Global Online MBAThe Top-ranked MBA designed to create disruptive leaders

WORLDWIDE Distance Online MBA | QS 2019WORLDWIDE Online MBA | FINANCIAL TIMES 2019

Our Global Online MBA, a Top Ranked MBA Program

The program lays out the foundations of business, teaches you to become digitally fluent and pushes you to disrupt traditional business models. We provide a diverse, flexible and customizable environment that mirrors the latest market developments, allowing you to grow alongside a close cohort of professionals, eager to differentiate themselves in the competitive digital world.

This program is for international trendsetters from any sector with disruptive mindsets who want to challenge the status quo and rewrite the rules of business in an era of constant change.

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The Global Online MBA focuses on three key areas:

Innovation & Disruption

Innovation & Disruption

Innovation and disruption require more than simply keeping up. It’s about setting future trends and continually challenging the status-quo. During the Global Online MBA, you will be challenged to expand your mindset, try out new concepts and break the traditional mold. See where your disruptive ideas will take you by designing a business plan during the program’s Innovation Capstone Project.

Leadership

Leadership

Keeping pace with an ever-changing business environment requires a new kind of business leader. Throughout the program, you will participate in courses like Critical Thinking, Influence and Persuasion, Leading through Emotions, Negotiation and Building High-Performance Teams, among others.

Management

Management

Explore diverse managerial styles and discover how to build a holistic and strategic view of your entire company. With these foundations, you will gain the tools and skill set needed for managerial success.

Top Online MBA - IE Rankings

Get to know more about our Global Online MBA placement in international rankings.

  • 1st

    WORLDWIDE

    Distance Online MBA

    QS 2019
  • 2nd

    WORLDWIDE

    Online MBA

    FINANCIAL TIMES 2019
  • 1st

    worldwide

    for employability

    QS 2018
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The Global Online MBA Program Structure

Three face-to-face periods on campus and three core virtual periods. The course kicks off with the first immersive on-campus period, and the second wraps it up.

The online sessions consist of seven modules over the three periods. Combining real-time virtual conferences and asynchronous forums, you will engage in group discussions in a dynamic educational environment of diverse, international professionals

17 MONTHS

When

PRE-PROGRAM

PERIOD 1

PERIOD 2

OPTIONAL

PERIOD 3

3 WEEKS

6 MONTHS

5 MONTHS

6 MONTHS

Where

ONLINE

MADRID

(1 week)

ONLINE

Video Conferences
+ Forums

MADRID

(1 week)

ONLINE

Video Conferences
+ Forums

GLOBAL

ONLINE

Video Conferences
+ Forums

MADRID

(1 week)

What

PRE-PROGRAM:

FINANCIAL
ACCOUNTING

OPENING

+

LEADERSHIP
IN ACTION WEEK

DISTANCE LEARNING MODULE:

SETTING THE CORE

SECOND
FACE-TO-FACE
WEEK

DISTANCE LEARNING MODULE:

BUILDING VALUE

GLOBAL
IMMERSION
WEEK

DISTANCE LEARNING MODULE:

TRANSFORMATION & DISRUPTION

LEADERSHIP IN ACTION WEEK

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GRADUATION

Before the first face-to-face period in Madrid, you will participate in a pre-program in the online campus to familiarize yourself with basic business concepts. You will also be free to mix and mingle with the other students in our virtual cafe. While you are there, you can take the opportunity to explore the rest of the virtual platform. You will even have the chance to attend your first case method session and get to grips with the video conference software and online forums. Your program management team will also be on hand to help ease any doubts or answer any questions you might have. With all the preparation in place, you will be ready-to-go for when you touchdown in Madrid for your first face-to-face week.

The first period begins with a face-to-face week in Madrid, then we take things online. The face-to-face weeks are intensive 7-day periods of transformational learning. Through seminars, forums, workshops and conferences you’ll solidify previously learned knowledge and techniques while opening yourself up to a whole new world of disruptive innovation.

