The 21st century is marked by the rise of life and work environments complexity.
To face this complexity, soft skills such as sense making, critical thinking, creativity, open-mindedness, interdisciplinary and experiential learning capabilities and communication have become increasingly necessary to resolve managerial and innovative issues (Ibarra, 2015*). Therefore, these soft skills are more and more required by organizations. They have become critical in student's education (Cf. P21's Framework for 21st Century Learning).
The pedagogical approach of the MBI program focuses especially on soft skills empowerment through real corporate challenges solving in order to
- Exploit critical thinking to define precisely the difficulties to overcome
- Enhance communication to improve transversal collaborations
- Develop curiosity and creativity to generate unexpected ideas and solutions
- Favor inter-personal exchanges to promote circulation and exploitation of new ideas
*Ibarra, H. (2015). The authenticity paradox. Harvard Business Review, 93(1/2), 53-59.
Framework for 21st century learning**
**Graphic adapted from P21's. (2009): P21's Framework for 21st Century Learning. This framework was developed with input from teachers, education experts, and business leaders to define and illustrate the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in work, life and citizenship, as well as the support systems necessary for 21st century learning outcomes. (www.p21.org).
The MBI overall pedagogy provides knowledge, methods, tools and enhance capabilities for the participants to become innovative managers in organizations operating within uncertainty in complex and rapidly changing markets and technologies. To foster soft skills development, the MBI program places students in the shoes of managers using a Project-based learning (PBL) approach. The proposed problems reflect the uncertainty, complexity and rapidly changing market conditions, technological evolution, and new skills requirements which affect today's organizations.
To drive these projects to completion, students will have to:
- Identify and generate new ideas and opportunities as well as develop innovation
- Integrate theories and practices to strengthen the innovation capabilities of their organization
- Be instrumental in the development and launch of new products or services
- Facilitate innovation and changes required for organizations to become innovation centric