The EMBA Consortium for Global Business Innovation is interested un enlarging its membership to other non-competing or complementary geographic areas. Should you or your school be interested in exploring this possibility, we urge you to contact our Executive Director or any of the current Members in order to obtain more information. Below we discuss how we work and what our current governance procedures are.
How we Work
Each member school establishes its own program structure and tuition for its entire EMBA program. Participation in the International Week module should be included in the overall fee of the program, and not set as an additional charge, as we wish to encourage participation by as many students as possible and not create obstacles by charging additional fees. Each program is responsible to collect tuition from its own students, whether they participate or not in the International Week.
Travel expenses are not part of the course tuition and students are responsible for covering their own international travel expenses to and from the module of their choice during this International Week. Students must be in possession of a valid passport and visa (if required), both of which must be obtained at their own cost. The partner schools may issue an official invitation to any incoming students as may be required by visa/consular authorities.
The host school is primarily responsible for the academic content for the module. This should include:
- A senior “Faculty Director” who is responsible for the design and organization of the module, including corporate visits and other program activities, and who is to be present throughout the module in both classroom sessions and company visits. He/she is also responsible for tying together the themes of the module and providing daily reviews as appropriate.
- A “Module Manager” or key administrative person who will be present at all times to handle logistics and other arrangements and to respond to student requests and related issues.
- All faculty, lecturers, guest speakers and other individuals involved in delivering the content of the module.
The host school is also responsible for the following services for all visiting students:
- Lunches, morning and afternoon breaks for the 6 days of programming, that is, Monday through Saturday, inclusive.
- Welcome Reception on first Saturday or Sunday.
- Two dinners: Opening and Closing events for the program.
- All classroom materials (cases, readings, etc.).
- All transportation to and from hotel to the school and to all program venues.
- Classroom spaces and rooms for special events, receptions and dinners.
- Various other items such as binders, Polo shirts, gifts, etc.
In addition, the host school negotiates an agreement with a local hotel that is conveniently located to its premises, at the right comfort level (at least 4 stars or equivalent), and at the best price possible for single and double rooms, including breakfast. The sending school and/or the traveling students would be responsible for covering the hotel costs directly based on these negotiated rates. The students can choose to share a room and split the double room costs, or pay the single room rate.
Students are responsible (in addition to the hotel costs discussed above) for:
- Air fare to and from their home city to the host city.
- Transportation from and to local airports at both ends of the trip (if possible and convenient, the host school may facilitate the use of vans for this purpose).
- All meals not included in the program.
- All incidental and personal expenses.
Being a collaborative and voluntary consortium, its governance structure reflects this philosophy. To this effect, the members have established a “Council” constituted by one official representative from each member school. This Council is empowered to take decisions regarding all major issues of the program, such as:
1. Establish dates for future international weeks beyond those already approved for 2016 and 2017 with 18 months anticipation.
2. Approve and implement any changes to the bidding system by which students will express their priorities and assignments are made.
3. Approve of the general specialization (themes, industries, geographic focus, etc.) of each of the modules offered during the international week.
4. Decide when and how to add additional members to the Consortium and the selection of such members. Establish a limit on membership if appropriate.
5. Agree on modifications to any rules for transfer payments and other administrative rules applying to the Consortium.
The Council meets once a year with all members represented, within two months of the previous International Week. The meetings are normally rotated among the member schools. Other meetings will be held as necessary and can be organized virtually by teleconference or videoconference.
Decisions are taken by a majority vote of the Council member. The Council members elect a Chair from among their group who serves for a period of two years, renewable for up to two additional periods.
The Executive Director for the Consortium reports to the Council and is empowered to supervise the organization and implementation of its programs. This person is also responsible to the Council for the adherence of the member schools to the rules and for the promotion of the Consortium to other universities or schools. An annual financial assessment is made to all member schools to cover the costs associated with the office of the Executive Director.
Members who agree to join the Consortium remain for at least one full 2-year cycle. Any member may choose to leave the Consortium by simply giving notice by January 15th of a given year. However, the member providing such notice must fulfill its obligations for that year, but not beyond.
Bologna Business School
COPPEAD Graduate School of Business at UFRJ
Chapman Graduate School of Business at FIU
Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
MIRBIS Moscow International Higher Business School
School of Economics and Business Administration, Chongqing University
School of Management, Sabanci University
The Lucas Graduate School of Business at San Jose State University
University of Stellenbosch Business School