Business Education 2.0 replaces conventional classroom learning at S P Jain Global
Life at business school is often associated with an overdose of classroom lectures, exams, assignments, deadlines, and case studies. However, are business leaders built on the foundation of theories and concepts? Do practical skills have a role to play in business learning?
The S P Jain School of Global Management (S P Jain) believes that technical skills alone are inadequate when it comes to business studies. To succeed in the workplace, one needs to supplement technical learning with global exposure and business-oriented soft skills. A holistic blend of technical learning with experiential learning – this is business education 2.0, a revolutionary concept pioneered by S P Jain. While business education 1.0 focused mainly on imparting theoretical and conceptual knowledge, business education 2.0 is far more holistic – equipping students with technical, practical and global social skills.
Today, business students need skills that help them communicate effectively, make sound decisions, and operate successfully in a global context. At S P Jain, we achieve this through three key elements: global intelligence, personal effectiveness and decision-making.
Global intelligence through tri-city learning
“3 cities – one degree” sums up the learning experience at S P Jain. As part of the program requirements at S P Jain, students travel to three cities – Dubai, Singapore and Sydney – each a regional capital and a great backdrop for business education.
S P Jain’s global immersion initiatives ensure that students are provided with ample opportunities to immerse themselves in the local flavors of each of these cities. In Sydney, for instance, our students are taken on tours of several historical sites, including the Parliament and Sydney Opera House. A similar cultural immersion awaits them in both Dubai and Singapore.
One may wonder what a business school student derives from these out-of-classroom expeditions. S P Jain believes that for business managers to fulfill the rich potential they have, they need to see the world from a wider perspective. People with international exposure are more likely to recognize cultural subtleties – one can only understand this by actually immersing oneself in another culture. In each of these cities, students also engage in projects with local companies to gain a first-hand exposure to local business practices and cultures. Through these projects and by interacting with corporate mentors, students learn to adapt to a multinational state-of-mind and make decisions that take advantage of global choices.
Bringing the boardroom into the classroom through decision-making labs
Leaders today are rewarded for the quality of decisions they make. In fact, businesses revolve around decision-making.
At S P Jain, we understand that decision-making goes beyond intuition. Unique courses that impart decision-making techniques, and applying these to solving live corporate issues, transform the decision- making abilities of students. At S P Jain, hi-tech decision making laboratories replace traditional classrooms. Almost every subject has a computer-aided simulation that presents a myriad of business issues for the students to solve. Decision-making skills, the lifeblood of any business manager, are put to test here.
Making an impact through personal effectiveness
At S P Jain, we understand that business today is all about impact and influence. In fact, employers in virtually every field seek two key skills in their employees: leadership and communication. S P Jain’s uniquely crafted Passport 2 Excellence (P2E) program emphasizes these two aspects. In addition to leadership and communication skills, P2E assists students who wish to change careers, by familiarizing them with their new primary industry of interest. This “soft knowledge” helps students have successful job interviews and adapt better to a new work environment.
Students usually select an MBA program based on brand perception. However, S P Jain believes that the “product” or the actual offering needs to be examined more closely by potential students. Studying in a leading school in Hyderabad, Bangalore, or Ahmedabad would certainly impart the technical skills, but what about global social skills? Does their curriculum emphasize decision-making and personal effectiveness?
In a short span of 6 years, S P Jain has made it to the FT top 100 Global MBA programs in the world (2011 and 2012). We are the youngest school to occupy a position in the coveted rankings! Our new and innovative pedagogy and Business Education 2.0 have certainly contributed to our success this far.