First face-to-face week: Leadership in Action

In this first face-to-face week, you will network with your cohort and build the foundation for a 17-month life-changing journey. We will also lay the groundwork for intense leadership transformation through workshops. You will gain key skills such as effective communication and teambuilding, which will come in handy throughout the program. During this week, you will participate in the following workshops:

IE Ethics Code

Online tools workshop

Careers & professional development

Teambuilding

Communication for success

Building high performance teams

Leader vision

Leading through emotions

Core Virtual Period One

The core virtual periods are designed to take you out of your comfort zone. Take part in asynchronous online discussions as well as in live, interactive video conferences allowing you to engage with new ideas and other program participants. This flexible and dynamic format is the perfect platform to explore, challenge and debate.

The academic component begins with SETTING THE CORE. During this first period, you will be immersed in the core elements of management, learning how to run economic analysis and exploring the foundations of finance. The period then focuses on key leadership methodologies, how to define corporate and competitive strategy and incorporating data analytics into decision-making.

Financial reporting and analysis

This course introduces corporate financial reporting from a global perspective. Its primary objective is to prepare students to read, analyze and interpret financial statements and it focuses on the use of accounting as a tool for decision-making with analytical, creative and critical thinking.

The course is organized in three main parts. The first part is devoted to the fundamentals, introducing the key concepts and principles behind the accounting system and the financial statements. It also includes an appreciation of the influence of the institutional context (IFRS and local GAAPs). The second block focuses on how companies report financial information regarding specific transactions, such as sales or investments. The emphasis is on managers’ financial reporting decisions and how these decisions influence the data available in the financial statements. The last part offers a broad overview of how different stakeholders (e.g., analysts and lenders) use financial statements for decision-making. The approach goes beyond the fundamental ratio analysis and analysis of the statement of cash flows by considering other elements such as pro forma measures, the influence of the environment in which financial statements are prepared, and the ethical implications of accounting decisions.

The course uses a combination of lectures, multimedia materials, independent readings, exercises and case discussions. While the exercises give the opportunity to practice the technical concepts, the cases aim to integrate the knowledge acquired and apply it in a real context.

Economic environment and country economic analysis

The course will cover the most important economic theories and concepts that relate to the macroeconomic and microeconomic environment of businesses. At the end of the course, students will comprehend these concepts and tools of economic analysis, have a more formal vision of why and how different economic policies, such as labor, fiscal, monetary or trade policies operate and will assess the implications of different macroeconomic contexts in different countries. As the course is taught using the case method, with real data of different countries, students will learn to interpret economic reality from an applied and critical perspective at the same time.

Leading people and teams

In this course, participants will develop their analytical skills with respect to individual, interpersonal and group dynamics. The course will highlight the importance of developing key leadership competencies like leading change, inspiring action, aligning resources, motivating, persuading, giving feedback, facilitating creativity and complex problem solving within virtual, globally distributed teams, and building a sustainable organizational culture. The course will also facilitate self-awareness and career management of the participants. Participants will learn by applying concepts and frameworks to case situations and by engaging in self-assessment, simulations, in-depth discussions, and group exercises.

Strategy

This course examines why some firms perform better than others. The course will introduce the main concepts, theoretical frameworks and analytical tools that will allow participants to understand how firms gain and sustain a competitive advantage, as well as the key elements of a successful strategy execution. Through an in-depth discussion of cases and articles, participants will familiarize with challenging strategic decisions. The final aim of this course goes beyond a simple application of the theoretical tools and frameworks. Its main objective is to instill a strategic mindset that will enable participants to derive a deep understanding of how to shape firm competitive behavior in order to enhance performance in different contexts.

Data analytics for decision making

In corporate settings, managerial decision-making cannot rely on intuition alone. As there are often vast amounts of data sources available, professionals need to effectively communicate the structure of customer reasoning, defend it to adversarial challenge and efficiently present information to key stakeholders. As a manager, it is also important to make sense of uncertain business situations in which there is incomplete information, as well as be able to evaluate the preferences of experts and colleagues and use state-of-the-art business software to provide analytical support to reasoning.

The course is multi-disciplinary in nature and links to a number of other areas, including finance, operations management and marketing and accounting through the choice of practical cases, thus adding an analytical dimension to the teaching of these areas.

