The Saturday MBA progam includes a one week international experience at the end of the program. To prepare for the trip, student teams spend class time leading up to the trip researching specific industries, cultural characteristics, and political events relevant to international business in the region. During the trip students engage in lively case discussions on topics ranging from the financial crisis to entrepreneurial activities.
Madrid, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal
In May 2014, the students in the Saturday MBA program visited Madrid, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal, where they had the opportunity to learn about the countries' culture and better understand local business practices. Site visits at local companies and organizations with different foci in sustainability and a special lecture by a faculty from IESE complemented classroom projects.
One such businesses was Factum Arte, a philanthropic-entrepreneurial organization whose goal is to develop technology that allows for restoring and preserving historical sites and artwork. On the day of the visit, students toured the facilities and learned about different projects that the team of engineers, artists, and architects is currently involved in: scanning and printing of old ruins and artifact in Italy and Egypt.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The international experience in Buenos Aires featured presentations from Chris Becker from the United States Embassy and Jude Webber, the regional writer from the Financial Times. Students toured operations at Volkswagen Argentina, Algabo, and Greenpeace South America. Each of the company visits included lively discussion with corporate managers, including Carlo Besco, the Director of Logistics at Volkswagen, and Nicolas Bollati, Logistics manager heir apparent at Algabo.
Casablanca and Marrakech, Morocco
Brian Jackson, a student in the program, said that the international experience was eye-opening. “Being a part of a foreign culture for even just a week provides so many different experiences that cannot be taught in a classroom,” he said. “Visiting a manufacturing facility in Morocco that is owned by a French company showed us that outsourcing is global and gave us an alternative perspective to the outsourcing that Americans are used to."
Students in the Saturday MBA program at Nexans Wire, a major airline cable manufacturer, in Morocco
SMBA students visiting the Cartier Saada plant in Marrakech