Richard Barnard current student of the International MBA program – Class of 2010 describes his experience during the Making Change Happen Module.

The November intake of the English and Spanish language International MBA 2011 cohort recently completed the Making Change Happen module. This is the third module of the Accelerate program, which runs alongside the core courses of the International MBA and divides each of the terms with weeklong practical business skill-based assignments.

Accenture Spain provided a change management module

This year, Making Change Happen brought IE Business School together with Accenture Spain and 3i Private Equity to provide a change management module for the students to work on. The case was based on a real life example from the files of Accenture Spain and was introduced and adjudicated by Partners from Accenture.

The case made the students dig into their IMBA data bases to draw upon the knowledge provided thus far in the programme in order to devise suitable consulting proposals to address the change management issues of the case. As such, the module was a valuable tool, making us review the knowledge we’ve gained and then evaluate how best to apply it to the case at hand.

Ateneo assembly hall in downtown Madrid

Like the previous Accelerate module Change in Action, the week climaxed with the lead groups from each IMBA section presenting to the client company, in this case Accenture Spain, in the exquisite surroundings of the Ateneo assembly hall in downtown Madrid. As it had earlier in the year, this final event provided the winning groups with a challenging experience of presenting their proposals not only to a panel of Accenture Partners but also a room full of their peers.

From the finalists Accenture Spain chose a winning group who were given the chance to leapfrog to the final round of interviews for a position as a post-MBA consultant with Accenture Spain.

As International MBA students, the Making Change Happen week provided opportunities to learn and challenge ourselves, in readiness for Period 3 or IMBA in Practice internships. Check out our Flickr album to see pictures!