The TIEMBA experience is about discovery. Starting with Knowledge Discovery - the breadth and insight that the faculty bring from the business world into an academic setting are unparalleled. Cultural Discovery: you think you know how the world works but you often don't. Differences and nuances between cultures are revealed in both the course work and social settings. Even if you have lived and worked in a multicultural environment across many countries, like most TIEMBA participants have, you may still be surprised, intrigued and enlightened. Finally, Self-Discovery through the LDP process. Whether through your assigned LDP group or informal ones that form during the course, you will develop a depth of self-awareness and momentum to advance yourself both personally and professionally that is invaluable to mid-career, forward-looking executives.
The TIEMBA has taught me that, as long as I’m leading a great group of people who are creating value and having fun, I can go with the flow. Before the programme, I was thinking of leaving my corporate career to work in outdoor pursuits, which is my personal passion. But thanks to the TIEMBA, I’ve found a way to do both! I set up a company with a friend to bring Via Ferrata (a form of safe mountain-climbing) to China. I also used my love of the outdoors in my role as class social representative. We hiked the Great Wall in China and also chartered a yacht to go around the islands in Singapore. Our class became incredibly close and we even have a programme of reunion events until 2026.
The TIEMBA programme has an LDP component which puts you in touch with yourself, helps you to find out what you really want and gives you the tools to achieve it. The one-on-one coaching, the coaching groups and the personal strategy projects focus on turning you from a high-potential manager to a real and full-fledged leader in a global context. Overall it was a remarkably enriching experience that came from bonding with very different people from a variety of backgrounds, endowed with tremendous skills and talents. I was amazed by how much I could learn from my classmates. Now, wherever I go in the world, I have a friend: not just someone to have a chat with, but someone I have a deep connection with… someone who feels like family.
Thanks to the TIEMBA, I took on one of the most exciting projects of my career: our first smartphone launch in Africa. The Blue Ocean Strategy elective took me right into the mind of the Kenyan consumer and helped me identify two essential features: local content and secure cloud back-up. Most Kenyans don’t have a PC, so their whole life – photos, music and banking – is on their phone. The project turned into my TIEMBA thesis… and the launch of a product that sold out within two weeks! Now we’re applying the same thinking to other developing markets. Moreover this resulted in me being chosen for a new exciting role for the entire Asia-Pacific region. The TIEMBA has been a very good return on investment, not just for me but also for the company.
If you are looking for a well-rounded EMBA and know you need a better understanding of China, then this has to be one of the best places. I was already considered an Asian specialist yet I found this deeper insight into China fascinating and fruitful.
The macro-economic historical context I learned of China was invaluable. We'd done economics before, but this is the only place you can get it first hand from the players who brought China to where it is today from 30 years ago. I have a much stronger grasp of where China is headed now. Since my business relies on natural resources flowing into basic industries, my understanding of macro drivers and China has helped me better focus on where we need to be strategically placed.
TIEMBA has been pivotal in my career advancement and personal development. The vigorous program provides the relevant frameworks to be an effective leader in the rapidly changing global business environment. The LDP helped me to re-discover myself through the feedback of my peers and business associates and identified the leadership areas that I could strengthen on as part of leadership development.
I have also benefited tremendously from both INSEAD and Tsinghua University network platform to interact with peers of different nationalities and professions. Such interactions are invaluable for a great diversity of interesting perspectives and have helped me to forge long-standing relationships.
Dr. Steven Fang
From assuming you know the answers to accepting that there is always more than the usual way to solve a managerial problem. Having been a professional manager for over 25 years, we often forget to question the small but important things in managerial problem solving. TIEMBA has reminded me to focus on asking the right questions at the right time.
The opportunity to interact and learn from a truly global cohort of professionals was something that no other programme I've been on could offer. I've gained a much deeper and meaningful understanding in the way business is done in China. This was enabled me to work much closer with my Chairman, who is a Beijing professional and highly decorated business individual. The TIEMBA program is for the outward looking professional that seeks global exposure, with a leaning towards Intrapreneurship and Entrepreneurship.
Dive deep into understanding the multi-faceted and complex Chinese business and social scenes. More importantly, the courses provided me with the ability to define and identify the key factors that matter. The Confucius Leadership module provided a profound yet thought provoking look into Chinese culture and thinking, enabling smooth integration working with the local Chinese.
It's not just having two of the world's top business schools on your credentials - it is the learning journey so uniquely meaningful and practical that only INSEAD and Tsinghua University are capable to deliver. The knowledge you gain is applied directly to your work and it awakens the forward-thinking element in your mind. You will not just want to achieve the fullest in your current situation, but also to create and provide for the future.
Breadth and Depth. This is how I would characterize the impact that TIEMBA has on my professional life. The range of topics that we have studied and discussed allows me to make an impact in my company on a variety of subjects and Executive Initiatives. Detailed in-depth case studies and frameworks, for example in the Strategy class, have brought world-class insights that I can now apply in shaping the strategic direction of my division at Alcatel-Lucent.
The epiphany I had during the Innovation class is that innovation is not just a pure technological breakthrough. Innovation can - and should - come from every way the company does business, from Supply Chain to Marketing, and Customer Engagement to Product Management. I am glad to apply these skills and more importantly this mindset in my daily work, when supporting my pre-sales teams around the world.
The international environment created by students and professors gave me a deeper insight in what the success factors are when doing business in Asia. The most memorable lectures were about Organizational Behaviour, which were leading to very interesting and active class discussions and covered areas such as Corporate Finance, Strategy, Innovation, Leadership in Asia, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
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