July 3, 2013 2:29 pm

Solvay and ENPC to merge MBAs and focus on innovation

The Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in Belgium has announced that it is merging its MBA programme with that of Paris-based ENPC.

Participants on the full-time programme, which will begin in September 2013, will study for five months in Brussels, five months in Paris and then for a further five months, which will be focused on a business plan, project or thesis. There will be two study trips to Silicon Valley and Shanghai and the programme will have a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.

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The Executive MBAs of the two schools will also be merged from September 2014.

Separately, Solvay has raised €1.25m, and plans to raise €1m more, to fund a research chair in error management - one of the trendiest new subjects on the business school curriculum. The school is now looking for up to five post-doctoral or PhD researchers to join the school and delve deeper into the subject.

The way companies can identify and manage errors relates to information systems, organisational behaviour and leadership, says Solvay dean Bruno van Pottelsberghe. The research conducted at the school will be multi-disciplinary and relate to policy-making and entrepreneurship as well as big business, he adds.

The researchers, who will take up their positions at Solvay in November or December, will be involved in writing cases and other teaching material, which will feed into executive courses and a masters degree.

Solvay has recently been re-accredited by Equis, the European accreditation body, for three years.

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