Operations Discussions

Written on July 11, 2013 by uwe.spangler@ie.edu in General

Two professors – two opinions

IE Business School’s Professors of Operations Management, Luis Miravitlles and Felipe Amado Quintana have begun a new educational practice within their Operations and Supply Chain Management classes in different programmes such as the Executive MBA and the GMBA+.
Both professors prepared additional multimedia material for the MRW (multimedia) case study written by Professor Miravitlles. This additional material consists of 7 mini- discussions between both professors. Through a role play they adopt opposing roles to discuss the most important points of the case study. By using this methodology they provide students with a starting point for the class discussion (videoconference, discussion board). The objective of this material is to take the case discussion a step further and to have a deeper insight in the decision making process. This approach is ideal for executive and in-company classes where students have to focus on decision making justified with solid arguments.

For both professors this approach was seen to “enhance the learning experience through collaboration in the development process, learning different points of view. And at the end of the day this leads to a more motivating and enriched experience for the students.”


Fashion and visual media

Written on July 11, 2013 by uwe.spangler@ie.edu in General, Visits

Students of IE School of Communication visit the Madrid Fashion Week

The students of the Master in Visual Media at IE School of Communication went on a field trip to Mercedes Benz Madrid Fashion Week, as part of their course on Events Creation and Management.
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Guided by Pelonio, a creative consultancy based in Madrid, students visited the backstage area and watched some of the most innovative fashion shows programmed under the “El Ego” series, which features young up-and-coming Spanish designers. After the show, they enjoyed a cocktail in the company of models and designers like Pepa Salazar, Assaad Awad and María Rosenfeldt (heridadegato), as well as social media celebrities like Andrés Borque and Pepino y Crawford.

As Dani, one of the students mentions: “Visiting the Madrid Fashion Week was an amazing opportunity to complement everything we were learning in class. Thanks to Gema and Andrés that showed us around and explained us what happens throughout the process, we got to see how such an important event gets organized and managed. We had a great time and it was a very enriching learning experience.”



Written on July 11, 2013 by uwe.spangler@ie.edu in General

Getting the best from the touch screens in class.

Marketing and Strategy Professor Ángel Núñez manages the touch screens at María de Molina 31 in a new and innovative way.

Up to now our professors used one of the touch screens as master, while the second reproduced exactly what was being showed in the first monitor. Ángel uses both of them as master, as two separated computers. This way he can alternate different contents on each screen.

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One of the most interesting uses Ángel makes of the two monitors is to have Skype sessions with guest speakers, while he presents the ideas related to the interview in the other screen.

But that is only the beginning. Imagine the value the use of two master screens can add to your classes… In his own words: “using the two screens as master takes the visualization of data in class to a superior level; resources multiply without interruption, facilitating the participation dynamics”.

Excel, whiteboard, Power Point, Prezi, Youtube, multimedia cases… All these can be presented in a combined way to the students. And students themselves can take advantage of this configuration during their own presentations!


Team up for your different learning experience

Written on May 20, 2013 by uwe.spangler@ie.edu in New Experiences

IE Professor Daniel Mayoral introduces different teambuilding exercises

We are aware that this blog is not about the case method, which takes a collaborative approach among peers. It is about “learning and teaching activities beyond traditional case studies and lectures”. However a lot of other active learning methods have a large component of peer learning.
Coming from different cultural backgrounds (more individualistic or more collectivistic cultures) students have to learn how to work together in groups. And it’s not only about the learning process itself: Working in teams is one of the most important skills you need in high efficient, collaborative environments, according to Professor Mayoral. As such, most of the Master programs at IE start with some team building trainings. Professor Daniel Mayoral is involved in several of these experiences and tells us about some dynamics he is using:
“There are different games like “The Babel Tower” where students have to build a tower using materials provided like paper, clips, scissors and adhesive tape in 20 minutes. The team that -after this time- has the highest tower, wins. The idea behind this is to achieve equilibrium between realizing tasks, planning time, organizing and distributing the tasks between the group members.
“Another example could be a more physical approach where students have to create “Human Towers”: I give students 10 minutes and they have to create as many ‘human towers’ as possible. This is a really challenging dynamic for students. Some of the takeaways from this are: to have confidence in each other, to understand other’s interests, to reach agreements, to tell what you expect from others, and to learn how to say sorry.”

Professor Mayoral carried out these group dynamics in classes such as the Master in Global Environmental Change at IE University and as far as we know students loved them…


A new class dynamic in Private Civil Law has been introduced by Professor Casilda Cortes Puya

Students in the LLB received a lawsuit, a reply to the suit, a witness and a documental proof a couple of weeks before the class. They were split into two groups: one group was supposed to support the claimant, whilst the other the defendant.
London Lawyer and Professor Nicholas Yell was invited via a videoconference to be part of the session. To start off, he explained how these kind of proceedings work in the UK. After this students had to defend their position in groups, through two statements. The first one had to detail their position and the second focused on answering the arguments of the first group and also included some final conclusions. Nicholas acted as the judge (putting on a real court wig!), helped them along with their statements and delivered the final judgment, which actually existed as this was a real life case.
As far as we can tell, the virtual judge and the new lawyers were all happy with this new ability to deliver sentences across countries. Lady Justice will add some more devices to the blindfold and the scales of justice: perhaps a webcam and a headset!


Video killed the case star?

