EMBA: Shaping the Leaders of the Future

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ESSEC & Mannheim Executive MBA: Preparing senior executives to take on top business roles

EMBA: Shaping the Leaders of the FutureIn addition to her current position as Academic Director of the ESSEC and Mannheim Executive MBA, Junko Takagi heads the Chair of Leadership and Diversity at ESSEC Business School. She studied internationally and obtained a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University. Her research interests include multicultural identities and their impact on behaviour in organisations, global leadership focusing on leaders of global teams and gender issues focusing on women in higher management. She has published papers on gender issues, ethnicity, the medical profession and healthcare for the elderly.


What is your programme’s and school’s approach to executive education and leadership development?

The ESSEC & Mannheim Executive MBA is a dual degree programme which emphasises the development of participants’ soft skills alongside comprehensive management expertise, and their ability to lead in increasingly complex and uncertain environments. The programme emphasises the importance of sustainable management by taking an ethical, social and environmental approach to current and future challenges. By the end of the programme, participants gain a greater understanding of themselves, their values and skill sets and how they can bring these elements together to become a more effective leader. In order to achieve this, participants benefit from personal development support, which includes individual coaching sessions, career advancement workshops and networking events.

How does your programme prepare executives for business leadership in a constantly changing world?

This programme is built in partnership with Mannheim business school and is spread over 3 campuses: Paris, Germany and Singapore. This highly international learning environment is the ideal backdrop to prepare participants for the increasingly global aspects of business. We are also constantly developing our digital content, both in terms of format and the content itself. We strongly believe in developing a new style of leadership that incorporates globalisation, digital transformation and corporate social responsibility to encourage participants to think about new solutions to new problems. Our aim is always to produce relevant knowledge and prepare our senior executives to create and run companies and organisations that can have a positive impact on the world.

How would you describe the learning environment (academic, extracurricular, services) at your school?

In addition to a highly diverse classroom that includes 25 nationalities, the programme offers international residencies in Asia and the United States in cooperation with renowned partner business schools. Participants collaborate on our strategic project, in which they can specifically apply the knowledge they acquired during the programme and a social class project encouraging participants to think about how firms can do good while doing well. In addition, through our alumni services, participants can connect to more than 70,000 ESSEC and Mannheim Business school alumni worldwide.

How does your programme accommodate and respond to fast-paced technological developments in different industries?

The programme content has already been adapted to help senior executives face the current Covid situation. To respond to fast-paced technological developments in industries, the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA provides an up-to-date learning experience by including topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Digital Transformation in the curriculum to enable participants to make well-informed decisions and become high-performing leaders in the age of AI. The structure of the programme in itself offers great flexibility combining both online and offline courses.

In what ways have topics such as sustainability and climate change had an impact on the programme or university as a whole?

At a school level, ESSEC is committed to providing high-impact responses to make our world fairer, more inclusive and more sustainable through our 360° ecological and social transition plan called “Together”, launched in 2020. It aims to put the environmental and social transition at the heart of its governance and has created the position of “Associate Dean for Sustainability” in its executive committee to ensure that environmental and social challenges are considered in all strategic decisions made by the school and in the teaching content.

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