30
Oct

Global Immersion Experience 2014: Tel-Aviv – Day 3

Written on October 30, 2014 by MIM Blog in News

Blog post written by Maria Victoria Genuino

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If you want to walk fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together
- Old African Proverb

tel-aviv day 3 (3)Tel-Aviv, Isreal.- In the past 3 days, we have seen that the practice of collaboration and teamwork is something that has been embedded in Israeli culture. For our first company visit of the day, we were fortunate enough to have been able to visit Microsoft, a world renown company that has had a strong presence in Israel since 1991. With the number of start ups in Israel every year (around 700 a year for a country with a population of only 8 million inhabitants), Microsoft has launched the Microsoft Venture Accelerator, a 4 month program for start ups in the software and technology space. I am pretty sure that we will soon be hearing good things from companies that are being mentored in this program.

Our next stop was Carmel Ventures, a leading Israeli VC whose focus was on investing on Israeli talent and innovation. The company aspires to help the companies that they invest in to be category leaders in their chosen field. It was mentioned in our meeting that despite the increased number of start ups that the country has been experiencing, there has also been an increase in the number of potential investors in terms of VCs, government funds, and angel investors. We then proceeded to the Interdisciplinary Center in Herziliya wherein we listened to a talk about human relations and business acumen.

If there is one thing we’ve  noticed, it is the fact that Israelis love to help each other out in whatever capacity they can. This mentality of collaboration is something that all nations should aspire to. If this is followed, the world will definitely be a better place.

After a full day of back to back meetings with companies, we were able to take a breather in order to see some sites. We reached Jaffa just in time and we were able to watch a spectacular sunset by the Mediterranean Sea. After, we went around the surrounding area to see structures that have been preserved for thousands of years. Jaffa is an ancient city very close to Tel Aviv that is commonly associated with biblical stories of popular figures like Jonah and Saint Peter. We were all awestruck with the rich history associated with the place.

Tomorrow, we are off to Jerusalem. We are already half way done with our immersion program but we are very much excited for what the following days have in store for us.

30
Oct

IE story – Rawan Alsaraf from Kuwait

Written on October 30, 2014 by MIM Blog in News

Hello, my name is Rawan Alsaraf, from Kuwait.

I am a Master in Management September 2013 intake doing Dual specialization including being from the first intake of the new IMC specialization and later sales and marketing.

I chose IE for my post grad-education not only because it was a school known for it’s diverse student body but also for the numerous different extra curriculum activities. As a show jumper enthusiast my love for horses could not be left behind, so I brought it with me to Madrid. Founding the IE equestrian Club and taking a vital role as it’s President. I had the privilege to work with a club that provides classes in English under the hands of trainers accredited with the top certifications of the FEI, Afines cde.

This Friday, Afines, will be creating a Halloween themed competition in order to raise money for a charitable event, an event that has been crucial to Madrid. The ebola viruis.

To send funds to Africa where scientists and doctors are risking everything in order to make this world a safer place for all of us. Any contribution could make that possible. For any inquires please feel free to contact me via Ralsaraf.mm2014@alumni.ie.edu or the club’s email equestrian.club@ie.edu

http://www.afines.org/

29
Oct

Global Immersion Experience 2014: Tel-Aviv – Day 2

Written on October 29, 2014 by MIM Blog in News

Post written by Linlin Liu, Master in Management current student 

tel-aviv day 2Tel-Aviv.- Second day in Tel Aviv! We start our journey with an hour-long bus ride up north. In Spain that’s like Madrid to Segovia, but here in Israel, we move from the center of the country to the North of the country. We visited the Ramat David Air Force base, a once in a lifetime experience. We were greeted by Captain David and given an eye opening talk of the training, readiness and experiences of a Pilot in the Israeli Air Force. It was impressive to hear that in their pilots could move from working in their office to being airborne in just five minutes. Trying out the anti g-force suit and getting REAL close to the REAL warcraft F-16 were beyond fun and exciting. Also, I actually came to the conclusion that Israel is a much safer place than everyone makes it out to be.

