Intelligence Tools for the Business Professional - Virtual Masterclass

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Everyone – including your competition – leaves business school understanding the basics of company accounts, financial markets, and economic indicators. That's a dangerously naive career tool kit. Working in business or finance, you'll need to judge the most likely moves of M&A rivals, and to probe the incentives of politicians, regulators and central bankers. You'll also need to keep the geopolitical "big picture" in mind, and have an appreciation for your own and others’ psychological biases. 

This master class introduces a set of methods drawn from the intelligence community to help you analyze the flood of qualitative information – what I call non-spreadsheet or non-market risks and opportunities – that impact business and financial markets. It is designed so that after this class, you’ll ask better questions, and you’ll use economic, political, social, and personal information to make better decisions. 


Dr. MILO JONES is a Warsaw-based consultant and a Visiting Professor at IE. Milo teaches “Intelligence Tools for the Business Professional”, advanced strategy courses, and a variety of Geopolitics-related courses in the MBA, Executive Education and the Masters in Advanced Finance programs. Milo spent six years as a staff member of Wal-Mart’s Leadership Academy, where he worked with the retailer’s senior leadership on questions surrounding strategy, leadership and technology. In addition to Walmart, Milo’s experience in executive education extends to work with Axa, Accenture, Banco Santander, BHP Billiton, Cemex, Cencosud, EY, Gestamp, Gulf Medical, Kimberly-Clark, Nikkei, Nissan, Renault and Westpac Bank. In 2013, Stanford University Press published a book based on Milo’s PhD dissertation, Constructing Cassandra:  Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947-2001. In the past, Milo worked in London as a Senior Manager in Organizational Strategy and Change for Accenture, and as an Investment Advisor at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in New York. Before entering the business world, Milo served as an officer in the US Marine Corps and graduated from the US Army’s Airborne Course. In addition to his PhD from the UK’s University of Kent, he holds an MA with Distinction in International Relations, an MBA from London Business School, and a BA in Art History from Northwestern University. Milo is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, a Fellow of the Center for the Study of Digital Life, a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, and a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

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