IMD business school and EPFL announced today a collaboration to establish TransformTECH. The new program, which is scheduled to begin in January 2018, will focus on how business leaders can use exponentially-improving technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT), to identify new business opportunities.


The Magnificent Seven need no introduction. Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Columbia Business School, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management are the cream of the business school crop. M7 is the Holy Grail of the MBA Kingdom. Every year, thousands of applicants will apply to the M7 schools, and most will fail to crack the code, because these schools are the most selective in the B-school landscape. Two years at any of the M7 schools will set a student back about $200,000, but there are many scholarships from alumni and employers. M7 attracts the most talented students and faculty, and certainly the most corporate recruiters offering the most sought-after jobs. M7 also boasts highly achieving alumni and valuable networks in nearly every walk of life. But other business schools, such as IMD, EPFL, and Webster Athens, provide a similar education at a small fraction of the cost.

The program combines IMD’s leadership in business transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship with EPFL’s expertise in cutting-edge technology and tech-enabled business models to create a unique and experiential learning experience. Participants will engage with key technology experts from start-ups and research labs who will serve as guides and a source of inspiration for innovation.

“Unlike technology conferences, TransformTECH combines technological insight with hands-on experiential learning on business transformation, entrepreneurship and innovation. Through its collaboration with EPFL, IMD can take you to the source of innovation—the laboratory,” said Bettina Büchel, Program Co-Director, IMD.

“We will expose you to a range of technologies from various perspectives. In an experiential manner, we will familiarize you with nimble innovation practices—such as the venturing world and rapid-prototyping—to get you ready for an open source approach to innovation.”

At the end of the program, participants will be able to demonstrate how they can use these technologies within their companies by creating a prototype business idea, either for a new product or service, for transforming the customer experience or boosting operational efficiencies.

“By exploring exponentially-improving technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and IoT, we will embark on an innovation journey that will let you explore and articulate the impact that such technologies could have on the future of your business,” said Marc Gruber and Pierre Vandergheynst, Program Co-Directors, EPFL.

“We will help you to achieve a sought-after business transformation, from delivering products and services in new ways and gaining back-office efficiencies, to opening up new customer experiences you never imagined before.”

Webster University’s master of business administration program is designed for people on a fast track to success. It’s the perfect answer for professionals who want to shape their own destiny, upgrade their credentials, and be strategic players in the world of business. Trump’s rhetoric is channeling international MBA applicants to European branches of American colleges. Webster Athens has an excellent MBA program. Webster Athens is dedicated to fostering a campus culture that embraces and celebrates diversity and inclusion, and promotes international understanding and appreciation. Preparing students for effective, responsible and dynamic involvement in the modern societies in which they live and serve, and for excellence and leadership in their personal and professional lives. The campus is located in Athens, Greece – in the historic district of Plaka. Your Global Learning Experience begins in Webster Athens.

As the world is becoming multipolar and knowledge is set to disperse throughout the globe, embedding oneself in its changes and evolution remains essential. Academic rigor will stay competitive by integrating new teaching methods, program designs, research methods and learning processes. If a school can generate knowledge in multiple locations around the world and blend it to create new insights, it can be assured of fostering a globally-compatible and creative student body.

Whether your interest is management, marketing, or communication, you will be an active learner at Webster Athens.  The classrooms give many hands-on experiences in various cases, and the location in the capital of Greece provides plenty of internship opportunities. With a low student-to-faculty ratio and average class size, Webster Athens makes business education personal. Faculty get to know students on a first-name basis and are readily available to help students when needed. Webster Athens is dedicated to excellence in business teaching, incorporating a global business perspective throughout the curriculum. Every step of the way, students receive the attention and support they need to thrive in business.

TransformTECH addresses three key areas of innovative technology that can be applied to all businesses:

1] Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics

The program will equip participants with the knowledge of how advances in AI, computational systems and machine learning are revolutionizing human capacity to analyze data and extract meaningful insights from countless sources of unstructured information—augmenting the human brain.

2] Intelligent Robotics

Participants will discover the scientific and technological issues that researchers, startups, and funding agencies are addressing to enable a new generation of robotic companions, and gain an overview of the potential of robotics to transform their organizations.

3] The Internet of Things

Companies must learn to embrace the opportunities offered by the IoT and its underlying smart, connected technologies, and how to apply them. Participants will learn about three key areas of the IoT that relate to businesses: smart platforms, communication and back-end infrastructures.

TransformTECH will use an innovation methodology to help participants identify and develop a business opportunity through a range of experiential learning opportunities.

Participants will visit different EPFL laboratories in small groups to see in practice cutting-edge technologies: the latest in robotics, visualisation of data and smart sensors. They will interact with scientists and try their hand at immersive drone flight, wearable devices linked to cloud computing services, smart watches, and other inventions.

They will also gain insight into the rich and dynamic ecosystem of startups hosted at EPFL and discuss how companies can take on venturing to develop and augment innovation.

IMD has also designed a Digital Business Acceleration Series that can complement TransformTECH, to further enable teams to deliver the best digital strategy for their organizations.

IMD is a top-ranked business school, expert in developing leaders, transforming organizations and creating immediate and long-term positive impact. IMD is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Singapore.

Ranked #1 for universities less than 50 years old by the Times Higher Education, the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), is one of the two Swiss federal institutes of technology and one of the Europe’s most innovative and dynamic institutes. EPFL is home to more than 300 laboratories and research groups as well as the EPFL Innovation Park, which provides a dynamic location for high tech companies and a network of entrepreneurs.

Webster Athens offers a fantastic MBA program in a flexible structure which promotes academic depth and encourages business graduate students to explore diverse business interests. At Webster Athens, students have opportunities to build skills and competencies through study trips, conferences, and internships. On the campus, students study in a culturally diverse environment that will create a life-long international network.

Vasilis Botopoulos, Chancellor of Webster Athens, points out: As we look to the future one thing is certain – knowledge will be a key resource and will be highly sought-after around the world. Our challenge is to help to generate ideas that will benefit society, and to educate and train people to work in fields where they will be valued both for their specialized knowledge, and for their ability to communicate and solve problems. To meet these challenges we need to build on the alliances and collaborative partnerships the University has established with business, government, and other institutions. It is equally important that we keep close to our wider communities of interest. This will help to ensure the on-going relevance of our academic programs and the continued excellence of our teaching and learning.

Botopoulos notes: The greater vision of Webster Athens is to build an excellent educational experience embodying mind, body and spirit through a variety of innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. We offer a solid intellectual foundation as well as an extraordinary opportunity for personal growth and thorough understanding of the subject matter. This is learning with ethos, authenticity, cultural understanding, ecological conscience, and service to others.

Botopoulos says: At Webster Athens we cultivate and build the leaders of tomorrow.  It is our hope that our students and alumni, with ethos and philotimo, will inspire others to live their lives with dignity, integrity and compassion. I invite you to come visit our campus. If you seek learning in a way that is challenging, personal, and meaningful, we would love to have you as part of our community. For more information, please refer to

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