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Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives (BPSE) caters to a carefully selected group of senior executives, searching for game-changing moves in their business through high-impact strategy and leadership.

Learn about BPSE from past participants


  • Look at your business from a different perspective
  • Remain a relevant and key business influencer
  • Identify new opportunities in your business to create exceptional value
  • Build the momentum necessary to deliver breakthrough change
  • Benefit from real take-home value: a personal agenda and action plan for personal and organizational breakthrough


13 days with additional pre- and post-program support.


Program Sessions 2016
April 10-22, 2016
September 04-16, 2016
November 27-December 09, 2016

Fee 2015

CHF 30,000

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BPSE caters to a carefully selected group of senior executives - at executive committee, group or divisional level, who have major responsibilities at, or near, the top of their organizations - and are searching for game-changing moves in their business through high-impact strategy and leadership.

I wanted to take my stakeholder engagement skills to another level since I now find myself regularly dealing with top-level executives. I really got exposed to an excellent group of faculty and participants at IMD with impressively diverse perspectives. Colin Crooks Vice President | Shell International Petroleum Ltd | UK

Read the success story of BPSE alumnus, Colin Crooks.

BPSE offered a smaller, more selective group, and was very clearly positioned for top management. What I was really looking for was interaction with peers. I had a wonderful experience at IMD. The BPSE program was outstanding and completely fulfilled what I was looking for. Marcelo Campos Magalhaes CEO | PetroRec├┤ncavo AS | Brazil

Discover how oil industry CEO Marcelo Magalhaes benefited from BPSE

It's very clear to me that BPSE was very valuable. IMD has played a big part in developing the choices we have made for the next two years. Luiz Cassiano Rosolen CEO | Industrias Romi SA | Brazil

Read how BPSE helped Luiz Cassiano Rosolen prepare for his new CEO role.

My biggest breakthrough in BPSE was not professional, it was personal. The people who work with me have told me they see a huge difference between before and after. Paul Gemperle Executive Director & Co-Founder | EVS SA | Switzerland

BPSE totally exceeded my expectations.
Read the success story of BPSE alumnus, Paul Gemperle.

The IMD experience was outstanding and the BPSE program was probably the most valuable two weeks of my professional career - it was exactly what I was looking for. It combined intense learning with making friends with fantastic people from all over the world. It helped me become more successful driving radical transformations by being more focused and innovative as well as effective and self-confident as a leader." Stephan Strauss CEO Building, Industrial and Consumer Goods | DB Schenker Rail AG | Germany

BPSE was probably the two most successful weeks of my career.
Read the success story of BPSE alumnus, Stephan Strauss.

A true learning experience focused on my professional life. I liked the 'learning by doing' through team exercises - a great way to memorize. A really efficient two weeks. I'll make it happen now! Jean Pascal Rey Director, Home & Building Activity | Somfy Activities| Switzerland
I would recommend this program to any general manager or CEO wishing to broaden his/her business. Hadiza Coomassie General Manager Legal |National Petroleum Investment Management Services | Nigeria
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As a senior executive already at the top of your organization - in the loop of all key business and strategy decisions, and with considerable experience, influence and power - you find it hard to look at things with a fresh eye, challenge the status quo, and take risks to deliver breakthrough performance.

IMD’s Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives (BPSE) provides you with the space, context and support needed to discover and develop transformational moves, and to make the commitment to plan and implement them.

The program is designed to be a catalyst for change, leading you to develop “I’d never thought about it like this” insights. These insights will crystallize throughout the program, into a robust breakthrough idea, with a feasible plan for execution.

During BPSE, you will learn how to:

  • Look at your business from a different perspective
  • Remain a relevant and key business influencer
  • Identify new opportunities in your business to create exceptional value
  • Build the momentum necessary to deliver breakthrough change
  • Benefit from real take-home value: a personal agenda and action plan for personal and organizational breakthrough

Ahead of the program, we ask you to reflect on some of the most important challenges your business faces with a view to selecting the one you think may offer most potential. During the program, you will isolate the real issues impeding progress, search for and test a way forward, and finally outline a plan you can resource and initiate on your return. You will harness insights from strategy, inspiration from successful go to market approaches and the wisdom of leadership counsel to explore, define, validate and commit to your breakthrough.

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Week 1 - Taking a different view

During the first week, we will challenge you to look at your business through new lenses and to address your company's business ambition from a new perspective. It is during this first week that you will realize just what it takes to go ahead with your business breakthrough - and will need to firmly commit to it. You will identify the capabilities required to achieve your breakthrough, develop the plan to realize it, and visualize and prepare to lead it.

Program themes

  • Understanding breakthroughs
  • The global economic context
  • Strategic perspectives and options
  • Understanding today’s customers and becoming customer centric
  • Finding your breakthrough and orchestrating it
  • Mobilizing organizational energy
  • Visualizing the journey and exploring commitment

Week 2 - Orchestrating change

During the second week, we will reflect on and assess all the components and risks associated with successfully bringing your business breakthrough to market. We will explore issues of courage and personal effectiveness - both critical to driving change and making your breakthrough happen.

Program themes

  • Assessing the risks and getting started
  • Unblocking change and negotiating the deal
  • Building the coalition and closing the deal
  • Making the commitment and making it happen

Personalized one-on-one coaching before, during and after the program

To help you identify a business breakthrough, you will receive one-on-one coaching before the program. You will then focus on refining and preparing this breakthrough for execution throughout the program. Additional personalized coaching during and after the program will help you ensure that you follow through successfully with the goals you set for yourself. The program employs a range of teaching methods including:

  • Cutting-edge case studies
  • Experiential learning
  • Presentations from Faculty and guest speakers

BPSE Program Director

Seán Meehan Irish
Martin Hilti Professor of
Marketing and Change Management
PhD London Business School


Shlomo Ben-Hur Israeli | American
Leadership, Talent Management
and Corporate Training
PhD Humboldt University of Berlin

Carlos A. Primo Braga Brazilian
International Political Economy
PhD University of Illinois at

Salvatore Cantale Italian

Didier Cossin Swiss | French
Finance and Governance
PhD Harvard University

Phil Rosenzweig American
Strategy and
International Management
PhD The Wharton School,
University of Pennsylvania

Michael Watkins Canadian
Leadership and
Organizational Change
PhD Harvard University

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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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