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Working With the Best
February 4, 2010   
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MBA courses provided by the Centre for Management Training (CMT) at the University of Warsaw's Management School are among the best MBA programs in Poland and Central Europe. The program's founder, Prof. Roman G這wacki (pictured), who is celebrating his 80th birthday this year, says the central focus in a manager's education should be on a combination of ethics with leadership and social responsibility.

The MBA program available at the CMT is one of a few in Central Europe that enjoy strong support from leading Western European and American schools. The courses are taught with the involvement of the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University, Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, and Bergische Universit酹 Wuppertal, Germany. The extensive, 820-hour curriculum is unusual in that it places relatively little emphasis on the fundamental theory of business operations and management; the focus is rather on different kinds of business dealings in a case-oriented approach. This is largely because the program is modeled after that offered by the Harvard Business School, the world's best management school, which has been working with the CMT for many years. Following this system means that graduates are not theoreticians, but rather people prepared for work "on the front line," which is usually the situation they will find at large Polish businesses and multinational corporations with subsidiaries in this country.

A strong emphasis on the direct use of business strategies by CMT students means they have no problem finding a job. Graduates with MBA degrees from the CMT are employed by the European Commission, the World Bank and various international corporations such as Hewlett-Packard and General Electric. They also land jobs at foreign banks including ING and large Polish companies such as LOT Polish Airlines.

Prof. G這wacki, the founder and central figure of the program, is a marketing pioneer and academic high-flier, according to his associate, Prof. Diana Phillips from the University of Antwerp. Prof. G這wacki authored Poland's first textbook on marketing, Przedsi瑿iorstwo na rynku (The Enterprise in the Market), which was published in 1973. He also developed a system of ties between the University of Warsaw's Management School and U.S. business schools from the East and West Coast.

According to Prof. Grzegorz Karasiewicz, head of the marketing unit at the Management School, "Prof. G這wacki has had a huge impact on all Polish academics dealing with marketing and management."

Prof. G這wacki was one of the first academics in Poland to notice that the global crisis, which began in the financial sector, would necessitate changes to MBA curricula. According to Prof. G這wacki, manager training programs must change their priorities: the central focus, especially in MBA programs, needs to be leadership in conjunction with ethics and social responsibility. This marks a major change in the approach to management training, testifying to the fact that Polish academics are among the global leaders in the field of management.

Marek Mejssner
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