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Executive MBA Programme

The SKOLKOVO Executive MBA is an international business education for senior executives and business owners

Advantages of the programme:

1 Unique class profile

SKOLKOVO EMBA students are the people who will define the future: the intellectual elite and the most promising representatives of senior management and the business community from Russia and the CIS.

  • 45 are leaders from different areas of business in the class
  • 40% run their own businesses
  • 60% are CEOs and directors
  • On average they have nine years of management experience
  • They work in 30 key industries of the economy
2 Stellar faculty

They are top professors from international business schools: CEIBS, INSEAD, IMD, Cambridge University, IESE, MIT, HKUST, Stanford University.

  • The professors have been selected in line with the individual attributes and requirements of the class
  • They are all academic practitioners boasting vast consulting experience in different industries.
  • They are the authors of courses that have been developed specifically for the programme
3 Opportunities of the SKOLKOVO community

During your studies at SKOLKOVO you will join a unique business community, establish valuable business contacts and friendships, grow personally and develop projects in a stimulating environment surrounded by talented individuals.

  • SKOLKOVO students and alumni
  • Your project mentors are Russia’s leading senior executives
  • The programme experts deliver presentations as part of each module
  • Programme professors/the faculty
  • The Founding partners of SKOLKOVO
4 Practical focus of the programme

In addition to traditional lectures, our professors use innovative teaching methods that facilitate your assimilation of information and development of skills

  • Home assignments are individualised, and address the current business challenges facing your company
  • Interactive lectures
  • Group work on foreign and Russian case studies
  • Business simulations
  • Project work in China and the USA
5 More than just an education
The SKOLKOVO EMBA is not only a world-class business education, but also an experience that will change your entire life, a powerful personal development tool and an opportunity to push you to new limits

Students about programme

  • Students about programme (04:13)
Alexey Voronin
EMBA 2 (2011–2012)

...For me personally the SKOLKOVO Executive MBA programme means, first and foremost a team - a team of like-minded individuals. When I was admitted to the business school, I imagine for a long time who my fellow students might be. I was extremely surprised to come and find here a team of like-minded people. It is not only enjoyable to spend time studying with them and become friends, but also to launch new projects and do business with them. As well as acquiring new knowledge and skills, I personally consider the most significant aspect of the studies the fact that I launched a whole range of new business projects, including some with my fellow students...
Evgeny Shevtsov
Promyshlennye Tekhnologii Management Company, Sales Director

– Please list your key achievements from the programme at present.

I am a marketing expert by education, vocation and profession. First and foremost, the school enabled me to systematise my thoughts. Previously we would do many things intuitively: we would assess the market and try to formalise external information. However, in the absence of an integrated system these were mere isolated fragments. After I completed the marketing assignment, the system finally took shape. Previously I had not even realised the extent to which my “knowledge cell” was fragmentary. And in this context I would state that the school as a whole and the Executive МВА programme in particular enables you to think more broadly. Here I understood once more that you should study constantly and never stand still.

– How has the programme changed you and your life?

My career has advanced. I changed company during the tuition – and this represented progress both in my career and also in terms of personal development. That is not to say that the school was the reason. However, communications with interesting and intelligent people enabled me to look at life from a different angle. And it turned out to be far broader and richer than I had thought.

– And why is it worth studying at SKOLKOVO?

There is one rule – taken from the world of boxing. To be successful, you have to train with the strongest. In this sense, we were lucky. The business school is very good at selecting people for groups. It goes without saying that everybody here has their own psychological makeup, but they are all on the same level, they are all self-sufficient and have their own opinions. And when you join such a group, you want to grow. Personal growth is a given.

Andrei Volkov told me about the programme. I became interested, turned up for a presentation and was very impressed. The presentation was delivered by Valeria Pavliukovskaya. She was followed by Ruben Vardanyan, whose energy is simply infectious. Another key moment was that I saw the profile of the EMBA-7 group: very interesting people and very interesting companies.

