This week marks the start of IESE's Advanced Management Program (AMP) in Barcelona, an intensive 6-month program for high-level managers. The school offers its hallmark AMP in various international locations, in addition to Barcelona: Munich, Warsaw, New York and Santo Domingo. Since the opening AMP Barcelona session coincides with the second module of the AMP Santo Domingo, participants in both programs will have the chance to network and attend a special session together on the outlook of world economy, led by IESE Prof. Pedro Videla.
Thirty-seven executives from 20 different countries are participating in this year's edition of the AMP in Barcelona. Among the companies represented in the group are Audi, Carlsberg, Danone, EDP, Fortis Bank and Vestas.
AMP is anchored on four residential modules that take place over a span of six months on IESE's Barcelona campus. In between modules, participants return to their workplace to carry out team projects and prepare for upcoming residential sessions. Most importantly, the AMP's distance learning component gives professionals the chance to focus on business problems relevant to their own companies when they are off campus. Participants also create action plans for implementation at work, and are assigned a faculty coach who oversees individual progress.
"The program showed me how to think more strategically and creatively. And I was able to apply my new skills and knowledge to my job right away, which was a tremendous benefit," said Gloria Perrier-Chatelain, Global Senior Director, SAP Corporate France (AMP '10).
The AMP helps executives strengthen vital management skills and covers areas such as leadership, strategy, global economics and financial accounting. The Academic Director of the Program is Prof. Ahmad Rahnema and the Program Director Idunn Jonsdottir.