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Redefining Executive Education

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Jennifer Morrison, MBA Alumnus from Canada
"There are small class sizes so you really do get a lot of one-on-one interaction, which I think is really beneficial. All of the professors have been more than willing to accommodate assignments to make sure that your experience is very individualized to what you are looking to get out of the program."
Diego Pardo - MBA Student from Columbia

This last year doing the MBA at ISM was one of the best and greatest experiences for me. It exceeded all my expectations on a professional and personal level. The professors, students and staff were like a family to us. Today I look back in retrospect and appreciate the value added to my life from this enriching experience. I would definitely recommend studying in this excellent business school.

Sina Tabesh Ph.D Candidate from Iran

When I first started my MBA program at ISM, I was surprised by the amount of support I received from ISM staff. Literally, they had done whatever they could to provide a calm and professional environment for their students. During my MBA studies I had a real international experience in terms of both culture and profession and that was one of the main motives for me to continue my studies at ISM as PhD student.

During seminars, I have had the opportunity to work with talented professionals from different parts of the world and with the culture of sharing your own personal experiences and knowledge at ISM, the output is always full of learning.

When I look back to my years at ISM, I am happy to see myself empowered with knowledge, new experiences and skills which has answered a lot of issues I confronted at my work in the past and prepared me for professional challenges in the future.

The other important factor at ISM is its flexibility. PhD students are free to choose topics and seminars related to their interests at the well-located campuses.

Ilse Vonk, MBA Alumna & DBA Candidate from the Netherlands

As a business owner you tend to forget about your own development as your time is mostly spend on developing others and the business in general. When I took the decision to invest in myself and do a MBA, ISM immediately appealed to me, despite the large choice of schools out there.

The small and personal community, the very international environment and the high quality professors were deciding factors for me. I have not regretted my decision for a single moment, although the MBA was probably the busiest year of my life. It has developed me in so many ways, increased my selfconfidence and brought me so much more than just knowledge.

In fact, I can't get enough of it, and that's why I will continue at ISM and do a DBA.

Elijah Lutwama - IEMBA Student from Uganda
I'm based in Nairobi, but I work with many business people in French-speaking Africa, so I decided to learn French while I pursued an Executive MBA in English and ISM has allowed me to do that. I am coming to understand French culture even as I am studying international business practices in my native English. Having studied in the UK, I do appreciate the differences between Britain and France. These countries have different outlooks, and that affects the working culture and the way they do business. The class sizes are small enough to let you get to know your classmates. The professors have been spot-on, with lots of experience. Conceptually, it's been very satisfying. And the different backgrounds the students come from are very useful for discussion. I have the feeling that this curriculum is preparing me to handle senior management functions, and that's exactly what I came for.
Veronica Moiseeva - IEMBA Student from Russia
I had already earned an MBA in Russia, but I began working for a Swiss multinational in their St. Petersburg office, and I realized I needed a more international business education. I travel eight months a year, so I needed a degree program with a certain flexibility. I knew I wanted to study in Western Europe, but London was too restricted. I discovered ISM and found that its Paris campus offered the mix of European culture and American faculty that I was looking for to deepen my education. This degree is different from the rest: the professors are teaching to their equals; the interaction is fast and rich; the ideas are conveyed quickly.
Thierry Mouelle - IEMBA Student from Cameroon
I would like to seize this occasion to express how very pleased I am to have been given the opportunity to be part of ISM's IEMBA program. I entered the program with nothing more than my deep will to outperform myself, and I am finishing with the feeling that I have met a family and learned more than I could have ever expected. Thank you for everything. I am now ready to meet the challenges of the business world with confidence.
Leigh Hauptfuhrer - IEMBA Student from the US

I selected the IEMBA program predominantly because of the flexibility it allows me in continuing to work while attending school, as well as the diversity in the course offerings which aligns well with past and present professional responsibilities. As an American, who has lived and worked overseas for the past 15 years, I have learned how important it is to effectively engage, personally as well as professionally, with all cultures, so the fact that ISM is based in Paris, France with reciprocal facilities in Asia and the United States was definitely an added bonus. I have enjoyed meeting and studying with my fellow IEMBA students, and I have learned almost as much from them as I have from the seminars themselves. The opportunity to apply what I have learned since college in graduate level environment, and applying what I learn at ISM in my current work environment makes the overall ISM experience very rewarding.

