The “Chateau” Building at HEC Paris. Photo by DXR.

Congratulations are in order to our friends and colleagues in Paris.

This is because the HEC executive MBA (EMBA) program is ranked number one by Financial Times in the publication’s annual survey of business education. This ranking of MBA programs is now in its 19th year.  The FT ranking criteria are explained here.

In the same rankings, the TRIUM Global Executive MBA, in which HEC has partnered with NYU Stern and LSE, comes in third in the same report.

Executive Development Group partners are proud to have played a role in achieving this level of excellence in business education. Drs. Kelly-Radford, Shullman and White have taught the HEC EMBA leadership “bookend” curriculum over the past 10 years.

The EMBA has grown in demand for worldwide business education. It’s unique from a traditional MBA. The candidates are more experienced and the curriculum has more emphasis on leadership and very significant capstone projects.

The HEC press office reports, “EMBA alumni have consistently achieved significant career and financial progression, with an average salary increase of 89% three years after graduation. The program was also ranked #1 on the Career Progress ranking.”

Value of the EMBA

Writing in CLO Magazine in 2016, Dr. White described it this way:

“Today’s executive MBA students are more exposed to leadership development than before. Traditional MBA courses are still the nucleus of the degree, but leadership development — often presented at the beginning of the program and again at the end of the experience — has fundamentally changed the academic outcome. It has become the red thread that runs through the curriculum.

That means learning organizations can look to EMBA programs as effective leadership development opportunities. The EMBA’s more specialized focus that functions as a laboratory to develop an understanding of leadership and to test and view the learners’ effect on organizations in real time.”

From the same article, our colleague, Dr. Roger Hallowell, affiliated professor of strategy and business policy at HEC Paris, added:

“The person that we’re seeing within the EMBA world is a much different person from MBA world. They’re more intrinsically motivated than extrinsically motivated, which has a profound impact on how they approach the topic of leadership. The ability to look inward to see how their behaviors affect other people — what one colleague of mine calls the ‘leader’s emotional wake’ — is significantly greater for an older person than a younger person.”

If you or someone in your firm is considering taking their business education to the next level and think they might be candidate for an EMBA program, let us know.