ALBA Graduate Business School
|Postgraduates||~300, mainly MBA|
ALBA Graduate Business School (Greek: ALBA Κολλέγιο Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων) is a privately run academic institution in Greece.
Founded in 1992 in Athens, Greece, ALBA operates under the auspices of the Federation of Greek Industries - an employers' union in Greece, the Hellenic Management Association - an executives’ association in Greece and the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
ALBA was the first non-state business school to be established in Greece. It has attracted funding from Greek companies and business people and has one endowed Chair and two endowed Professorships. It is a non-profit educational association of more than 85 Greek corporations.
Scope and mission
ALBA is an educational not-for-profit association of 85 Greek corporations. The ALBA mission is to foster business managers, from Greece, but also from other countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
- Full-Time MBA
- Professional (part-time) MBA
- MBA in Shipping
- MBA in Banking (under the auspices of the Hellenic Bank Association)
- MSc in Finance
- MSc in Strategic HRM
- MSc in Business for Lawyers
ALBA's teaching faculty comprises Resident Professors and Visiting Professors drawn from business schools around the world, including INSEAD, London Business School, Harvard Business School, Wharton and Stern School of Business (NYU) etc. All ALBA Professors are management academics, with teaching, research and consulting experience, with publications in international academic journals. ALBA Academic Council consists of academia members from international business schools such as Dean Gabriel Hawawini (INSEAD) and Prof. L. Tava (SDA Bocconi).
Executive Development Seminars and Programs
ALBA provides Executive Development Programs, both open-enrolment — area or sector specific — and company-specific seminars and programs that meet the needs of middle and senior executives. Since 1995 ALBA has organized:
Open seminars (104)
- 680 companies/1977 hours of training/2125 participants
In-house customised seminars (163)
- 81 companies/6727 hours of training/4607 participants.
Applied Research and Innovation Projects
The role of the Applied Research and Innovation Projects (ARIP) Department is to contribute to the ALBA strategy by forming National and International Networks and by gaining funds for research and other activities. Funding may come from the European Commission, the World Bank or from other funding Institutions Internationally.
ALBA participates in such projects mainly within the framework programmes of European Union as well as other actions and initiatives (IST, Leonardo da Vinci, SOCRATES etc.) and in association with leading European Universities, Business Schools, Research Centers, Consulting Firms, etc. Thematic areas:
- e-Business, e-Learning, Knowledge Management, Mobile Business, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, Career Guidance etc.
- Chairing the Board of the European Business Plan of the Year Foundation (won first prize in the 2003 and 2005 competitions, hosted the 2004 competition)
- Organization and evaluation of the Best Workplaces competition in Greece and EU (since 2003).
ALBA has received public funding and, in cooperation with partners such as the London Business School, INSEAD, IE Business School (formerly Instituto de Empresa), London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ESADE Business School, University of Cyprus, Athens University of Economics and Business and many others, has developed products and services:
- The Best Workplaces competition which identifies and awards annually the companies with the best HR practices in Greece,
- The annual Guide for New Entrepreneurs,
- A training CD for the management of family businesses (which was distributed among Greek family businesses)
- A training program for SME managers on eBusiness Applications adoption (more than 800 SME managers from the South – Eastern Europe participated),
- Policy suggestions to businesses and public bodies for the use of mobile technologies for commercial purposes,
- Policy recommendations for National and European Public bodies for the employability of IT professionals,
- Software tools for distance learning,
- Software tools for knowledge management.
Student teams from ALBA Graduate Business School have won the most awards in the European Business Plan of the Year Competition competing against the top European Business Schools. ALBA has won three first awards (2003, 2005 and 2010), two first runner-up awards (2006 and 2007) and one second runner-up award (2008).