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Post Graduate Programme in Management for Senior Executives (PGPMAX)

PGPMAX is a programme designed to meet the needs and career aspirations of senior executives. It allows professionals to gain strategic insights, enhance their decision-making abilities and further develop leadership & managerial skills.

The PGPMAX is a part-time, 15-month program and includes seven days of classroom training every sixth week. A programme with a general management focus, PGPMAX comprises 24 courses covering Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Organizational Behavior & Leadership. The program has online preparatory modules, followed by pre-course readings, core courses and the advanced courses. During the course, various speaker sessions and events are organized to complement classroom learning. Various simulation activities are also conducted to facilitate decision making.  A candidate needs to spare around 62 days for classes (apart from travel days). A PGPMAX student is also expected to spend 8 to 10 hours per week on course-related work such as pre-reads, assignments and cases.

In addition to classes held at the ISB campuses, two academic terms are held outside India as part of the “International Immersion” section of the programme. For the year 2016-17, international immersion will be in the US with classes at Kellogg and Wharton. Depending upon interest of participants, there may be an optional international immersion in Brazil / other emerging economies.

A very rigorous programme, the PGPMAX helps senior executives unlearn and re-learn a lot of management concepts. Gaining a 360-degree view of business, including various functions such as accounting, finance, HR, marketing, operations and strategy, students are exposed to areas which they may not have had direct exposure to in the course of their career. This immensely helps them understand business management holistically, preparing them for leadership roles going forward.

The highly diverse PGPMAX class comprises around 70 candidates. About 40% of the class comes from senior management positions, 40% comes with upper-middle management experience, whereas 20% are business owners. Almost all industries are represented in the class including IT / IT-related services, Finance, Telecom, Manufacturing etc.

While the minimum work experience requirement is 10 years, the average work experience of a PGPMAX class is more than 15 years. Candidates with lesser years of experience need to bring a higher quality of experience in order to compete with those bringing more experience to the table. With over 1000 years of combined work experience, the engagement and class participation levels are unmatched. This coupled with the star faculty at ISB gives one a learning experience, no other business school in India can.

The PGPMAX prides itself with various notable alumni such as Don Mohanlal (PGPMAX class of 2012) who recently received the Global Influential Leaders Award and Dr. Chava, CEO of Laurus Labs (PGPMAX founding class).

While the PGPMAX is equivalent to Executive MBA programmes, it truly distinguishes itself from other programmes by its globally-renowned faculty, world-class infrastructure at the ISB campuses and the diverse peer group.


* All the Student Diaries have been written by ISB Alumni. ISBmantra holds no responsibility on the completeness and accuracy of this information. However, we endeavour to obtain all the content from reliable sources and keep the information up-to-date.


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