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Anja Svetina Nabergoj
Professor of Business Design
How would you describe your work with companies? How and where do you help them?
In my work I focus on helping individuals, teams and organizations build their creative confidence and reach innovation potential. I have been working with organizations across Europe, Asia and USA including Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation, JetBlue, Uber, GM, Genentech, Leo Pharma, Symbio, Coca Cola, Telenor, Kellog’s, Highlands, Microsoft and Visa. Work with each of the companies is very different, because we tailor our programs to meet the specific needs of the organization. Most of the time I facilitate design thinking workshops, teach ethnographic research techniques and lead senior leadership sessions on user-centered innovation.
Professor of Global Institutional Economics
Ljubljana MBA participants have voted you as their best professor in 2017. What do you think are the qualities an MBA professor must have?
First of all, I was very glad when I learned about this selection. Teaching or better saying coaching MBA participants is, indeed, a great challenge for me professionally both, in terms of the course substance as well as the teaching methods. As a course lecturer, you are namely faced with a group of highly motivated individuals coming from very different professional background, but at the same time with rather clear ideas what they would like to get from the education they have enrolled in. There is another aspect that distinguishes teaching at executive MBA program from teaching any other university program. At executive MBAs, you typically deal with professionals having a lot of experiences of their own, so lecturers are often confronted with questions they hardly imagine or positions they can hardly respond to. So, yes, working with MBA participants is a very challenging two-way process where lecturers often learn as much as the course participants.
Adriana Rejc Buhovac
Professor of Strategic Management
Your classes are full of useful tools for strategizing and developing businesses. What is the most important lesson you want to give to MBA students?
Formulating strategy is one thing, executing it throughout the entire organization, however, is the hard part. Unfortunately, most managers know far more about developing strategies than about making them happen. Most business schools around the world teach their students and executives about schools of thought that have very little to do with making strategies work. Implementing strategy is about overcoming the various organizational and ‘political’ obstacles, starting with preventing internal resistance to change, coping with existing power structures, adequately sharing information between individuals and business units responsible for strategy execution, ensuring feelings of ‘ownership’ of execution plans, etc. My first lesson to the MBA students is to think about implementing the strategy in the early phases of developing strategies—it all starts with who should participate in the strategy development process.
Ljubljana MBA Programme Director,
Professor of Managerial Economics
Prof. Andreja Cirman has been the Ljubljana MBA Program director since 2011, leading the shaping and the coordinating of the program. Apart from her role in the MBA, she also made contributions in various organizations such as the European Network for Housing Research, American Real Estate Society and other professional organizations, publishing articles and research works in her area of expertise – housing, real estate and sustainability.
Professor of Accounting for Managers
You have been strongly involved in the design and delivery of executive education programme’s. Where do you see the biggest added value for employers and individuals to continue and develop through MBA programme’s?
An MBA programme gives participants a broad perspective of business management. As such with an MBA you will not only learn more about management and business science, you will also be able to envision yourself at the helm of an organization and understand how you will deal with leadership. It is more a self-learning tool intensively comprised in 2 years with specific core competencies being assessed periodically.
Professor of Leadership
You were a company commander at the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and were awarded with the Military Cross for your work in Iraq. How can you translate your leadership experience from the army to the MBA classroom?
My time commanding one hundred and fifty soldiers on a tour of Iraq in 2004, will remain one of the most formative and challenging experiences of my life. During an exceptionally high tempo of combat operations, leadership is the moral glue that binds a unit and its constituent companies together. This understanding of leadership in such circumstances has given me much cause for reflection on the nature of leadership, teams and high performance and how to help people to be their very best, no matter how intimidating the challenge.
Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Tell us about your education background and which are the schools that you teach at (domestic and international)?
My alma mater is University of Ljubljana, where I also got my PhD in the field of organizational behavior. In the process, I was fortunate enough to be able to learn from and research with several internationally recognized scholars. Over the last years I spend most of my time teaching postgraduate (EMBA, MBA and executive students) at BI Norwegian Business School, SEBLU in Ljubljana, and BI-Fudan MBA program in Shanghai. I am also academic coordiantor for the newly established BI-Tsinghua Educational Program for Entrepreneurs in Beijing, together with the leading Chinese University and major investors in advanced technologies.
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