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Updated MBA Launched at HSE Graduate School of Business

Updated MBA Launched at HSE Graduate School of Business

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Amidst a turbulent market and tectonic shifts in the environment, senior executives of Russian companies are showing a greater need for business education. This spring, the HSE Graduate School of Business has launched updated Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration programmes. The programme organisers report a large number of incoming applications, and currently there are 50 students enrolled in the MBA programme.

The spring cohort of MBA students includes senior executives of leading Russian companies such as Sber, Yandex, Interfax, VTB, Alfa Group, Alrosa, FESCO, as well as owners of businesses. On average, the enrolled executives have nine years of managerial experience. The DBA programme has also attracted a varied group of Russian market leaders, such as X5 Group, MTS, Rosseti, and others.

The primary benefit of HSE's updated MBA and DBA programmes is their incorporation of the unique expertise of some of the most prominent players in the domestic economy. Despite the limitations imposed by the global pandemic, Russian businesses have managed to thrive and are now adeptly adjusting to the intricate challenges presented by the external environment.

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The content of the revised programmes encapsulates the latest trends in management and in the Russian economy, including novel business models, digital transformation and digital development, navigating organisational change amidst a tumultuous external environment, employing management tools based on Big Data and business analytics, fostering adaptable managerial competencies, emotional intelligence, and leadership amidst uncertainty.

A system of integrated interdisciplinary modules has been designed. Delivered in the form of workshops, they enable students to practice specific skills using real-life case studies of Russian businesses collected by the Case Study Centre at the HSE Graduate School of Business. Between 2020 and 2023, over 50 training cases were created by leading faculty members of the Graduate School of Business in collaboration with industry practitioners. The intellectual component of the training modules incorporates insights from HSE University's expert analysis and research.

The course places significant emphasis on promoting horizontal connections between participating business representatives with the goal of fostering potential collaborations and joint projects.  All the above components will enable students to develop competencies and skills, as well as acquire effective management tools that can be immediately applied while they are still studying.

Dmitrii Volkov
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As Dmitrii Volkov, First Deputy Director of the HSE Graduate School of Business, put it, 'We train managers who can think in a systemic manner on a large scale and are equipped to adapt quickly and effectively to major changes in both the economy and life'.

The MBA and DBA programmes are taught in a modular format, with classes held on weekdays and weekends at HSE's state-of-the-art Shabolovka campus. The campus infrastructure supports the use of modern offline and digital learning tools. See the programme website for details.

To meet the increasing demand from the Russian business community, the next intake for the MBA and DBA programmes is scheduled for September 2023.

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