Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) | PGEMP

  • What is the value of the programme?

    PGEMP has been designed on the lines of the Advanced Management Programme of Harvard, but for middle-level managers. The high degree of application-oriented learning and contextual customisation has enabled both participants and companies to reap rich dividends from the Programme. Participants after enrolling for PGEMP have been able to effect change and influence management practice. Companies have recognized this and offered them senior positions of responsibility in charge of strategic business units both in India and abroad. Participants have gained 8 to 10 years over contemporaries after doing the programme. PGEMP has also enabled companies to retain talent and manage scarce talent more effectively.

  • What will be the class composition?

    The class will be a mix of high-potential executives from different companies, industries, work experience, functions, roles as well as locations.

  • What are application exercises?

    Application exercises are assignments where the concepts studied in class are applied to a real-life situation in the organization that a participant represents. Application exercises reinforce the learnings garnered in class and enable a participant to understand his / her organisation much better.

    Examples of Application exercises

    In Finance: Analyse the balance sheet and profit and loss statement of your company for the past 5 years; calculate Liquidity ratios, Profitability ratios, and Capital structure ratios and write a report on the financial health of the company”
    In Marketing: List the product categories and lines of your company and segregate the product lines on the basis of growth, maturity and decline in potential; identify the rationale for continuing each product line- would you add/ delete any product item(s) from the existing product line

  • How is the evaluation process?

    Evaluation is a continuous process both on-campus and off-campus. The on-campus evaluation covers group work, quizzes, and exams. Off-campus evaluation is in the form of conceptual and application assignments.

  • Is there any specialisation involved?

    PGEMP is aimed at preparing working executives for general management positions and as such PGEMP is a general management programme- there is no functional specialisation. However, there are electives offered in the final phase of the programme. 

  • Do I necessarily have to stay on campus even if I am from Mumbai?

    Yes. Stay in the hostel is compulsory even if you are from Mumbai.

  • What happens if I miss a contact/class?

    Ideally, you should not miss classes. Work exigencies as an excuse to miss class/contact are not accepted. The fact that we are insisting on company sponsorship is to ensure that the organizational work does not come in the way of studies during the tenure of the Programme. You run the risk of missing out on on-campus evaluations of group work, simulations etc. apart from the knowledge from the class sessions, and class discussion.

    Missing one contact period is equivalent to missing 15% of the on-campus sessions.

    In the extreme event of your missing classes, you will have to make up on your own.

  • Is it mandatory to have a mentor? What is the role of a mentor?

    Yes. It is mandatory for each participant to have a mentor from his/her own company.

    The mentor is an important stakeholder in the participant’s learning process as a coach, role model, and counsellor.

    A mentor is senior to the participant and ideally has spent more years in the organisation and is preferably located at the same geographical location for interactions.

  • What if during the programme, I am not in full-time employment for a certain period?

    During the programme, you will be required to apply the concepts to your own job context. Hence, continuous and full-time employment is mandatory throughout the programme. In the event you are in between jobs and not in employment, you will have to take a break from the programme till such time you resume full-time employment. 

  • What is the selection process? Do I have to prepare for the same?

    The purpose of the admission process is to understand the “starting point” of the skills and traits of a student before entering the course. What is checked is the skills of the person like common sense, commercial sense, communication, interaction, dealing with people etc. The best advice we can give is that the candidate should be his/her usual “himself” or “herself”. While it is possible to prepare oneself, it is not necessary as can be seen from the explanation given below of what generally happens in the admission tests.

    Personal Interview: You will be interviewed by two professors. The style of the interview is mostly conversational. In general, one need not prepare for the interview. You may brush up your communication skills; feel relaxed, focused, confident, concise and energetic.

    Group Discussion: This round will have a discussion in groups on relevant current affairs. The groups formed will be of 4-6 members. The topic of discussion will be either given by the professors at the time of discussion or the group may be given a choice.

    Test of reasoning: The test of reasoning is an online test with questions on quantitative ability, verbal & logical reasoning, & critical thinking & decision making. It will have 40 questions in total.

  • When will the results of the selection be announced?

    The results of the selection process will generally be announced within 7 working days of the completion of the process.

  • Can I pay the fees in instalments?

    Yes, only individual applicants (not sponsored financially by their organisation) can avail of the instalment facility as per schedule.

  • What is the qualification that I will earn after successfully completing the programme?

    The successful participants are awarded a certificate of Post Graduate Executive Management Programme by SPJIMR. The programme is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

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