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Who should attend

The IMD-CKGSB Dual Executive MBA has been designed for high-potential, internationally minded executives with at least 10 years' experience, who are deeply committed to pursuing a career that leads the way between China and the world.

Program benefits

A Dual Executive MBA from two world-class institutions, recognized in both West and East, that:

  • Provides the Eastern and Western perspectives on business and management
  • Develops the business skills and capabilities to work effectively with China and the West
  • Captures the world's most powerful economic trends
  • Strengthens your career without you having to leave your job
  • Increases your value to your organization and your customers
  • Builds the strong personal and professional relationships needed for success
  • Fosters cross-cultural trust
  • Connects you with two prestigious Alumni networks
  • Offers a personalized learning journey tailored to your unique needs

Program delivered in partnership with top Chinese business school, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

CKGSB is China's leading and most entrepreneurial business school:

  • With 43 full-time world class Faculty members who are recognized as influential thought leaders on business in China
  • More than half of CKGSB's alumni are first generation entrepreneurs and hold one fifth of China's most valued brands
  • Established in Beijing in 2002, and now a leader in executive education with a wide range of innovative programs ranging from MBA to DBA

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An average of 18 months, combining a minimum of 7 weeks face-to-face learning with distance learning.


Foundation stage - New flexible modular format

  • You can join the foundation stage at different times each year
  • Attend two on-campus modules, or combine one of the two with a distance learning module
  • Spend between 10 and 30 days out of the office depending on the path you choose

Class of 2016-2017

FBL West (Lausanne, Switzerland): visit for the latest dates
FBL East (Shenzhen, China): June 23 - July 2, 2016
AMC (Distance learning): 3 sessions are offered each year

Class of 2017-2018

FBL West (Lausanne, Switzerland): visit for the latest dates
FBL East (Shenzhen, China): June 22 - July 1, 2017
AMC (Distance learning): 3 sessions are offered each year

Mastery stage

There is one mastery stage session running each year

Class of 2016-2017

Core Module Lausanne: November 6-12, 2016
Core Module Johannesburg: February 5-11, 2017
Core Module Shanghai: April 9-15, 2017
Core Module Lausanne: June 4-10, 2017
Core Module Beijing: September 17-23, 2017

Class of 2017-2018

Core Module London: November 12-18, 2017 
Core Module Johannesburg: February 4-10, 2018 
Core Module Shanghai: April 8-14, 2018 
Core Module Lausanne: June 3-9, 2018
Core Module Beijing: September 16-22, 2018

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CHF 105,000 (equivalent to RMB 688,000)

See fees and conditions for detailed overview.

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A commitment to China and the world

The IMD-CKGSB Dual Executive MBA has been designed for high-potential, internationally minded executives with at least 10 years' experience, who are deeply committed to pursuing a career that leads the way between China and the world.

The program is intended for participants from around the world who are seeking to develop their business skills and capabilities to work effectively with China, and for Chinese participants looking to develop business ties with the rest of the world.

The program mastery stage starts in November, with the aim of approximately equal representation of Chinese and non-Chinese executives.

I was looking for something beyond a standard EMBA program and found it with the IMD-KGSB Dual EMBA. You learn about two different cultures, two different ways of thinking and about what motivates people. And that is a tremendous help when you go back to developing business strategies and objectives. You learn to work in a different way, where collaboration and helping people realize their full potential is the focus rather than competition and human "utilization". This program isn't led by one school on two different campuses, but brings together the knowledge and expertise of two top-ranked business schools, one from the East and one from the West - and that is the real beauty of the program. Cristiana Borrelli Tech-Mark Consultant & Business Development | Chemours International Operations | Switzerland
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An HR professional, educated in China, with 25 years of experience working for US-based multinationals, I chose this program for the European exposure I need to further develop my understanding of different working cultures. This is a program where you gain real business insights, and get to meet entrepreneurs who will make you think hard about how to run a business and teach you from their successes and failures. Bruce Lu Human Resources Director, Asia Pacific Energy Management | GE | China
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I initially attended IMD's Orchestrating Winning Performance in Singapore and was impressed by the insights I gained on doing business with Asia. I then found out about the IMD-CKGSB Dual Executive MBA and was excited to learn about how economic forces from the East and West can play a critical role in helping me realise growth, profitability and sustainability for my own company in South Africa. Lufuno Mphaphuli Chief Executive Officer | Mphaphuli Consulting | South Africa
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The IMD-CKGSB Dual Executive MBA has provided me with an instant perspective on how to do business with China and put me in direct contact with a large network of CKGSB alumni, all successful business leaders and decision makers in their own region. Stefan Killinger President | Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort | Morocco

The IMD-CKGSB Dual Executive MBA offers a unique cross-cultural curriculum bringing together Western management experience and Chinese business wisdom. I gained a brand new vision of international business and people. Lingmei Li Deputy General Manager | Shanghai Yufeng Financial Leasing | China

Large and small, highly-established and entrepreneurial companies have previously sent participants on the program:

Banapp E-Commerce
BC Financial Group
Beijing Ingbaobei Information Science & Technology
Beijing Yun Cheng Tai Investment Management
China Minsheng Investment
China National Culture Group
Chinese Peptide Company
Engender to Entrepreneur Agronegoce Services
Fidelity Bank
Hong Kong Dorsett Hospitality International
Lakaffa International
Qilu Securities
Shanghai Engine Consulting
Shanghai Ho Chi Technologies
Shanghai Yufeng Financial Leasing
Sichuan Lan-Bridge Information Technology
Siv Investment Fund Management

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An overview of benefits

The IMD-CKGSB Dual Executive MBA program is a rigorous, action-oriented degree program that benefits both you and your organization.

