Popular ‘Mini MBA’ Program To Debut In Tbilisi

Thursday, February 2, 2017


WDI’s Education Initiative is bringing its flagship program, the 10-day Strategic Management Program known as a “mini MBA,” to a new market and a new audience this summer.

The popular program will debut at European University in Tbilisi, Georgia from June 26-July 7. The Strategic Management Program (SMP) features modules in strategy, finance, marketing and leadership, and is structured around an integrative strategic framework. The sessions, tailored for high potential, mid- to senior-level managers, present both foundational general management principles and recent business management theory through a series of lectures, discussions, cases, and exercises. Attendees also participate in group work, which enhances their critical thinking, decision-making, and teamwork skills.

“We are excited to take our successful mini MBA program to the vibrant market of Georgia and to bring new management thinking to business leaders there,” said Amy Gillett, vice president of WDI’s Education Initiative. “This program has run successfully in Latvia, Croatia and Slovakia for many years. We look forward to entering this new market.”

WDI recently celebrated the 10th anniversary its partnership with Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia (SSE Riga) to teach the SMP.

“There are many management courses, but the one which makes you practically knowledgeable are few,” said Lasha Chakhvadze, business and technology lecturer and SMP program manager at European University. “Participants in the program will end up with world class international education combined with Georgian hospitality.”

Before the SMP begins, attendees will participate in an e-learning module on corporate finance designed to get them thinking about strategic issues at their organizations before they arrive.

Gillett said introducing the SMP to the Georgia market comes at an ideal time.

“The Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, recently introduced new measures to stimulate the economy, including new tax benefits, governance reforms, and improved infrastructure,” she said. “These changes will make it easier to do business in Georgia. Our program will give managers the knowledge and tools needed to take advantage of the improved business environment.”

In addition to the in-person, classroom component, the SMP also will utilize the ExtendEd Learning Portal, a customized online learning management platform developed by WDI, for participants to use before, during, and after the program.

The program will be conducted in English.

This year’s WDI Faculty Affiliates teaching in the SMP are:

  • Strategy: Yusaf H. Akbar, associate professor at Central European University Business School
  • Marketing: Maria Kniazeva, professor of marketing at the University of San Diego
  • Leadership: Chester Warzynski, Leadership and Organization Development Consultant
  • Finance: Nancy Scannell, associate professor at the UIS College of Business & Management

More information and a registration form can be found here.  


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