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Shaping Managers Into Leaders
March 1, 2013   
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The global economy is going through a difficult time and managers are facing some tough challenges these days. There is no doubt that the global financial and economic crisis has made management even more difficult, and the tasks that managers have to handle are even more complicated. A manager has to show his qualities as a real leader and must be able to choose the right strategy, motivate people, and meet various ethical and professional requirements. MBA programs must change to live up to expectations, addressing the increasing complexity of the modern economy.

How can we meet all these challenges? Only by upgrading the programs and working on their quality, relevance and applicability in the modern business sector. We are trying to do that in Poland. The country’s advanced management education sector emerged more than 20 years ago together with a modern market economy. This means that it has a relatively short track record, especially as MBA programs often take decades to win international recognition based on past experience and alumni achievements. A strong position can only be built gradually, and with great effort. Nevertheless, 20 years is not a short period, either. Over those two decades Poland’s best MBA programs have gained a reputation for providing a solid education and proved their academic quality.

Obviously, building the position of an MBA program takes a long time. However, we can already see the first results of our hard work. The Warsaw University of Technology Business School has Poland’s largest network of MBA alumni, with over 1,200 names. The quality of the program is excellent, the accreditation granted is international, the price competitive. But the most important fact is that we are not afraid of challenges. In our school we have introduced innovative changes to both the content of the courses and the concept of teaching. Understanding the complexity of the present world, the interconnections between the multiple actors, the role and responsibility of business leaders in a modern society—these elements form the core of the new curriculum. We also know that business management is not a separate set of tasks and tools, with one tool fitting one goal. It is rather a toolbox and many tools have to be used in order to achieve a goal. Managers with such skills will be able to operate successfully and, more importantly, lead others.

Prof. Witold Or³owski
Director of the Warsaw University of Technology Business School
Member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Council
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