What should you look for in an EMBA Program?

4 mins readUpdated on May 2, 2022 18:08 IST

Do you feel that you have reached the limit of your career success based on your current skills and experience? Have you observed your colleagues moving up the career ladder while you feel stagnant? Do you feel that the C-suite is just out of your reach? Are you tired of the corporate life and yearning to start your own business? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, an EMBA may be the solution that you are looking for. A well-designed EMBA program will provide the skills needed to elevate its graduates above the glass ceiling.

Broadening your skill base

Many successful mid-level executives have experienced rapid career growth based on their excellent specialist technical skills in a given area. Engineers may find themselves moving up into positions where they manage teams of technicians to solve key issues. Finance experts may rise to a managerial level in the accounting department looking after a variety of finance functions. However, the career growth becomes blocked due to a lack of breadth of skills. Opportunities lying outside your specific area of expertise are not accessible due to a lack of knowledge and experience beyond the technical silo.

An EMBA program should offer a breadth of courses covering all aspects of business such as Finance, Marketing and Operations that will stretch the students’ capabilities beyond their technical expertise.

Thinking strategically

In some cases, junior managers may not possess the vision to see beyond their own domain. Or if the vision is there, the ability to execute an implementation strategy may be daunting. Additional knowledge and skills are needed to develop new ways of scanning the environment to capture a view of a future direction for the company, the ability to draft, execute and measure an implementation plan, and the confidence to make it happen.

Learning through case studies, videos and applied projects illustrates how concepts have been applied in past scenarios as well as demonstrating their continuing relevance in today’s dynamic atmosphere. Students devise strategies in the safety of the classroom that can later be tested in authentic situations. An applied strategic project can crystalize all of the learning into an authentic applied solution to a relevant strategic challenge.

Refining soft skills

Not only are soft skills critical to being recruited for a desired position, but they are also the key to career advancement. Being able to work effectively in teams and manage others is critical to becoming a senior manager. Negotiating and networking skills are increasingly crucial for corporate leaders. The ability to know yourself and others, ie emotional intelligence, now needs to be enhanced with intercultural intelligence, the ability to adapt in a global context, in order to navigate the interconnected business world. Resolving conflict in constructive ways, exhibiting empathy for struggling employees while still meeting stringent performance targets are key attributes that are sought after in C-suite candidates.  

Working in multi-cultural and industry-diverse teams, engaging in lively class debates facilitated by international faculty members, making creative presentations and maintaining good time management help EMBA students hone their soft skills. Students can benefit from individualized coaching sessions, career advice, networking events and self-reflection to chart their path toward the next milestone in their career progression.

Creating an entrepreneurial mindset

Whether your dream is to start your own business or help your current business to thrive, the ability to identify and capitalize on market opportunities is essential for success. Analyzing the competitive environment to spot gaps and conceptualizing ways to monetize the solution will identify areas for entrepreneurial development. Creating a viable business plan and identifying funding sources are talents that can be enhanced through practice and training.

An EMBA program helps to cultivate the structures and tools that can be applied in all aspects of the journey of an entrepreneur from idea generation, business planning, capital funding to the ultimate prosperous execution of the plan.

Applying digital transformations

The business world is overrun with digital disruptions and this is showing no signs of abating. From cryptocurrencies, blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing and now the Mega verse, the pace of change is exponential and the only certainty is that digital is here to stay. Aspiring executives need to be fully aware of the new developments in order to exploit technology as a competitive advantage.

Bringing the newest technological developments into the curriculum, inviting cutting-edge guest speakers and faculty members, harnessing the vast experiences of the students and incorporating practical research projects ensures that EMBA content remains relevant.

Leveraging environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives

Investors, consumers and employees are increasingly considering ESG factors in their decision making. It is no longer sufficient for companies to simply earn a profit, society is holding corporations to higher standards and considering their impact on the environment, looking at how they treat people and holding directors accountable for corporate behaviour. Senior managers of the future will need to be thoroughly aware of these issues to assess risk, measure positive growth and meet society’s expectations.

Weaving ESG concepts throughout the curriculum illustrate the importance of viewing business issues through various lenses to ensure all stakeholder expectations are fulfilled.

Overall, a world-class EMBA program provides the opportunity for aspiring executives to study while working and therefore to apply concepts, theories and frameworks in an authentic environment to highlight their relevance and applicability. The skills, knowledge and attitudes developed through a well-structured EMBA program will indeed allow graduates to shatter the glass ceiling and advance into the next phase of their careers.

About the author

Dr Monica Gallant is an Assistant Dean EMBA & Associate Professor – Accounting, SP Jain School of Global Management, Dubai.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Is Masters in global luxury management at SP Jain worth doing or not? How is its scope and placement as it's a new course?

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SPJAIN.GLOBAL Global

Beginner-Level 5

3 years ago

Hi Kirat, our MGLuxM program is a 12-month postgraduate program that will help you transform into an expert manager in the global luxury industry. You can take a look at the complete information about our program here: https://www.spjain.org/programs/postgraduate/mgluxm

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Do you consider MAT score? I have scored 666.50. Am I eligible to get admission?

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2 years ago

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3 years ago

Hi Sai, we do accept MAT score. You can submit your GMAT/GRE/CAT score or choose to take our internal assessment SPJAT to apply.

