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IMD MBA Gets New Dean, to Focus on Business Leader’s Impact on Society

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The IMD’s MBA program, in its 46th year, beginning on January 8, 2018, led by the new dean Seán Meehan, is expected to take an increased focus on business leaders’ impact on the society.

“As incoming program Dean, I look forward to welcoming the class of 2018, arguably the most diverse MBA class in the world, and beginning what we hope will be a transformative experience placing them at the centre of a shared learning environment – comprising 9000 senior executives. Our whole community is dedicated to equipping them to face tomorrow’s challenges, ready and able to make a positive impact,” Sean Meehan says.

IMD says its MBA Program is a transformational leadership program, with a mission of developing leaders who have a desire to have a positive impact in the world.

The IMD MBA Career Services team, with input from IMD Alumni and external expertise, will lead the Career Management module which will enable participants to prepare for a highly competitive job with a long career goal in mind – incorporating envisioning, planning and building a personal board of directors.

The latest batch comprises 90 students who had undergone a rigorous admissions process, to begin their one-year journey under the leadership of Meehan and Knut Haanaes, MBA Deputy Dean. With 34 IMD Scholarships awarded, the school will support 38% of the 2018 class.

IMD says the school puts a strong emphasis on the development of individuals in a group setting and on creating an environment where individuals and teams can focus on their learning experience.

The Program is aimed at providing an intimate, personalized leadership development experience while emphasizing on entrepreneurship, global and digital, besides equipping participants with the classic MBA toolkit. It has a 1:2 Faculty MBA ratio which enables professors to get to know each class member’s profile and aspirations.

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It includes the personal development elective, individual career plan, development feedback and reflection. The location of the campus in Lausanne. Switzerland is conducive to the promotion of entrepreneurship with its vibrant start-up, innovation and research environment.

Start-up projects form the core part of the program. The class composition is global in nature. Round-the-world discovery expeditions expose the participants to global innovation hubs such as Bangalore, Silicon Valley and Singapore. The Digital Lab and Innovation Lab will accelerate the students’ digital technology expertise and help them to gain experience in design thinking – in collaboration with partner institutions such as EPFL and ECAL.

With business playing an increasingly important role in society, it is essential for business leaders to know how to find ways of collaborating with other stakeholders. They also need to learn to live with increased transparency. The ‘Business and Society’ module of the program, will enable participants to explore cases and meet central actors who can discuss these topics and provide best practices, the school says.

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The IMD MBA Career Services team, with input from IMD Alumni and external expertise, will lead the Career Management module which will enable participants to prepare for a highly competitive job with a long career goal in mind – incorporating envisioning, planning and building a personal board of directors.

Meehan is the Martin Hilti Professor of Marketing and Change Management at IMD. He joined IMD in 1997 and since then he has designed and delivered management development programs for several companies that include Agricultural Bank of China, Air France-KLM, Caterpillar, MasterCard International, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, PWC, Toyota and Vodafone.

He has directed IMD’s Chief Marketing Officer Roundtable, IMD’s flagship program Orchestrating Winning Performance, IMD’s most Senior Leadership Program Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives and the IMD MBA (2002-2005). He has also served on many of IMD’s institutional committees and was Dean of External Relations from 2008 to 2010.

Commencing his career with Arthur Andersen in Oil & Gas, Media, Retail and Financial Services. He was Director, Marketing at Deloitte before joining doctoral studies at London Business School.

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