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Redefining Executive Education

ISM students and alumni represent more than 90 countries throughout the world. You can choose to view testimonials by country or by program or a combination of both. You can also browse through the testimonials further down this page.

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.

I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to study at ISM and continue my postgraduate studies. My DBA program gave me the chance to be one of those successful candidates and establish a good friendship with many students.

ISM is the best school to offer an intensive international program that helped me gained valuable field experience with the right combination of theory.

Because of the flexibility of the program, ISM students take the advantage to continue study without abandon their work. From my own experience I do encourage the candidates who are looking forward to continuing their education to study at ISM.

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.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Advanced Corporate Strategy seminar. Professor Weber was truly inspiring and he made this seminar interesting and motivating. His style of teaching brought out the best in the students, and the classroom format was an excellent mix of lectures, discussion, case studies and student presentations.

The materials covered in the course were highly relevant to the work I do and addressed many of today's complex business issues and strategy decisions executives have to make. I also found the pre-reading materials and cases most helpful in preparation for the seminar.

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.
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.
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.

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.

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.

"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."