International Masters in Practicing Management
Jill Russell completed a master’s in management straight after her undergraduate degree. So two decades later, when the 43-year-old started thinking about boosting her qualifications to embark on her next career step, she felt that the most obvious choice — an MBA — would be like going over old ground.
... With that in mind, she decided on an international master's in practising management, an alternative to an MBA that is taught across five sites - at Lancaster University in the UK, but also at business schools in India, China, Brazil and Canada.
Lili Hall (IMPM'13) came across the International Masters Program in Practicing Management (IMPM) by chance. She had considered MBA programs before, but the standard options seemed too formulaic. “Every time I looked at the curriculum, I’d get sad,” she says. As the founder and CEO of KNOCK, inc., a creative agency, Hall had already enjoyed a lot of professional success. She wasn’t looking to switch industries or climb the corporate ladder. “For me, it was very personal,” she explains. “I wanted to be challenged personally, and obviously professionally.”
In the Analytic module of our International Masters In Practicing Management and our Advanced Leadership Program for executives, my colleague Henry Mintzberg likes to use this story to show how analysis can get in the way of really understanding an organization and its purpose.
“A young, enthusiastic MBA was finally given the opportunity to apply his learning. He was asked to carry out a survey of a group with which he was not normally familiar and submit recommendations as to how its efficiency could be increased.
Few people have the confidence to apply for a job - especially a high-level position - without meeting the main criteria for the role. But John Varley (IMPM'00) did and was offered the job.
He then suffered two or three sleepless nights agonising over whether to accept it.