Philipp Ueberschaer - IEMBA Student from Germany
There are a number of merits you may look for when choosing a boutique business school such as ISM: reasonable pricing, accreditation, small and exclusive student body, skilled and qualified teachers. At ISM you will find all this and some additional surprises: i) maximum flexibility through attending seminars in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and online; ii) you rarely find a course where you already know every participant and where you have less than five different nationalities resulting in great discussions with multiple perspectives and diverse experiences; iii) most of the faculty are big names from big universities but all from different parts of the world and with different opinions. You hardly find another business school where you can enjoy a similar learning style; iiii) superior customer service driven by timeliness and quality. Any enquiry is usually answered within 24 hrs, most problems or questions can be discussed individually with teachers or staff.ISM is the right choice for everybody who looks for high quality, flexibility, and an international environment rather than a prestigious brand and a posh campus. ISM is really a smart concept with big growth potential. There are a number of merits you may look for when choosing a boutique business school such as ISM: reasonable pricing, accreditation, small and exclusive student body, skilled and qualified teachers. At ISM you will find all this and some additional surprises: i) maximum flexibility through attending seminars in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and online; ii) you rarely find a course where you already know every participant and where you have less than five different nationalities resulting in great discussions with multiple perspectives and diverse experiences; iii) most of the faculty are big names from big universities but all from different parts of the world and with different opinions. You hardly find another business school where you can enjoy a similar learning style; iiii) superior customer service driven by timeliness and quality. Any enquiry is usually answered within 24 hrs, most problems or questions can be discussed individually with teachers or staff.ISM is the right choice for everybody who looks for high quality, flexibility, and an international environment rather than a prestigious brand and a posh campus. ISM is really a smart concept with big growth potential.
Karl Campbell - DBA Candidate from the Netherlands

I found the Change Management seminar with Prof. Smits excellent. I recently attended a change management program at Erasmus University and was therefore able to compare the two programs. The Erasmus program was very focused on a specific change methodology, where I felt the ISM program focused on the broader dynamic of change. I found some of the opposing thinking that Prof. Smits introduced to be very valuable and helpful in explaining a business change that I am personally experiencing.Regarding the ISM program, I have found the level of teaching to be very professional. The learning through class discussion, exploring the respective experiences, adds tremendous value to the overall experience.

Brian Crombie - DBA Candidate from Canada
ISM has a unique position as a practitioner oriented doctoral program that is international in scope, in its faculty and in its student body, with flexibility in courses at different times in different cities that make the learning stimulating and doable for a busy executive. I enjoyed immensely the Shanghai courses and professors and left thinking I really understood where China was today and where I could get involved in business there. The classes in Paris have been very good with excellent classmates.The international scope of all the classes, but even more so the student body, is also unique and a huge asset. Taking classes in Paris and Shanghai and interacting with people from India, Japan, Hong Kong, Nigeria, and Brazil, along with all the Europeans and Americans, has been wonderful.I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience, the people I have met and the courses. I look forward to staying involved and connected. I have and would recommend ISM to others.
Dr. Khalid Al Tuwairqi - DBA Candidate from Saudi Arabia
ISM was my first and best business school selection to pursue my DBA degree. The knowledge, study materials, and academic supervision all were above the academic standards. Relating what I learned to my work enhanced the work performance and I experienced more management techniques to implement. ISM environment is like my family. Thanks to ISM.
Anis El Khatib - PhD Student from Lebanon

The PHD program at ISM is highly distinguished. In general, course structure, subject matter, and materials of the DBA courses are very contemporary and cover critical issues. More specifically, the finance courses that I completed whether in Paris or on-line were both interesting and challenging. the assignments, mainly of on-line courses, were designed in such a way that forced me to read the whole accompanying material, providing me with a wealth of knowledge. I consider ISM as a leading institution in part-time, in-class, and virtual PHD learning. I expect that during the coming decade, top and well known universities will follow the ISM model.

