Global Experience Week Zambia

Building your global mindset through global opportunities

In order to make an impact on a global scale, you must understand the global environment in which you are working. As an MBA student, you will have opportunities to travel to international destinations to study at partner schools and work with local businesses. Global Experience Week will provide you with valuable real-world experience where you will work with community businesses to help create results. Through Study Abroad and IB Glocal Electives, you can deep dive into specialist courses and better understand how selected themes relate to the region you're studying in.

Whatever your destination, you will be challenged to look inward and test what you know about yourself, all the while learning about others and the world around you.

Modules may be converted to remote delivery subject to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Global Experience Week 

It’s one thing to know how to enact change. It’s another thing to go out and do it. The Global Experience Week allows you the chance to do just that. You will travel to another country to explore a new culture and deliver meaningful contributions to local businesses.

During the Global Experience Week, you will learn about the challenges faced by local organisations, and how a country’s business environment affects the way organisations operate. You will be fully immersed into the business operations of a startup or small or medium sized enterprise (SME) and will be able to put into practice skills acquired in the classroom to create real-life results.

Recent Full-Time MBA cohorts have travelled to Zambia and Santiago, Chile. Students worked in groups with local companies, such as co-operative fashion retail store LSK Co-op, conscious beekeeping adventure Safaribee and Apters, an organisation that produces mobility aids from recycled paper and cardboard.

This is an integral part of the Full-Time MBA programme, with costs included in your tuition fees.

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.

Study abroad 

Our optional Study Abroad programme allows you to increase your international exposure and build your network by taking advantage of specialised electives at one of our partner schools. You can take up to half of your electives (15ECTS) at one of our partner schools, with previous electives including Innovative Business Integration of ICT, The Future of Energy, Financial Regulation in a Digital Age, and Social Media for Marketing and Management.

Our partner schools

We partner with some of the leading business schools from around the world, many of whom are part of the Partners in International Management (PIM) network. The list below gives you an idea of the opportunities that were available to our Full-Time MBA students in 2019-2020 and what is likely to be on offer to future cohorts.

Destination: Aalto, Finland

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems Science
  • Logistics
  • Management Science
  • Organisational Communication

Destination: Hong Kong

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Corporate Fund-Raising Initiatives in the Chinese Equity Markets
  • Corporate Risk Management
  • Current Topics in Business: Global Sports Management: From Passion to Business
  • Data Visualization and Business Intelligence
  • FinTech Analytics
  • Venture Capital & Private Equity

Destination: Tel Aviv, Israel

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Doing Business in Israel

Destination: Barcelona and Madrid, Spain

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • B2B Sales Management
  • Brand Driven Strategic Management
  • Business Transformation AI & IoT Enabling Technologies
  • Data-Driven Leadership
  • Optimising your Business for Growth
  • Winning Customers Using Behavioural Economics

Destination: Lima, Peru

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

ESAN International Week, subject areas included:

  • Finance & Law
  • Innovation & IT
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Strategy

Destination: options in 2019-20 included Paris, France and Singapore

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Asian Economics
  • Culture and Company
  • Financial Markets
  • Geopolitics in Asia
  • Innovation Service Management
  • International Finance
  • Managing International Business in Asia
  • Mandarin
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Negotiate Business Deals in China

Destination: Shanghai, China

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Advanced Power & Negotiation
  • Chinese Economy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Emotional Intelligence for Leaders
  • Financial Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Internet Platform Theory and Strategy
  • Learning Organisation and Organisational Change
  • Logistics Systems
  • Power and Negotiation
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Insight from Machine Learning
  • Strategic Technology and Innovation Management
  • Chinese (Beginners Level)

Destination: Paris, France

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Entrepreneurship - The Startup Studio
  • Financial Markets and Asset Management
  • Geopolitics: Globalisation and Business Strategy
  • Inclusive and Social Business Strategies
  • Investment Banking and International Finance
  • Luxury Management
  • Marketing for the Digital Era
  • Statistics and Business Analysis
  • The Future of Energy

Destination: options in 2019-20 included Leipzig, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

Doing Business in Europe - coursework included:

  • Brexit & Future Outlook for Europe
  • European Monetary Integration
  • Management Practice in Central Eastern Europe
  • Company visits

Destination: Hong Kong

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Accounting
  • Business Statistics & Operation Management
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Management of Organisations
  • Marketing

Destination: Bergen, Norway

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Applied Cloud Computing for Enterprises
  • Applied Programming and Data Analysis for Business
  • Economics of Climate Change
  • Measuring Sustainability in Accounting and Finance
  • Natural Resource Management: The Norwegian Model
  • Petroleum Economics
  • R&D and Intellectual Property

Destination: Singapore

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Consulting: Process and Industry
  • Financial Regulation in a Digital Age
  • Leading with Strategy in Digital Firms
  • Managing Global Value Chains and Networks
  • Operations Leadership: Supply Chain and Service Profit Management
  • Strategic Pricing

Destination: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Business Information Management
  • Finance & Investments
  • Global Business & Sustainability
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management of Innovation
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Change & Consulting
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • Supply Chain Management

Destination: Toronto, Canada

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Alternative Investments
  • Business Strategies for Sustainability
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Cultural Policy
  • Models & Applications in Operational Research
  • Power and Politics in Organisations
  • Restructuring and Turnaround Management
  • Strategy in Healthcare

Destination: Warsaw, Poland

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Finance
  • Marketing

Destination: Kingston, Canada

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Consulting
  • Digital Transformation
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Finance
  • Management Analytics
  • Marketing and Sales

Destination: Beijing, China

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Chinese Business from Accounting Perspective
  • Chinese Economy and Its Capital Markets
  • Chinese Real Estate Industry
  • Industry Upgrading of Chinese Manufacturing Sectors
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China

Destination: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Consumer Behaviour in Emerging Markets
  • International Business Strategies: Challenges and Opportunities in Emerging Markets
  • People Management in Emerging Markets
  • Strategic Knowledge Management. Innovation Challenges

Destination: St Gallen, Switzerland

Elective options in 2019-20 included:

  • Business Plan Writing
  • Corporate & Startup Partnering
  • Customer Experience Management: Optimising Business Results
  • Fintech: Trends & Use Cases
  • Impact Investing & Social Entrepreneurship
  • Leading Edge Negotiations
  • Machine Learning & AI: Impact on Business
  • Managing Digital Product Creation
  • Optimising Global Supply Chains
  • Performance Measurement
  • Strategy Execution: How to Make it Work
  • Understanding & Succeeding in M&A
"The most transformational things for me were activities like the Global Experience Week – going to Lusaka, Zambia was an incredible opportunity. Spending a week there with local companies, helping them and applying my knowledge was incredibly rewarding. Aside from simply being great fun, it was both informative and challenging to be using the MBA in a real-world context."
Full-Time MBA class of 2019
Robert Carter