The 4th residential week of our DBA students was another great event thanks to the perfect organisation provided by our colleagues from INSEEC London.
The residential weeks, which revolve around seminars and workshops dedicated to “Research Seminars” and “Business Insights” on the one hand, and “Personal Development” on the other, form an integral part of the DBA curriculum and its learning objectives.
The week started with Prof. Julie Haddock-Millar, a scholar-practitioner with great managerial and academic experience who invited the participants on a journey through different approaches to Organisational Change and related research, consulting and coaching methods.
On Tuesday, Prof. Kit Barton, a trained philosopher, inspired all of us with his critical views on theories concerning leadership and resulting consulting approaches. Then, Mr. Falconer-Barfield provided very open insights in his turbulent life as an entrepreneur and perfect gentleman.
Thursday, a trip to Bloomberg downtown allowed interesting insights into the culture of this dynamic company; and a walk to the Embassy of Monaco did not only end up with good food and drinks but with a highly interesting presentation of Barclay´s Bank on their attempts to use open innovation methods for becoming more dynamic. The same day, DBA students also met with Michael Abeyta, a start-up consultant, trainer and investor, who gave them deep insights into the puzzling start-up scenery of London and induced a vigorous discussion about the installation of a business incubator inside IUM.
At the end of the week, the participants presented the excellent progress in their research projects, received intensive feedback from faculty and worked with their advisors on publication projects.
Everybody went home tired but enriched with new thoughts and clear directions on how to proceed.
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 DBA students to emerging technological and socio-economic disruptions, and assessing the consequent implications on businesses and decision-making.
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