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Who should attend

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

Program benefits

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
  • Consolidate your learning through hands-on experience
  • Get ready for IMD's Executive MBA program

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-program support


Program Sessions 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

BOT participants are young, ambitious managers, generally in their thirties and with around 5-10 years of business experience. Most are functional experts, or managers of a function or a project, and come from a range of industries and functions. A typical class has 20-30 participants from 15 countries.

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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Are you eager to take on new responsibilities and shape the future of your company? Stepping up into a new leadership role in today's global business environment - characterized by instability, uncertainty, and the arrival of new digital competitors - means you must, more than ever, have the skills and confidence to manage change and take on complex challenges. If you feel ready to move up in your career - if you want to make a difference - Building on Talent (BOT) will accelerate your progress. The program develops you in three ways:

  • Business fundamentals: Deepen your understanding of the major functions of a company: finance, innovation, marketing, operations and strategy
  • Leadership skills: Understand yourself and others, and learn to influence the performance of teams and organizations
  • Hands-on experience: Integrate your business and leadership foundations through a real-world project and general management simulations

BOT is a deeply rewarding experience. The program will stretch you, taking you beyond your routine perspectives and customary boundaries. You'll leave with the tools, insights and hands-on experience to take on greater risks and responsibilities - ready 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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The learning approach is highly informal and interactive. It includes thought-provoking assignments, real-life case discussions, extensive individual and group work, practical exercises, and supportive individual and group coaching.


The program includes challenging, high-intensity outdoor exercises where you will explore the concepts of leadership, teamwork and authority. You will also work with experienced coaches to better understand yourself as a leader, as well as with professional actors to strengthen your communication skills.


The individual project integrates your new cross-functional business knowledge and leadership experiences in the context of your company. You develop either an individual project related to your work, or a team project (when several people from the same organization participate in the program).


You also apply your strengthened business and leadership foundations in two simulation exercises that recreate the internal dynamics of an organization as well as external market dynamics. These are a chance for you to experience first-hand the change management and competitive challenges faced by general managers today.

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.

From six weeks to up to 11 days 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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