Are there MBAs in Fast Moving Consumer Goods?


Jawahar N

Just a quick question:

Does anybody know of any MBA programs in Europe that have specialized curriculum in fast-moving consumer goods?

Here in India, this is becoming a big industry - but there don't seem to be many MBA programs that cover it.

I'm considering applying to IMD and INSEAD - but they only have a few electives that are more general (classes in supply chain management or retail operations.)

Just a quick question:

Does anybody know of any MBA programs in Europe that have specialized curriculum in fast-moving consumer goods?

Here in India, this is becoming a big industry - but there don't seem to be many MBA programs that cover it.

I'm considering applying to IMD and INSEAD - but they only have a few electives that are more general (classes in supply chain management or retail operations.)
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Duncan

I don't think that a programme with such a narrow focus would attract the kind of talent FMCG companies need. They recruit from broader based programmes in marketing, supply chain and general management.

I don't think that a programme with such a narrow focus would attract the kind of talent FMCG companies need. They recruit from broader based programmes in marketing, supply chain and general management.
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ralph

I don't think that a programme with such a narrow focus would attract the kind of talent FMCG companies need.

Agreed. Both IMD and INSEAD would both be good choices. IMD places a good number of grads into consumer goods and retail roles; INSEAD places fewer but has some related curriculum as well as a student club.

Otherwise, you could consider staying in India: many ISB graduates go into fast-moving consumer goods or supply chain positions.

<blockquote>I don't think that a programme with such a narrow focus would attract the kind of talent FMCG companies need.</blockquote>
Agreed. Both IMD and INSEAD would both be good choices. IMD places a good number of grads into consumer goods and retail roles; INSEAD places fewer but has some related curriculum as well as a student club.

Otherwise, you could consider staying in India: many ISB graduates go into fast-moving consumer goods or supply chain positions.
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Jawahar N

Thanks. I think I will apply to IMD and INSEAD. What about these schools, compared to ones in Germany, like HHL Leipzig or Mannheim. They seem like good values.

Ralph, ISB is a good suggestion but employers here put a high value on international education.

Thanks. I think I will apply to IMD and INSEAD. What about these schools, compared to ones in Germany, like HHL Leipzig or Mannheim. They seem like good values.

Ralph, ISB is a good suggestion but employers here put a high value on international education.
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Duncan

If you don't have FMCG experience in the country you are targetting, then look for a programme with an internship in the middle.

If you don't have FMCG experience in the country you are targetting, then look for a programme with an internship in the middle.
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ezra

Good point, Duncan. I read somewhere that a big proportion of MBA students at SP Jain do internships in FMCG firms.

Have you also considered an MBA in China? CEIBS, for example, is well-regarded by employers in India - and gives you the opportunity to do a summer internship. And being close to the country's large and supply chains could give you more leverage in the FMCG industry.

Good point, Duncan. I read somewhere that a big proportion of MBA students at SP Jain do internships in FMCG firms.

Have you also considered an MBA in China? CEIBS, for example, is well-regarded by employers in India - and gives you the opportunity to do a summer internship. And being close to the country's large and supply chains could give you more leverage in the FMCG industry.
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Jawahar N

Just wanted to thank everybody for their help. I ended up applying to CEIBS and INSEAD - no word back from CEIBS but I'm interviewing at INSEAD!

Just wanted to thank everybody for their help. I ended up applying to CEIBS and INSEAD - no word back from CEIBS but I'm interviewing at INSEAD!
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