We got done with the Air Force base much sooner than we’d like but being on a very tight schedule we couldn’t help it. We definitely made up for it with a visit to a Druze village up on the biblically relevant Mt. Carmel.The Druze (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Druze), we didn’t know, are a small community of people that live mainly in Israel, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. They follow a religion that shares some history with Islam but are not Muslim. An interesting factoid, was that the head of the elite Golani squad of the Israeli Defense forces came from this small minority of Israel, known for their national loyalty. We ate at a Druze family restaurant where they served us homemade authentic Israeli food which was really metzuyan (excellent in Hebrew)tel-aviv day 2 (3)

The food and the air force base visit, as diverse as they could be, could not have prepared us for what we were about to see next! Closer to Tel Aviv at ReWalk we saw robotic technology being put to use to make those with spinal cord injury not only walk again but also run marathons! It seems like the age of Iron Man becoming a reality is pretty close at hand.

And to sum it all up and finish the day IE style, we definitely could not leave out the networking ;) a meeting with the alumni from previous batches told us stories about their post-IE careers and gave us an insider view of the city and a chance to try out clubbing Israeli style!

As American writer Henry Miller said, if we are always arriving and departing,it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things. Right now we are looking at Israel through a massive wide-opened horizon: talents gathered and high-tech oriented start-up nation, with great people and infinite energy to change the world at any time.

 

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29
Oct

Project management students learn from those on the front lines at Siemens, Nokia and Loewe

What do a Finnish communications company, a German engineering conglomerate and a Spanish luxury fashion brand have in common?

For one, all are constantly taking on new projects, and need smart, creative and ambitious people to lead them.

Pedro Ricote Lazaro of Siemens, Francisco Javier Rodriguez Blanco of Nokia and José Luis Fernández Borrero of Loewe talked about their first-hand experiences and challenges as leaders of project management departments at their respective companies. The audience was a room full of students from the International Business track of IE’s Master in Management program, who are in the midst of planning projects of their own as part of their course work.

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Student asking questions to Pedro Ricote Lazaro of Siemens (right), and Francisco Javier Rodriguez Blanco of Nokia (center)

“Carrying out projects is the soul of any company” said Mr. Rodriguez Blanco, of Nokia. “While operations are the established processes, projects are creating something new.”

“We use projects to transform ourselves. When we want to generate capabilities or correct processes, we set up projects to achieve those specific goals,” he said.
A project is a temporary endeavor with a start and end date and with certain targets.  “At the end, if you take the definition of what a project is you can apply it to almost anything,” Mr. Rodriguez Blanco said. It can be an initiative to improve a company’s reporting, a new marketing campaign, or the launching of a new product.

The panelists said that, despite the diversity of the types of projects, large companies like theirs generally have strong frameworks and guidelines for project managers.
Mr. Rodriguez Blanco said that’s been especially true over the last decade. He is also the regional President of the Madrid chapter of the Project Management Institute, which is the largest worldwide organization for project managers.

 

 

Mr. Fernández Borrero said that Loewe, a company founded by creatives, traditionally didn’t have a strong culture of project management, but it now plays an important role.

“We use projects to transform ourselves. When we want to generate capabilities or correct processes, we set up projects to achieve those specific goals,” he said.

A project is a temporary endeavor with a start and end date and with certain targets.  “At the end, if you take the definition of what a project is you can apply it to almost anything,” Mr. Rodriguez Blanco said. It can be an initiative to improve a company’s reporting, a new marketing campaign, or the launching of a new product.

The panelists said that, despite the diversity of the types of projects, large companies like theirs generally have strong frameworks and guidelines for project managers.

Mr. Rodriguez Blanco said that’s been especially true over the last decade. He is also the regional President of the Madrid chapter of the Project Management Institute, which is the largest worldwide organization for project managers.

A guidebook from the organization is considered the “bible for project managers”, and includes best practices on things like measuring project ROI and stakeholder management.

At Siemens, they have their own adaptation of the handbook for new project managers.  Mr. Ricote Lazaro, who is responsible for implementing the guide across seven countries in the region, brought a copy of the guidebook and passed it around the classroom.