For you:

  • Develop the business skills and capabilities to work effectively with China and the West
  • Master Eastern and Western business concepts and practices
  • Succeed in diverse and very different cultural settings
  • Apply multiple perspective expertise to the most important business issues of the 21st century
  • Strengthen essential leadership, strategy and general management skills

For your company:

  • Advance the strategic initiatives of your company
  • Increase the likelihood of success in both the East and the West
  • Improve the rigor and power of your executives' strategic thinking
  • Contribute to a solid network of alliance partners
  • Build a strong pool of talented executives able to secure future success

As well as enriching yourself and enhancing your capabilities across both Eastern and Western cultures, you will be delivering real value to your company. Your organization won't "lose" you while you are studying; rather it will gain from your growing insights and benefit from the solutions you propose. As you involve your organization, you will spread skills and ideas throughout your business, helping you and your colleagues as they continue to learn.

Earn two degrees

Satisfactory completion of all exams and assignments will lead to the award of two Masters of Business Administration degrees, one from IMD and one from CKGSB.

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The structure in brief

The IMD-CKGSB Dual Executive MBA consists of two stages - the foundation stage and the mastery stage.

The program design requires you to be out of the office for a minimum of seven weeks over an average of 18 months. At the Foundation Stage, with its flexible modular format, you have a choice of 2 different residential modules - one with a western perspective and one with an eastern perspective, and a distance learning component.

  • Foundations for Business Leadership (FBL) West 1 x 20 days at IMD
  • Foundations for Business Leadership (FBL) East 1 x 10 days at CKGSB + distance learning equivalent to 10 days work

You can opt for one or both of these residential modules. As an alternative to the route of FBL West + FBL East, you may choose to take only one residential module of Foundations for Business Leadership, and then opt for a distance learning module called Advanced Management Concepts, which can be completed without time away from your office.

  • Advanced Management Concepts (AMC)

Any of these routes will provide you with the foundation you need to be ready for the mastery stage.
During the Mastery Stage you will take five one-week modules, comprising four core modules and one international discovery expedition.

Program structure

More on the Foundation Stage

More on the Mastery Stage

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Our Faculty

Our Faculty members are recognized world authorities in their fields. Dividing their time  between teaching, research and working with international companies, they remain on top of the latest management trends. You can expect timely, innovative learning activities, materials and content in all IMD programs.

IMD-CKGSB Dual Executive MBA Program Co-Directors

Philip M. Rosenzweig American
IMD Professor of Strategy and International Management
PhD The Wharton School,
University of Pennsylvania

Juliet Zhu (CKGSB) Chinese
CKGSB Professor of Marketing
Associate Dean for Asia and Alumni Affairs
Co-Director of the Branding Center

PhD University of Minnesota

IMD-CKGSB Dual Executive MBA Program Faculty

Teng Bingsheng

CKGSB Professor of Strategy
Associate Dean of CKGSB
PhD City University of New York

Carlos Braga


Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the Evian Group

Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Jie Gan



Director of Research Center on Corporate Financing Strategy

PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Jennifer Huang



PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Benoit Leleux Belgian
Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance

Martha Maznevski


Organizational Behavior and International Management

PhD University of Western Ontario

Shalom Saar


Managerial Practice

MPA and PhD Harvard University

Ralf W. Seifert German and Swiss
Operations Management
PhD Stanford University

Leif M. Sjöblom Finnish
Financial Management
PhD Stanford University

Wolfgang Ulaga German
Marketing and Strategy
PhD, University of Paris 1

Leslie Young



D. Phil. (Mathematics) Oxford, England

Rui (Juliet) Zhu



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Below you will find an overview of the costs for tuition.

Tuition fees

The fee for the program is CHF 105,000 (equivalent to RMB 688,000).This fee includes tuition, learning materials and a lunch served at IMD or CKGSB during weekdays.

The fee is payable as follows:

Payment timing

Deposit (non-refundable) upon acceptance of admission: CHF 10,000

Before start of program: CHF 40,000 (split in two amounts payable prior to each foundation stage session)

Before start of mastery stage: CHF 55,000

Total: CHF 105,000 (equivalent to RMB 688,000)

Travel and living expenses

Travel and living expenses are not included in the fee. While at IMD or CKGSB, participants typically stay at a hotel just a few minutes walking distance from the school.

Estimated living expenses

Foundation Stage:

IMD: CHF 2,000 per week (hotel + meals)

CKGSB: CHF 1,850 per week (hotel + meals)

Please note that the total living expenses for the Foundation Stage will vary depending on the path you choose (whether you combine a residential module with distance learning or go for two residential modules).

Mastery Stage:

London, Johannesburg, CKGSB, IMD: CHF 8,650 (hotel + meals)

Cancellation and transfer policy

If you are admitted to the Dual Executive MBA program, but find that you are unable to attend, you must notify IMD in writing to either cancel or transfer to the next available session. In the case of cancellation, the CHF 10,000 deposit plus any fees paid for program modules that have already started, are non-refundable.

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