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Pedagogical approach

Combining research, teaching, and practice.Combining research, teaching, and practice.

Many of the below learning experiences and outcomes are already embedded in current Desautels programs, including the redesigned MBA and PMBA, the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA, and the IMHL and IMPM. Moving forward, the MDIIM continues to work with faculty members, areas, and program offices to prioritize – and expand – integrated management pedagogy and to develop bold new approaches to curricula, combining research, teaching, and practice.

We also work with other McGill faculties to develop innovative new inter-faculty programs, including entrepreneurship minors for non-management students, that leverage Desautels’ strengths in integrated management pedagogy. 

The following lists summarize the types of integrated management learning experiences and outcomes that we promote when designing new or modifying existing teaching programs.


Inside the classroom

  • Team teaching, with instructors covering multiple perspectives
  • Teaching cases analyzed from multiple perspectives
  • Real world cases analyzed from multiple perspectives, on an ongoing basis throughout a semester
  • Role-playing during case discussions
  • In-depth discussion and analysis of current events
  • Course materials that provide exposure to both success and failure in business situations
  • Courses on integrative thinking &/or creativity
  • Student teams competing in business simulation
  • Reflections on personal objectives, course materials and current events

Outside the classroom

  • Internships
  • Mentoring
  • Opportunities to shadow practicing managers
  • Guest speakers and panel discussions
  • Student-run businesses, creation of new enterprises, development of marketable quality products and services
  • Service learning / hands-on community service projects
  • Holistic understanding of organizations and their environments
  • Ability to identify, describe and summarize complex information relating to the nature of organizations
  • Ability to identify, describe and summarize complex information relating to the environments of organizations
  • Ability to identify, describe and summarize complex information relating to the people and processes within organizations
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Systems thinking skills
  • Integrative thinking skills
  • Appreciation of diverse values and perspectives
  • Worldliness
  • Ability to structure and enact self-directed learning
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Collaboration skills
  • Conflict resolution skills, including negotiation skills and mediation skills
  • Tolerance for diversity
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Communications skills, including persuasive writing and argument construction
  • Personal accountability, ethics, social awareness and civic engagement


Program profile: MBA

Program Profile - Integrated MBAProgram Profile - Integrated MBAOur Integrated MBA was specifically designed to strengthen the social content of what we call the MBA Integrated Core course. The introductory Global Leadership module invites students to reflect on the kind of leader they would like to be and what legacy or impact they would like to have on society. The MBA also offers electives that relate to both social innovation and the environment, including Global Strategy and Leadership, Strategies for Sustainable Development, Not‐for‐Profit Consulting, Strategic Management: Developing Countries, The Art of Leadership, Cross‐Cultural Management, and Health Care Systems.