Business classes: Choose right to get the most out of business classes
Business classes can inject fresh ideas, skills and motivation into your career – and boost your capacity to drive sustainable business results for your company. When you’re already on a fast-paced career trajectory, your time is valuable. So you want to make sure you head to the right place for the right stuff when you invest in business classes.
IMD: the right place for business classes
Each year, independent, reputable sources like the Financial Times, Forbes and The Economist rate the world’s most prestigious business schools to identify the best business management education and corporate leadership training. These published rankings help you choose business classes with confidence - and they consistently place IMD as one of the top business schools in the world. See for yourself:
- The Financial Times ranks IMD first in open programs worldwide (2012)
- The Financial Times ranks IMD first in executive education outside the US (2008-2012)
- Forbes ranks IMD’s MBA as number one worldwide (2011)
- The Economist ranks IMD’s MBA as number one outside the US (2011)
What makes IMD so good? It boils down to three key factors:
1. 100% focus on real-world executive education
A pioneer in executive education, IMD is the only business school to be100% focused on executive development. All our business classes focus on real-world challenges faced by executives, and everything we do is geared towards developing global leaders. We are run like a business, not only as an academic institution, meaning we adopt a problem-solving approach to create lasting value and impact.
2. Swiss excellence with a global perspective
Based in Switzerland, we share our host nation’s commitment to excellence while offering a unique global experience. Indeed, in a constantly evolving and increasingly interdependent international marketplace, being global is not an option for top international business schools. IMD faculty are from the world over, and 8,000 executives from 98 countries come to IMD every year. With this intellectual and cultural diversity, the global perspective is intrinsic to all IMD business classes.
3. A flexible, customized and effective approach
Each individual or company’s needs are unique. And tomorrow’s challenges are not the same as yesterday’s. This is why IMD is constantly innovating to give you the business classes you need, where and how you need them. Starting from our own pioneering approaches—such as action learning and blended learning — our classes are adapted to address each client’s individual challenges. Our only goal is to meet your needs as quickly, flexibly and effectively as possible.
IMD: the right stuff in business classes
Whatever business classes you choose, look out for the following key features to be sure you’ll get the most impact:
Immediate value: The sooner you can bring your new learning back to the office, the more you’ll get from your chosen business classes – and the more support you’ll get from your employer for your business education. IMD provides learning that’s usable on the job, right away. Many programs even include company-specific assignments or ask you to reflect on your own business challenges.
Flexible – but with face-to-face time: Good business schools offer classes that realistically fit the lives of busy executives. However, don’t be tempted by business classes offered solely online - nothing compares to the experience of interacting face-to-face with your professors and classmates. At IMD you get the combined benefits of flexible distance learning and on-campus learning. On campus, you interact with world-class faculty; experience the stimulation of a learning environment geared to excellence; take part in hands-on learning and coaching exercises; and get great networking opportunities.
Real-life learning: Theory has its place, but seeing the action - and even better, getting into the action - is invaluable for the most impactful learning. At IMD, our programs include Discovery Expeditions to exciting locations, leadership exercises, consultancy projects, work exchanges and/or many other opportunities for hands-on learning.
Behavior-based learning: Good leaders understand the dynamics of human behavior in different situations – and especially their own role. IMD business classes start with the premise that change begins with you. By learning to approach business situations as a smart, self-aware leader rather than trying to plug in a textbook response, you’ll be prepared for any situation.
Business coaching: Leadership coaching and executive business coaching are incredibly valuable learning tools. Professional coaches are included in many IMD programs to help you make sense of the different aspects of your leadership. These coaches challenge you to explore who you want to be as a leader – and then support you to make it happen.
Life-long learning: Learning isn’t just about the class material - and isn’t a once-off thing. At IMD, we support your continued development throughout your career with a range of ongoing learning opportunities to alumni - so you benefit far beyond just attending our business classes.
What kind of business classes are you after?
- Executive development program for mid-career managers
- Leadership courses for experienced managers
- Business management training for young, high-potential managers
- Business management degrees
- Business development strategy program for leaders encountering a specific challenge
- Top executive education program for CEOs and other senior executives
- Corporate governance best practices program for board members
- Business finance course for senior financial and business executives
- Program for women business leaders
- Or use our Program Finder to find your perfect business classes!