The paths that lead to the INCAE Executive MBA

November 09 2019
INCAE Executive Education

In times of high competition and constant change, leaders with a desire to grow are obliged to strengthen themselves in specific areas and, at the same time, expand to nearby disciplines to become comprehensive and up-to-date professionals.

Our days impose the need for concentration and dedication at work, but at the same time the convenience of drawing on other sources to apply new knowledge and skills in the workplace, using it as a laboratory in real time.

On top of everything it is required to have a global vision of business. Either because we work with lines outside the country, because they come to compete with us in the local space or because the world can offer me solutions to my challenges.

These are the considerations that candidates for the Executive MBA from INCAE Business School, the number 1 program in Latin America in its modality, according to the Financial Times ranking. 

These factors are added to the strategic alliances with the business school ESADE in Spain, Babson College in Boston and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in China. It was part of what three of the EMBA students considered: the Honduran Emerson Villeda, the Spanish Diego Clavero and the Costa Rican José Luis Araya.

Diego Clavero, a Spaniard who manages Euromobilia sales in Costa Rica, says he was looking for an option that would accommodate his work and family needs. In fact, it was the parents of your son's classmates who told him about the EMBA and about the 3 + 1 modality, the format of studying intensively for one week a month and dedicating the remaining weeks to work and personal life.

“I wanted to take a leap because my company was growing. I had knowledge of the industry, but they lacked more managerial skills and a more global vision ”, remembers Diego. The recommendations, the comparisons and the approach to INCAE ended up convincing him that this was the best option. 

For José Luis, innovation consultant for SMEs, the recommendation of like-minded people was also decisive, but it was also important to see INCAE Business School as 11th business school in the continent in the Financial Times ranking. In addition, the alliances with other centers of the highest level in the world, added this industrial and computer engineer.

“The environment changes a lot and generations are well trained. That is why I wanted to look for a top-level program, although of course you would ask yourself later questions: 'Will they admit me?', Will I measure up? ' They are things that are also thought ”, Araya confesses, although he points out that personal references are also essential.

The results have been as expected and beyond. He says that he has a chat where his colleagues tell how they put into practice the learning in their respective companies. “Tangible results are seen and experiences of others are shared who have already experienced the situations that one is facing at the moment. There is a very valuable network of networking that invites you to continue learning ”.

Similar is the experience of Villeda, manager of agricultural services for Dole in his country, in charge of the pineapple production business. He felt a pressure of his own to update and prepare for future projects, but without the possibility of even thinking about leaving his job to study, says Emerson, a current student at the 2020 class of the EMBA.

Villeda highlights that desire for learning, beyond the desire to obtain an academic degree. In addition, he highlights the parallel teachings, such as the possibility of delegating functions in the company and empowering the rest of the team, due to the times in which he must attend classes on the INCAE campus.

It is intense and demanding, Clavero acknowledges, but in the end he cannot stop remembering the phrase that a teacher pointed out to them: they are endeavors that are enjoyed and become very gratifying both professionally and personally.

All three have been part of the wealth they bring Executive MBA students, a valuable complement to the quality of the teacher network, they acknowledge. Students of 37 years on average, with some senior participants, come from 15 nationalities and contribute knowledge from disciplines such as engineering, administration, communication, law, social sciences, architecture and economics.

The average of them is eight years of experience, with a 35% female presence and a greater origin from the corporate world, followed by family businesses, entrepreneurship projects and the public sector.


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