MBA Programs – Continuity, Online, Globality, Innovation

16 January 2019
MBA Programs – Continuity, Online, Globality, Innovation

The 10th Gaidar Forum hosted a discussion “Transformation of MBA programs: overcoming the syndrome of traditions “virginity”. The moderator of the meeting, Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of AMBA & BGA, highlighted the main points that should be covered in accordance with a given topic: lifelong learning, transformation of online learning, global alliance and innovative learning. Experts expressed different points of view on the above points.

The discussion was opened by Kun Vandenbempt, Academic Director of the Executive MBA of the Antwerp Management School, who said that the digital economy has a direct impact on business education, so not only the educational programs but also the teaching staff should be transformed. “Teachers should take into account new trends affecting the digital economy. They have to keep up with the times, because the success of an MBA will depend on it,” said the expert. Kun Vandenbempt also listed the skills that a student enrolled in this program should have. Self-awareness, management of complex projects, creativity, solving non-standard situations, ability to solve problems are those qualities that a real business manager has to have.

Andrey Kolyada, rector at the Eurasian Management and Administration School, spoke about his business school, which offers both full-time and online training. The expert expressed his opinion on this matter: “If you want high-quality online education, then students studying remotely should have a higher level of knowledge than young people in full-time departments.” The fact is that online learning has significant differences, among which Andrey Kolyada highlighted the limitation of communications, a different approach of the teaching staff, the search for "self-motivated" students, the creation of a system of contacts through a virtual network. “Playing an active role in online learning is a completely hopeless thing,” he noted.

Jean-Philippe Muller, dean of the Monaco Business School, who has been participating in expert discussions at the Gaidar Forum for several years, said that people, who run companies, should be able to manage a new generation. “Earlier, engineers were sent to business schools; today, on the contrary, we must send managers to technical institutes. These areas should be combined to get the maximum result,” the expert said.

An important issue during the discussion was the interaction of MBA and DBA programs. Jean-Philippe Muller expressed his opinion on this matter: "The hybrid of MBA and DBA is the future of business schools." However, Sergey Kalendzhyan, Dean of the Graduate School of Corporate Management, RANEPA, came up with a different point of view. He believes that the MBA program is a “breakfast”, and the DBA program is a “dinner”, therefore they cannot be combined.

During his speech, Sergei Kalendzhyan noted that ethical values are a criterion for the quality of education at his school. The dean expressed his support for the introduction of cultural studies and philosophy in the course of the disciplines studied, because students should think about the future. The expert is convinced that modern transformation should not lead to the complete loss of traditions. He came to this conclusion: "MBA students should combine the spiritual, material, social and virtual worlds."

A good conclusion to the discussion was the words of one of the experts: “People will continue working with people, and we will find the way to deal with machines.”

At the end of the meeting, Viktor Hedenberg, head of the BGA department at AMBA , spoke about the AMBA accreditation and the opportunities offered by the bronze, silver and gold levels.

Antonina Malakhova, RANEPA


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10th Gaidar Forum Organizers:

The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA);
The Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute);
The Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

The general partners of the Gaidar Forum are Gazprom and Gazprombank; strategic partners include Prosveshcheniye publishing house, Coca-Cola, Pharmstandard group, ACIG Group of Companies, the Russian Textbook Corporation, SANOFI, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, Russian Railways, MSD, and Mastercard; EY, Cisco and Russian Direct Investment Fund are partners. This discussion’s partners are Philips, Cherkizovo and RVC.

The general information partners of the Gaidar Forum include the Rossiya 24 TV channel, Forbes global media company, RBC and TASS news agencies. The official information agency is Rossiya Segodnya. The general radio partner is Business FM. The strategic information partners are Kommersant Publishers, the RT TV channel, Interfax and Gazeta.RU. The main information partners are Profil weekly, FederalPress news agency, and Invest Foresight online magazine. The international information partners are Sputnik and Cision. Other media partners include PRIME news agency, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, RNS news agency, Radio Ekho Moskvy, News.Ru,, Parlamentskaya Gazeta, the PRO BUSINESS TV channel, Strategia magazine, AK&M, BRICS, Ekonomika i Zhizn weekly, National Banking Journal, Expert Tatarstan magazine, the Smart Country information platform, Financial One, Naans Media, and the Public Administration scientific political journal.

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