At the end of the session, students were eager to have their questions answered.  One student asked what impact the recent rebranding at Loewe had on project management.  Mr. Fernández Borrero said it “touched every aspect of the business.”

Another ambitious student asked: “What is the top level that someone on the project management track can reach in a company?”

José Luis Fernández Borrero of Loewe

José Luis Fernández Borrero of Loewe

The response was smiles from the panelists, as well as some practical advice. Usually someone needs to build up an area expertise on a team before becoming project manager. After that they can become a director of project management, and even move up to an executive level.

Students at this stage of the MIM are thinking ahead to their careers. Project management is an area that always has a high level of need for people with strong soft skills from a wide variety of backgrounds.  The panelists agreed that the skills that hiring managers look for in candidates are entrepreneurship, perseverance, creativity, and adaptability.

As part of their project management course at IE, all of the students in attendance are currently working on real projects for an NGO called Zonta International.  The projects range from launching a campaign against gender violence, to organizing a sports event fundraiser.

The panel of diverse speakers is a highlight of the course, aimed at showing the students how the skills they are learning are adapted in a corporate environment, across industries and company cultures, said Sharada Ravindran, one of the IE professors who organized the event.

“I think they really brought to life what a project management role looks like in their companies,” she said.

 Post written by Shaheen Samavati

28
Oct

Global Immersion Experience 2014: Tel-Aviv – Día 1

Written on October 28, 2014 by MIM Blog in News

Blog escrito por Patricia Concejo, alumna actual Master in Management 

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Ran Achituv, General Partner de Magma Venture Capital, nos brindaba su primer consejo como emprendedores.

Tel Aviv, Israel.- Tras meses de espera e incertidumbre ante la situación de inestabilidad política que se estaba viviendo en el país, por fin comienza nuestra aventura por la cuna de la tecnología, el I + D y las mejores start-up del mundo, Tel Aviv. Una hermosa ciudad donde la “energía creativa” te envuelve a cada empresa que visitas o cada paseo por sus calles llenas de color y un embriagador olor a café recién hecho.

A las 8.30 am comenzamos nuestro viaje hacia la primera Start up, Wibki, donde nos recibe Shachar Pessis, uno de los creadores de la compañía junto a su hermano Roy.  “El emprendimiento es como un estadio de futbol vacío el cual, hay que ir llenando cada día”. Para ellos lo más importante fue tener clara su meta y no conformarse. “Si haces una primera versión de tu web y estas contento, no pares, este es sólo el primer paso”. Cuando tu negocio está en la red, no puedes conformarte con un diseño atractivo y la mejor tecnología, sino que lo más importante es  que se haga “social”, que la gente lo pruebe, les guste, que lo recomienden y  que generar un hábito, que se vuelvan usuarios,  a partir de ahí podrás decir que tu negocio funciona. Cuando esto pase, serás atractivo para el mercado e intentarán comprarte.  Es en este punto donde comienza nuestra segunda visita, Magma, una de los más importantes venture capital de la ciudad.

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Las Start up de Israel son conocidas por su tecnología disruptiva, y entendemos como disruptivo al hecho de hacer las cosas 10 veces mejor que el resto, hacerlo más rápido y de forma diferente”, así define Ran Achituv el éxito de los emprendedores locales.

Tras un breve recorrido por la historia de Israel de la mano de Mr. Assaf y de hacernos participes de cómo su educación militar condiciona su forma de ver la vida y de trabajar, concluimos nuestro día observando una hermosa puesta de sol en un pequeño café reservado a emprendedores donde cada día, grandes empresarios se reúnen con pequeñas start-up para analizar posibles negocios. Es en este peculiar entorno en el que conocemos a Jacob Ner-David, Cofundador de Zola, que nos transmite esa idea de que ser parte de una comunidad puede ayudarte a hacer tu vida más fácil y solucionar problemas, que de primera mano parecían insalvables.

Tras un intenso día de networking, cerraremos por hoy nuestro día con la reunión con jóvenes emprendedores, pero de eso hablaremos mañana.

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