MAS International Organizations MBA (IO-MBA) 2018

Our mission is to educate and empower a new generation of change-makers who will play influential roles in the international community responding to social and economic challenges.

Objectives

  • Master advanced management skills and practices commonly used in intergovernmental, public and non-profit organizations
  • Analyze fundamental concepts of change management in complex organizational settings
  • Explore risk analysis and decision-making mechanisms specific to international institutions and cope with international challenges
  • Gain project management skills within the international development context and set up innovative solutions
  • Strengthen leadership and team management skills and learn to apply intercultural negotiation techniques
  • Develop a professional network to share knowledge and expertise all around the world

Audience

IO-MBA is designed for professionals who work for – or aspire to work for – IOs, NGOs, NPOs or Social Enterprise in managerial positions.
Our alumni network counts over 250 leaders in diverse sectors from all over the world.

Programme

24 modules divided into 3 pillars :   

  • The global context: The political, economic and legal environment within multilateral organizations, 9 modules including:

    • Leadership and Management in NPOs
    • Practice of International Relations
    • Cross Sector Partnerships
  • Management tools in the international environment: To meet the management, communication and organizational challenges, 9 modules including:

    • Performance and Resource Management in NPOs
    • Communication, Fundraising and Advocacy
    • Designing Development Projects
  • Professional development: Leadership skills, tools and know-how to succeed in a competitive international environment, 6 modules including:

    • Team-Leadership
    • Effective Communication
    • Managing across cultures

Complete list of modules with outline

Master Thesis:

  • Full-time participants: based on a 3-month internship within an IO or an NGO
  • Part-time participants: within the current place of work

Director(s)

Prof. Tina AMBOS and Prof. Thomas STRAUB, Geneva school of Economics and Management (GSEM), University of Geneva

Coordinator(s)

Rose ACHEAMPONG, University of Geneva

Partnership

Double degree programs with prestigious universities such as Georgetown University, Washington D.C. • MGIMO (Moscow Institute of International Relations) • Pittsburgh University • National University of Singapore • Yonsei University, South Korea • Various collaborations with international and non-governmental organizations

Accreditation

The IO-MBA is fully accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Duration

September 2018 - June 2019
90 ECTS credits
576 Teaching hours
Full-time: 1 year (Part-time: 2-3 years)

Language

English

Format

On-site

Information

Rose ACHEAMPONG
+41 (0)22 379 89 71
iomba(at)unige.ch

Location

University of Geneva

Registration

Continuous
Modules can be followed individually
Full-time: 3 admission rounds: 15 November, 1 March and 15 May / Part-time: open enrollment

Fees

CHF 39'500.-

Info session 14 June 2018 - Which skills are needed to manage tomorrow's challenges ? Tina Ambos, Academic Director, IO-MBA team and alumni (FB Live)
Located in the heart of Geneva, in proximity to the United Nations and other prestigious international institutions, the IO-MBA offers a multidisciplinary curriculum taught by an international faculty from leading universities around the world and practitioners from IOs and NGOs. The program connects the organizations’ context with contemporary management tools and techniques. We provide access to the United Nations and many other organizations in Geneva and expose students to the latest theoretical and applied knowledge combined with state-of-the-art teaching methodologies. Through a vibrant and active IO-MBA Alumni Association, students have access to our graduates of over 300 alumni working in diverse sectors in international development, including business, government, NGOs and social enterprise.

Date(s)

13 September 2018
14 September 2018
15 September 2018

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Dr. Bruce Jenks, Columbia University

Description

The course provides a conceptual framework and an empirical basis for examining governance and management practices in the UN system. The course focuses both on the specific characteristics of intergovernmental decision making and on the practical aspects of management. The method of work will focus on group work and case studies.

Date(s)

24 September 2018
25 September 2018
26 September 2018

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Lucette Quarteron, GSEM, Visiting Lecturer

Description

Nowadays, projects are achieved mainly through teamwork rather than individually. Successes are the result of combined elements, including communication and leadership skills. Many difficulties arise while working in a team, while at the same time trying to communicate, motivate, reach common goals and manage different personalities and talents. This course will give you the tools necessary to effectively lead a team and to overcome the main challenges of teamwork.

