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Building on Talent (BOT) is for high-potential managers early in their career looking to take on greater responsibility.


Gain tools, insights and hands-on experience to take on greater risks and responsibilities:

  • Deepen your understanding of business fundamentals
  • Gain a solid foundation in the principles of leadership and a unique opportunity for self-development
  • Consolidate your learning through an "action learning" integrative project
  • Get ready for IMD's Executive MBA degree

A bridge to IMD`s Executive MBA degree

As a graduate of Building on Talent (BOT), you can apply to IMD`s Executive MBA program through advanced standing by joining the program during the Foundation stage for the Advanced Management Concepts distance learning module. Requirements for BOT applicants: 2 years minimum after completion of BOT, at least 10 years work experience, age between 33-45, functional responsibility.


4 weeks: 2 modules of 2 weeks each, with an inter-module project and additional pre- and post-program support


Program Sessions 2016
BOT I Mod 1
BOT I Mod 2
March 07-18, 2016
May 30-June 10, 2016
BOT II Mod 1
BOT II Mod 2
April 18-29, 2016
August 29-September 09, 2016
October 24-November 04, 2016
January 23-February 03, 2017
Program Sessions 2017
BOT I Mod 1
BOT I Mod 2
March 06-17, 2017
September 25-October 06, 2017
BOT II Mod 1
BOT II Mod 2
May 29-June 09, 2017
October 23-November 03, 2017
November 13-24, 2017

Fee 2016

CHF 28,000

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Our participants

Most BOT participants are young, ambitious managers (usually with 5 to 10 years of business experience) who are looking to boost their careers and take on greater responsibility. They are generally functional experts, or managers of a function or a project, and want to meet other talented young executives from a range of industries to engage, challenge and explore with them. A typical BOT class has 25 to 35 participants from 15 countries, speaking 12 native languages. Most participants are in their thirties.

Testimonials of Past Participants

Building on Talent gave me a once in a lifetime challenge. I reconsidered my personal life, my behaviors, my career, and the way I had been organized. I gained a better understanding of what makes my colleagues tick. The authority that IMD provided allowed me to give insights to leadership at my organization. I gained a great deal of self-confidence from the program. Simulating real company situations was a very useful way to learn. Pierre Hemeryck Operations Manager | Meggitt Sensing Systems | Switzerland
The greatest part of my experience at BOT was the personal development and the way I feel that I transformed over the course of the modules. I was challenged on many levels. I was so impressed by the way that every single session seemed to fit into the overall purpose of my transformation. Lars Brittain

Head of Events and Networking Activities | Association of Danish Lawyers and Economists | Denmark

BOT is the most thought-provoking, stretching and rewarding leadership development program that I have attended so far, resulting in deep insights and learnings that were directly actionable, both on a personal and a professional level. In short, a fantastic program that I can highly recommend. Thorsten Staby Innovation Lead - IS/IT | Nestlé SA | Switzerland
Four intense weeks full of challenges, new insights, valuable learning, self-exploration - and fun. I highly recommend BOT to anyone looking to develop as a leader, professionally - or on a personal level. Kim Holdrup Kim Holdrup, Director | Global Procurement Teekay Shipping (Glasgow) LTD | Scotland
BOT is well structured and designed to address all the challenges you face in your professional and personal life. As always, IMD tries to face you with your weaknesses and turns them into qualities. Ivan Kurtovic Ivan Kurtovic | Head of Equity Markets and Member of the Management Board | Intercapital Securities Ltd |Croatia
For me, BOT was a rewarding, life-changing experience; it was phenomenal to see the impact the program had on me and my fellow participants. The cultural diversity and excellent global networking opportunities were an added bonus. Ravi Nadasen Ravi Nadasen | General Manager | Southern Sun North Beach | South Africa

The following companies have put their trust in IMD in the past by sending participants to BOT:

A.P. Moller Maersk
Rio Tinto
Danske Bank
Tetra Laval Group
Al-Faisaliah Group
Heerema Group
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Businesses are struggling to deal with economic, political and social turbulence around the world. Private and public organizations are confronted with financial instability, new competitors and severe operational difficulties. The next generation of leaders will face a more complex range of challenges and must develop their capacity to lead responsibly. If you are a high-potential young manager, the Building on Talent program will give you the tools, insights and hands-on experience to take on greater risks and responsibilities. The program prepares you in three ways:

  • It deepens your understanding of business fundamentals (finance, innovation, marketing, operations and strategy)
  • It provides a solid foundation in the principles of leadership and a unique opportunity for self-development
  • It consolidates your learning through an "action learning" integrative project carried out between the modules

If you feel ready to move up in your career - if you want to make a difference - BOT will accelerate your progress and prepare you for your next career move.

A bridge to IMD's Executive MBA degree

As a graduate of BOT, you can apply to IMD's Executive MBA program through advanced standing by joining the program during the Foundation Stage for the Strategy and Advanced Concepts distance learning module. Requirements for BOT applicants: 2 years minimum after completion of BOT, at least 10 years work experience, age between 33-45, functional responsibility.

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BOT is the first step on a long-term journey of personal development. It is an intense and deeply rewarding experience. The program will stretch you, taking you beyond your routine perspectives and customary boundaries. The learning approach is highly informal and interactive. It includes thought-provoking assignments, real life case discussions, extensive individual and group work, challenging high-intensity outdoor leadership exercises, and supportive individual and group coaching. The between-module "real world" integrative project will consolidate your learning and deepen your self-awareness by integrating your business knowledge and leadership experiences through an "action learning" project. Participants can choose to work either on an individual project or in a team project (when several people from the same organization participate in the program).

Program framework

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.

BOT Program Director

John Walsh Irish
PhD Cornell University

BOT Faculty

Salvatore Cantale Italian

Francisco Szekely Mexican
Sandoz Family Foundation Professor of Global Leadership and Sustainability
PhD WashingtonUniversity

Bill Fischer American
Innovation Management
DBA George Washington University

Howard H. Yu Chinese (Hong Kong)
Strategic Management and Innovation
DBA Harvard Business School

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In this section, you will find important information on the program fee, application, invoicing, cancellation and transfer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our program advisors.


The program fee (which can be found on the overview page) includes tuition, teaching materials, and lunch on weekdays. Travel or living expenses are not covered. You must settle your own hotel bills, both when in Lausanne and on off-campus assignments, as well as all dinners and lunches on weekends when applicable. IMD reserves the right to modify the program fee at any time.

Tentative reservation

To make a non-binding reservation, send us a completed tentative reservation form. This carries no obligation and is not a substitute for the formal application form.

Application & invoicing

Your application is forwarded to the Program Director who will evaluate it to ensure that the program corresponds to your objectives and profile. This can take approximately 1 week.

The Information & Registration office will notify you of the outcome of your application. If you are accepted, they will send your acceptance letter and invoice fee together by priority mail. From this point, your enrollment will be considered firm by both you and IMD.

Please pay the program fee within 30 days of the invoice date and no later than the commencement of the program. If you register within 1 month of the start of the program, you must settle the invoice immediately without exception. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.

Up to six weeks before the program start date, a program coordinator will contact you with information on hotels and pre-program preparation. Please note that IMD reserves enough rooms for each participant on the program.

If accepted, you understand that you must be completely free of professional duties while attending this program and that you must attend all scheduled sessions and activities.

Cancellation & transfer policy

IMD must be notified in writing of all cancellations and transfers. If you are admitted to a program, but find that you are unable to attend, you have the following cancellation and transfer options:

Up to six weeks before program start:

  • Cancellation: You receive a full refund of the program fee.
  • Transfer: You may transfer to the next available session with no transfer fee.

Note: IMD programs tend to be fully booked well in advance. Space may not be available in a later session.

Up to six weeks before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 20% transfer fee.

Within 10 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 100% transfer fee.


A participant can be substituted on the same program session without incurring any fees. The substitute needs to apply and be admitted.

Note: Once you have paid the program tuition fee, if you do not attend another program within 24 months, the program fee will be forfeited.

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