Redefining Executive Education

International experience is critical for today’s executive. ISM offers candidates the opportunity to fulfill their degree requirements through a combination of seminars in one or several of our locations, and e-learning. Seminars in locations other than Paris are packaged as two-week intensive programs. This flexibility allows DBA students to gain true insight into the countries’ business policies and culture. 

The New York program focuses on American and international business practices (5 credits). The programs in Asia, Brazil, and Africa concentrate on the booming economies of China, India, Latin America, and South America, and how to break into these markets (5 credits each).

Please note: ISM's international programs are included in the tuition fees; however, students are responsible for any expenses associated with travel, room and board, and personal expenses.

Paris Sample Seminars:

Advanced Corporate Strategy

This seminar analyzes the development of long-term and agreed upon objectives, the full understanding of the competitive environment and the objective and appraisal of corporate and human resources. Through effective implementation of these variables, a successful and effective corporate strategy can be achieved. Strategy is the linchpin between the business firm and the ever-changing industry environment where customers, suppliers, and competitors are functioning.

Change Management

This seminar focuses on the complementary roles and responsibilities of leadership and management in creating, leveraging, and managing change in today's dynamic, complex, and competitive global business environment. The seminar attempts to bridge organizational change theory with practical applications by combining lecture material, cases, exercises, and the participants’ real-world experiences with organizational change.

Corporate Entrepreneurial Strategies

In this interactive course, participants explore the many factors leading to durable corporate success through the strategic application of entrepreneurial principles. New and different forces are shaping the global competitive landscape: 1) Hyper-rapid technological development is radically changing the way that we all live, work, purchase, collect information, communicate, and even think; 2) the World Wide Web did not exist 30 years ago; now it dominates the strategic mindset of every company; 3) Entrepreneurship has emerged as a world priority as more and more companies are searching for opportunistic exploitation of global markets.

International Capital Markets I & II

This seminar provides participants with both knowledge of working with capital markets, and practical experience in dealing with the complexities of international capital markets. Participants establish a virtual ‘Exchange’ and actively trade a virtual portfolio of capital market instruments throughout the course in the context of the theoretical framework. Participants will learn how to earn profits in the markets over time whether it is in stocks, commodities or currencies.

International Taxation

This seminar examines the basic principles surrounding international taxation. International tax rules are often the most technically difficult provisions of a country’s tax system. Managers and business owners working in the international arena must not only understand the international tax rules of their own country, but must also have an understanding of the tax laws of the other countries involved in a transaction and any tax treaties between countries.

Managing Strategic Risks

Modern corporations are being reviewed much more carefully by regulators, investment analysts, shareholders, and potential investors. Managers must unambiguously understand the corporate mission and strategies, know how to identify and measure the portfolio of risks, and use a logical enterprise risk management framework to create an efficient portfolio of solutions. This course examines these strategic issues and empowers the students to develop an effective Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) approach to managing strategic risks.

Multicultural Management

In this seminar, participants will explore the interplay of international business practices and differing national cultures. In particular, participants will learn to apply concepts from the disciplines of cultural anthropology and sociology to specific problems and situations encountered in international business.

Valuation & Acquisition

This seminar covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of corporation finance with special emphasis on enterprise valuation and acquisitions. The primary evaluation techniques used will be Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) analysis and market multiples, both widely used by finance practitioners. In addition, we will examine sensitivity/scenario and real option analysis. We will also address the advantages and disadvantages of these valuation methods.

New Delhi Seminars

Doing Business in India

This seminar will aid international students in developing an understanding of the competitive business environment through topics such as the Indian industrial landscape, understanding the nuances of Indian business culture, and Indian legal and regulatory framework for business. It will also equip the participants with knowledge and skills to make a successful entry in the Indian market.

Indian Economy

This seminar will help students understand the fundamentals of the Indian economy with respect to its growth over the past 15 years, and will provide insight into the reform process through which India has emerged as an open, liberalized economy from a highly controlled one. The topics discussed will include sectored growth rates with a concentration in the tertiary sector, demographic advantages in India, monetary and fiscal policies, and the challenges ahead in the wake of the Eurozone crisis.

Indian Financial Markets

With the advent of economic reforms and globalization, the Indian financial market has evolved from equity to structured debts and from joint ventures to mergers and acquisitions. The objective of this seminar is to familiarize the participants with the evolution of the Indian financial markets and the challenges associated with it, and will focus on the structure of the Indian capital market, banking system, regulatory environment, financial instruments and risk management.

Marketing in India

This seminar will equip students with skills and abilities to understand and analyze prevailing key marketing issues and practices in India which will help them develop innovative and effective marketing strategies tailor-made to Indian conditions. The topics will include India-change snapshot, passage to India’s market entry strategies, and key success factors inside the Indian consumer’s mind.

