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"The Executive MBA gives me a business advantage"

At the Executive MBA programme of the School of Business, Economics and Law, already established managers continue their development. One success factor is mixed groups where people with different backgrounds create a group dynamic. Julia Lamskemper from Germany is one of the participants.

At the Executive MBA programme of the School of Business, Economics and Law, already established managers continue their development. One success factor is mixed groups where people with different backgrounds create a group dynamic. Julia Lamskemper from Germany is one of the participants.

Julia Lamskemper works as global sales manager at the Jäckering Group, a German company that sub-contracts to the food and paper industries. Since October 2011, she has been commuting to Gothenburg and the School to become an even better business woman.

"I've always wanted to do an MBA and my boss said ‘OK, as long as it doesn't detract from your work’. This is why I was happy when I found the Executive MBA here in Gothenburg that is scheduled for the weekends."

Mixed groups provide new perspectives
The participants have an average of ten years’ experience of work in senior positions. However, there is a wide range in the group since they come from different countries and organisational cultures.

"Discussing matters with the others and hearing what they do in their organisations is extremely interesting. Everyone has different approaches and I constantly see new perspectives and get new ideas. I can't sleep on the flight home any more. I have far too many interesting things to think about," says Julia Lamskemper.

Education with an international outlook
The lecturers also have different nationalities and backgrounds in order for the programme to offer as broad an outlook as possible. The Executive MBA programme also includes some travel. During the second term, the group went to Shanghai and Hangzhou and visited both universities and companies. During the final term it was time for a ten-day-long trip to India with a visit to the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore among others.

New ideas and new self-confidence
Of course, the programme demands a lot of time, but Julia Lamskemper does not regret a second. She already feels that she has benefited considerably from the experience.

"You have to be able to speak the same ‘language’ as the people you are going to do business with. This is one side I've developed. I've also learned quite a bit about leadership; things I am now testing with my team at home in Germany."

She also feels that the Executive MBA has given her new self-confidence and a business advantage as a result.

"I'm somewhat young for my professional role. My Executive MBA training makes me better at handling different situations and I can act with greater certainty and self-confidence," concludes Julia Lamskemper.


Executive MBA
An English-language management programme provided part time over 21 months. www.handels.gu.se/emba