The Milestone Weeks: sharing knowledge and experiences!
The six Milestone Weeks, which revolve around seminars and workshops dedicated to “Understanding the Environment” on the one hand, and “Developing Oneself” on the other, form an integral part of the MBA curriculum and its learning objectives.
Not only do these Weeks allow the residential and distance students to physically work together on specific projects; they are also designed to encourage critical thinking and leadership skills by exposing MBA students to emerging technological and socio-economic disruptions, and assessing the consequent implications on businesses and decision-making.
While serving as final capstones for some of the courses studied prior to the beginning of each Milestone, the Weeks are essentially structured around state-of-the-art seminars in various topical and/or emerging issues that will inevitably challenge existing business models.
As an example, recent seminars have focused on:
- big data;
- European and global socio-economic policies;
- Blockchains and Bitcoins;
- Design thinking for management;
- The geo-politics of energy;
- New business models for the luxury sector;
- and innovative approaches for renewable energy and sustainability.
Internationally renowned experts, business leaders, politicians and academics in these highly specific fields are invited to lead the seminars and workshops, and exchange insights and ideas with our MBA students.
While “Understanding the Environment”, especially given its unpredictability, is fundamental if business leaders are to be able to chart their companies’ future, so too is the understanding, and developing, of oneself as a leader. Accordingly, the Milestone Weeks are also dedicated to assessing each student’s own leadership profile, and developing and enhancing the student’s personal, and professional, leadership potential. Teamwork, networking, interview techniques, and making the most of our MBA program’s unique Mentorship Program, are just some of the workshops and exercises addressed in the “Developing Oneself” modules of the Milestone Weeks.