3. Professional Development

AlumniFollowing on logically from the business fundamentals, the Professional Development section turns to the unique world of multilateral institutions, both governmental and nongovernmental. This is the section in which students acquire the conceptual tools and how-to skills that will enable them to meet the management, communication and organizational challenges specific to the international environment.



Modules in this section include:

1. Self-Leadership
Help students reflect on their career paths and vantage of their MBA. This will allow students to:
• focus on their development in order to better manage the learning curve all throughout their studies;
• gain a better understanding of their skills and positively project themselves into their future profession, and more globally, into their career;
• build a clear action plan on how to get the most out of their MBA.
There is no examination at the end of the module.

Jean-Yves Mercier, Director, Proman Consulting, Geneva

2. Change Management
The course is designed to give the participants a sound grasp of complex organizational change management and organizational design. The challenges managers are facing today in view of continuous change require them to be familiar with the basic concepts as well as the pitfalls of organizational change. As current or future managers, participants need to be able to disseminate best practices and effective strategies to plan and implement change management projects successfully. Furthermore, they are responsible for strategic resources such as knowledge in order to create and maintain a learning organization. The idea of the course is that participants will discover theories and practice by analyzing and teaching the main insights themselves. This will happen through intense case discussions that typically start with a brief theoretical introduction of Prof. Probst, followed by a case presentation of the participants that links theoretical and practical insights, a subsequent in-class discussion, and a more intensive debate in smaller focus groups.

Prof. Gilbert Probst, University of Geneva, Managing Director, World Economic Forum

3. Creative Problem Solving
This course is based on innovative creativity techniques and ideation tools for teams and individuals; it will enable the participants to:
• recognize the everyday barriers to individual and group creativity and problem solving,
• reflect on their own problem solving style and patterns
• learn about proven principles that enhance the problem solving ability personally and in teams
• improve and accelerate problem solving through novel tools, techniques and approaches
• lead idea, solution and option generation sessions in meetings

Prof. Dr. Martin Eppler, University of St Gallen

4. Master thesis seminar
This course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the critical steps and potential methodologies used during the research process. The will learn how to design research questions, work with academic literature, and how to effectively design a small scale empirical research project.

Prof. Dr. Tina Ambos, University of Geneva