5 Benefits of an EMBA to Your Employer

5 Benefits of an EMBA to Your Employer main image

When the time comes for you to discuss the value of an executive MBA (EMBA) with your employer, the most pressing question you will hear is “Why should we support your participation in this program?” Due to the time and potential travel commitments an EMBA will ask of its participants, this is a legitimate question whether your employer is considering sponsoring your course of study financially, or not. 

Fortunately, an executive MBA not only advances you professionally, but also provides numerous benefits to your company. Here are five ways in which professionals taking an EMBA will benefit their employers:

Introducing fresh ideas to the workplace

An EMBA allows you to bring newly acquired classroom concepts, knowledge and tools learned from peers and expert faculty to your workplace and apply them.

Becoming a better leader

Most executive MBA programs provide business coaching and leadership training throughout the program, helping participants learn more about themselves and their managerial styles. Such development makes them more effective leaders on the job and in real time.

Applying team/consultancy projects to your company

Students can apply an EMBA program’s team/consultancy projects to their own companies, solving major issues and challenges for their employers. As a ‘homegrown’ consultant with an intimate understanding of their employers’ internal culture and dynamics, EMBA students can add real value while saving employers costly external consulting fees.

Connecting your employer to a broader, deeper network of talent

EMBA students can expect to expand their business networks through global electives, experienced faculty as well as through an institution’s international student and alumni community, allowing them to make connections that can immediately help them in their current professional roles.

Opening your company to the world

Through global electives, EMBA participants become experts in international business, allowing them to internationalize their profiles, build global connections and learn about global opportunities that are potentially attractive for their organizations.

Getting your employer on board is not always an easy task but it is a necessary step. Even though most executive MBA programs will not require formal support from your employer, it is important to get your employer’s approval particularly when it comes to time away from work. An executive MBA provides endless benefits for employers who very often do not realize that they are getting as much out of developing your management and leadership skills as you are. You are already a brilliant executive, so it’s time to use your power of persuasion to your and your company’s advantage!

This article was originally published in July 2016 and was updated in April 2018.

Written by Sophie Mathiaut

Sophie M Mathiaut has been working in higher education management for over nine years in both North America and Europe, and now heads QS’s executive MBA product division. Prior to this, Sophie worked for the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program in Germany, and the New York Institute of Technology and World Education Services in New York City. Sophie specializes in higher education marketing & recruiting, research, and executive education.

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