Harvard Business School recently published an article with the title, The Fastest Path to the CEO Job, which clearly outlined that only those get to the CEO position fastest who make bold career moves over the course of their career and don’t accelerate to the top by acquiring the perfect pedigree from Top B-schools. They found that three types of career catapults were most common among the fastest CEOs. Ninety-seven percent of them undertook at least one of these catapult experiences and close to 50% had at least two. Surprisingly, only 24% had MBAs from elite B-schools. This solidifies the argument that risk takers, bold movers and executives who take initiatives are on the fastest path to a CEO job.
Universal Business School developed by the 60 Global CEOs have created a CEO factory from its Global MBA Degree cohort. The idea was developed to give the highest quality globally accredited MBA Degree delivered over two continents, Asia and Europe, thoughtfully curated by three B-schools, Cardiff School of Management with 150 years of pedigree, IIM-Indore, one of the leading IIMs, and Universal Business School where students have the option to select four Major specialisations (Finance, Marketing, HR and Logistics & Supply chain).
FIVE DIMENSIONAL TRANSFORMATION
1. Innovation 2. Entrepreneurship 3. Ethics 4. Environment 5. Wisdom Through Self-Excellence
Students undergo a five level transformation towards becoming Ethical & Environment conscious leaders, with an innovative mind set, and entrepreneurial flair delivered in a unique experiential and immersive learning model. The students have to procure a consulting project where they provide a solution to a company and get paid for the same, thereby delving in real industry problem. To bring this to light, students have live projects and undergo design thinking learning whilst implementing, the Business Pressure Cooker elective in solving live industrial problems. Students undergo a 50-hour non-stop Case blazer activity with time and outcome pressure mirroring the industry and ensuring an unmatched work ethic. They go through an intensive four day Capsim simulation where, as business leaders they need to make critical business decisions in real time across the enterprise. UBS has curated innovative modules like Innathon, Tri-business championships and the Sandwich game. The Global Thomas Reuters trading room, allows students to trade global stocks commodities, bonds and currencies across 75 live exchanges and 5 continents in real time. We call this the butterfly effect to understand causal relationships from macro to micro events and how they impact the markets. Each student develops a detailed entrepreneurial project which has been used by our scholars to launch their own businesses.
GLOBAL QUALITY STANDARDS OF EDUCATION WITH 150 YEARS PEDIGREE
Boasting some of the oldest education institutions in the world, from Eton to Oxford, to Cambridge, the UK remains a key destination for students looking for the best global education on offer. The British system has a significant impact on the education systems across the world, adding exponential value to a student’s future.
SEVEN EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING MODULES
To become a CEO, it is essential to have hands 100% Experiential Learning modules:
Consulting Aptitude Project (CAP) : Students have to solve a real life business problem for an enterprise and complete a consulting project with a company which has to be paid for by the company. This ensures that the students are delivering value and learn through this experience of acting like Business Consultants.
Self-Assessment, Validation & Intervention (SAVI) : Each student completes their SWOC (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Challenges) and gets it validated by the Corporate Relations Team and Mentors. A course of action is designed specifically tailored for each student in getting them from ‘Where they are today’ to ‘Where they want to be at the end of the program’. This is then monitored by the Mentor every week with progress documented on the Student Progress Card.
Design Thinking : Students undergo a Design Thinking workshop where they solve live Industry problems using multi-faceted and multi-dimensional thinking using design principles and visual arts to solve problems.
Research Paper Publication (RPP) : Each student has to write a research paper which is published in a reputed journal. This enhances the students research skills and develops their portfolio and overall brand.
Leadership Development Potential (LDP) : Each student takes up leadership positions in a club and executes the projects, developing leadership and organisational skills.
Management of Self (MOS) : This is a yearlong development of the student in building their Brand, grooming & business etiquette, developing the Elevator pitch and continuous practice in facing group discussions and interviews.
Societal Management Aptitude & Responsibility Temperament (SMART) : Each student does a CSR project with an NGO and understands grass root problems and finds solutions to these challenges, sensitizing them towards the social environment. These projects are focussed on the 17 UN Sustainable goals.
PROGRAM CURRICULUM & STRUCTURE
At Universal Business School, we follow the Experiential Learning Waterfall which optimises the learning process towards 80% practical learning. Each course is embedded with live decision making, leading and executing live revenue generating businesses, simulations and experiments, case blazer (50 hours non-stop dynamic case study competitions), global immersion programs at Cardiff as well as its partners in Europe, live projects in companies, student boardrooms, Industry CEO workshops, student mentoring by Industry, research projects, economic review sessions, Thinkathons, Quizzes, Conferences and Symposiums, Shadow techniques and global and Indian Internships.
These methods ensure student’s ability to grasp complex concepts, put them in practice, develop learning agility and ensure the business fundamentals are engrained in them.
Develop confidence to face any challenges through coachability and reflection
Become adaptable and agile whilst working in teams
Become adept in data anaytics and interpretation
Develop cross-cultural awareness which allows them to negotiate globally.
Develop quantitative ability and explore new approaches to critical thinking and independent analysis.
Facilitate quick decision making and conflict resolution
Ask the right questions and develop excellent oral communication & presentation skills
Come up with innovative solutions to business problems
Artifical Intelligence & Machine Learning
Lean Six Sigma
Retail Management & eCommerce
ENTREPRENEUR - Santuity
By taking up the MBA program I took up a challenge to learn about the changing business practices in the world. With the advancement of technology and the tough competition it is very important to stay on top of different business practices.I got the opportunity to be taught by some of the best professors and they have shared their experiences with me which have helped me look at the bigger picture. It is a privilege to be part of the Cardiff MBA program conducted by Universal Business School in Mumbai.
FOUNDER DIRECTOR - Chinkara Motors
With my global exposure and 35+ years of experience, I was pleased with the additional value that I derived from the Executive MBA. I was able to use the knowledge and competencies acquired during my MBA to impact and grow my business in real-time. I have become more effective and able to understand the complex nuances of business and run my business more professionally. The UBS faculty has exceptional industry backgrounds and the learning experience was fun.
I enjoyed attending all classroom sessions.