10th International MBA Congress
July 4, 2014
By Piotr Buła, director of the Cracow School of Business at Cracow University of Economics
The 10th International MBA Congress, held in Cracow in May, was headlined “Ready for the Premier League?” The event gathered managers, faculty members, students, graduates and directors of MBA programs from Poland and abroad.
Panel discussions held during the congress showed that Polish companies are set to continue growing provided they are rationally managed, make appropriate use of available EU funds and are able to make the most of the potential of internationally successful Polish enterprises.
Speaking about what Poland needed to do in order to catch up with the world’s best, and what companies needed to do to climb up international ranking lists, Marcin Moskalewicz, president of oil pipeline operator PERN Przyjaźń, said, “We have to want to do it.”
The Cracow congress aims to provide a discussion forum for business people, academics and politicians. Topics discussed during the event include current economic issues as seen from a Polish perspective and the goals that Polish companies should set for themselves in order to optimize their performance in a changing business environment. The participants also review previous decisions in order to learn what can be done to improve profits in the future and turn failures into successes.
The Małopolska region of Poland, where the congress is held, needs continuing investment in more efficient outsourcing and training for business leaders, so that it is internationally competitive not just because of low labor costs and business incentives, but also because it offers expert know-how and efficient organizations.
When people ask me if MBA programs produce leaders, I always tell them that managerial and leadership skills are important, but they are not a guarantee of success. During a turbulent economy, you have to be able to function as part of a group. A leader who knows how to work with others can help a company grow and achieve new successes, which brings Poland closer to the economic premier league.
During the International MBA Congress, the results of the fifth ranking of MBA programs by the Association for Managerial Education were announced. The Cracow School of Business MBA programs were listed in the ranking’s two top categories. The International MBA Program, conducted jointly with the St. Gallen Business School in Switzerland, advanced to the “Master” class, while the Executive MBA Program, of which the Stockholm University School of Business is a partner, was listed in the “Professional Plus” class, along with the MBA CSB+Master Program conducted jointly with Clark University in the United States.
The 11th International MBA Congress will be held May 15-17, 2015.