Archive for April 2013

30 April 2013

MBAT 2013:

We are excited to be hosting our Annual MBA Tournament on campus on May 9th – 11th.

The MBA Tournament, or MBAT, is an annual sporting event for MBA students, which brings together top-ranked MBA’s in the world. Organized by HEC Paris, one of the top business schools in Europe, the tournament is Europe’s largest annual gathering of MBA students participating in a sporting event. MBAT consists of three days of sporting competitions and festivities, which take place on the HEC Paris campus and select locations in the surrounding area.

More info on the official MBAT website

Meet Us:

Online Chat sessions  - Want to know more about the HEC Paris MBA and can’t meet us in person? To talk to us one-on-one in May, sign up for one of our virtual info sessions here

On Campus Visit – Test the HEC Paris MBA experience with one of our campus visits where you’ll meet present students.  - May 7th, 14th , 16th and 21st. More info here

Paris MBA FairMay 23rd – Le Monde – 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at 80 Boulevard Auguste Blanqui, 75013 Paris

Around the World: May 25th Beijing , May 26th Shanghai , May 28th Shenzhen, May 29th Hong Kong, May 31st Singapore

May 6th Johannesburg, May 8th Accra, May 10th Abuja, May 11th Lagos


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22 April 2013

“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head-that’s assault, not leadership.” – General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Our MBA students take to the field at the foremost military academy in France to put some practical leadership skills to the test.

April 8th-12th saw our Full-time and Part-time MBA students embark on our annual off campus leadership seminar, at the St Cyr military training academy in Brittany.  The idea was to see how leadership and teamwork using military training exercises could connect skills and competences between military and business success.  The results we saw and experienced came through courage, trust, commitment, motivation, decisiveness, self-knowledge, team work and responsibility of the students, tomorrow’s business leaders.

Now in its 5th year, the seminar plays a vital role in our curriculum. Led by French military leaders, the seminar is aimed to instill sound leadership abilities, and to equip our MBA class with the experience necessary to cement pre-acquired knowledge and strategic thinking.

Upon arrival at the site for the seminar, Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, students were kitted out and organized into small teams of ten, with whom they would live and work together to overcome challenges.  Teams were composed of a mixture of January 2013 and September 2012 MBA intakes; all from a multitude of nationalities, professional backgrounds, all mentored by one member of the French military.   What made the seminar more interesting was that some of the MBA students where actually coming from military professions in their respective countries. Our September 2012 intake welcomed four Full-time army officers this year, who played a vital role in the seminar, as mentors of four teams: Tugdual Barbarin, Charles-Emmanuel Daviet, Benoit Olié and Hervé Fernando. These four MBA participants, together, share around 50 years of military experience, and did an excellent job supporting their fellow classmates through atypical situations. (more…)

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17 April 2013

At HEC Paris MBA our staff members are as diverse and dedicated to the ideas of leadership, community and personal growth as the students we attract.  In our new blog feature: ‘Meet the Team’ we wanted to take you, our readers, behind the scenes to learn more about our team.

You’ve probably met them if you’re a student or an alum or you’ll probably meet them somewhere along your HEC Paris journey if you’re an applicant or a new admit.

Mathieu coordinates our Admissions team at HEC Paris MBA; ensuring applications are dealt with efficiently and effectively. Mathieu’s role centers on the Admission Juries and ensuring that all candidates receive the information and support they need during the application process.  Along with the Admissions Team, he oversees every application we receive to ensure an excellent selection of applicants with strong academic standing, personal progression and professional diversity.

Mathieu began working at HEC in March 2010 as an Admissions Officer. Prior to working here he studied Fashion Marketing in London, and graduated with a BA from The London College of Fashion.  Having experienced many other industries and after a change of heart he moved to the Education sector and joined us at HEC Paris.

Describe a typical day in your shoes

I arrive at the office, having dropped my son off at school. Next I get down to my emails; I always receive many throughout the night due to the time difference between us and many of our international applicants. Then, I’ll start responding to questions, organizing admissions meetings and dealing with funding issues.

Throughout the day the admissions team prepares all received applications for the Admissions Juries, where we discuss candidates’ profiles for selection to the MBA Program.

Twice per week my colleagues and some of the MBA students play basketball or handball, during lunch time, before getting back to work.

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10 April 2013

Students of HEC Paris MBA celebrated their 10th year organizing the Sustainable Business Conference (SBC) on March 22nd 2013; in conjunction with their fellow students from the MSc. in Sustainable Development.