Date(s)

27 September 2018
28 September 2018
29 September 2018

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Prof. Sebastian Schoene (Written) & Prof. John Zimmer (Verbal)

Description

Written communication: Participants will be introduced to the methodology used by leading management consultancies in management communication with the key message being on top built on a logically sound storyline. It can be used for presentations but also emails, conference calls or phone conversations. Verbal Communication: The mere thought of it can set hearts pounding! And yet, being able to communicate one’s ideas in public is an important and sought-after skill. Communicating effectively is not only a matter of having good ideas but also having the ability to engage people. Business managers, senior executives and entrepreneurs are called on regularly to make presentations to colleagues, clients and the general public. The goal of this course is to familiarize the students with key public speaking and presentation skills through lectures, discussions and individual work at home. Students will also have an opportunity to give a short presentation and receive personalized feedback.

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Jean-Yves Mercier, University of Geneva

Fee

2000 CHF

Description

This module is on one hand designed to help students to think about their career and how to make the most of their MBA. In other words, it will enable the students to take stock of their personal development so as to better manage their learning curve during after their study program. They will gain a better understanding of their own drivers and plan their future career in a positive way. On the other hand, this module will help you to better influence your environment. Managing others in the complex environment we are in requires first to manage oneself as well as to make a personal brand from our personal assets. The students will collect several insights on how they specifically behave and will learn in what they are useful for others. This will

Planning

On-line sessions starting in September 2018

Date(s)

4 October 2018
5 October 2018
6 October 2018

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Dr. Sebastian Buckup, World Economic Forum and Dr. Stephan Mergenthaler, World Economic Forum

Description

The growing intensity, and velocity of global interactions requires new approaches to studying the practice of international relations. This course combines theory and case study practice to make sense of an increasingly complex global actor and issue landscape. The course is based on highly interactive and participatory group learning and puts an emphasis on presentation and discussion skills.

Date(s)

18 October 2018
19 October 2018
20 October 2018

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Prof. Philipp Krüger, Responsible Finance & Junior Chair, Swiss Finance Institute University of Geneva, GSEM, University of Geneva

Description

In this three-day course, we will study the increasingly important issues of sustainability and the environment in the context of finance and investments. On the first day, we will start by reviewing basic finance concepts. For example, we will learn about financial securities, asset classes, the financial system, financial institutions, and about the important role that financial institutions and markets play in intermediating between providers and demanders of capital. The second and third day will be dedicated more specifically to sustainable finance. We will start by reviewing the concept of sustainable development and study how it is operationalized in finance and investments. In particular, we will examine key Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues and how such issues are typically defined and quantified. On the third day, we will focus more specifically on environmental issues. As such, we will start by reviewing climate related issues in the context of finance. For instance, we will learn about initiatives aimed at increasing transparency with respect to climate risks in financial markets.

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Achim Schmitt, Professor of Strategic Management, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Description

The course is designed to give the participants a sound grasp of complex organizational change management and organizational design. The challenges managers are facing today in view of continuous change require them to be familiar with the basic concepts as well as the pitfalls of organizational change. As current or future managers, participants need to be able to disseminate best practices and effective strategies to plan and implement change management projects successfully. Furthermore, they are responsible for strategic resources such as knowledge in order to create and maintain a learning organization. The idea of the course is that participants will discover theories and practice by analyzing and teaching the main insights themselves. This will happen through intense case discussions that typically start with a brief theoretical introduction of Prof. Probst, followed by a case presentation of the participants that links theoretical and practical insights, a subsequent in-class discussion, and a more intensive debate in smaller focus groups.

Planning

On-line sessions starting in October 2018

Date(s)

1 November 2018
2 November 2018
3 November 2018

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Dr. Bruce Jenks, Columbia University

Description

The course provides a conceptual framework for understanding the concept of leadership in the UN System. It analyses the practice of leadership by successive Secretaries General and explores the experience with different leadership models. The course examines current and past efforts at reform in the UN.

Date(s)

8 November 2018
9 November 2018
13 December 2018
14 December 2018

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Fragnière, Geneva Business School (HEG) & Jean-Bertrand Helip, eBay

Description

The aim of this course is to give students a basic understanding of the principles of risk management and their application. By the end of this module, students should have a broad understanding of the risk management function in an organization, be able to define its risk and to develop a risk policy.

