IB Glocal Electives

IB Glocal Electives

"Glocalisation" emphasises that relocating a theme, product, or service elsewhere has a higher chance of success when it is accommodated to the local culture in which it is introduced.

For this reason, in today’s complex and uncertain business environment, glocalisation of strategies and business models is an established trend, and a trend that is essential to understand. The IB Glocal Electives, which are shared across the MBA portfolio, teach students how to explore contemporary global business problems with a local perspective.

Led by Imperial College Business School faculty, these intensive four-day study abroad programmes give students who want to enrich their academic curriculum a stimulating experience. You will gain a deeper insight into international issues in a particular geography and will benefit from the in-market exposure and teaching the trips provide.

IB Glocal Electives will allow you to:

  • Understand strategic challenges faced by society and cities
  • Analyse global problems from a local perspective
  • Analyse complex problems and apply theoretical frameworks and MBA knowledge.

Elective locations include:

Sales Management and Leadership

Sales is a key function for any organisation operating within a competitive market. This module will cover the fundamentals of both personal selling and sales management including how to organise sales, personal selling techniques, leadership in sales and recent trends in the digital transformation of sales. The module will be carried out in collaboration with the Sales Excellence Institute at the University of Houston - the world's leading institution for sales research and education. Students will leave the module with a profound understanding of the concepts and frameworks needed to succeed in sales functions and to become leaders in sales.

Sustainable Transformation Made in Italy

Sustainability is one of the key issues of today’s society as confirmed by increasing attention of governments, media, academics, and industry. In the context of sustainable development, businesses that are often referred as part of the problem, can be part of the solution. The need for a system in which corporations are oriented to serve the interests of all their stakeholders, and not just shareholders is clear.

In this context, this module allows students to expand their learning of corporate sustainability by understanding how leading Italian organisations have developed sustainable practices, innovated their businesses, and engaged with successful initiatives of sustainable transformation. The module, hosted by SDA Bocconi in Italy and taught by a team of expert scholars from Imperial and SDA Bocconi, leverages the case method and includes company visits and guest speakers (very often the protagonists of the cases) in addition to traditional Italian setting, as well as providing a global perspective.

The Future of Cities – Technology, Sustainability, Planning, Business Opportunities

This module will address the topic of the future of cities in regards to technology, sustainability, planning and business opportunities by focusing on forecasts, experts’ opinions, case studies and industry insights.

The transformation going on in Singapore will be used as a central case study for the contextualisation of the problems analysed. The module will also leverage local guest speakers from industry and government, as well as site visits.

Digital Opportunities – Insights from the Start-up Nation

This elective considers the characteristics of the digital economy and digital technologies, and how these create both global and local opportunities for entrepreneurs, in the start-up nation of Tel Aviv. As well as considering those industries such as software, telecommunications, music, and other forms of digital content and services that have already seen significant entrepreneurial activity, we also investigate the entrepreneurial opportunities provided by emerging digital technologies such as Internet of Things, blockchain and artificial intelligence.

The module features several guest speakers from industry and the academy, who will leverage the local context to provide rich and meaningful insight into the digital opportunities in Israel as well as providing a global perspective.

"The concept of glocalisation – that companies developing global strategies also need to have a good understanding of local markets – isn’t new in management theory. However, once again placing ourselves at the forefront of innovative and future-facing business education, we’ve created the IB Glocal Electives to expose students to the big challenges faced by international corporations adopting a glocal mentality."
Dr Paolo Taticchi
Visiting Professor in Strategy and Sustainability
Paolo Taticchi