After completing a revitalization process in 2022, Fundacao Dom Cabral´s Executive MBA launched its new curriculum with the March 2023 cohort.
The process involved studies, surveys, interviews, and focus groups with different stakeholders. Research included an analysis of feedback and recommendations from accreditation organizations (AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB); thought leadership on trends in the education industry and competencies for leaders from EMBAC, the World Economic Forum, and Poets&Quants, among others; faculty suggestions; student course feedback and overall program evaluations; market research with potential students and alumni; benchmarking with national and international business schools; and alignment with new program learning objectives and Academic Committee guidance.
The revitalization process resulted in curriculum changes that involved increasing global content; better balancing hard and soft skills; reinforcing quantitative content, such as macroeconomics and data analytics; addressing environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) directly in core courses, such as Trust and Ethics, Sustainability and ESG, Personal and Organizational Purpose, Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity, Corporate Governance, and Risk Management and transversally in courses and activities, such as the Applied Capstone Project and self-development essays; including innovation and supply chain as core courses; developing new topics for elective courses to address emerging themes; and offering more flexibility in the curriculum and enabling international exchange programs, such as Digital Transformation, Entrepreneurship and Startup Thinking, Social Intraperneurship, and Leading Across Borders.
In other news, Fundacao Dom Cabral´s Executive MBA recently launched and implemented the Purposeful Business Journey, a transversal track that aims at stimulating students to create alternatives for integrating the common good into their work.
It includes courses, activities, and applied projects that directly promote reflections and solutions for a positive impact of business on society. Course examples include Trust and Ethics (1st module), Sustainability and ESG (2nd module), Personal and Organizational Purpose (2nd module), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (4th module), Integrating Business (5th module), Legacy of Leadership (5th module), and Humanities, Arts and Management (6th module).
As part of the journey, students practice ways to address society’s grand challenges in the business world. In a Sustainability and ESG course simulation, they pitch an innovative ESG project to a company’s board of directors. In the Personal and Organizational Purpose course, students develop a statement of their purpose as leaders and agents of change.
The journey also includes a reflection on the social and environmental impact of student solutions in their Applied Capstone Projects. Since its launch, several projects have focused on developing and improving ESG indicators at companies or starting a new social enterprise. The Purposeful Business Journey accounts for approximately 30 percent of the EMBA contact and learning hours, and participation is mandatory. Since its launch, more than 500 business leaders in Brazil have been impacted by the experience.