Integration session

The first session is held in September and its objective is to integrate the group and transform it into a team capable of working together on complex issues. In addition, the practical aspects of the MBA course are presented there. The cost of an introductory session is included in the tuition.

Field Trip to India 2017

The session was organized in collaboration with one of India's best business schools - S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR). The university, founded in 1981, has been consistently ranked among the top ten business schools in India since its inception, and also holds the world's most prestigious AMBA accreditation. Establishing a partnership with an Indian university has given our students the opportunity to get acquainted with the possibilities of establishing business contacts in the largest and one of the most dynamically developing regions of the world..

This year’s visit started with an acclimatization in the city (one of the largest and most culturally diverse metropolises in the world, according to official data of more than 17 million inhabitants) and sightseeing such as the Mount Mary Catholic Church, the famous Dhobi Ghat laundry, the Ghandi Museum, the historic Indian Gate, Jain Temple, Marine Drive boulevard, historic train station and other places.

The educational part of the Doing Business in India module started with prof. Prema Chandrami, a graduate of such colleges as London Business School and Wharton, a professional manager who has held managerial positions on several continents - Asia, Australia and North America. Professor Prem Chandrami was also an extremely open-minded tutor for a group of students.

Another lecturer of SPJIMR prof. Pallavi Modi introduced students to the most important issues in India's economy, paying special attention to the historical and cultural aspects of India's development and the prospects of developing, as it has already been estimated, the world's most numerous country.

A more detailed analysis of the characteristics of marketing promotion characteristic for India was presented by prof. Renuka Kamath, lecturer at SPJIMR, marketing expert. Professor Kamath focused on differences in perceptions of the key tools for reaching Indian customers, their cultural determinants, and presented a list of more or less successful promotional campaigns conducted on the market by large international concerns critically analyzing the most common mistakes they made.

Extremely important was the meeting with directors of the largest Indian companies whose names are well recognized throughout the world. Meeting with Ms. Nupur Roy Choudhury, Director of Tata Global Beverages responsible for strategy and planning combined with a visit to the modern Tata Consulting Services facility, has allowed participants to understand and see the essence of an outsourced system. On the second day of classes Mr. Naresh Makhijani, a partner at KPMG in India, introduced students with legal solutions regulating the activities of companies operating on the Indian market. He emphasized the role of the state in creating standards for responsible management of the company and gave positive examples resulting from the increasingly responsible behavior of the companies themselves, including examples of implementation of the sustainable development strategy of the largest Indian companies. In turn prof. Oskar D'Souza talked about the new business paradigm - BPO operations in India

It was important for the European entrepreneurs wishing to start investing in India to be the subject of the third day. The first guest was Dr Pragnya Ram, the director of the Aditya Birla Group. The corporation operates in the plastics industry, counts some 136,000 employees and is one of the largest in Asia. In 2011, it was ranked 4th in the world in the 'Top Companies for Leaders' ranking, while being ranked No. 1 in Asia Pacific. Owing to its area of ​​business, issues related to corporate social responsibility are an important part of the company's development planning. Dr Ram presented the company's management experience, which seeks to meet the demands of the global market of increasingly socially aware individuals and organizations. The second guest of that day Mr. Leszek Brenda - Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Mumbai - brought closer the history and details of Polish-Indian cooperation and invited the audience to jointly celebrate the anniversary of the 3rd May Constitution together with the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland.

The third important point of the day was the visit of students in Dharavi - one of the largest slums in the world. This place is known to film lovers from Slumdog Millionaire movies until recently, a huge social problem. Recently, companies from all over the world treated India as a landfill of waste, exporting "produced" waste elsewhere in the world. It has recently turned out that what seemed to be the curse of India can now become their wealth. Thanks to the enormous entrepreneurial strength of the Dharavi residents, waste recycling became a great business idea for them. In detail about the aspects of functioning of this place responded to prof. Nirja Mattoo.

Day four of the Mumbai visit enriched the meeting with Mr. Sudhir Rao - Managing Director of Skoda India. This is a very experienced person - Mr. Sudhir Rao has worked in the US and Europe for many years in management positions in automotive companies. He talked about the specifics of working in a German company operating in India, the potential of the Indian automotive market, and the problems and challenges of managing such a corporation, largely due to cultural differences.

