Richard Ivey B-School with Customised Executive Education Programmes in India

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Richard Ivey believes that management education in India is increasing speedily. A few months back the GAIL management approached Canada’s Richard Ivey School of Business to design an executive education programme.

Dr Ariff Kachra, Managing Director-India, Richard Ivey School of Business, scripted a suitable programme for senior executives of the company, marking the institution’s entry into executive education programme in India. The institute had also developed a similar programme for Aircel executives earlier this year. It has designed customised company specific programmes with a difference in every two.

Dr Kachra said that today Indian corporates are increasingly going for executive education programme. Some 35 Indian companies, including government-owned organisations, have approached us to design customised executive education programmes. Typically, such programmes are for the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and executives at the minus one and minus two levels. When an executive-level manager goes through executive education offered by a world-class institution, the expected return is to emerge with new, value-creating ways of thinking about their business. Return on investment on executive development should be measured at all three stages of the process i.e. design, delivery and post-programme, he added. Also, the institution’s executive development programmes do not involve traditional lectures rather, discussion methodologies like case studies are used.

Ivey is also planning on developing a rich repository of business case studies in India. The institute has developed more than 200 India-focused business case studies for management education. It has trained over 360 Indian faculty members in case teaching and writing so far. Teaming up with the Hyderabad-based Indian School of Business, Ivey also offers open workshops for faculty across India.