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Curriculum for the MBA Program
3.1 Cross-Cultural Leadership Curriculum

We are living in a deeply interconnected world with a wide-variety of devices and channels supporting unprecedented exchanges of ideas and information. Managers must cope with rapid change in a volatile and complex global business environment in which seemingly distant global events affect company strategies and policies at the other end of the world. This requires analytical and cognitive capabilities of a new order as well as deep ‘action’ learning that is very distinct from the programs offered by traditional B-Schools.

To meet the challenge of inculcating this new ‘digital era management leadership’ into its students, the I-Global MBA curriculum features the following elements:
  • ‘Systems-thinking’: The ‘systems-thinking’ approach provides a model of decision-making that helps organizations effectively adapt to rapid change. The I-Global MBA curriculum incorporates global political economy and business history to enable an integrated view of business, society and technology.

  • Global Internships: Living in a global economy, employees working in international teams and multi-cultural environments need to be sensitive and respectful of cultural differences and nuances. SME shall be providing opportunities for live on-site global projects and overseas experience to its students.

  • ‘Study Abroad’ Semesters’ in leading management schools of the world: SME provides exposure to cutting edge ideas, knowledge and practices to its students via tie-ups with leading institutions such as Babson College (ranked # 1 in entrepreneurship education); Duke University; and Carnegie Mellon University (the world’s leading engineering institute). Five students of the founding batch of 2014-16 also went to the HSBC School of Business in Peking University as part of a student exchange program.

  • Top tier global faculty: In the past, professors from Harvard Business School, Babson College, MIT, Boston University, leading industry practitioners from Wall Street, former CXO’s from MNC’s and top Indian corporates have delivered sessions on diverse aspects of business. Apart from providing prized mentoring opportunities to students, these sessions dramatically widen their horizons.

  • Overseas placements : True to its mission of nurturing global leaders, SME shall work intensively in providing global placement opportunities to its students. The School is engaged with some of the leading employers globally and given the program’s global curriculum and internship construct , students will be in a position to secure exciting overseas assignments.

  • Foreign language options: As part of the I-Global MBA curriculum, students get an opportunity to learn one international language from Spanish, German or Mandarin. We expect this to be an advantage for study abroad assignments as well as global placements.
3.2. Technology and Digital Economy:
  • New Disruptive Technologies: Disruptive technologies like the Internet of Things, Cloud technology, 3D printing, Next-generation genomics and robotics will have a massive impact on the business, life, and the global economy. These technologies have the potential to drive direct economic impact on the order of $14 trillion to $33 trillion per year in 20251. Organizations need the employees with high-level expertise in the new technologies to lead them in a hyper-competitive global economy. SME ensures that its graduates will have active exposure to such cutting edge technologies and its applications across the industries including manufacturing, transportation, retailing, agriculture, health care, and retailing.

  • The Digital Strategy and Program Management: Digital megatrend is affecting firms in all the industries. Firms have to build capabilities to remain relevant in the digital environment, realize the growth potential and face competitive threats. Top management is relying more and more on tools such as data analytics for strategic decision making. Through the combination of courses, workshops and interaction with industry executives our students would be trained to deal with the digital requirements of organizations. Their capabilities would be built to blend the traditional modes of doing business with digital technologies to sustain and lead the organizations in the future.
3.3. Specialization and Advanced Specialization Overlay

SME encourages its students to choose an area of specialization based on their interest and pursue the career. The primary specializations offered in the MBA programme are Marketing, Finance, Human Resources Management and Operations Management. In addition to the chosen primary specialization, students are encouraged to build their knowledge and skills by choosing elective courses for an Advanced Specialization in the following:
  • Entrepreneurial leadership: Entrepreneurship education is in the DNA of Shiv Nadar University. Students are offered core courses on Design Thinking and Innovation, Starting and Managing New Ventures. Elective courses offered on Creating and Launching New Ventures focus on giving an entrepreneurial orientation to everyone and nurturing the entrepreneurship DNA.