Maria Marcos - PhD Student from Mexico
After years of taking care of my family, I wanted to go back to school to earn my PhD and begin teaching. I wanted to be at an International School, to learn both locally and internationally. I looked into many options, however, ISM was different. Matthew Werner, ISM Executive Director, took an interest in me, as person, and not as just another student. After my interview with the School Chancellor, and the submission of my application materials, I was accepted and honored with Women Back to Education Scholarship. I´m so excited studying for my PhD, and so glad to be a student at ISM. I have never before had assignments so challenging as my first Evaluation Case, and those for my Dynamic Strategic Management course. I am learning a great deal from the coursework, and about the way first class schools, like ISM, work and provide education. I´m improving as a woman, a professor, and as a person of influence.
Mirta Michilli - PhD Candidate from Italy
I have a great deal of appreciation for the experience studying in the ISM PhD program provides me. The professors and students coming from all over the world are an invaluable resource to my professional and personal growth. I am particularly impressed by the New York summer session at St. John's University, where I had the opportunity to study at an American university in the heart of the financial district.
Barbara Strother - PhD Candidate from the US
Between my teaching schedule with both daytime and evening classes, my family, and the frequent travel I do leading study abroad programs, I needed a PhD program with maximum flexibility. Living in Los Angeles, of course I had plenty of schools I could choose from. But it was a much better use of my time to fly to classes every couple months and finish the coursework from home than to spend time on the L.A. freeways driving to classes several days per week. ISM fit my schedule perfectly. I chose ISM for its flexibility, but I was unexpectedly delighted by how the diversity of the participants enhanced the learning experience. What better way to study cross-cultural negotiation than through classroom simulations that include students from every corner of the globe? It makes perfect sense for an International Business program to be designed in a way that allows people from all over the world to come together in the classroom, and for those classrooms to be located in a variety of nations. Though a PhD program is an investment, I believe the ISM program is worth every penny.
Andrew Lengyel- PhD Candidate from the United Kingdom

I have tremendously enjoyed my academic experience at ISM and can truly recommend it to all those hard working business minded individuals who have the drive for success and achievements.

The ISM allowed me to conduct research at Governmental level namely in the fields of OPCW and CSDP that might not be available in other academic institutions and for these, I am truly grateful.

During my seminars both in Paris and at St. John's University in New York, I have met many likeminded individuals from whom I have gained extremely useful ideas and information. This coped with the ISM instructors' approachability and attention to specific details made a whole lot of a difference to my personal, business and academic development. I have no doubt that the ISM Institution helps students to progress, and at the same time, it gives them a solid ground to pioneer in their future endeavors.

Tamara Wolske - PhD Candidate From US

The first thing that impressed me about ISM was the prompt and professional responses from the staff and administration. I work in academia as a program director and yet it was a daunting prospect for me personally to think about the process for making application, interviewing and starting courses in a PhD program. I had explored a number of options over several years before choosing ISM. I was given the option to contact some of the current ISM students and having the opportunity to hear their opinions about the program provided the assurance that I was on the right track.

My priorities are quality and flexibility from a program and the added option to interact with classmates from around the world was very appealing. ISM offers all of those aspects in top fashion. The experiences I have had while attending seminars held in New York, Paris, and Tokyo have changed my life in extraordinary ways. The professors and students come from diverse backgrounds providing a rich mix of cultures and perspectives to enhance the curriculum. I truly appreciate the time and effort that everyone invests in their interactions to make the seminars worthwhile.

It is crucial to find a program that meets one's personal and professional goals and ISM has been the perfect fit for my needs. ISM is an excellent option for advanced education in international business.

Paul Loh PhD Canadidate From China

"As the Chief Executive Officer of my business, it is not possible for me to abandon my work and do a full-time PhD course. ISM offered me a perfect match in terms of flexibility. In addition to flexibility, the quality aspect of the course is remarkable. The contents covered were very helpful for my application in the business world. The professors knows the topic both in terms of the theory as well as the practice. In some difficult subjects, they demonstrated sufficient level of empathy and guided me through the challenges. When I was doing my subject on Case Study Development and Application, Professor Len Rogers spent a lot of time helping me through with some very important concepts, which I had taken for granted in the past.

At a personal level, the ISM course had significantly raised my level of confidence in approaching any matters at work or in life. One good example is the subject on Teaching and the Brain. It helped me understand how the brain anatomy works, how it can help me in my work, my personal life, and in future if I do teach others.

I am really happy to share with others that this is a wonderful course I had experienced."