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Is it beneficial start BBA or after 12th(UG) or is it suggested to do it after Graduation in any field?

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MALLIKARJUNASWAMY S

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2 years ago

S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) IS GOOD,
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Is entrance exams like GMAT, CAT required for Luxury Management Course? As there is no criteria written so had a doubt about it.

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MALLIKARJUNASWAMY S

Guide-Level 12

2 years ago

If your serious about considering a Masters in Luxury Management and are a passionate about brands, then I suggest you should definitely consider the Master in Global Luxury Goods and Services Management or MGLuxM as it is popularly known. The institute offers a 12 month in depth training in the ...If your serious about considering a Masters in Luxury Management and are a passionate about brands, then I suggest you should definitely consider the Master in Global Luxury Goods and Services Management or MGLuxM as it is popularly known. The institute offers a 12 month in depth training in the management of the luxury brands through class room sessions, case studies, study tours, industry interaction and Company visits, networking meeting with business associations, entrepreneurs and businesses in Milan and India, participants will get an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the entire gamut of the Luxury industry both in matured and emerging markets. The study is split into 6 months in Mumbai and 6 months in Milan. The 6 months that students spend in Milan also include dedicated study tours to Europe's top luxury districts. What's more, the MGLuxM is accredited by Politecnico di Milano and the degree is approved and recognized by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), making it a truly an international offering
The Master in Global Luxury Goods and Services Management (MGLuxM) program is ideal for:
Young graduates with at least a bachelors degree of three years from a recognized university in India or abroad
Students who have an aptitude and appetite to work in the luxury space
The programme will be taught in English. Hence, an adequate level of proficiency in English and good written and spoken communication skills is a must
Students must also be able to display leadership and managerial skills and be willing to meet the demands of a rigorous Masters degree.

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Am I eligible for admission without taking GMAT or CAT?

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Abhishek Desai

Scholar-Level 17

3 years ago

Hello,
Yes, SP Jain School of Global Management, apart from GMAT and CAT, also accepts the scores of its internal assessment exam named SP JAT for its MBA program.
Good luck.

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SPJAIN.GLOBAL Global

Beginner-Level 5

3 years ago

Hi Sukriti, in case you have taken the GMAT or CAT, you can choose to take our internal assessment SPJAT.

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Are there placements for executive MBA?

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SPJAIN.GLOBAL Global

Beginner-Level 5

3 years ago

Hi Soma,
Our E-MBA program is for working professionals and hence we do not provide any placement opportunities. However, we do provide career assistance and counselling to our students along with an opportunity to connect and be a part of a very vibrant alumni network.

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namit khurana

Beginner-Level 5

4 years ago

No, SP Jain Global does not provide placements for Executive MBA for following reasons:1. All their EMBA students are working professionals. However, they do provide career counselling, career coaching & mentoring.2. They provide multiple opportunities for networking not just through classroom ac...No, SP Jain Global does not provide placements for Executive MBA for following reasons:
1. All their EMBA students are working professionals. However, they do provide career counselling, career coaching & mentoring.
2. They provide multiple opportunities for networking not just through classroom activities, but also through an access to their alumni portal (1500+ EMBA alumni located across the world and many more from other courses), seminars and corporate events.

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I am from Mumbai and will be graduating in April 2018. When to prepare for MBA entrance exam if I want to join Athens, IBS, NMIMS, SP Jain?

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SPJAIN.GLOBAL Global

Beginner-Level 5

3 years ago

Hi Nidhi,
As SP Jain Global, we do accept scores from exams like CAT/GMAT/GRE. In case, if you have not taken either of them, you can take our internal aptitude test SPJAT.

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namit khurana

Beginner-Level 5

4 years ago

As per your question, you mentioned that you are graduating in April 2018. Ideally, you should start preparing for MBA entrance exams from the time you were in the 2nd year of your UG. However, for your information, if you think you can still make it, you should directly start preparing for next ...As per your question, you mentioned that you are graduating in April 2018. Ideally, you should start preparing for MBA entrance exams from the time you were in the 2nd year of your UG. However, for your information, if you think you can still make it, you should directly start preparing for next year. Adding to your list of preference, you can also prepare for SPJAT or GMAT for getting admission in SP Jain Global's post graduate programs like MGB or GMBA for next year. Keep checking their website regularly. https://www.spjain.org/.

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Am I eligible to get admission in this college for MBA with 49.74% marks in graduation and 70 percentile in MAT?

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SPJAIN.GLOBAL Global

Beginner-Level 5

3 years ago

Hi Aditya, we do accept MAT score. You can submit your GMAT/GRE/CAT score or choose to take our internal assessment SPJAT to apply.

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namit khurana

Beginner-Level 5

4 years ago

In this case, all you should do is to simply submit your application form and then wait for the admission committee screen your application form. If the admission committee finds your application form to be eligible, then they might ask you to take for SP Jain Global's entrance test, called SPJAT...In this case, all you should do is to simply submit your application form and then wait for the admission committee screen your application form. If the admission committee finds your application form to be eligible, then they might ask you to take for SP Jain Global's entrance test, called SPJAT. You should be able to secure 80+ in SPJAT.

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