Swedish, trained in USA and Sweden, having lead an international academic career leading him to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and USA, Professor Per AGRELL is living the credo of the international executive MBA that he manages since 2014.

« In our EMBA, learning is not only about the subject matters, but also and foremost about yourself and what you can become », says Dr AGRELL.

« Working intensively on new ideas, topics, experiencing the international dimension through your own eyes, all of this shapes you to become all what you want to become. My role for the IEMBA is then that of a coach for a sports team: I strive to select an exclusive, complementary and tight group of participants for each session, then lead them through the programme ».

What are the strong points of the Louvain International Executive MBA ?

In our programme, we are not reading about globalization and international change – we are living it.

Three international stays in Brazil, India and China give you the keys to understanding where tomorrow’s growth will come from, a solid team of international faculty as instructors in Belgium gives you the chance to open your horizons before even boarding the plane. Another emphasis of the Louvain IEMBA is the focus at individual growth and maturity, building teams, coaching your personal development and skills.

Who would need an Executive MBA today ?

Getting an IEMBA today is rarely a formal requirement from a current employer, it is more often the result of an individual desire to broaden your scope of action and responsibility, testing your wings and constructing a network beyond your past training and current company.

An IEMBA is as much an eye-opener for new managerial functions as it is a key to a second career.

Louvain School of Management pursues ‘Excellence and ethics in business ». What does it mean in practice ?

Excellence stands for our scientific foundations, strongly rooted within our soon 600-year university of Louvain. Our methods, tools and readings are based on established facts and principles, not ‘fads’ and quick fixes.

The ethical dimensions emerges in all our actions, the focus at the individual in the training, the respect for personal experience and diversity, the attention to social and economic sustainability the principles of scientific integrity.

When is it optimal to go for an IEMBA; late or early in the career ?

Personally, I would not go too early to an IEMBA. In the first five-seven years of professional career we tend to learn and rotate at least twice into new functions. A classical need arises after the promotion to manager for a group or department after 7-8 years, when the expertise in your field is firmly acquired and you increasingly face managerial challenges from other functions, often internationally.

However, it is never too late to join an IEMBA: with greater experience comes also great opportunities, in particular for our international focus. You may be working in a national context and not having the skills to take on a global initiative.