Management accounting

The need of economic information for making decisions is crucial in organizations. The role of management accounting is to provide managers with the useful information they need for different aspects of their daily management, both in the short and long-run. For that purpose, we will focus on the main source of information related to cost estimation. We will review the different behaviors of costs to understand the relevance for decisions like launching products or services, cost reduction, pricing, income statement calculation or analyzing customer profitability analysis.

The second period includes the optional Global Immersion Week for students who want to further develop their international networks.

Once the core business section is complete, you will shift focus to the BUILDING VALUE period. Here, you learn how to devise a business strategy that yields results. To do this, you will explore financial issues, key operational management skills and the ins and outs of launching a start-up or driving innovation within a corporation.

During your second face-to-face week, you will participate in the following workshops:

Negotiation

Teambuilding II

Creativity & Ideation

Networking

Data analytics for decision making

In corporate settings, managerial decision-making cannot rely on intuition alone. As there are often vast amounts of data sources available, professionals need to effectively communicate the structure of customer reasoning, defend it to adversarial challenge and efficiently present information to key stakeholders. As a manager, it is also important to make sense of uncertain business situations in which there is incomplete information, as well as be able to evaluate the preferences of experts and colleagues and use state-of-the-art business software to provide analytical support to reasoning.

The course is multi-disciplinary in nature and links to a number of other areas, including finance, operations management and marketing and accounting through the choice of practical cases, thus adding an analytical dimension to the teaching of these areas.

Non-market strategy

Business operates in both a market and a nonmarket environment, the latter being the space where the formal and informal rules governing market competition are set and enforced. Successful corporate strategy aligns the firm’s capabilities with the demands of both its market and nonmarket environment. This course equips students with tools to systematically analyze and manage the political, regulatory, societal, cultural, and natural factors that constitute business’ nonmarket environment. Participants learn how to analyze and proactively manage the nonmarket environment through integrated market- and nonmarket strategies.

Virtual Period Two

Take part in asynchronous online discussions as well as in live, interactive video conferences allowing you to engage with new ideas and other program participants.

Marketing management

In a changing and increasingly competitive environment, marketing becomes the core of companies. Despite the changes that occur in the market, the marketing process does not change. This process consists of identifying the needs and desires of consumers, evaluating the competitive environment, selecting the most appropriate target audience and offering a relevant value proposal, developing a customized marketing strategy and implementing it correctly. To ensure the success of the marketing strategy it is essential to know the models and tools that allow us to understand and meet the needs of consumers better than competitors in order to be able to offer appropriate products and services, at an appropriate price, available through the best distribution channels and communicated in a way that motivates the action and get satisfied and loyal customers.

Corporate finance

This introductory finance course covers fundamental concepts in corporate finance. The goal is to give you a set of tools and analytical frameworks. The emphasis will be put on financial decision making. The course is based on real life examples. More especifically, the course will cover: how to analyze investment decisions in a company; how to estimate the cost of capital of a company, popular criteria for decision making as NPV and IRR, how to think about financing decisions and capital structure, dividend policies.

Creating value through operations

Operations are transformation processes that add value to organizations, both of physical products (manufacturing) and of services. In this course, students will learn about the interaction of operations management with the rest of the functional areas of the organization and with the economy as a whole. Students will gain insights and specific skills on key operational areas such as system and process analysis and design, quality and inventory management, planning and project management. Emphasis will be made on global operations, on the impact of innovation on product life cycles, operations automation, and lean processes, and on environmental and sustainability aspects of operations.

Start-up Creation

The course provides the student an experience to grasp and develop key mindsets, knowledge, and tools that enable them to align personal aspirations, skills, and experiences with the identification and development of startup opportunities. Students will understand in a practical way how the Lean Startup methodology is key to design business models and reach to a Product-Market fit. As team and financing are essential aspects in the startup success, students will recognize potential team issues and develop leadership skills to manage a startup team, as well as comprehend key financing sources for start-ups and scale-ups by taking into account both entrepreneurs and investors’ perspectives.