  • Customer Experience Management: Understanding customers and managing and exceeding their expectations is a necessity to be a preferred brand, increase revenue, improve satisfaction, loyalty and life-time value of customers. This can be achieved by managing various customer touchpoints. SME offers several courses in the area of Customer Experience Management which will help students manage customers effectively.

  • Quantitative Finance & Trading: Students are trained in the area of Quantitative Finance and Trading through a fully equipped electronic trading lab with Bloomberg terminals and elective courses such as Business Valuation, Mergers & Acquisitions , Corporate Restructuring, Options and Derivatives and Raising Capital.

  • E-commerce and Digital Marketing: No business without a digital presence. E-commerce and digital marketing have become all pervasive. We offer courses and workshop that cater to this need.

  • Big Data, Data Visualization and Analysis: Predictive analytics and Data Mining are a significant key to competitive advantage. With elective courses on Big Data, Data Visualization, Predictive Business Analytics and Decision Theory students can build skill sets that will make them more sought after in the market.

  • Sustainability & Environmental Management: Sustainability and environmental management are going to be the cornerstones of tomorrow’s successful businesses. SME is planning to launch courses and workshops to fulfill this requirement.

3.4. Personalized Leadership Development:

The program aims to provide personalized leadership development to students via a multipronged approach. The personalized leadership development has the following components:
  • Psychometric and Behavioral Assessments: Psychometric tests are a proven method of assessing a person’s cognitive abilities and personality traits. If administered properly and timely, they can prove to be a valuable source of guidance for students. At SME, these psychometric and behavioral assessments would be done at regular intervals to gauge a student’s cognitive abilities and personality traits in order to have an objective estimation of their attitudes and aptitudes.

  • Contemplative Practices: In today’s hyper-connected and dynamic world, management professionals have to deal with a myriad factors in their daily personal and professional lives. Decision making gets affected by a lot of ‘noise’ from the external environment. Contemplative practices help an individual make thoughtful and focused decisions in a fast changing dynamic business environment.

  • Coaching and Mentoring: The SME prides itself in giving individual attention to its students. Every student will have a designated Mentor. The Mentor is responsible for a student’s overall progress while at the University.

    Additionally, students are encouraged to actively interact with different scholars and practitioners. At SME, coaching and mentoring will be provided by not only the resident faculty but also established professionals from the industry.

  • Creativity and Innovation: The I-Global MBA programme at SME will help students develop and imbibe traits that would make them more creative and innovative.

3.5. Experiential Learning

The I-Global MBA program is designed to train students for leadership roles. The students spend about 15 percent of their time for learning-by-doing through various activities. Experiential learning for us is a co-curricular, serious and rigorous activity in which students are evaluated and graded by the faculty members. Some of the important components of experiential learning are:
  • Outbound Leadership Practicum: The leadership practicum provides an appropriate outside-classroom environment (conducted at a site located in the Himalayan foothills) to cultivate and apply leadership skills. Through various experiential learning techniques, the practicum helps in suitably equipping students for senior positions in the corporate world.

  • Rural Experiential Program: Rural Experiential Program (REP) is a mandatory component of the curriculum during which students stay in villages for about 10 days. One of the objectives of REP is to sensitize the students to various facets of living in rural areas. This component provides an opportunity to experience socio-cultural, political and economic conditions prevailing in villages across the country. REP helps students to explore entrepreneurial opportunities, ways of reaching customers at the last mile and also connect producers from rural areas to various markets.

  • Skill Building Workshops: Practitioners from various organizations are invited to conduct workshops at SME on topics of entrepreneurship, business models, marketing and financial trading. We organize intensive skill building workshops on finer aspects of managerial conduct like data analysis using SPSS, time management, and business etiquettes.

  • Comprehensive Industrial Visits: At SME, we encourage our students to learn and know the industry best practices. A three to four-day long tour is organized where students visit an industrial town to understand and relate to various management principles and areas such as Finance, Operations, Marketing, and Human Resources among others. In addition, industry tours are organized to industrial hubs and clusters, service industries, and process oriented facilities.

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