MBA Overseas Module in Africa

During their second year IESE MBA students can choose to take one or two week modules at diverse locations around the world. They can choose our New York City Campus, the Sao Paulo ISE Campus, the Shanghai CEIBS Campus as well as the Nairobi Strathmore Business School.

During these Overseas Modules our students can take up to four half-credit courses, including company visits and networking events that give a direct insight into business practices in each of these important locations. IESE is continuing to expand this innovative concept in response to extremely positive reviews from our students.

  • September: Overseas Modules in New York City and in Sao Paulo
  • January: Overseas Modules in Shanghai and Nairobi.

Week 1

> Doing Business in Africa

This course will introduce students to the reality of doing business in Africa. The African continent has always been considered the bandwagon of economic development and hence, it has been overlooked in the agenda of most western companies and businessmen. However, a more accurate view shows that the continent has potential – still small but growing nevertheless – to develop new ideas and successful business models. A business potential that will put the continent on a sustainable path of economic growth, and that hopefully will make countries more independent of financial aid and donations. The main objective of the course “Doing Business in Africa” is to help students experience in-situ this potential, and expose them to the opportunities and challenges that Africa presents to business leaders. The course should also help students set the context and develop crucial ideas for the development of the infield project.

> Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in Africa

This course will explore social innovation and social entrepreneurship issues, offering a debate about commonly discussed problems associated with social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Africa: How is it possible to combine social and financial value? What are the key winning factors of social entrepreneurs and social innovations? What is a successful social enterprise? How is it possible to build a sustainable value chain in an emerging country?The course will be based on the discussion of case studies and articles from prominent managerial and scientific journals, and on lectures by social entrepreneurs, managers and policy makers specializing in the African continent.

Week 2

> New Realities Immersion

This module includes hands-on projects; students will have the opportunity to work in small teams together with local business leaders on a project, helping to solve problems that Kenyan companies are facing, and make a difference. Students can apply what they have learned in class to a real business situation and experience how to work with conflicting data and uncertainty, deal with complex politics, face different markets, infrastructures, and distribution problems.