The SKEMA Global Executive MBA programme

​Structur​e of the programme 

The programme is structured around four main chapters, each dedicated to learning a value creation process. 

Each chapter is broken down into lessons designed to encourage the development of systematic thinking to better understand and learn to manage complexity.

Through the different residential weeks, the Global Executive MBA programme offers the possibility of experiences within the ecosystems of the school's different international campuses, in the USA, China, Brazil and France.

Chapter 1: Understanding the wider en​vironment

This first module is aimed at understanding the environment in the broad sense. More precisely, programme participants learn to recognise weak signals, to navigate interlinked megatrends, and to develop a cross-disciplinary approach to understand the world from a perspective beyond that of traditional management.

Residential week in Paris, France

Chapter 2: Strategising for and in a changing world

In the second module, EMBA participants learn to elaborate strategies for and in a changing world. The lessons enable them to understand the potential of technologies, sustainability and other major drivers of business growth and transformation. With this understanding, they can gain expertise to devise and implement strategies that widen the possibilities.

Residential week in Raleigh, USA

Chapter ​3: Shaping Organizations & Operations

The second-last module of the EMBA is aimed at developing value-added skills that improve companies' operational efficiency. This means learning to identify the challenges facing the supply chain as a result of the growing pressure of international competition, client and customer expectations, regulatory requirements, and environment protection.

The students commit to safeguarding the planet and to protecting personal data and its ethical use. They learn to think like the school's avant-garde, to act like impactful players, and to contribute as a global institution.

Residential week in Suzhou, China

Chapter- 4: The Transformation Imperative​

To round off the programme, the fourth module of the EMBA is all about implementing transformation. The students become capable of improving and using their leadership to devise a complex transformation and transcend normative approaches. They learn to take into account crucial questions concerning rights, ethics and governance in their decision making.

Residential week in Belo Horizonte, Brazil​


Business functions (disciplinary) courses

Objec​tive: Develop a 360-degree view of a company and expertise in business functions. 

  • Understand the underlying ultimate principles and practices of different business functions, the context of business operations and detect 'weak signals'' that may potentially morph into disruptive factors.
  •  Acquire appropriate methodologies & develop a mindset that will enhance the participants’ personal ability to successfully manage transformation and shape the future.
  •  Apply data technologies to create new capabilities to foster value creation in different industries.
  •  Be ready for the future: today’s theories are tomorrow’s practices.

Courses: Finance; Data science for leaders; Controlling & performance management; Global management & talent development; Strategy & digital marketing; Entrepreneurship & innovation

Value creation processes (interdisplinary) courses


  • Create value in times of disruption by adjusting strategies and business models.
  • Understand how organisations develop business strategies, what makes them successful, and why and when they need to undergo change. 
  • Understand the impact of transformation not only on how organisations (re)structure themselves, but also on the dynamics between people in organisations.
  • Learn to develop more sustainable perspectives on value creation to address the world’s urgent social and environmental challenges. 
  • Transform ideas into new value (the entrepreneurship process) and formulate new frameworks and alternative forms of sustainable value creation for all stakeholders, e.g.. social entrepreneurship, making the most of abandoned resources, etc.


  • Setting the scene: business in the 21st century
  • Economy analysis for Leaders
  • The art of strategic renewal   
  • Sustainability, technology & society
  • Advanced organisational design   
  • Operations & supply chain in a VUCA world
  • Toward organizations for sustainable societies: regulatory, normative & governance frameworks, actors & dynamics
  • The Transformation imperative

Leadership development


Throughout the programme, participants develop a powerful combination of soft skills and a mindset for new leadership thought and action.  As transformational leaders they will be:
  • Holistic strategists - able to lead change and to put in place the right capabilities,  and equipped with the appropriate mindset to successfully effect change 
  • Agile – through adaptability and anticipation, to enable the simultaneous management of complexity and uncertainty with alignment of strategies and business contexts
  • Digital leaders - to anticipate how increased digitalisation changes the way we communicate, interact and  work in team
  • Creative chameleons - versatile, able to lead in context and make the most out of diversity dedicated – as ‘sense-makers’, able to effect complete alignment between their mindset, the company and the environment. 


Stage 1
  Developing a transformation mindset & skills 
Understanding the self, enhanced emotional Intelligence 

Stage 2
  •  Leading (in) a crisis and in turbulent times 
  •  Communicating, motivating, inspiring teams and corporate ecosystem
Stage 3
  •  Leading with agility 
  • Collaborative team management
Stage 4
  •  Cultural & diversity management  
  • Intra/ entrepreneurship mindset

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