Practicality, interdisciplinary knowledge and senior management skills are essential to climb higher on the workplace career ladder, therefore it is not surprising that the average salary of Executive MBA graduates increases by 35 to 60 percent after the program. The postgraduate programs – including the Executive MBA – are being renewed at Corvinus University. We asked program manager Dr. Andrea Toarniczky about the changes, the AMBA accreditation and the future directions.
Who should consider applying for the postgraduate program?
‘The Corvinus Executive MBA may be relevant for three target groups’ said Dr. AndreaToarniczky, an associate professor the Institute of Management of Corvinus University ofBudapest. ‘For the first group the Executive MBA is a career expediting program. This groupincludes talented young people who have exceptional roles in their respective organisations.
The Executive MBA is a certain way to a senior management career
The second group includes SMEs, i.e. small and medium enterprises. In case of SMEs, not onlythe MBA participant may profit from the knowledge acquired in course of the program but ‘in caseof a possible generational change and with the help of the skills learned during the program, theyounger generation urging internationalisation and large-scale change may set the enterprise onan acceleration track as well.’The third target group includes those startuppers ‘who grow out the company fast’.
Thus therenewing Executive MBA provides development opportunity not only to the executives of alreadywell-functioning enterprises with extensive relationship networks but it also provides a generalleadership management program which may also facilitate the internationalisation startups.According to Dr. Andrea Toarniczky, the executives arriving to Corvinus start the two-year MBAprogram with great purpose and with exact expectations.
What specific changes were carried out, and what makes the Executive MBA different froma traditional, regional MBA?
‘One of the additional value of the Corvinus-MSM-SEED MBA program is the dual diploma whichmay be acquired after 2 years. One diploma is awarded by Corvinus University, while the other isawarded by the Maastricht School of Management’ – said Dr. Andrea Toarniczky. Studentscomplete the core courses in Budapest, while the specialisation takes place in Maastricht.(picture: Maastricht School of Management; source)‘In addition, the internationalisation of the lecturer bases and the more emphasised integration ofthe leadership development line in the specialisation courses are also important changes’ – saidthe associate professor. ‘There in an integrative subject in all semesters, which makes thestudents face business problems to be worked out in practice. During one of these integrativesubjects, the students have to work on a project basis while analysing the change, therebyimproving their senior manager approach and their critical senior management skills.’
The Executive MBA program of Corvinus provides customised individual developmentopportunity as well
‘At the beginning of the program all students define a development objective for themselves, theprocess of which has to be recorded in the individual study portfolio. With the help of the portfolioand the mentor all participants proceed on a curve which facilitates them in developing therealistic executive self image and in writing the thesis.’
What are the key characteristics of the program?
‘Regional relevance, practicality, experience-based education, academic quality andinterdisciplinarity. These are the most important characteristics of the program and also theobjectives of the changes’ – said Dr. Andrea Toarniczky about the cornerstones of the MBA.One of the most important objectives of the MBA program is becoming a leader in the regionthrough quality and continuous development, just as it is important for the University to be aregionally relevant institution.
Practicality is noticeable in the structure of the program, the teamwork, as well as in thedevelopment of the leadership skills
‘Participants want to feel the effect of the program on their careers right away. If they go back totheir workplaces, they want to apply what they had learned. We support our students in this effortto the fullest. In this the participants may reflect not only on their own experience but they maylearn a lot from each other, too.- highlighted Dr. Andrea Toarnicky regarding the importance ofstudy groups and gaining experience.Meanwhile, interdisciplinarity is built in the program with the help of expert lecturers from variousfield of science, therefore, by the end of the second year the students will have better insight intothe different industries.
What value is provided to the program by the AMBA accreditation?
‘The AMBA accreditation increases the value of the program on the international level, since thisis a sign of quality which can be interpreted globally as well, and which makes the MBA diplomaobtained easy to sell – said Andrea Toarniczky.The goal is to obtain all three accreditations. The AMBA accreditation is not only a sign of qualityfor Corvinus but it can also be understood as a development feedback. Dr. Andrea Toarniczkydescribed the effect of the accreditation as follows: ‘the accreditation affected the developmentprocess as well. It put the important of topicality, the issue of sustainability and corporateresponsibility even more in focus. The fact that the Corvinus MBA obtained the AMBAaccreditation represents not only an acknowledgement but it also sets a new objective for us: byestablishing the focal points, we have to guarantee the participants a consistent developmentprocess to the.’
Original article: Közgazdász Online