Corporate entrepreneurship

The course provides the student an understanding of the corporate entrepreneurship paradox -finding the right balance between the core business and the new businesses-, and the role of the intrapreneur within a corporate culture. Corporations are facing multiple threads and continuous changes in the market, that’s why analyzing the sources of corporate innovation and how it generates transformation at the local and global level is mandatory. Students will have the chance to design and develop a corporate innovation project to experience and understand the challenges involved.

Now that you have explored core business practices and value creation, it’s time to focus on INNOVATION AND DISRUPTION.

It’s time to take an advanced look at transformative leadership. Let the disruption begin.

Core Virtual Period Three

During this period, you will learn what it takes to launch a digital transformation, the principles of digital marketing, how to operate and manage organizations in a global context while discovering what you need to know about non-market strategy. In this period, you will also work with a coach on your Innovation Capstone Project.

Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation course is designed to equip students to confidently help conceive, lead and execute digital transformation initiatives. The course main goal is to prepare today’s manager to absorb, digest and understand the evolution of digital technologies, and to draw conclusions about the impact and the potential effects of such technologies within industries, companies and individuals. Achieving competitive advantage is not just about having the technology; it also takes attitudinal changes, extensive redefinition of roles and functions, training, etc. The course will develop a culture of attention towards digital technologies by looking and discussing real examples and cases across different industries. We will develop a set of knowledge and expertise about the digital world that are required for general managers. We will examine the application of digital technologies for different purposes, including their implications for communications, business processes, and services.

Digital marketing, social, mobile and analytics

Technology, especially internet and connectivity, have led in recent years to a series of tools that allow the development and management of huge information and contact networks. These networks facilitate companies to develop marketing plans adapted to the entire decision-making process of the consumer who does not distinguish between the on and the off. Marketing of search engine, social networks, E-Commerce, mobile marketing, analytics and data management are some of the digital marketing tools that should be fully integrated with the rest of the actions in order to make up the marketing plan to collaborate efficiently and with the best ROI for the companies.

Managing people in organizations

This course teaches general managers how to attain high organizational performance by effectively managing people. The sessions explore all the relevant aspects of managing people at work such as recruitment and selection, talent and leadership development, reward systems and incentives, performance management, people analytics and downsizing. The course emphasizes that these employment practices need to fit the organization’s competitive strategy and increase financial performance. Finally, it provides students with knowledge of the latest trends and issues in people management.

Global supply chain management (GSCM)

Operations happen in complex distributed networks in interaction with other organizations. This is known as supply chain management, and this course is designed to provide students with an understanding on how global supply chain management works, how it connects with the company strategy and how it can be a source of competitive advantage. The course covers logistic elements of transportation, warehousing and related information technology; design of networks, with emphasis on global settings including elements of risk and vulnerability; sustainability of corporate Social Responsibility aspects; as well as governance aspects of inter-organizational relations.

Advanced corporate finance

This advanced course deepens the concepts covered in corporate finance. The emphasis will be put on valuation techniques that will be covered in depth and on comparing the different methodologies. The course will be based on real life examples. In particular, after taking this course, students are expected to be ready to analyze companies at a professional level.

Management control

Based on the previous knowledge of Management Accounting, in Management Control we devote the time to learn about two main topics. First, analyzing the impact of control in the organizational structure (and the other way round). Once this is clarified, we focus on getting a deeper understanding of one key are in organizations: “performance evaluation”. This is benchmarking the actuals vs. the targeted in order to assess efficiency and effectiveness at the different levels of the organization. For this analysis, we study the budgeting process, the traditional accounting measures and finally the strategic control through Balanced Scorecard.

Non-market strategy

Business operates in both a market and a nonmarket environment, the latter being the space where the formal and informal rules governing market competition are set and enforced. Successful corporate strategy aligns the firm’s capabilities with the demands of both its market and nonmarket environment. This course equips students with tools to systematically analyze and manage the political, regulatory, societal, cultural, and natural factors that constitute business’ nonmarket environment. Participants learn how to analyze and proactively manage the nonmarket environment through integrated market- and nonmarket strategies.

Entrepreneurial Venturing Coaching

Learn how start-up venturing works. Identify and validate market opportunities, and acquire insights into keen entrepreneurial methodologies. Obtain a solid foundation in the financial and the managerial side of start-ups.