Written on January 29, 2013 by uwe.spangler@ie.edu in General

Professor Nicola Gatti develops his own video case resumés

A general proverb says “A video says more than a 1000 words.” Associate Professor of Strategy and Strategic Management, Nicola Gatti, took this general phrase into practice and developed his own pre-case videos. These videos work as a small introduction into the case studies for students with an executive level. Most students like managers in the AMP programs have little time to prepare. Nicola made a virtue from this need by recording himself short introductions to each case, in order to foster the motivation to read through the case and, if this is not possible for the students, to have at least a general idea of the content.
With these small executive résumés the case discussion in class will be anticipated and future questions and issues could be mentioned.
For Nicola this practice is also a “great possibility to raise the visibility and visual contact with the professor. People in a blended learning environment like to see the face of the professor. Audiovisuals are easier to assume then written words. I would encourage other professors to test the practice. After all, you can do it with simple tools like a digital camera and a free video-editing software”.
We added one of the Video résumés of the Ryanair case here in order to see for yourself how this experience works:


Synergies between subjects? – Academic integration at the Global MBA

Written on January 29, 2013 by uwe.spangler@ie.edu in General

Role play between Finance and Operations Management professors

Some critics say that academic knowledge is something like a silo based point of view of a single subject: But MBA Students are supposed to have a general management view on the top of that.

Therefore IE’s Financial Management Professor Virginia Bombin and Operations Management Professor Felipe Amado Quintana started a new and innovative initiative: They held a surprise online discussion in their last videoconference of the subject. In a role play they pretended to be the operations manager and the financial manager of the same company. The objective of this exercise was to show students why they have to think outside their one subject focused management point of view and be aware of the links between the Finance and Operations department. Instead of working against each other, departments have to show synergies by coordinating, mutual knowledge, a good analysis of forecasts and KPIs, a coordinated study of the mutual investments and of strategy, in short, medium and long term perspectives.
As Felipe mentioned: These types of initiatives help the students to understand different points of view under a common umbrella, integrating them into a global vision, helping to obtain holistic management knowledge.
Students mentioned that they also got a real sense of coordination between professors with this fun videoconference.


Boosting feedback in class

Written on October 29, 2012 by uwe.spangler@ie.edu in General, Technology

Different IE professors use clickers in the classroom

At IE Business School electronic response systems have been used for years in blended programs in the videoconference sessions. Through survey polls students are able to give immediate feedback on different questions. This experience has been transferred to face to face classes with a response system that professors can borrow from the learning innovation department. Clickers are physical electronic student response systems, usually allowing for A,B,C,D,E,… or number responses.

At IE, professors of Financial Management, such as Carmen Alonso-Muñoyerro and Carlos Bellon, Marketing professor Antonios Stamatogiannakis or Lee Newman from the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, have been using this technology to boost synchronous class feedback. Some of the advantages of the system are:

• Everyone participates, not just the overly vocal.
• The results of the voting could be shown in different types of graphs that are developed immediately.
• It is much easier to vote, as oppose to a large number of students raising their hands.
• There is the possibility to vote, not only through the clickers, but also by smart phone or other mobile devices.

Pictures sometimes say more than words: As you can observe from the photo, students love the experience.
If you like to use the clickers in the classroom please contact: helponline@ie.edu (917875115)


Short video cases for Executive Education

Written on October 29, 2012 by uwe.spangler@ie.edu in General, Visits

Professor Manuel Bermejo starts with the first of a new case series

The initiative of the case series wants to foster the possibility of class discussion with Executive Education participants who generally have less time to read through large case materials. These cases are a single page, with an additional video interview (maximum 30 minutes), which is shown in the classroom in order to start a debate.

This first case details the career path of Ignacio Bao. An exceptional story, beginning with various positions in a host of multinationals and then starting his own headhunting company.

The case tells the story of Bao’s headhunting company which is integrated in an international network, Signium International, and has its headquarters in Chicago. www.signium.com/

The case is designed for the entrepreneurship module of the Top Management Program, and talks about how to succeed in mature markets, how to build international networks, what profile is important for entrepreneurship and how it is possible to balance family and business life. In the intense first week of this program, in which IE students joined together with students fromt the University of San Andres, the protagonist visited the class to discuss these points with the students in person.
As Manuel Bermejo mentions: “This case is a perfect tool for a new learning experience in Executive Education: It let participants see how you have to create an organization with an entrepreneurial DNA in order to be able to compete on a global market.”


Blending theory and practical classes

Written on July 23, 2012 by uwe.spangler@ie.edu in General

University students go online

2012 is an era full of different open initiatives around the globe, but there is still one very important question for institutional learning: How is it possible to integrate online learning and face to face classes effectivly in a formal higher education setting?

As some of you may know, at IE University students from the bachelor degrees have large internship phases incorporated into their studyplans. All students are required to gain practical work experience with internships all around the globe (UK, USA, India, Germany, among many other countries) and at the same time theoretical and practical online classes. The study programs include both on-site and online sessions in a dynamic combination, unparalleled in any other school.

Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their professional fields right from the start of the program. This exercise in experiential learning allows partipcants the chance to engage directly with real-world professionals from the first year of the program.

As one of the professors mentioned: “This is a great opportunity for students to study and gain work experience at the same time. Personally i enjoy teaching online.”

Students enjoy their first online experience, “because it is an innovative way of colaborating instantly. This fosters a participatory culture and a lot of our future capacities.” – Welcome to the IE online experience.

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