Is INSEAD better than Harvard Business School

MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

Dear Community,

I have been an anonymous member here for years and I would like to draw on the power of the Wiwi-Treff again.
I am now 30 years old, have 5 years of professional experience (B2B business) and would like to complete my long-planned MBA in the summer.
I have early acceptances from the following universities: HEC; LBS; INSEAD and the Bocconi. But since the Bocconi makes an incredibly unstructured impression, it is no longer necessary. It's actually a shame because I would really celebrate Milan as a place to study.
Speaking of partying, social life is particularly important to me (solidarity in the cohort, parties, joint activities).

At LBS, I am unsure about the Brexit issue. On the other hand, the internationalization and the flexibility are great.
Insead: Best placement, top career service, hardcore consulting powerhouse.
HEC: In the middle of nowhere ..., but a top uni.

Have you been able to gain experience in the programs or directly at the universities?
I look forward to every feedback!

Jan

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

  • What kind of stats did you have? (Grades, GMAT, extracurriculars)
  • What do you want to do after that?
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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

Don't worry too much about Brexit. I'm in the UK right now and our university has announced that it will take care of the formalities if necessary and even take over the student visa fees. LBS will have some kind of plan in the drawer. Don't let that put you off and influence your decision-making.

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

WiWi Gast wrote on January 13th, 2019:

Don't worry too much about Brexit. I'm in the UK right now and our university has announced that it will take care of the formalities if necessary and even take over the student visa fees. LBS will have some kind of plan in the drawer. Don't let that put you off and influence your decision-making.

Fontainebleau is not exactly the place to be either. However, I would personally take INSEAD. Simply the best name. London is of course super cool to celebrate and I wouldn't worry about Brexit either. Brother is at a G5 and they said that nothing will change for everyone who are enrolled before Brexit.

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

maybe compare alumni lbs vs insead. Both top-class. LBS seems to score more for the Anglo area, INSEAD is more international and apparently more recognized in Central Europe.

In both cases it is important to mix the cause and effect. Good people come up anyway; but good people also torment their way through one of these top programs.

Party, if that's really that important now, you can go anywhere, provided you have the right people. INSEAD probably has a bit more of a clique character, the Aristos among themselves and so on. Ultimately, you should succeed in occasionally going overboard with the people from your year. You can do that anywhere.

INSEAD, of course, has a much higher quality of life due to its location. I jogged through the woods almost every morning.

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

If you want to do consulting etc. afterwards, then INSEAD. If more banking, VC etc. then LBS.

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

Congratulation! I am also at LBS and have been very satisfied so far. We are welcome to make a phone call. Just add me on LinkedIn: Mathias Keller

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

WiWi Gast wrote on January 13th, 2019:

maybe compare alumni lbs vs insead. Both top-class. LBS seems to score more for the Anglo area, INSEAD is more international and apparently more recognized in Central Europe.

In both cases it is important to mix the cause and effect. Good people come up anyway; but good people also torment their way through one of these top programs.

Party, if that's really that important now, you can go anywhere, provided you have the right people. INSEAD probably has a bit more of a clique character, the Aristos among themselves and so on. Ultimately, you should succeed in occasionally going overboard with the people from your year. You can do that anywhere.

INSEAD, of course, has a much higher quality of life due to its location. I jogged through the woods almost every morning.

Aristus?

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

WiWi Gast wrote on January 13th, 2019:

Congratulation! I am also at LBS and have been very satisfied so far. We are welcome to make a phone call. Just add me on LinkedIn: Mathias Keller

Impressive profile!

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

What did you ultimately choose?

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

WiWi Gast wrote on December 15, 2019:

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What do you want to know excatly? The OP must have long since made up its mind.

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

Face a similar decision: LBS or Insead for the MBA. I look forward to suggestions

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

I am currently studying at the LBS (even if one of the Early Career Programs) and can only report positive things. My MBA friends are all very well connected, placement in London is really good. Professors are all very competent, and London is a lot of fun (of course, costs accordingly)

I would say it really depends on your career goals. If you are aiming for consulting, INSEAD mMn is to be preferred. Tech career or VC rather LBS (the jobs are done via network and you are simply closer to the pulse here in London).

Then of course there is still the question 1 vs 2 years. Both have advantages and disadvantages.

