Executive Management ProgrammeS.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research
Frequent Asked Questions
Graduates with minimum 5 years experience and with a good track record and who are backed up/supported by their companies to do the program.
The emerging Business challenges require corporates to create a reservoir of versatile executives with a strong base of functional knowledge along with general management perspective.
SPJIMR's uniquely architectured Executive Management Programme is designed with a potential to address the above shortcomings and fills the gap of providing high quality management education to Practicing executives with minimal absence from their workplace.
SPJIMR's approach to major initiatives has been to formulate details based on definite and distinctive foundational premises. For the Executive Management Programme, these are:
1. The conventional classroom mode of learning can be leveraged significantly through non-classroom activities- a belief borne out of successful practice of pedagogic approaches at SPJIMR with other programs.
2. Professional education can be best acquired by a two-stage process of:
1. acquisition of knowledge of theoretical concepts followed by
2. application of the concepts to real life situations
3. Formal management education needs to sensitise participants to appreciate that:
1. the onus of learning in the ultimate analysis is mainly on the learner
2. the process of learning needs to be continuous throughout the career and
3. the sources and methods of learning are varied
4. Sponsoring companies need to have somewhat of a direct role in assisting the learning experience of the participant- positive gains being:
(i)wider spread of knowledge within the organisation
(ii) performance improvement resulting from Executive Management Programme action learning, Application exercises and Projects.
5. Effective management education for practicing executives needs to be contextual and hence needs to be customised vis-a-vis the organisation and the participant's specific role.
-The SPJIMR Advantage:
SPJIMR is not affiliated to any university and is completely autonomous. This status has given the institute the ability to utilize academic freedom to develop trend-setting educational programmes and pedagogic processes with long-term benefits for all stakeholders. SPJIMR also has entrepreneurial agility that has made it the only self-financed institute to be among the top ten in the country.
The guiding philosophy of SPJIMR is influencing practice, here and now and promoting value based growth. The Institute has an enviable track record of recognizing the needs of the society and quickly and aptly responding by offering high quality relevant programmes. And, to cap it all, SPJIMR has the locational advantage of being in Mumbai, the commercial capital of the country.
The two fundamental features of the architecture of the programme are:
* Application of knowledge
The programme will consist of 24 courses spread over four phases for a 18 month period as under. This will be followed by four months of project work.
-Phase 2- Foundation(6mths):
People & Performance
-Phase 3- Integration(6 mths):
Legal aspects of business
-Phase 4-Customisation( 6mths):
Decision-making through simulation
Towards managerial excellence
3-Electives (from a basket of general management subjects )
Each participant from a basket of general management subjects would choose electives.
Participants are required to work on a project that has immediate relevance to the company and can be readily implemented. Project is to be jointly selected by participant, his mentor/ dept head and SPJIMR. A Faculty guide will be appointed to each participant by SPJIMR to guide him/her on the academic inputs.
Equal importance of and complementarity between Learning in the On-campus and Off-campus modes. E-learning facilitates the learnings in the Off-campus mode.
During the On-campus residential contact sessions, the morning classes will serve primarily as an opportunity for Clarification, Synthesis and Integration of concepts previously studied by participants in the Off-campus mode. Discussions, Group-work, Case Analysis, Simulation will form the agenda for the afternoons followed by pre-dinner talks or similar socially interactive sessions. Participants will retire for the day after self-study time for the next day's preparation.
During the 3rd phase of the program, the participants will select Elective subjects for deeper study and specialisation. A real-life problem or issue faced by the sponsoring company will be taken up as the dissertation topic/theme. The participant will develop implementable plans. This will be approved and then evaluated for adequate efforts, separately by the organisation and the Institute.
Participants will be permitted, provided the class space is available to attend the 2nd year PGDM classes at SPJIMR, if required for special topics.
At every stage, participants will be encouraged to introspect and ask themselves: So what to me? and So what to my firm? with a view to inculcating in them an ability to use intellectual curiosity to handle real life problems and learn from the outcomes thereof.