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Why attend an MBA Master Executive?

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It is a major investment, in terms of time spent on study and finances invested. However, attending a Master Executive is still a profitable investment, opening the door to career advancement and the resulting economic benefits. Especially when the business school that provides it enjoys a well-established reputation in the eyes of certification bodies and companies.

However, career and salary improvements are not the only motivations that can push a professional towards an EMBA.

In a mini cycle of two posts we will try to analyze them in more detail, also through the testimonies of those who attended: this week with Paolo Starace, CEO and Managing Director of DAF Vehicles.

Improved career and economic prospects

If after 2 years a professional career still seems open to every perspective and rethink, once the threshold of 8 years of experience has been exceeded, it is natural – not to say fundamental – to draw conclusions. Determine where you arrived and where you aspire to arrive. Make an inventory of the tools and skills you have to reach the goal.

This is where the master executive comes into play. Given in hand, it is an additional weapon that can bring out a curriculum and offer real career opportunities. According to MIP data, the business school of Politecnico di Milano, on average within two years of the conclusion of an Executive MBA:

80% of graduates get to take on roles of greater managerial responsibility
40% of these have access to management positions
20% hold management positions in the international arena
15% become CEO

This figure was also confirmed from an economic point of view by the Washington Post which, reporting the figures of the executive MBA Council, noted a 23% salary increase at the end of the master’s degree, and a reduction in the payback period from 23 to 17 months, for an average value of about 60,000 dollars.

A 360-degree view of your business

In the introductory video Paolo Starace describes, with an effective metaphor of the library, another important value of a master executive: offering the right tools for analysis of his market. Managers are called upon to act with an increasingly “macro” perspective, grasp the dynamics of a company as a whole and decide accordingly, in a tight timeframe.

In order to do this, the experience acquired in the company is fundamental, but not always sufficient. Daily work offers very specific technical skills, allows you to move with skill in your own field, yet does not necessarily guarantee a 360-degree view. The risk becomes that of making wrong decisions, or decisions conditioned by one’s own mental models.

What is the difference between an MBA Master and a Master in Management (MIM)?

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Can programmes such as the Master in Management (MiM) be considered as an alternative to an MBA Master? What is the difference between a MiM Program and an MBA? Certainly MiM and Master MBA have common characteristics – both are post-graduate programs – but they differ in many respects. Here are the main ones:

What is the Master in Management?

1. Student age Management Masters (MIM and MBA)
MiM programmes usually do not require professional experience, although they are open to young people with work experience of up to one year. As a result, students of a MiM are generally much younger than full-time MBA Master students. In some schools, the average age is 23 years (from 20 to 27 years), compared to the average age of the students of an MBA Master, between 27 and 32 years.

 

2. Professional experience
Consistently, the professional experience of MiM students does not play an important role during the course of studies, while an MBA Master programme draws much from previous work experience, especially during class participation. In summary, MiM Master programs are designed for talented young people during the beginning of their professional experience, immediately after graduation or after one year of work experience.

 

3. Entry fees
MiM programs are cheaper than MBA programs in terms of tuition fees. While the most expensive MBA programs in Europe – offered by LBS – are around 60,000 euros, MiM programs cost on average half. This is probably due to the different target group: young people who have not yet been able to earn and save money on the side of the MiM Masters, and experienced professionals or the willingness to occupy leadership roles on the side of the MBA Masters.

 

4. MBA Master and Master in Management (MIM): Curriculum
As regards the curriculum, there are also overlaps between the MiM and MBA programmes. Both offer general management courses, group work, business cases, and a general practical approach. The traditional MiM course Master, however, focuses more on the theoretical approach than an MBA. A MiM student may encounter subjects that require strong mathematical bases or analytical skills and the final thesis may be oriented to the world of research. On the contrary, an MBA programme places more emphasis on the practical part. For example, in an MBA Master programme a student might be required to have a practical application of EVA (Economic Value Added, (c) Stern Stewart) rather than its theoretical formulation. In addition, instead of a final dissertation, the student may be asked for a real-world consulting project and so on to demonstrate what they have learned during their course of study.

 

5. MBA Master and Master in Management (MIM): Eligibility criteria
With regard to admission criteria, business schools for MBA programs prefer the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) rating and professional experience, without attaching too much importance to the academic training of candidates. About a third of MiM’s programmes, however, require a degree in administration or economics.