The International Masters in Practicing Management (IMPM) programme is 18 years old but continues to be seen as one the world’s most innovative senior management degree programmes. Leslie Breitner and Dora Koop explain how the programme has retained its freshness for so long.
The premise behind the International Masters in Practicing Management (IMPM) is different to that of other management degrees. It was conceived (in part by the noted management thinker Henry Mintzberg) 18 years ago at a time when degrees from business schools focused on functions and disciplines (marketing, finance and accounting).
In contrast, the IMPM’s content is built around the managerial mindsets that managers use in their day-to-day work. Each module focuses on a particular mindset framed around the managers themselves, their organisations and the unique environment in which that organisation exists.
The five managerial mindsets of the IMPM are:
- Managing self: the reflective mindset
- Managing organisations: the analytic mindset
- Managing context: the worldly mindset
- Managing relationships: the collaborative mindset
- Managing change and continuity: the action mindset
Truly international – a worldwide campus
The IMPM is not a domestic programme with foreign activities. It is a truly international management programme that is balanced across different parts of the world. It is delivered over 16 months in 10-day modules at five different universities: Lancaster University in the UK, McGill University in Canada, the Indian Institute of Management (IIMB) in India, Renmin University in China and FGV/ EBAPE in Brazil.
An academic director in each country leads each of these modules. The module director designs the curriculum, hires the faculty and sets up the field and site visits and evening events based on the mindset being delivered at the school. In other words, the programme is heavily influenced by the location of the module. It is as Brazilian as it is Chinese.
Participants are therefore exposed to different countries, different cultures and different organisations.
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