Lots of places during the various lectures and meetings have covered cultural and historical issues that have helped to a great extent understand the context of the organization's functioning in a completely different way from the Polish environment. The students had the opportunity to watch excerpts of films depicting the core values ​​of Indian culture along with commentary and discussions with the Institute staff, which contributed greatly to a deeper understanding of the other. Students also had a unique opportunity to meet the respected Indian artist Dhrub Gosh, who is recognized throughout the world for his contribution to the development of traditional sarangi music. Dhruba Ghosh is the teacher and inspirer of many talented artists not only in India, the innovator of the instrument he plays and the winner of numerous awards. He received, among others. Awards such as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2014 for contributions to the development of sarangi and the worldwide Grammy Award in 2010. During the meeting the musician gave a lecture explaining the participants the secrets of the instrument and the context of reproducing traditional music, and gave a unique concert, with unusual emotions.

A reference to the movie star Dharavi was a visit to Whistling Woods, the Bollywood Film Institute. Bollywood with its power of film industry has already overshadowed American Hollywood and has become the subject of many economic and social analyzes. In addition to interviews and meetings with managers, short workshops were also held, and our listeners had the opportunity to cast themselves in the roles of directors and filmmakers.

Probably an interesting addition to the whole visit and a unique opportunity was the previously mentioned meeting with the Ambassador, which took place on May 4, 2017 on the roof of the Trident Hotel in the most prestigious district of Mumbai. The diplomatic meeting was an opportunity to discuss and exchange views with both the High Representative of the Polish Government in India, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Tomasz Lukaszuk and the Consul General of the Republic of Poland Leszek Brenda ¬- and other important representatives from many countries in the world. The topics of the talks ranged from cultural nuances to the relevant details of the trade, which greatly enriched the whole visit to Mumbai. Details of this unique event can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Interesting experience for the participants was a short session of morning yoga on the campus. They had a chance to take part in a short session of basic traditional exercises, while raising general interest of other visitors to the Institute.

Students were very happy with the course of the visit, the diversity of the topics of the meetings and the possibility of getting to know the culture of India. Many of them saw the chances of their companies becoming successful in their respective markets.

 

Field Trip to Chicago '2013

In October 2013, students of the 21st edition of the EMBA Program participated in the session "Innovative leadership in a connected world", which took place in the United States, on the Campus of the College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Chicago. The session included classes taught by professors of the College of Business as well as a visit to renowned American corporations located near Chicago.

The first part of the session was held at the headquarters of the College of Business in Chicago. Prof. Elisabeth Oltheten, an expert in the functioning of financial markets, delivered a lecture on the lesson that the world economy has learned from the economic crisis that started in Greece. Prof. Oltheten focused on the ways of recognizing similar threats and the analysis of global efforts to restore the equilibrium after the perturbations in the financial markets.

The students of the Program visited the headquarters of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), where they had the opportunity to not only learn about the CME Exchange daily activities but also see its brokers in action.

The visit was complemented by a lecture delivered by Jon Mrowiec, an advisor at Morgan Stanley, one of the world's largest investment banks.

Very interesting was the lecture given by Rich Frey on the activity of PepsiCo, one of the largest producers and sellers of non-alcoholic drinks and food products worldwide. Rich Frey, who is a graduate of the University of Illinois, used to hold a position of Sales Director for many years and is currently a head of EMBA Program at his home university. The combination of vast practical knowledge and a theoretical approach to management problems received great recognition among the students.

Two lecturers of the University of Illinois – prof. Eric Neuman and prof. Paul Lansing – provided the listeners with stimuli for deliberations on ethical values espoused by today's managers. Their lectures revolved around the unique balance between the law, ethics and cultural elements that impact the process of making business decision by managers.

The second part of the session was held in the College of Business at Urbana Champaign. The students had the opportunity to learn about the history of the University, visited the Campus in Urbana Champaign and met students of the MBA program at the University of Illinois.

At the end of their stay, the EMBA students also listened to a lecture that was delivered at the University of Illinois by prof. Alex Slepstov, who spoke about strategic management, focusing in particular on mergers and acquisitions.

A value added was provided by two visits to renowned American corporations located in the state of Illinois: Caterpillar and Lawrence Foods. Caterpillar is a leading manufacturer of machinery and heavy equipment that is well known around the world. Students were invited to the factory where they could see the production process and high production quality standards that Caterpillar is famous for. Lawrence Foods, a company that was founded in the 19th century, is a well-known supplier for food producers.

At the end of the session, the students watched a football game played by the college team of the University of Illinois.

The session provided students with an exceptional opportunity to broaden their experience and look closely at the best examples of practical application of excellent business management skills.

 

Field Trip to India '2014

In March, the students of the Program participated in a session "Doing Business in India", which is held in India from this year on.

The session was organized in collaboration with one of the best business schools in India - S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR). This school was founded in 1981 and has been considered one of ten best Indian business schools almost since its beginning. It has also the most prestigious AMBA accreditation. Cooperation with the Indian school let our students establish business contacts in this largest and most dynamic region.