New York Seminars

Business Simulations

This seminar discusses the financial and strategic dimensions of the major types of business models. The origins and varieties of these different types of models will be explored, including innovative business models in the retail sector such as Zara and Ikea, open source software business models, Internet-based social networking models, and traditional manufacturing companies using an “asset-light” business model.

Executive Finance

Students will apply the tools of financial analysis from the standpoint of all levels of management responsibility, starting from the CEO and C-level executives who may be primarily concerned about shareholder value, down to the frontline workers who may be most concerned with very specific financial metrics such as inventory levels.

Executive Leadership

This seminar will examine leadership theories, traits, and styles. The workshop will focus on the practical application of these considerations in the workplace, especially related to: 1. leading individuals and teams; 2. consistent, clear communication throughout the business organization; 3. building trust and commitment; 4. understanding and building constructive relationships; 5. identifying and developing potential; and 6. adopting different leadership styles according to context.

Topics in International Management

This seminar will help students understand the challenge and opportunities of management in a global business environment. Students will learn the key considerations in adopting an international strategy. They will understand the impact of diversity in the global workforce and develop a deeper appreciation of the need for consistency and cultural sensitivity in international business. They will develop a framework for managing the global workforce of multinational companies.

Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Issues in International Business

This seminar examines the legal and regulatory environments of operations in different parts of the world. It covers outlaw trade and global outlaws with a focus on money laundering, bribery, and actual physical conflicts. Participants discuss legal and regulatory systems, contrasting modern laws and regulations with more traditional cultural norms. Making up more than 40 percent of the world population, the courses hones in on legal and regulatory issues in Russia, China, and India.

Management Decision Making

This seminar examines the nature of decision making in a complex and changing business climate. Discussions cover the components of effective decisions and the processes that lead to correct decisions. Participants evaluate tools and techniques to support decision making and problem solving. Case studies are used to illustrate best practices in decision making.

Strategic Human Resources Management (SHRM)

Students will learn how to make SHRM a strategic resource to help the organization meet its short and long range objectives. We establish the links between the strategic human resource management needs of organizations and the highly competitive and volatile business environment.

Venture Capital

This seminar examines venture capital from the perspective of the investor and to a lesser extent, provides a preliminary “how-to” guide in venture capital investing. We will explore the financial, business, and legal aspects of the deals, and will analyze the relationship between risk and return in venture capital and historical performance of venture capital investments.

São Paulo Seminars

Doing Business in Brazil

This seminar will allow international business students to develop an understanding of the competitive business environment by studying Brazilian business culture and its industrial landscape, as well as Brazil’s legal and regulatory framework for business. The seminar will also equip the participants with knowledge and skills to make a successful entry in the Brazilian market.

Brazilian Economy and Trends

This seminar allows students to gain an understanding of the Brazilian economy, its strengths, its weaknesses, and the current trends relevant to international companies that intend to do business in Brazil.

Leadership, Organizations, and Networks in Traditional Societies

This seminar will consider how different leaders, organizations, and social networks behave in different types of societies. Of particular interest will be societies undergoing transformation from one dominant type to another.

Strategic Challenges, and Organizational Decline in Brazilian Companies

This seminar will focus on specific company cases and the context of decline of some Brazilian companies with a view to understanding how to transform decline into growth. Cases of sustained competitive growth will be compared to cases of failure.

Shanghai Seminars

Chinese Economy

The objective of this seminar is for students to understand the dramatic development of the Chinese economy in the past 30 years. We will examine a wide range of hypotheses that attempt to explain the growth as well as their empirical support. The focus will be on the development of economic institutions that foster economic growth. The course will help students to develop their critical view of "the China model" or "China experience" of economic growth.

Doing Business in China

In recent decades the rapid economic development of China has created numerous business opportunities and engaging in the Chinese market has become a must for international companies. While every company may have its own strategy to enter the Chinese market, the success, or the level of success, depends on many external factors. In today’s international environment, it is crucial to have an understanding of China’s business environment where economic transactions happen, and to be able to make sense of various business phenomena in China.

Marketing in China

This seminar will introduce students to non-traditional and innovative approaches to developing marketing strategies in China. It will help develop students' marketing and management skills for doing business in China. Topics will include the evolution of the Chinese market, market entry strategies and key success factors, characteristics and behavior patterns of Chinese consumers and brand building in China.

RMB Exchange Rate and Asset Bubbles

This seminar is composed of two seemingly separate parts: RMB exchange rate reform and asset bubbles in China. However, an implied linkage of the two is the monetary policy. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to provide students with a general view of China’s foreign exchange market and security market reform, and, on the other hand, to disclose the internal disequilibrium of the economic development.

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