The focus of this year’s conference was “From the Green Line to the Bottom Line: Creating Company Value through Sustainability”.

Prominent worldwide figures in corporate, food, environmental and business sustainability, gathered to present and debate topics relating to sustainable development, green culture and business models.

For the first time in a decade, the event was transported from its traditional home on the HEC Campus to the newly renovated Les Docks de Paris where the event was split into 3 locals.  This event showcased the level of professionalism and commitment of our students in showing dynamic leadership skills need to organize such a massive and influential event.

Speakers and panelists included Robert G. Eccles of Harvard Business School, Ioannis Ioannou of London Business School, John Elkington of SustainAbility, Bruno Bensasson of GDF Suez, Maximilien Rouer of BeCitizen,  Virginie Helias of P&G, Ariane Thomas of L’Oreal, Rodolphe Durand and Bernard Garrette of HEC Paris and Bernard Ramanantsoa, Dean of HEC Paris.

Many interesting key points were discussed during the conference – one challenging point in particular, that had the audience’s full attention, came from one of the closing keynotes given by London Business School Professor Ioannis Ioannou who stated that there is far more “green washing”; a lot of talk about sustainability, rather  than companies actually doing it in a strategic way thats not focused on creating another marketing lever to push products and services. Even though there is now new research that shows that “Sustainable organizations outperform in the long term!”

We were very pleased by the large crowd turnout  and media support and look forward to next year’s SBC to be bigger and better where perhaps more corporations will  have made some advances that don’t seem to focus on sustainability as a trend but as an important means to preserve the environment.

See you next year!

Here are some photos from the event:


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05 April 2013

Background:

Name: Charles-Emmanuel Daviet

Nationality: French

Intake: September 2012 Full-Time

In his literary work “Persian Letters”, written in 1721, the French social commentator and political thinker Montesquieu recounts experiences of two Persian noblemen travelling through France. During their trip, they comment on various aspects of an environment completely different from the one to which they are used. I enjoy a similar experience: Cavalry officer in the French Army, I have left aside temporarily my uniform to attend the HEC MBA program and will go back to the armed forces at the end.

Why this choice? I decided to apply for an MBA program firstly because I felt I lacked the skills and know-how to be effective in my future appointments. As I progress in my career, I will be offered increased managerial responsibilities in very various branches of the armed forces.  It will require skills that support my understanding of the global working of the military system, such as finance, management, communication, or marketing. I am convinced that most of the things I’m learning here at HEC are transferable to my future jobs.

I also felt that learning to know better how civilian economic leaders think and work could be of huge interest for me. Military means, although essential, are not enough on their own to meet the complex challenges to crisis management, which often implies stabilization and reconstruction in an international environment. I believe that in my future appointments I will need to work closely with various civilian partners on the ground, and the MBA program is a unique opportunity to understand the mind-set and way of working of future top-level managers from many countries.

Finally, I felt I lacked the economic culture I deem necessary in order to serve my country at best. George Washington said, “When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen”. For me it means that military leaders of a democratic country must have a deep understanding not only of evolving security threats, but also of societal, technological and economical changes. It requires from them an increasing degree of adaptability. Attending an MBA program is a way of acquiring this.

MBA Presentation

Why HEC? In France, when you think about business schools, there is one name and only one: HEC. The reputation of the school is superb. This is why I decided to apply. General de Gaulle used to say that you should always aim for the top, because it is less crowded there. It is a demanding and developing motto.

Diversity at HEC is incredible. Not only do the students reinforce the international awareness required to communicate fluently with businesses worldwide, but also HEC provides an incomparable list of useful contacts. I receive and I learn a lot from other participants and I feel indebted towards them. So sometimes I ask myself what I can bring to them.

With fellow classmates at the Sustainable Business Conference Cocktail

First, I try to share my vision of the importance of national factors in economy and of the role of the State. I have been a public servant for the last 15 years and I am a great believer in the positive role of the State. I do think that in a world of highly mobile capital, states are still vital to the social and economic well-being of their citizens, not even to mention their physical security. Obviously the way states promote wealth creation and social protection in an era of economic interdependence is changing, but it will not disappear. Moreover, national factors still have a he impact on economics. Sometimes we tend to think that economics are a science like chemistry or physics: raise taxes and achieve result X, cut budgets and achieve result Y. In doing this, we forget about national history, national culture, and perhaps national psychology: in two different countries, perception of the same economic policy can vary a great deal. By exchanging with people from so many different countries, the MBA program provides a unique opportunity to understand this.