The visit was started at a place that gave the students time for acclimatization – Mumbai, one of the largest and most culturally diverse metropolitan areas in the world, which according to official figures has a population of more than 17 million inhabitants. The participants had the opportunity to see the Catholic Church of Mount Mary, the famous Dhobi Ghat laundry, the Gandhi Museum, the Prince of Wales Museum, the monumental historic Gateway of India, the Temple of Jain, the famous Tower of Silence, the beautifully situated Marine Drive boulevard, the historic Rajabhai Clock Tower.

The educational part of the “Doing Business in India” module started with a lecture delivered by prof. Prem Chandrani, a graduate of universities, such as the London Business School and Wharton, and a manager who gained experience holding managerial positions on several continents – in Asia, Australia and North America. Prof. Chandrani familiarized students with the most important issues concerning the economy of India, focusing in particular on the historical and cultural aspects of the development of India and the prospects for the future development of this country that, according to the most recent estimates, has the largest population in the world.

An important aspect of the visit was learning from the experience of directors of largest Indian companies whose names are very well known worldwide. A meeting with Ms. Nupur Roy Choudhury, a director of Tata Global Beverages responsible for strategy and planning, combined with a visit to the modern Tata Consulting Services center helped participants understand and see in practice the essence of an outsourcing-based system.

Cultural and historical aspects also took a large part of the lecture given by Ananda Halve, the managing director at Chlorophyl Advertising company. It was extremely interesting and rewarding to have the opportunity to understand that the Indian market, being so different from the European markets in its structure, uses promotional tools that are commonly used around the world. At the end of the lecture findings were presented regarding the globalization of markets and consolidation of the principles of their functioning. The lecture was complemented by a panel discussion attended not only by Anand Halve but also prof. Chandrani.

Issues that are important for European entrepreneurs who want to invest in India were raised by next two guests who had been invited to share their experiences with our students. The first of them was Dr. Pragnya Ram, a director at Aditya Brla Group. This corporation operating in the plastic materials market and employing around 136,000 people is one of the largest in Asia – in 2011 it ranked fourth in the world ranking 'Top Companies for Leaders' and first in the ranking for Asia and the Pacific. Due to its area of operation, a crucial role in the process of planning the development of the company is occupied by issues related to its social responsibility. Dr. Ram presented the experiences of the company management board, which is trying to meet the requirements set by the global market of increasingly more socially conscious individuals and organizations. Institutional and legal issues related to socially responsible business were discussed by Nikhil Bhatia, a PwC partner in India.

The participants were greatly impressed by the visit to Dharavi. This place, known to cinema lovers from the Oscars-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire”, used to be a major social problem until recently. It was not long time ago that companies from around the world treated India as a kind of landfill where waste "manufactured" in other parts of the world were exported. What recently seemed to be a curse of India, now may become its wealth. Thanks to Dharavi residents’ extraordinary entrepreneurship powers, recycling of waste has become a great idea for a business. The principles of functioning of the system were presented to our students by two guests – prof. Nirj Mattoo and Jockin, a man very well known and highly esteemed in India who worked as a laborer in the slums for over 40 years and who created the basis for functioning of so-called „Dharavi system” by establishing, in the 1970s, the National Slum Dwellers Federation and Slum Dwellers International that affiliated slum dwellers from over 20 countries around the world.

A kind of reference to the film fame of Dharavi slum was the visit to Whistling Woods, Bollywood Film Institute. Bollywood with its monumental film industry has already overshadowed American Hollywood, becoming a subject of numerous economic and social analyses. In addition to talks and meetings with studio managers, short workshops were held where our students had the opportunity to assume the roles of film directors and producers.

During the visit, one could not omit to present the Polish perspective on the issues related to the activity in the Indian market. General assumptions of Polish-Indian cooperation in the field of economy were presented by Leszek Brenda, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Mumbai. In the optimistic summary of the lecture, he pointed out that Polish companies were, still are and will be present on the Indian market and that we have a solid foundation on which we can cooperate with our Indian partner even more fruitfully.
Practical issues and problems that are faced by Polish entrepreneurs who wish to invest in India were presented by Wincent Golebiowski, L’Oreal CFO in India.

The students were very happy with the visit, the diversity of the subjects raised during the meetings and the opportunities to learn about the culture of India. Apart from the economic issues, they were fascinated by the history and culture of India, whereas the crucial Hindu Festival of Colors called Holi, which was being celebrated at the time, Enriched the visit with a vast pallet of colors.
 

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