Executive MBA

Next intake: February

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Learning approach



Business fundamentals and real-world practice:

  • Organisational Dynamics
  • Leadership in Multicultural Project Environments
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing, Contract Management & Commercial Awareness
  • Business Policy and Strategy
  • Complexity in Management and Business Decisions
  • Etc.
Twelve core modules will enable you to gain a general understanding of the key business functions of companies and general managerial skills.  Each module is led by a professor who delivers the academic content and who is accompanied by professional guest speakers who provide business testimonials. Company visits will help you to get a good grasp of current practical topics.

Project Management specialisation electives:

  • Leadership and Communication in Projects
  • Achieving Business Objectives
  • Contract Management
  • Applied Project Planning and Control
  • Project Risk Management
  • Organising and Leading Teams Projects
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Capstone project:

All participants propose an improvement initiative regarding the methods and practices in their respective companies. These initiatives should be based on the new knowledge and skills developed during the programme. Research must be implemented using rigorous research methodology.


Part-time and blended learning

Because participants on the SKEMA Executive MBA are working professionals, the programme has been designed to allow maximum flexibility. It adopts a blended learning format. The pedagogy thus combines e-learning modules with interactive seminars led by top class professors. Blended learning exploits all learning possibilities offered by distance learning and new technologies (e-learning, blogs, webinars) thus optimising face-to-face class time with professors. An e-learning infrastructure, available 24/7 allows access to all teaching materials from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

A truly international experience

Markets are now global, and future leaders need to know how business is conducted in all parts of the world, and how to interact with different cultures. This is why the SKEMA EMBA is one of the very few programmes to take its participants around the globe – in Europe, Asia, North and South America. They are placed in different business contexts, exposed to different cultures and team up with participants from various nationalities as well being among a wide variety of academics and guest speakers from different countries.

The face-to-face modules take place in Lille (France), Raleigh (US), Shanghai (China) and Belo Horizonte (Brazil). These visits enable you to meet with other students from some of SKEMA's partner universities’ EMBA programmes, visit local and international companies and have interesting exchanges with their CEOs and executives, and to engage with expert guest speakers during lunches and dinners.  

The programme includes: one residential week in Paris, two weeks in Lille, one week in Belo Horizonte, one in Raleigh, and one in Suzhou.

A unique individual coaching programme

The SKEMA Executive MBA is the only programme in the world to base its personal development module on the Leadership Diamond®, a Philosophy in Business (PiB®) developed by the philosopher and professor Peter Koestenbaum. Being a great leader means understanding change and anxiety in both ourselves and others. Being able to manage the confusion caused by this ambiguity makes all the difference.

The individual coaching provided in the Executive MBA introduces participants to the most modern and relevant leadership ways of thinking, acting and being. Participants develop a comprehensive picture of their current leadership situations and use the Leadership Diamond® to compare them to what is possible. They engage in theory, actions, examples, personal conversations, role playing, planning for the future, and more– all in a unique, deeply nurturing, supportive environment.

A team of experts

Most of the teaching staff on SKEMA’s Executive MBA hold PhDs, and all are selected for their high academic level and operational knowledge of companies.  

By joining our programme, you will benefit from a wealth of theoretical and conceptual models explained and developed by professors from one of the top French business schools. You will also get the benefit of experienced practitioners chosen for their high level of expertise.



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