An E.M.B.L.-HSG Alumnus' Experience - Matthias Schmid

Jun 15 2015

Matthias Schmid is E.M.B.L.-HSG alumnus of the year 2011/2012 and is CEO of mpacts GmbH in Baden, Switzerland.

Why did you choose to do the Executive M.B.L.-HSG program?
What was your motivation in applying for the program coming from a non-legal background?

Legal questions became more and more eminent with the increase of responsibility as director of administration within an international context. In addition, and as a holder of a business administration degree I thought an MBA would have too many redundancies, while the M.B.L. would diversify my knowledge.

What did you get out of it – professionally and personally?
You coming from a business background – what was the additional benefit for you?

Getting an overview over the world of international business law and legal.

Was it difficult to familiarize yourself with the legal topics?

It definitely needed a lot of reading and maybe additional studying compared to someone with a legal background. On the other hand, a good portion of common sense and logic thinking would also help.

How did you benefit from the different professional, educational (lawyers, business people, public administrators, engineers) and national backgrounds in the course?

This is one of the big advantages of the program. You get to understand not only different cultures by visiting different countries, but you actually familiarize yourself with the different mindsets of your fellow candidates and professors; be it from a professional background or a cultural point of view.

You worked 100% during the program. What were the challenges of combing job and studies?

Once the employer was convinced that it’s a good investment to grant the required days off or even participate, the biggest challenge was to find time to prepare seriously for each module and read.

Would you recommend the program to colleagues/friends? If yes, why?

Definitely, because it’s unique and because it’s global. Also because of its international network.

What did you particularly like outside the classroom (e.g. field trips, free time with students, receptions, dinners, cultural events, city tours, course locations)?

That there is actually time for those rather “soft-skills” oriented activities, which enormously facilitated the building of an own global network as well as the cultural understanding. The M.B.L.-Team is just great in organizing this in addition to the program itself.

How did you benefit from the networking opportunities given (co-students and faculty)?

I still do benefit from it, by keeping in touch. Every time I have a legal question of any kind, I know at least one person I could challenge with it.

Which was your favorite module and why?

The Shanghai-Module. It was an eye-opener, despite the fact, that I had previously worked over a year in China.