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Programme structure

Delivered in four stages, the programme takes you on an experiential journey to Paris (France), Raleigh (US), Suzhou (China) and Belo Horizonte (Brazil). Business (disciplinary) and value creation (interdisciplinary) courses, the capstone project and leadership development knowledge and activities run throughout the different stages from the beginning to the end of the programme.

Stage 1: Understanding the wider environment

Learn to recognise weak signals, navigate interlinked megatrends and develop a cross-disciplinary approach to understand the world from beyond a traditional management perspective.

Knowledge => Experiential LearningParis, France (Sep 2021) => In practice

Stage 2: Strategising for and in a transforming world

  • Explore the potential of technologies, sustainability and other major drivers for business growth and transformation, as well as their limitations.
  • Gain expertise and legitimacy to design and implement strategies that consider economic, social, technical and organisational perspectives.

Knowledge => Experiential Learning: Raleigh, USA (Feb 2022) => In practice

Stage 3: Shaping organisations & operations 

  • Develop value-added skills that strengthen the operational capability and the competitiveness of an organisation. 
  • Identify supply chain challenges in the face of increasing pressure from global competition, customer expectations and demand, regulatory requirements and environmental preservation.

Knowledge => Experiential LearningSuzhou, China (Jun 2022) => In practice

Stage 4: Transformation: the implementation challenge

  • Expand your leadership beyond normative methods and complex change management to the realm of business process re-engineering. 
  • In the context of global companies, learn to embed challenges relating to human rights, ethics and governance.
  • Immerse yourself into local eco-systems to gain evidence of new organisational forms, social reverse and frugal innovative approaches.

Knowledge => Experiential Learning: Belo Horizonte, Brazil (Nov 2022) => In practice

Each stage comprises three sequential parts : knowledge, experiential learning and in practice.

Knowledge (distance learning)

Business functions (disciplinary) courses provide participants with an enhanced understanding of key functions to manage firms, the skills base needed to establish their leadership posture amongst internal stakeholders and a better understanding of the different languages used within an organisation.

Value creation (interdisciplinary) courses strengthen participants' skills to develop robust value creation strategies and processes. They also extend beyond traditional management and leadership training by encouraging participants to develop innovative and creative approaches. It effects a mindset shift that fosters the transformation of ideas into new value (the entrepreneurship process) and the formulation of new frameworks and alternative forms of sustainable value creation.

Experiential Learning (face-to-face)

Hands-on residential weeks in France, the United States, China, Brazil immerse participants into very different (and local) business realities where they participate in problem-solving, discover different approaches to identical challenges and understand local environments in global contexts. During these residential weeks they will meet (and work) with leaders of local as well as international companies & organisations, and hear from inspiring speakers on relevant topics. 
Experiences and insights gained during the residential weeks invariably kick-start important leadership learning development. This is intensified through specific activities that take participants out of their comfort zone and encourages critical and paradoxical thinking.

In practice (distance learning)

Participants will demonstrate their knowledge and the development of their competencies will be assessed through pedagogical activities such as business assignments, group work on thought leadership and publications.

In practice activities at each stage of the programme will facilitate the continuous development of knowledge-based skills through different exercises. These activities include business assignments, live cases and company visits.
Thought leadership exercises will validate the participant’s expertise, strategic vision and operational agility.

Capstone project

An in-depth project investigating one aspect of strategic significance to you and your organisation.
Unlike many programmes, participants start working on their capstone project at the onset of the programme. The project creates not only space to deploy newly acquired knowledge and skills, but also provides an outlet to express the personal and creative talent beyond academic learning.
Each participant is guided by a supervisor, must present his or her business project to a jury. 

Leadership development

Developing inspired, inspiring, inspirational leaders for transformation within complex global environments is a key objective of the programme. Throughout the programme, participants develop a powerful combination of soft skills and mindsets for new leadership thought and action.

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