Date(s)

22 November 2018
23 November 2018
24 November 2018

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Susanna Swann, HR Director, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Description

This course module complements academic work on non-profit organizations (NPOs). It aims at providing students with a practical understanding of how international NPOs are set up, governed, led and managed based on some defining factors such as their mission, guiding principles, history and stakeholders, as well as the environment they are operating in. It will walk students through some of the key features of leadership and management of NPOs, both in terms of management frameworks and of leadership and management practices.

Date(s)

3 December 2018
4 December 2018
5 December 2018

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Dr. Valérie Federico-Weinzierl, Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance and University of Geneva

Description

Cross-sector partnerships are increasingly becoming mainstream in areas where societal actors detect own boundaries, sense efficiency gains through collaboration, or recognize opportunities behind interdependencies. This course explains the global evolution of partnerships and the manifold types that emerged, it zooms-in on the management of partnerships, and provides guidelines as to when partnerships can and should be utilized. At the heart of the course, study-groups together with the actual partnership managers critically study, analyze, and compare a suite of globally successful partnerships.

Date(s)

6 December 2018
7 December 2018
8 December 2018

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Robert Weibel, The Centre for European Negotiation and Decision-making (CENAD)

Description

Increasing interdependence within and between societies inevitably leads to conflicts of interest. A dominant way to overcome these obstacles is the new disciplines of conflict resolution and negotiation. After setting the stage with theories of conflict and cooperation, this course covers structural and dynamic issues of negotiation processes. It combines analytical and practical techniques with discussion of real-world examples from business and political conflicts at international level.

Date(s)

7 January 2019
8 January 2019
10 January 2019
11 January 2019

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Dr. Taylor Brown & Karen Iles, the Palladium Group

Description

This course provides an overview of the international development landscape and how different approaches to delivering development assistance have evolved through time while combining theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on training. Using detailed case studies of existing and hypothetical projects, the course explores essential tools for planning and implementing development projects.

Date(s)

31 January 2019
1 February 2019
14 February 2019
15 February 2019
21 February 2019
22 February 2019

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Antonio Vegezzi, Capital Italia Fund and Università della Svizzera Italiana

Description

The course is designed to expose students to the theory and practice of selecting and analyzing financial and managerial accounting information for decision-making, planning, directing and controlling purposes. It focuses on the understanding and questioning of accounting numbers and of underlying assumptions behind those numbers, and on the need to integrate accounting reports with nonfinancial performance measures and effective tools of analysis.

Planning

Classes take place from 9:00 to 13:00

Exam: 2 March (9:00-13:00)

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Prof. Dr. Tina Ambos, University of Geneva

Description

Organizations – for-profit or non-for-profit ones – need to develop strategies how to act in the global environment. This course aims at developing strategic thinking in a global context. We introduce you to the domain of global strategy, gain understanding of the processes of strategy analysis and formulation, and then apply them in a global setting.

The course blends input sessions with tools and frameworks as well as interactive discussions and assignments. We will work on a case study in real-time and interact with the organization’s management

Learnt concepts are applied in a simulation scenario about strategic decisions taking for several markets.

Planning

On-line sessions starting in January 2019

Date(s)

4 March 2019
5 March 2019
6 March 2019

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Prof. Judith Schrempf-Stirling, GSEM, University of Geneva

Description

After an introduction to the roles and drivers of society’s different stakeholders, the business case for engaging in society is discussed. The course’s core focus lies on the different ways in which companies can and do engage socially, and how they can benefit society and the environment. The course then provides insights and practical learning on engagement measurement, company ratings and non-financial reporting, the manifold forms of collaboration between the UN system and business, as well as on the business of climate change.

Date(s)

7 March 2019
8 March 2019
9 March 2019

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Prof. Gunter K. Stahl, University of Vienna

Description

To gain a sound grasp of the challenges inherent in managing across cultures. We begin by analyzing the importance and relevance of culture in management practice and then go on to explore methods for understanding culture, and develop a framework for cultural analysis (national, corporate, functional, etc.). We examine the impact of culture on strategy, structure, and human resource management, and we evaluate different approaches to managing cultural differences and examine the role of managers and organizations in a global economy.

Date(s)

14 March 2019
15 March 2019
16 March 2019
18 March 2019
19 March 2019
20 March 2019

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Dr. Drazen Petrovic, International Labour Office (ILO)

Description

This course focuses on the effects that international law has on the creation and functioning of international intergovernmental organizations. It deals with how IOs operate in this system of law, as well as with their influence on the legal aspect of international relations. The emerging role of NGOs and their impact on intergovernmental organizations is also considered.