The module timetable was another reason: you spend only two working days here - the other two days are the weekend. This is ideal for business. Every academic day is full to bursting: we start at 9am and end, for example, at 7pm, but then listen to the invited speakers. We also have a very comfortable campus: the auditorium is located in the same building as the hotel. As far as I know, other schools do not offer this. Sometime I even leverage the opportunity to take a 15-20 minute nap during the breaks – and rapidly recover.

– And what assignments were most beneficial?

All the modules were extremely useful. The wonderful professor Keith Goodall gave us management modules: Taylor, Mayo, Lawrence, and Lorsch. Even though this was theoretical material, it proved to be useful for practical use. Meanwhile Jack Wood showed us that businesses need different people. We conducted a survey and found that ninety per cent of the class were prior to SKOLKOVO “Red Army commanders”, who thought that only two opinions existed: “my one and the wrong one.” And we would recruit similar people for our teams. In general, this was related to the Russian management style: we have here a rigid, authoritarian approach. On the other hand, our country needs a certain amount of rigidity in management. Now I am abandoning the old style, while trying to maintain control. We are recruiting different people, and have already tested this principle in our company. I would also like to add that the module on financial analysis is very useful to non-financiers. Complex mathematical things were explained to us in a comprehensible way. It goes without saying that we have great teachers.

– Does this help you communicate with the financial director differently?

Our finance director was surprised, in just four days I had learned the ropes and understood the main gist. The material, which was hard to study on your own, was structured so that we would be able to master and apply it in practice.

Rustam Zhursunov
Samruk Kazyna National Welfare Fund, Finance Director

– What are your personal key achievements from the programme?

– I am frequently asked what an Executive МВА means. Everybody knows what an MBA is, so why Executive? I explain it like this: Take for example, a soldier. He can serve for a long time and reach the grade of colonel. However, he will not become a general until he has graduated from the academy. One of my favourite heroes, Winston Churchill, was due to read a lecture at the private school Harrow, where he had also studied. Churchill was already over 80, and it was the intention of the organisers that this lecture should mark a fitting end to his career. A huge crowd gathered. And he turned up and pronounced the shortest speech of his life: “Never give in – never, never, never, never.” The same principle holds true here. At SKOLKOVO I can escape my daily routine and observe it from the outside. When I come back, I undergo a micro-reassessment, which enables me to make further progress.

All of us here are successful people, who have either developed or created a business. We knew a great deal, but this knowledge had not been systematised, it had been pigeonholed. If you don’t understand, you will never acquire knowledge. Here all this knowledge formed part of the system. Now you can run any business model through this system and look at it calmly with detachment. My decisions have become more structured. I personally came here as a CEO, and will leave as a freer individual. Now I can start a new business or work for a company. I now manage companies as a board member and chairman of the board. And with every passing week I have opportunities at more and more companies. This is personal growth.

Yes, you reach a new level - you represent the shareholders at a business and set objectives for companies. Sometimes you have to “run roughshod” through carefully prepared strategies. I sometimes even feel sorry for people, but this is the challenge. In general, to all intents and purposes, I have achieved a professional breakthrough. When we were admitted to the programme, we were already flying at say 15,000 metres. Now we are approaching the stratosphere.

– Do you apply in practice any mechanisms or tools that you obtained at SKOLKOVO?

– I often use Porter’s diagram and on occasion the decision tree. I always draw diagrams during work to help people gain a better understanding.

– What might you say to anyone thinking of applying to SKOLKOVO?

– As I have already said, for me SKOLKOVO means a break from the daily grind and serious pressure. For four days you find yourself in a different dimension. Here you will meet a number of good entrepreneurs focused on income generation. I myself do interesting, perhaps even great things. I would not go so far as to say that I am already a good entrepreneur. However, at the very least I have started to perceive situations from a different angle. My one regret is that I did not have good ideas from the outset that I could have run through all 18 modules. Logically, I should have ended up with a real diamond.

I came here as the salaried employee of a well-established business, where they already use best practices, shall we say. However, I did the assignments on my own, without fail – I either drew on my own past experience or modelled the situation. This actually helps a great deal.

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