Adding Value for Management Education

IESE hosts 21st International Faculty Program

20/06/2013 Barcelona

International Faculty Program

For more than two decades, IESE has been sharing knowledge and its educational vision with future managers and entrepreneurs around the world. But the school has also sought to go further. How? By preparing professors from other business schools so they can add value to their institutions through stronger teaching and leadership capabilities.

This aim is carried out through the International Faculty Program (IFP). The 2013 program concludes on June 21 on the school's Barcelona campus. The director of the program is IESE Prof. Javier Santomá.  
IPADE Prof. Alberto Ibarra described the experience as: "50 years of IESE experience condensed into three weeks, as well as a great opportunity to learn and meet colleagues from all over the world."
Thirty-one participants from 16 countries took part in the intensive program, which includes case studies, academic sessions, exercises, coaching and interactive networking activities. The IFP seeks to improve the overall quality of management education worldwide by giving participants a general management perspective applied to teaching and allowing them to identify their own strengths and areas for improvement.
Among the highlights this year was a session led by Visiting Professor Kirstie McAllum of the Department of Managing People in Organizations. During the session "Collaborative Classroom Communication," Prof. McAllum removed the chairs in the classroom to create an atmosphere that improved participant interaction, eliminated barriers and helped boost communication skills.
"The IFP is a focal point for experiences from all over the world. It also has a strong and rigorous academic structure, with highly experienced professors who share knowledge that is going to be critical for our future personal and professional development," Ibarra said.
Syed Imran Saqib, professor of the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan, said that "given that the IBA is undergoing a period of strong growth, the program has given me new ideas and skills that I can apply immediately when I return to Pakistan."
One of the most enriching aspects of the IFP is the opportunity students have to present cases in class, whether they be those from their own school or from other institutions. For Saqib, this experience stood out in particular. "To present my own case in front of such an experienced audience and hear their opinions and advice has been one of the highlights of the program. In fact, IESE and its faculty are offering a great service to the world by sharing so many years of experience in graduate-level teaching."
The program also includes special off-campus activities such as visits to the nearby Montserrat Monastery and Oliver Conti winery, which generate camaraderie and opportunities to communicate among the participants who reflect diverse cultures. "Sharing this experience with participants from such different countries has helped me understand that - no matter what our areas of expertise, teaching environments or years of experience - we all have the same goal of improving our profession," said Gloria Sanmartín, CETT professor.
Over the next few years, the group will stay in contact through various channels, including social networks. A new IFP newsletter, to be published bi-annually, is also in the works, with the collaboration of alumni Aránzazu Narbona (IFP '12 and PDD '12). In September 2014, the book "Towards Effective Teaching: Perspectives on Refocusing Management Education on the Person," authored by members of the 2013 IFP class, is set to be published.  The book "is a reflection of what we have learned on the program and in our role as educators," said Kemi Ogunyemi, professor at Lagos Business School in Nigeria.

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