Planning

Classes take place from 9:00 to 13:00

Exam: 23 March (9:00-13:00)

Date(s)

8 April 2019
9 April 2019
10 April 2019

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Prof. Mathieu Couttenier, University of Geneva

Description

The aim of this course is to provide participants with a general framework to understand Globalization. This course explores the changes and consequences of Globalization on economy, society and politics, for both developed and developing countries and also the impact of government policies at the national and international levels when firms compete in global markets. What do we know about the effects of globalization on economic growth, income inequality, and poverty? What’s the impact of industrial, investment, competition and trade policies on firm’s productivity and growth? How does it affect workers? When is government intervention necessary? When is the government intervention the most efficient? Is there a need for policy coordination at the international level through International Governmental Organizations for instance? How can Non-Governmental Organizations and civil society react?

Date(s)

11 April 2019
12 April 2019
13 April 2019

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Prof. Marc Laperrouzza, EPFL, University of Lausanne

Description

To gain an understanding of the strategic and management challenges that firms are confronted with in the new global competition marked by the increasing participation of emerging economies and particularly the BRIC’s (Brazil, Russia, India, China). Emerging markets offer opportunities because of their growth and the rapid expansion of a middle class. At the same time, new competitors native from those countries are expanding their presence, not only in their home markets, but also in the international arena. In this course, we will try to characterize the specific features of those emerging countries and players, pinpointing their similarities and differences. We will then deal with strategic and managerial issues that are generic with particular applicability in one specific country.

Date(s)

2 May 2019
3 May 2019
4 May 2019

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Mr Gregor Henneka, UNICEF & Prof. Dr. Jurgen Seitz, Stuttgart Media University

Description

What are the basics of communication processes? How to conceptualize, plan, execute and monitor a communication strategy? How to develop and establish appropriate strategic fundraising solutions? What can advocacy achieve? And how are all of these connected to each other?

Date(s)

9 May 2019
10 May 2019
13 June 2019
14 June 2019

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Achim von Heynitz, International Consultant at IFAD, AfDB, ILO, OPCW

Description

This ‘practitioner course’ takes the students in six thematic sessions through the resource management functions in Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs). The course examines the constituent elements and boundaries of NPOs, their embedded incentive systems, and challenges to manage NPOs for results. It also provides the students the tools and analytical framework for an assessment of a NPO of their choice. 

Date(s)

3 June 2019
4 June 2019
5 June 2019

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Katherine Milligan, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship (WEF) Director

Description

Social entrepreneurship refers to the practice of combining innovation, opportunity and resourcefulness to address some of our most challenging social, economic and environmental problems. While social entrepreneurship is generally focused on the creation and growth of new ventures, social innovation is a broader concept that applies these same principles wherever our career paths take us, in the public, commercial, academic or citizen sector. This course will examine the evolution of the practice of entrepreneurship that focuses on transforming systems and practices that affect communities and ecosystems and the growing number of entities that are supporting its disruptive potential.

Date(s)

6 June 2019
7 June 2019
8 June 2019

Location

Uni-Mail, Geneva

Speakers

Prof. Dr. Feix Thorsten, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences

Description

The Course on “Global Innovation Management” focuses on global best practice processes of innovation strategies. The term “innovation” covers a broad range of initiatives, like the classical product innovations, process innovations, service innovations, system and platform innovations, social innovations as well as the actual hype about business model innovations driven by new technologies and the digitization of economies and societies. All these initiatives will be integrated within a structural framework with the objective to analyze the targets, methodologies, chances and limitations of each of those innovation approaches and initiatives in detail.

Admission criteria

  • Bachelor degree
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience
  • International exposure
  • GMAT or GRE – 500 points

Number of participants

Max. 25 participants

Collaborations

The IO-MBA offers students to take the program as part of a double degree with prestigious international universities. Generally speaking, double degree students from the below institutions come to the IO-MBA in their second year of study: Georgetown University – McCourt School of Public Policy Yonsei University - The Graduate School of International Studies University of Pittsburgh – Graduate School of Public and International Affairs MGIMO - Moscow State Institute of International Relations National University of Singapore - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Sponsors

The IO-MBA program and the University of Geneva have introduced a scholarship program with the objective to encourage and facilitate the participation of candidates coming from abroad to Geneva, candidates coming from low and middle income countries as well as candidates working in a Nonprofit Organization.

