One of the key elements of attending an MBA program is to acquire new knowledge to bridge the gap for new responsibilities in your career, and to strengthen your network by build new relationships with classmates, faculty and alums.
It is easy to build and develop these relationships when we attend a full-time program like the International MBA On-Campus, but when we need to maintain family and workloads together while preparing for the next step in our growth we sometimes decide to take an MBA either part-time, or even the thru the new successful On-line/blended formats.
To bridge this gap of time and distance, IE has created the ieCommunities to allow this interaction, networking and building of knowledge thru a social network.
IE’s social network, promotes relations between the business school’s students and alumni classified according to the sector in which they work, their functional area of interest, or the world region where they operate. The network provides a platform where IE students and alumni in more than 100 countries, IE professors and invited executives build on their contacts, share expertise on management issues and do business all over the world. Corporate leaders like Randstad and SAGE Large Enterprise Division sponsor the project debate forums on Executive Development and Information Technologies, respectively.
There are specific communities for different areas of management, including management control, corporate social responsibility, diversity management, economic environment, finance, human resources, marketing, legal issues, operations, strategic management and technology. In terms of industrial sectors, digital convergence, tourism and real estate have their own platforms for discussing specific issues that affect their activities. Moreover, members of the ieCommunities can take part in discussions related specifically to Africa/Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Central Europe-Eastern Europe, Europe, Latin America and North America, in order to build relations with executives working in the same environment and learn about doing business in each region. Spain has the highest number of users, followed by the USA, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy and Mexico.
Therefore, there is no way to miss the constant contact with our community of knowledge and business with the intelligent use of these tools. Our network of knowledge and contacts is something that we can keep and develop over our entire professional life.
In summary, the MBA program goes beyond the traditional limits of time and place, and our community of support is allways there.