We began our year with elite executive education for leaders in the region

18 de February 2019
By: Randall Corella

Over the last few years the world has experienced unprecedented transformations and scientific progress. The rapid introduction of disruptive technologies in work environments demands changes in the knowledge and skills we need to remain competitive.

In the middle of the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, new jobs will require greater specialization and new technical skills. Entrepreneurship and innovation will be a must in Latin America in the future, with continuous education and learning as the only hope to successfully face these global challenges.

The search for a solution to these demands reflects very well what this end and beginning of year have been at INCAE’s Executive Education Department. On December 12-14, 2018 the Digital Executive Program-DEP was offered at our campus in Costa Rica. The event was an immersion-learning experience allowing 31 participants from different countries to understand the accelerated exposure to changing technologies on which their business models depend.

In early January, the students of INCAE’s 2019-I Executive MBA Program visited Asia to complete the "Doing Business with a Changing China" module offered in Beijing, thanks to INCAE’s partnership with the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) from China.

The 5-day module taught by a group of professors from the CKGSB Faculty combined lectures, case studies, and visits to two companies in Beijing.

In addition, the students of the Executive Master’s Program in Finance and the Operations and Technology Master’s Program completed their second modules at our campus in Costa Rica. They experienced the great benefits from the programs’ flexible formats including face-to-face and online teaching for one week per month to match the needs of executives who must combine studies with work and family responsibilities.

Twenty-eight executives participated in a new edition of the program Managing the Sales Force for Increased Success held in late January 2019 under the Academic Direction of José Exprúa in Panama, USA and Costa Rica. Twenty participants completed their Major in Construction Management and received a double degree from INCAE and the McCombs School of Business from the University of Texas.

A Commitment to Excellence

INCAE’s Executive Education Department renewed a portfolio of more than 30 face-to-face and online programs with a structure designed to mirror the organizational structure of companies. Each program meets specific challenges of managerial positions or organizational areas including general management, strategy and innovation, finance, operations and technology, sales, marketing and communication, leadership, and skills and talent.

"This way we renewed our commitment to Latin American leaders to be their strategic partners in searching and creating new businesses, products, services and technologies, in organizational change and restructuring, and in achieving improved global competitiveness for companies in our continent," said INCAE’s Dean of Executive Education Dr. Camelia Ilie.

A clear example of this will take place on February 24-26 with the sixth edition of INCAE’s Presidents Club. This event will be designed to offer an exclusive platform for business leaders from the region to reflect and debate on global changes in the economic, social and political context, as well as generational or technological transformations that can impact their businesses.

The agenda for this encounter at our remodeled Walter Kissling Gam Campus in Costa Rica comprises a session on the challenges of managing talent in a digital world, in-depth study of best practices of business families in Latin America and Spain, and analysis of key aspects of cryptocurrencies, as well as the requirements to create a true international digital currency.

"To complement these sessions we will offer updates on themes that keep recurring on the Club's agenda such as the urgency of responsible leadership and the impact of social progress on countries and companies in the region," said the Dean.