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Redefining Executive Education

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Once I completed my MBA in 2010, I decided to do a PhD. I had two main personal motives to make that decision:

Second, I wanted to have more work-life balance during my late career through teaching and consulting.

I have always liked the dynamic corporate life, competition, challenge and success. However, stress levels in today’s enterprises are extremely high, and strongly correlated with how senior you become. Budgets are limited, competition is fierce and uncertainty is high. Being passionate about what I do, I enjoyed meeting and overcoming these challenges. I enjoyed the rewarding feeling after a killer campaign, a new product launch or a successful presentation. I enjoyed working long hours and giving my job the biggest chunk of my time. However, I began to notice that this might not be the way I wanted my life to be forever, especially when I wasn’t running my own business or making $500,000 a year. It was just not worth it to continue like this for the next 25 years till I reach my retirement age.

I started thinking about what a career that I like doing would be, with lower stress levels all while maintaining the same or even

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It is common when academics do Master and Doctorate degrees to advance their careers in teaching or research. Also, many practitioners do MBAs to improve their business and management knowledge. However, it is pretty rare when a seasoned practitioner with a full-time job and many years in the industry decides to do a Doctorate degree. As an entrepreneur, a manager or a CEO looking for further career success, do you really need a Doctorate under your belt?

The answer is no. PhDs or DBAs are not essential for success in the business world. Most if not all of the world’s greatest CEOs, ruthless sales executives and transformational entrepreneurs do not have Doctorate degrees. However, a PhD or a DBA can be essential for “you” as it was for me. Unlike MBAs, a Doctorate degree is not a “one size fits all” sort of thing. If you are a practitioner considering to pursue a Doctorate degree, you must have your own motives that make it right for you. Think about your own personality, your way of doing business and your lifestyle.

When I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering back in 1998, I never thought or intended to open a

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The very essential question one asks when considering going back to school is 'Which business school is best for me to join?' The higher education market, much like any other market, offers wide range of academic products suited for every need, niche and appetite. It is through meticulous research and dissection of the pros and cons that a future scholar arrives to the exciting point of enrolling into a school. What is it about ISM that continuously attracts, convinces and charms hundreds of professionals from around the globe year after year? What describes ISM's unique selling proposition (USP) so to say?

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All new ISM candidates will complete an Outcomes Assessment assignment prior to starting with the main course work towards their desired degree. All related information about credits earned, assessment deadlines, and grading can be found on ISM's website, as well as in the enrollment package. Additionally, the academic advising session gives a good opportunity to go over the finer details and questions or concerns with the Academic Director.

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I enrolled in my Ph.D. program at the International School of Management in 2014 and I am already experiencing the fruitful results of it. The application process was smooth and clear that I did not have any kind of problems during the process. All of the staff, including the members of the admissions committee, was helpful during the admissions phase.

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