Second, I try to share my vision of leadership. In the military, we have a specific understanding of leadership responsibility. We call it Command. It is the authority that a military leader exercises over subordinates. It includes leadership, authority, responsibility and accountability for effectively using resources to accomplish assigned missions where human lives can be at stake. Therefore command is very broad, it includes responsibility for almost everything about assigned personnel: unit readiness, health, welfare, morale, discipline, etc. The true commander is someone of character, presence and intellect. But he is nothing without good followers. In fact no one leads all the time. All of us are alternatively followers and leaders. Therefore it is often illuminating to consider the relationship between followership and leadership. Collective work during the MBA provides good opportunities to assume both roles and learn about their relationship.

Finally, I like to think that I can bring something to other participants about ethics. In combat or complex and dangerous situations, ethical choices are not always easy. Yet decisions have to be made quickly. This is why ethics are so important in the armed forces. Military leaders are expected do the right things for the right reasons all the time. Followers count on their leaders to be more than just technically and tactically proficient. They rely on them to make good decisions that are also ethical. To be an ethical leader requires more than knowing one organization’s values. Leaders must be able to apply them as well as ethical reasoning to find moral solutions to diverse problems. As emphasized by Winston Churchill, “The price of greatness is responsibility”.

After graduating, I will go back to my Regiment (1st Spahis Regiment) as chief of the operations office, in charge of planning and conducting the activities and the deployments of the entire regiment (800 soldiers). Becoming a contributor to the delicate intricacies involved in successfully planning and executing complex military operations on the ground is an exiting challenge. I look forward to it.

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03 April 2013
Here is a breakdown including deadlines of some of the events we are looking forward  to this April!

Admissions News

April 4th – we will announce the list of first batch for the january 2014 intake
April 12th – we will announce the list of scholarship recipients via email.

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Our Off-Campus Leadership Seminar at St. Cyr

is a once a year event where students participate in field actives over 2 days under the supervision of French Army officers. Starts April 8th.


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Online Chat Sessions

These virtual sessions are ideal if you can’t make it to one of the cities we’ll be visiting because of your location or simply because of your schedule.

Online Info Chat session available here with one of our Admissions reps: http://bit.ly/XDHGy2
April 8th – Latin American Candidates with Michael Scott
April 11th – North American Candidates with Melissa Terrio
April 19th – Chinese Candidates with Pierrette Doz-Perdrix

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Drop in Sessions in Paris

April 11th and 25th in Paris.
No sign- up required - More information available here.
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Campus Visits

Your visit will include a presentation and discussion by members of staff from the Career Management Center, Admissions and Recruiting departments. Following the presentation, candidates go on a walking tour of the HEC campus, led by one of our current participants.

April 10th and 23rd

Sign up Here

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Events Worldwide / MBA Tours

Our MBA Team will be coming to a city near you to talk about the HEC Paris MBA and you’ll have the opportunity to get information on your profile, GMAT and scholarship information among other topics:
Date: 6 April 2013: Abu Dhabi - Access MBA
Location: InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Bainouna Street
Time: 1.30pm – 7pm
Date: 8 April  2013 :  Dubai – Access MBA
Location: Dusit Thani Dubai, 133 Sheikh Zayed Road, Burj Khalifa/ Dubai
Time: 4.30pm – 10pm
Date: 10 April 2013: DOHA - Access MBA
Location: La Cigale Hotel, 60 Suhaim Bin Hamad Street, Al Saad Area
Time: 5pm  – 10pm
Date: 11 April 2013: Kuwait – Individual meetings with candidates
Location: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
To book a time slot, please click here .
Time 3pm-6pm
Date: 16 April  2013 :  Athens – QS Connect 121
Location: Hilton Athens, 46 Vasillissis Sofia Avenue, Athens, 11528 Greece
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Date: 14 April 2013: Dubai – Networking event with HEC MBA Dean
Location: Dubai Creek Golf Club, Legends Restaurant. Please click here for your invitation.
Time: 8pm – 10pm
Date: 18 April 2013: Madrid – QS Connect 121
Location: Hotel Husa Princesa, Calle Princesa 40, 28008 Madrid
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Date: 18 April 2013 :  Sofia – Access MBA
Location: TBC
Time: TBC




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