November 30, 2023

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Everything you need to know about pursuing MBA in international business

Here’s all you need to know about the lucrative MBA specialisation — MBA in international business.

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Here’s all you need to know about the lucrative MBA specialisation — MBA in international business.

By India Today Web Desk: A good starting point to pursuing any advanced degree, especially one that is meant to define your career, is to answer the question ‘why this particular programme?’.

A strong career in international business requires having a specific career and life goals, making clear choices, perseverance and resilience, the intention and energy to compete against the best and an open mind, curiosity and hunger to explore and adapt.

A good MBA in international business programme will invariably aim to give you a solid general management foundation and complement that strongly with specific knowledge and tools to effectively navigate cross-cultural or cross-country business contexts, the tantalising prospect of global challenges and opportunities and for most aspirants a journey into the exciting unknown.

Given the irreversible nature of globalisation and the rising demand for talent across the world in economies with rapidly aging populations, a career in international business is likely to become the default choice rather than the exception for many young and qualified managers and leaders across the world.

To choose wisely, therefore, it is important to note that there are 5/6 competencies that form the core of the above model, i.e., a solid grasp of fundamentals across functional areas such as marketing, finance, HR, strategy, analytics etc. and particular skills for effective opportunity recognition and exploitation in international contexts.


A good MBA in international business programme will consequently give you all the below skills/competencies:

1. Strong communications skills, which include above-average business English proficiency and working knowledge of 1-2 major world languages. Certification from a globally recognized agency / organisation such as the Alliance Francaise or Goethe Institut is both desirable and vital.

2. Critical thinking, combining left and right brain elements, ease with using numbers and relevant qualitative data, the ability to focus on a problem long and hard enough to ‘solve’ and the ability to pivot based on evidence as it becomes available.

3. Self and world awareness, which stems from being thoroughly informed about world events, systematically following particular sectors and the ability to analyze and project changes in world business flows as a consequence of geopolitical and other regional and global happenings.

4. Cultural literacy and the ability to negotiate effectively in complex, dynamic and uncertain contexts.

5. Adaptive leadership, that is rooted in universal values of equity, inclusion, excellence and ability, hands-on training in multicultural contexts


Apart from the above, it is also important to choose a business school that has these core strengths:

  • International accreditations such as AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS or other such globally recognized and credible accreditations
  • A strong and hands-on commitment and approach to sustainability
  • Strong and active network of partner schools across the world
  • Other international affiliations that add value to the programme
  • Possibility to acquire international certifications in specific areas / domains
  • A strong globally active alumni network

– Article by Ishwar Haritas, Associate Professor, Chairman – TAPMI Center for Inclusive Growth and Competitiveness, Chairman – MBA-IB, Area Chair – Strategy and General Management Area, TA Pai Management Institute (TAPMI)