Design & Modules

The Five Mindsets

Making better management business as usual 

This unique program is designed around managerial challenges and mindsets instead of functional silos. The IMPM focuses on the essence of what it means to practice management and every aspect of the program ensures that participants apply what they learn to their own business context.

  • Module 1 – Managing Self

    The Reflective Mindset

    Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
    Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom

    Participants experience sessions on The Nature of Engaging Management (Henry Mintzberg), Ethics and Virtue Within the Organization (Lucas Introna), and Managing Culture. Through sessions participants will engage in a cultural audit in companies located in England and around the world.  Geographic pods provide the possibility to meet fellow participants from their region.  This module is developed and delivered by leading faculty at the Lancaster University Management School, consistently ranked among the top research schools in the UK.

  • Module 2 – Managing Organizations

    The Analytic Mindset

    McGill University, Montreal, Canada
    McGill University, Montreal, Canada

    Sessions on big data, AI, finance, and the theory of constraints focus on developing an understanding of analysis beyond techniques—and away from both “extinction by instinct” and “paralysis by analysis.”  We explore strategy and remaining competitive in today’s environment, and Henry Mintzberg contrasts adhocracies with bureaucracies and emergent strategies with deliberate ones. This module is developed and delivered by leading faculty at McGill University and subject matter experts from around the world.


  • Module 3 – Managing Context

    The Worldly Mindset

    Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India
    Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India

    India is the best place to learn about other people’s worlds to better understand our own.  This module, hosted by the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (ranked the best business school in Central Asia), delves into all aspects of the world of enterprises: from financial markets and consumer behavior to championing and sustaining business growth, and from stakeholder relationships to cultural differences.

    The experience comes alive through visits to different places that illustrate India’s diversity—from a food market to a software campus, separated by just a few kilometers and several centuries.

  • Module 4 – Managing Relationships

    The Collaborative Mindset

    Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan
    Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan

    Not surprisingly, Japan is where we probe managing relationships through the collaborative mindset—covering individuals in groups, divisions, companies and in strategic alliances.

    In this module, in addition to focusing on different forms of collaboration and alternative models of human behavior, we explore the role of trust and culture in collaboration and how it is created in companies. Taking advantage of proximity to China and Korea, input from these countries expands the East Asian experience of participants.

  • Module 5 – Managing Change

    The Action Mindset

    FGV-EBAPE, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    FGV-EBAPE, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    The Action Mindset expands expands assumptions about, frameworks for, and perspectives on  personal, professional, organizational and societal change and continuity. In Rio de Janeiro, at Brazil’s renowned FGV EBAPE, the focus is on catalytic change and how business and global dynamics interact with management and organizational action.

    To develop an advanced and incisive perspective on managerial action, there are sessions on change management, processual perspectives on change and continuity, managing hierarchies for action, and on governance and knowledge for action across businesses and societal contexts. Visits to companies and public-sector enterprises as well as a school for youth development, and workshops on diversity and gender, refresh and extend the scope of managerial and organizational action.

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Innovative Approaches to Transformative Learning

Over the past two decades, we have developed a range of pedagogical innovations that will help you achieve your full potential. The innovations are simple, yet have a profound impact.

  • Friendly Consulting

    Engaging managers means more than just doing workshops and discussing ideas. Friendly consulting is a competency-sharing process..

    that focuses on the kinds of challenges and opportunities senior managers face in their business environments. You come to the table with the issues you are grappling with in your work and benefit from the experience, insights and advice of other participants in the program. Learning from experience is at the heart of the IMPM.

  • Reflection Papers and Peer Coaching

    Learning from each other and the faculty does not stay in the classroom. After each module, you write a reflection paper. This is not an academic paper: you review what particularly…

    struck you during the module and relate it your personal needs, at your own job, or within your organization. During the writing process, you connect with a team of colleagues, and a faculty tutor, who work with you to make these papers as helpful as they can possible be. We call this peer coaching.

  • Managerial Exchanges and Company Visits

    Midway through the program, you pair up with a colleague and spend the better part of a week as host and as visitor at each other’s workplace. This process of observing another manager…

    is considered one of the most enriching experiences of the program, as the benefit is twofold. Participants receive constructive feedback after being closely observed in their own organization and gain insight into how they themselves work by watching another manager in action. To broaden participants’ experience of organizations throughout the program, participants visit a range of companies across commercial, public and plural sectors applying concepts introduced during modules. Sectors include banking and micro finance, retail and consumer, energy, advanced manufacturing, pharmaceutical and medical, regional government, not for profits, IT consulting and digital innovators.

  • Impact Teams and Mini Modules

    “Never send a changed person back to an unchanged organization.” Yet that is what almost all development programs do. We have changed that. You are given the opportunity, with our…

    guidance and supporting materials, to designate an impact team back at work, of colleagues or direct reports, to help you carry your learning back into the organization. You debrief your team after each module, and discuss how to use the learning for constructive change.  In this way, the IMPM becomes far more than management development; it is organization development. It is a smart investment for your business or unit because the learning cascades beyond the individual to others within the organization.

  • Reflections and Roundtables

    Impactful learning from experience does not happen without refection – without probing, wondering, analysing and synthesizing. Each morning of the program,

    participants have the opportunity to take time for thoughtful refection – a time to consider input by academic faculty, contributions from other participants, and experiences from the previous day. Throughout the program, participants sit at roundtables in a flat classroom. Participants own the space together with academic faculty, with regular workshops to share insights. Participants share their reflections to learn from each other’s ideas and experiences at their roundtable on a wide range of economic, ethical, political and business issues, followed by plenary discussion. Participants find this reflective component enlightening as they come to grips with their own views and discover new ideas.

  • Support Team of Advisors

    You are not alone in your learning journey. In addition to a top team of administrators, you will be supported by:

    • A personal tutor who provides guidance for your papers and bridges the gap between theory and application in your workplace
    • Two academic directors who support and guide you through your IMPM studies
    • A cycle director who travels with the group for every module and helps integrate learning across all modules
    • Over 50 faculty advisors whose expertise you can tap into for managerial or academic support
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