WiWi Gast wrote on December 16, 2019:

Face a similar decision: LBS or Insead for the MBA. I look forward to suggestions

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

As the pre-poster said, it depends a little on your situation. (I did the MBA at INSEAD).

Location:
London vs. Fontainebleau / Singapore
London is of course a great city with lots of possibilities. One of the reasons I chose INSEAD was to be able to study in Asia and Europe. Singapore is a great place to study and a good hub for quick weekend getaways in Southeast Asia;)
Living in Singapore is probably about the same as in London, Fontainebleau is significantly cheaper (albeit more expensive than you would expect from such a mini-place).

Length:
~ 1 year vs. 15-21 months, ROI vs. longer experience. From my experience (and the exchange with Wharton and the students there) I would say you don't miss a thing because of the shorter time. But if you would like to do a few more electives or the like, you will of course benefit from the longer term at the LBS. Internship at INSEAD is only possible for the January Intake and also a maximum of ~ 10 weeks, which makes the search a little more difficult.

Career:
For the two typical MBA careers, it is quite clearly divided: INSEAD for consulting (globally strongest MBB feeder), LBS for banking. Doesn't mean that it can't work for the other, but the tendency is there.
For everything else, it is best to study the Career Reports carefully, but on average it would be quite balanced for both.
If Asia is generally of interest, the Singapore campus also means that many local tech unicorns etc. are recruiting there and are on campus.

Professors / Academics:
Don't take anything. The two are the top business schools outside of the US and there are some professors who have switched from one to the other.

Conclusion:
You can't go wrong with either of them. I would say LBS is a bit more London-centric. If that and / or banking is your goal, for me it would be LBS. For everything else, I would recommend INSEAD, which is clearly positioned internationally and feels that way on both campuses.

WiWi Gast wrote on December 16, 2019:

Face a similar decision: LBS or Insead for the MBA. I look forward to suggestions

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

I have an offer for the LBS MBA, but I'm not sure how the corona situation will develop. Would you agree to deferren?

WiWi Gast wrote on December 16, 2019:

As the pre-poster said, it depends a little on your situation. (I did the MBA at INSEAD).

Location:
London vs. Fontainebleau / Singapore
London is of course a great city with lots of possibilities. One of the reasons I chose INSEAD was to be able to study in Asia and Europe. Singapore is a great place to study and a good hub for quick weekend getaways in Southeast Asia;)
Living in Singapore is probably about the same as in London, Fontainebleau is significantly cheaper (albeit more expensive than you would expect from such a mini-place).

Length:
~ 1 year vs. 15-21 months, ROI vs. longer experience. From my experience (and the exchange with Wharton and the students there) I would say that you don't miss a thing because of the shorter time. But if you would like to do a few more electives or the like, you will of course benefit from the longer term at the LBS. Internship at INSEAD is only possible for the January Intake and also a maximum of ~ 10 weeks, which makes the search a little more difficult.

Career:
For the two typical MBA careers, it is quite clearly divided: INSEAD for consulting (globally strongest MBB feeder), LBS for banking. Doesn't mean that it can't work for the other, but the tendency is there.
For everything else, it is best to study the Career Reports carefully, but on average it would be quite balanced for both.
If Asia is generally of interest, the Singapore campus also means that many local tech unicorns etc. are recruiting there and are on campus.

Professors / Academics:
Don't take anything. The two are the top business schools outside of the US and there are some professors who have switched from one to the other.

Conclusion:
You can't go wrong with either of them. I would say LBS is a bit more London-centric. If that and / or banking is your goal, for me it would be LBS. For everything else, I would recommend INSEAD, which is clearly positioned internationally and feels that way on both campuses.

WiWi Gast wrote on December 16, 2019:

Face a similar decision: LBS or Insead for the MBA. I look forward to suggestions

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

WiWi Gast wrote on January 13th, 2019:

INSEAD, of course, has a much higher quality of life due to its location. I jogged through the woods almost every morning.

LBS campus is located directly at Regents Park, there you can jog enough;)

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

What do the programs cost?

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MBA decision support: HEC; LBS; Insead

WiWi Gast wrote on February 1st, 2021:

What do the programs cost?

Can be found out quite easily on the Internet :)

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