Jun. 19

Executive MBA theses defended with new insights on key business issues

BMI International Executive MBA participants this week defended EMBA theses with the results of their practical research on how to deal successfully with many top issues in the business world of today and tomorrow.

The papers, applying the latest management know-how to participants’ own organizations and markets, are a capstone of the intensive BMI EMBA programme. Their defence, before juries led by professors from prestigious partner schools – this year HEC Paris of France and Tulane University of the USA – and including regional business leaders, is the last requirement before graduation.

“Remote work, AI, HR services for Industrie 4.0, workplace sustainability, buyer behaviour, public-private partnership – those are just a few of the topics addressed by the EMBA theses this year, with some impressive new insights and very practical applications. Strategy, marketing, finance and social responsibility aspects predominated. One participant, who is chief economic advisor to the President of Lithuania, even proposed a national ecosystem to support the emergence of unicorn companies,” said BMI Director General Jurga Bendikaite-Ursavas.

Given the Covid-19 pandemic and varying quarantine situations in different countries, this year some international members of the defence committee participated remotely. The overall process was coordinated by Vytautas Magnus University, many of whose professors were thesis advisors.

The two juries that assessed and challenged the papers were led by Prof. Alain Dumont of Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business and Prof. Véronique Malleret of HEC Paris (who is also BMI’s Academic Dean). The juries included business community members and BMI alumni.

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