What is an MBA?

What is an MBA?

that Master of Business Administration (MBA) is the highest level of international business management education. Small general point to better understand the main features.

MBA: an overview

Historical Generalist (although specialized MBAs are now being developed), this training is mainly aimed at providing participants with a technical profile (sales people, lawyers, engineers, scientists, etc.) with management skills and a global vision for the company, to promote their access to management positions .

Therefore, all management skills have been elaborated: management, financial Accounting, taxation, just, finance, Language, etcall in a context of multilingualism and multiculturalism.

No matter where the learning is, the teaching takes place there, mostly, in English, the students as well as the teaching teams representing different nationalities. Internationally, in essence, the diploma has thus gained a very strong fame in a context of globalization of the economy. It is of particular interest to companies looking for leaders who are able to adapt to the different world markets.

MBA: Beware of names!

It is suitable distinguish genuine MBAs from “MBA” designations are attributed to diplomas, which in reality should be called “Master”.

While The MBA is supposed to be reserved for people who already have some professional experiencesome schools use this name (unprotected) to bring an “international” nuance to training intended for students at the bac + 4 or bac + 5 level with no experience.

This acronym is also used in some cases to highlight a course that the Conference of Grandes Ecoles has not assigned the mark “Specialized Master” …

Who are MBAs for?

Born in the United States to business schools, The MBA was originally intended for engineers who wanted to gain access to management positions. It now caters to anyone with a technical profile (salespeople, lawyers, engineers, scientists, etc.) and wants to develop or relaunch their careers. Their dual competencies (technical and managerial) could well be very valuable in the labor market after an MBA …

Technical profiles that justify at least 3 years of work experience

The idea is therefore generally to open management positions for people with a completely different basic education. And this only after a few years (at least 3 years) with work experience in their field.

Especially based on an exchange of experiences, the MBA program is of little interest to a student who has just graduated … who, moreover, in most cases is not allowed to follow it.

As for holders of diplomas from business schools, some believe that an MBA can actually open new doors for them. Others, however, believe that MBA education, especially in its generalist version, would not bring them much in relation to their initial education: no dual skills could then be advanced … unless they choose one of the many specialized MBAs that currently flourishing! In short, it is up to everyone to form their own opinion.

MBA education

An international education

International training, if any, is generally, regardless of the place of study, given in English. Beware of those who do not master Shakespeare’s language: the program is demanding and leaves no room for difficulty in understanding or expressing oneself on the linguistic level!

Empirical training

Close to the reality of business, the MBA aims to train direct operational managers. The teaching is therefore very practical, concrete and empirical. Students primarily learn methods and behaviors.

Learning is built mainly on the basis of case studies or business projects: The participants are then placed in the position of manager or consultant. They must analyze each case and develop action plans, which are then presented to all students. Lectures, if they exist, are becoming rare … The teacher is not the only one here who has knowledge: everyone comes with their experiences and is enriched by others. The teacher, in the meantime, reformulates, instructs, advises.

And since it’s a matter of reproducing real work situations, the topics are often treated as in business in groups! It is then a matter of demonstrating – or acquiring – the qualities that are essential to any business leader: diplomacy, a sense of human relations … and a strength of conviction. Active participation of each student is desired: presentation of case studies, constructive reactions to other groups, etc.

A demanding education

In the MBA, investing time is important and it is better to know that.

We prepare the courses upstream, we avoid collapsing under the weight of reading, we keep up to date with the global economic activity, we invest in one (or more) association (s), and we drastically select the meetings we attend , as the requests are numerous …

To hold on, you need to know how to find information, sort it and get to the point quickly.

MBA guide

Master of Business Administration

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