ISB expands global footprint, ties up with Japan B-school

Indo Asian News Service

Hyderabad, March 9 (IANS) Expanding its global footprint in executive education, Indian School of Business (ISB), one of the country's top business schools, has tied up with a leading institute of Japan to offer courses for Japanese executives.

This agreement with Tokyo-based GLOBIS will help chief executives and other top level executives of Japanese companies looking to expand their businesses to India and other emerging economies.

"The ISB's research in emerging market solutions will come handy for these executives to learn doing business in countries like India and China," Ramanathan Hariharan, head of ISB's Centre for Executive Education (CEE), told IANS.

The ISB will design and deliver courses including open programmes or short-duration programmes that are driven by research, workshops, seminars and "custom-designed programmes" or specialised courses, devised to cater to specific needs of individuals, employees of various organisations in the public and private sector and government departments in Japan.

The executive education will be a bilateral effort with executives from India also getting to know business practices in Japan. "This will be important in view of the large number of Indian companies partnering or competing with Japanese firms," said Hariharan.

ISB plans to roll out at least five programmes for Japanese executives during the current year.

Japan is the fourth country the ISB has tied up with after similar agreements signed with business schools of Pakistan, Oman, Sri Lanka and Mauritius.

"The expansion of our global footprint vindicates ISB's vision of investing in research in emerging market solutions. We leverage that research through executive education to offer solutions to those wanting to do business in India or Indian companies keen to do business overseas," said Hariharan, who is also a senior director at ISB.

ISB has strategies to reach out to Africa, Middle East and South East Asia. It recently rolled out first programme in Mauritius, considered as the gateway to Africa.

The ISB has already delivered courses for one batch at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi.

In May last year, the ISB had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bahwan CyberTek (BCT) Group of Oman, to provide executive education courses in the Middle East.

"In Pakistan the second batch has been finalised and Mauritius is happening in the coming week. A batch consists of 30 participants on an average drawn from different corporates and includes the government as well," said Hariharan.

ISB sources said the CEE is already holding talks with some countries in the Middle East to offer executive education. Preliminary talks are on with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar.

The course models developed by ISB include three- to five-day courses on leadership and strategy, delivered to students in their own country.

Under the other model with a multi-phase approach, one phase happens in the home country location where the ISB faculty goes and delivers the programme, the second phase in ISB campus in India and the next phase at ISB's partner school location in the US.

The third model is participants coming over to ISB campus for exposure to India centric themes.

Established here in 2001 by a group of leading industrialists and academicians from India and abroad, the ISB has its campus here on 260-acre land. In 2012, it opened a second campus at Mohali in Punjab.