Remarks

IO-MBA CAREER SERVICES

The IO-MBA Career Services aim to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to successfully manoeuvre in the international job market. To do so, the IO-MBA program has put in place a Career Services Program that works at 4 different levels throughout the year:

  1. Self-Leadership Level : Leadership skills
  2. Technical Skills Level : Job search tools and techniques
  3. Coaching and Mentoring : Personal coaching expert and alumni mentoring
  4. Networking & Job Opportunities Level : Access to job and internship opportunities as well as to our extend network

 

Self-Leadership

What’s your next consistent step after having completed your MBA?
How to impact your environment, focusing on your self-knowledge and self-confidence?

  1. This module is on one hand designed to help students to think about their career and how to make the most of their MBA. In other words, it will enable the students to take stock of their personal development so as to better manage their learning curve during after their study program. They will gain a better understanding of their own drivers and plan their future career in a positive way.
  2. On the other hand, this module will help you to better influence your environment. Managing others in the complex environment we are in requires first to manage oneself as well as to make a personal brand from our personal assets. The students will collect several insights on how they specifically behave and will learn in what they are useful for others. This will lead them to clarify their professional identity and to focalize on the strengths which make a difference.

Workshops on Career Opportunities in Geneva

Receive guidance by experienced professionals on internship opportunities during your MBA and career paths in the international development andcooperation sector.
 

Workshops on Job Search Tools and Techniques

Several sessions are organized throughout the year for students on:

  • Application material: Exploring LinkedIn, relevant CV, and motivation letters
  • Search Strategy and Networking: Clarifying different search strategies to look for a job
  • Interviewing skills: Focusing on technical and formal aspects of job interviews
  • Personal Coaching: Individual meetings with a personal coach
     

IO-MBA Career Forums

As part of the IO-MBA Career Services, the Career Forum features highly experienced professionals who share their knowledge and experience on careers in their respective fields.
 

Alumni Mentoring Network

The IO-MBA Alumni Network’s 300+ members are fast building a presence in international organizations as well as the private sector. Alumni are available as mentors for participants to introduce the new IO-MBA students into the organizations and companies where IO-MBA graduates work. The Alumni Network often circulates vacancies ahead of the formal recruitment process, and helps with introductions. The Alumni Network also sponsers a scholarship for an internship.

Access to Job and Internship Opportunities

Get access to the extend offer of jobs and internships opportunities we receive from our partner organizations and the IO-MBA community.

Exemplary list:

  • Bruce Jenks, University of Columbia
  • Katherine Milligan, Head and Director, Schwab Foundation, WEF
  • Julian Fleet, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)
  • Susanna Swann, HR Director at EPFL

I came to IO-MBA with five years of experience working in trade for development programs in Canada and abroad. IO-MBA has been one of the best decisions and most enriching experiences of my life. IO-MBA has come at a pivotal moment in my career, allowing me to grow as a professional and to fullfil a lifelong dream of working for the United Nations. I am now working on trade and labour issues at the International Labour Organization, to support global initiatives that improve working conditions in developing countries. (Katherine McGregor, 2016-2017 student)

« With four years’ experience in a senior management position, I chose IOMBA for its reputation, renowned faculty, and unique program that was recommended by a college friend and IOMBA alumni. IOMBA has allowed me to understand global issues and bridge the gap in international organization management. There is no other MBA in the world that provides the same proximity of experience and knowledge to international organizations that IOMBA provides. (Jennette Leung, 2015-2016 student)

I chose the IO-MBA program because I was looking for an MBA program that would give me a lot of flexibility in terms of future employment. IO-MBA, with its dual focus on both private-sector business practice and international development management, was a great fit. Its strengths were (and are) the almost unparalleled access it grants students to practitioners through professors and guest speakers (as well as its location in Geneva), the quality of its professors, and the breadth and relevance of its content – very few programs, to my knowledge, give their students the range of skills that IOMBA does. I believe that my employers have benefited from my IO-MBA experience because I have a wide range of skills that enable me to work independently on numerous projects in a number of areas – training in project management allows me to monitor and direct my own work, while my background in finance enables me to set and understand budgets and analyze financial information, while the courses in development projects gives me the skills needed to evaluate development projects and proposals. (Colin Paterson, 2013-2014 student)


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