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BUILDING competencies that are critical for FUTURE SUCCESS

Founded in Lyon, France in 1872 by the local business community and is affiliated to the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, EMLYON Business School is a French leading business school aiming to be more focused on the professional and personal success of their participants by transforming their business model in line with their commitment to executive participant success. Harnessing both hard and soft skills of their students, letting them put knowledge immediately to work using experimentation and high-impact learning experiences, EMLYON is truly a catalyst in boosting the careers and growth of their participants. To understand more about what makes EMLYON a triple accredited institution, abiding to their “Early Makers” motto and approach, we sat down with their Director of MBA Programmes, Professor Rhoda Davidson.

Q Good day, Professor Davidson! Thank you for taking the time to talk to us today. Let’s start this interview by giving us a glimpse of what a day looks like for an academic and business leader like yourself ?

A My role as EMLYON MBA Programme Director falls at a focal point between many different activities – formulating and promoting great programmes, working with faculty to deliver impactful courses, ensuring participant satisfaction, guaranteeing accreditation, and pursuing gains in the rankings. The perimeter of my responsibility covers both MBA and EMBA programmes, delivered in both English and French, in Lyon and Paris, as well as overseeing programmes delivered in China and Morocco.

The biggest endeavour that we have underway are projects related to our commitment to executive participant success. We are moving rapidly away from merely conveying knowledge to focus on capability building and measurement, which better serves our participants.

My top priority is making sure that our participants

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Adrian Furnham is Principal Behaviour Psychologist at Stamford Associates in London. He was Professor of Psychology at University College London 1981 to 2018, and now also Adjunct Professor of Management at the Norwegian School of Management in Oslo.