the Executive MBA.
  • Master classes: focusing on knowledge, which is gained in the classroom where academic staff from the UD and other international business schools will provide participants with all their latest knowledge on management.


Online Sessions
 

During the period of online sessions, participants will be exposed to a series of synchronous (all participants at the same time) and asynchronous (participants can access when it is most convenient) methodologies which enable them to adapt the pace to their needs. The entire online system will be supported by a platform which boosts social learning and the creation of interest communities which are open to programme participants and the rest of the world.

  • Webinars: sessions during which guest speakers, lecturers and business leaders explain the content in depth.
  • Online tutorials: individual or group sessions in which the academic staff monitors participants’ learning, pooling the key points so that the group can make the most of the process.
  • Forums: work atmosphere which is not exclusively for Executive MBA-b participants but for society as a whole, affording opportunities to exchange experiences that enrich learning.  


See the complete programme

Leadership Development Programme

The Leadership Development Programme (PDD) is unique on the Spanish executive education scene. Participants are provided with customised support to discover the tools they need to develop their capacities and improve their results. The programme begins during the first period of taught sessions. It starts out with a diagnosis of the participant’s situation and is comprised of individual sessions held with professionals who assist students in their personal improvement, continuing once the programme is over to reach new goals.

During the programme, participants focus on:

  • Knowing themselves and the environment we live in, ensuring we are as realistic as possible in our leadership development plan.
  • Setting some short and medium-term professional aims.
  • Discovering their talents and areas for improvement.
  • An ongoing analysis that should be done as they gradually move on to new professional stages.


Deusto Business School has a team of professionals, coaches and mentors who guide participants in this personal development during and after the programme.
 

Firm-Participant Contract

Deusto Business School looks to set up joint work agreements between the firm, the participant and the school through firm-participant contracts. This allows candidates taking part in Deusto Business School programmes to set a specific innovation, entrepreneurship or development project which they will carry out for their firm while they complete the programme at DBS. This means that the firm takes full advantage of the knowledge and skills that candidates acquire during the programme from the very beginning.

The firm-participant contract means knowledge, tools and skills are immediately applied in real business and/or market situations.

Participants in the Executive MBA will carry out an applied project during 6 months of the programme, combining their professional duties, the Executive MBA programme and the project. The projects cover a wide variety of subjects, allowing participants to choose from:

  • Innovation in his/her firm: the firm and the participant reach mutual agreement by identifying an aspect of the firm that requires innovation to improve, where the participant will work on applying knowledge acquired during the programme. Participants will be assisted by practising professionals and tutors as they manage the project which will also be monitored by the firm.

Result: recommendations for the firm to innovate in the area identified.

  • Entrepreneurship: either within the firm (intra-entrepreneur) or as an external project (entrepreneur), each participant must identify a business opportunity, develop it and draw up a feasible business plan.

Result : a business plan is submitted to the firm or a group of experts.

  • Developing the business: participants who chose this option will work in groups for real firms, focusing on developing the business. Faced with a strategic problem, the groups will be guided by a team of strategy consultants ensuring they apply the correct methodology in problem solving.

Result: recommendations focused on developing the firm are submitted to the general management
 

Content and Methodology

Methodology

The Executive MBA-Blended combines the best of two methodologies: taught and online sessions. These two methodologies make it possible to optimise learning while maintaining academic rigour and overcoming the barriers of distance, making the most of each participant’s time and meeting his/her needs and financial possibilities.

Taught sessions

During the periods comprising the taught sessions, participants will be exposed to a series of methodologies that will enable them to make the most of the face to face contact provided in class.

  • Case studies: discussions based on examples and businesses. Participants will be guided by their lecturers as they discover the keys and concepts of business and people management. Lecturers will act as facilitators, guiding discussion and debate so that the key concepts emerge.
  • Networking: during the week of taught sessions, participants will have the chance to speak to business leaders as they share their professional experience. During the international week in INSEAD, participants will have the opportunity to share experiences with their counterparts in the taught version of the Executive MBA.
  • Master classes: focusing on knowledge, which is gained in the classroom where academic staff from the UD and other international business schools will provide participants with all their latest knowledge on management.


Online Sessions
 

During the period of online sessions, participants will be exposed to a series of synchronous (all participants at the same time) and asynchronous (participants can access when it is most convenient) methodologies which enable them to adapt the pace to their needs. The entire online system will be supported by a platform which boosts social learning and the creation of interest communities which are open to programme participants and the rest of the world.

  • Webinars: sessions during which guest speakers, lecturers and business leaders explain the content in depth.
  • Online tutorials: individual or group sessions in which the academic staff monitors participants’ learning, pooling the key points so that the group can make the most of the process.
  • Forums: work atmosphere which is not exclusively for Executive MBA-b participants but for society as a whole, affording opportunities to exchange experiences that enrich learning.  


See the complete programme

Leadership Development Programme

The Leadership Development Programme (PDD) is unique on the Spanish executive education scene. Participants are provided with customised support to discover the tools they need to develop their capacities and improve their results. The programme begins during the first period of taught sessions. It starts out with a diagnosis of the participant’s situation and is comprised of individual sessions held with professionals who assist students in their personal improvement, continuing once the programme is over to reach new goals.

During the programme, participants focus on:

  • Knowing themselves and the environment we live in, ensuring we are as realistic as possible in our leadership development plan.
  • Setting some short and medium-term professional aims.
  • Discovering their talents and areas for improvement.
  • An ongoing analysis that should be done as they gradually move on to new professional stages.


Deusto Business School has a team of professionals, coaches and mentors who guide participants in this personal development during and after the programme.
 

Firm-Participant Contract

Deusto Business School looks to set up joint work agreements between the firm, the participant and the school through firm-participant contracts. This allows candidates taking part in Deusto Business School programmes to set a specific innovation, entrepreneurship or development project which they will carry out for their firm while they complete the programme at DBS. This means that the firm takes full advantage of the knowledge and skills that candidates acquire during the programme from the very beginning.

The firm-participant contract means knowledge, tools and skills are immediately applied in real business and/or market situations.

Participants in the Executive MBA will carry out an applied project during 6 months of the programme, combining their professional duties, the Executive MBA programme and the project. The projects cover a wide variety of subjects, allowing participants to choose from:

  • Innovation in his/her firm: the firm and the participant reach mutual agreement by identifying an aspect of the firm that requires innovation to improve, where the participant will work on applying knowledge acquired during the programme. Participants will be assisted by practising professionals and tutors as they manage the project which will also be monitored by the firm.

Result: recommendations for the firm to innovate in the area identified.

  • Entrepreneurship: either within the firm (intra-entrepreneur) or as an external project (entrepreneur), each participant must identify a business opportunity, develop it and draw up a feasible business plan.

Result : a business plan is submitted to the firm or a group of experts.

  • Developing the business: participants who chose this option will work in groups for real firms, focusing on developing the business. Faced with a strategic problem, the groups will be guided by a team of strategy consultants ensuring they apply the correct methodology in problem solving.

Result: recommendations focused on developing the firm are submitted to the general management