Final face-to-face Week: Leadership in Action

In the last face-to-face week, all your experience, insights and newly developed learnings come together to complete your disruptive education. You will gain the few remaining skills to effectively lead transformation in your organization, while bringing the program to a close. Now, it’s time to move forward towards new challenges with a strengthened, vibrant new skill set and a lifelong network of visionary professionals.

Networking

Personal branding

Influence & persuasion

Change management

Beyond the Global Online MBA

Several enrichment initiatives take place during the program as career-building complements our core academic offering.

Career Transformation Program

The Career Transformation Program takes place throughout your time with us, giving you the opportunity to participate in individual career coaching. You will meet with a career coach three times throughout the MBA, defining personal and professional goals and outlining strategies to meet these goals.

Through mock interviews, one-on-one sessions and CV evaluations, your coach will assess your profile identifying strengths and weaknesses spanning across your soft and hard skills. Through these personalized interactions, our Careers Team will help you set short-term and long-terms goals, learn more about your motivations and capabilities and help you lay the building blocks of your future.

Innovation Capstone Project

You can personalize your journey by taking one of two tracks to the final exam:

Cohete

The Start-Up Entrepreneurship Track

Develop a business plan from scratch and pitch it to a group of investors.

Cartera

The Corporate Intrapreneurship Track

Evolve a business opportunity within a corporate context and pitch your plan to a board of directors. A coach will be assigned to guide you throughout the process.

GLOBAL IMMERSION WEEK

The Global Immersion week is an optional face-to-face week where Global Online MBA participants travel to different international destinations to meet other Blended MBA cohorts. There, you will gain a working knowledge of local business practices through lectures & panel discussions from world-class professionals. Previous Global Immersion Week destinations include: San Francisco, Sao Paolo, Singapore, Miami, Shanghai, Mumbai.

You will also get the opportunity to analyze local success stories through direct interaction with managers during company visits.

Some companies visited:

  • ARUP
  • Amazon Web Services
  • BMW
  • Google
  • PayPal
  • Starbucks
  • Uber
  • Waze

Life during the Global Online MBA

Is networking difficult if I enroll in a Blended program?

The networking opportunities have been one of the many pleasant surprises of this program. I was amazed at how quickly bonds were formed between students in my cohort, despite us being based all over the world. I found the entire experience to be very immersive and I kept in constant contact with my peers. Thanks to this program, my network has expanded greatly in a very short period of time.” – Amin Elbashir

How many hours of study are required per week for the Global Online MBA?

The Global Online MBA requires between 20 and 30 hours of your time per week, depending on your expertise in any given subject. This includes preparing for class, participating in the online forums and group work.

What can I expect from face-to-face sessions?

Face-to-face sessions include all-day workshops and networking events, which occur nearly every night. They are very intense, but also extremely fun!

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed by their participation in forums and videoconferences, live presentations given in the virtual campus, assignments, case studies and quizzes.

What can I expect from videoconferences?

You can access the videoconferences anywhere in the world from your personal computer, tablet or mobile phone. Live videoconferences start at 11:00hr and 16:00hr (CET). Remember that your attendance is compulsory, so if you need to miss a session, inform your professor immediately. All sessions are recorded for future reference.

Can I choose which subjects I take?

All subjects are compulsory.

How big are the workgroups?

Each group has 5-7 members, all from diverse backgrounds. In the first two terms, groups are assigned by the Academic Department. In the final term, students will choose their own groups for the final project.

How does the forum work?

Forums are open from Monday to Thursday. Professors will post questions to generate discussion and everybody is required to participate.

How is the February intake different from the October intake?

There is no difference between the programs!

Life after the Global Online MBA

Will I have access to the IE Career Portal?

Absolutely! Our Blended students have access to all of our Career Services from the moment that they start the program.  You’ll also take part in personal coaching sessions throughout the duration of your MBA.

How will I keep in contact with my classmates once the MBA is over?

Our students usually keep in contact after the Global Online MBA. As you’ll spend most of the time interacting with your peers online, communicating in the future will be no problem at all. Make the most of expanding network; chances are you’ll have a local travel guide in cities all over the world.

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