The Future of Business Education: is an EMBA worth it?


Munich, Germany – In early December, Franziska von Wiedebach, Principal at Pedersen & Partners' Munich office, ESADE EMBA '06, moderated a panel of alumni from the prestigious Business Schools to discuss the worth of an Executive MBA in front of the candidates for EMBA programs around the world.

The event took place in the modern NOVE building in Munich. The panellists were Hans-Günther Bonk, Founding Partner & Managing Director Assenagon, Chicago Booth EMBA '02, Philip Moncke, Managing Director Intega GmbH, Insead EMBA '14 and Guiseppe La Marca, Practice Lead Supply Chain & Operations, Accenture, Kellogg-WHU EMBA '10.

The panellists discussed their career progression after the EMBA compared with their previous situation, and the worth of the network gained through the program - mostly with the peers one shares the course with, as the programs are intense, and the participants interact closely and form longterm bonds. Financing of the EMBA program was also an important topic of discussion, as well as balancing a job, social life and studying.

The consensus by all the panellists was that the EMBA was well worth doing due to its impact on the future career opportunities. These types of international EMBA programs take you to different locations around the world, enable you to discuss real life cases in the classroom, and bring together the experience of a diverse group of individuals.

In the Q&A part at the end, questions spanned from Franziska's experience doing the EMBA as a woman, to how EMBA degrees were valued in the German labour market, and how much support was needed from the participants partners and family.

Franziska von Wiedebach is a Principal at Pedersen & Partners, based in Munich, Germany. Ms. von Wiedebach joined the firm in 2014 as a Consultant and has acquired an extensive track record across CEE. She works with senior leadership teams to transform companies into high-performance organisations through numerous cross-border talent acquisition and retention assignments. Ms. von Wiedebach has over 15 years of experience in management consulting and leadership development. Prior to joining Pedersen & Partners, Ms. von Wiedebach served as Director of ESADE Business School’s Munich Global Centre. Previously, she worked as a Recruiter and later Recruiting Manager for DiamondCluster (now Oliver Wyman), being responsible for Europe and Latin America.

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