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The Foundation Stage develops your capabilities across business functions. It comprises two parts: first, Foundations for Business Leadership (FBL), a 20-day intensive program at IMD, and subsequently, a five-week distance learning module - Advanced Management Concepts.

Foundations for Business Leadership

You take your first step by joining Foundations for Business Leadership (FBL), a 20-day intensive program at IMD, offered 4 times a year.

  • Strengthen your knowledge and understanding of key business functions
  • Become aware of how value is created by integrating functions
  • Master the application of these new and enhanced capabilities to complex business issues
  • Gain a deeper understanding of strategy implementation challenges

Develop the cross-functional skills that leaders must possess: 

  • Business model innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Marketing and operations
  • Finance and accounting
  • Strategy and industry analysis

Advanced Management Concepts

You continue to expand your knowledge during a 5-week distance learning module offered 3 times a year.

Advanced Management Concepts prepares you for the rigor and execution focus of the Mastery Stage:

  • Deepen your knowledge of the different business functions 
  • Master business concepts to perform successfully on the Mastery Stage
  • Experiment with your ability to manage your time via distance learning

Themes covered include strategy, finance, marketing and decision analysis.

Successful completion of the final exams is a requirement for entry into the Mastery Stage of the IMD Executive MBA program.

See the EMBA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more details regarding the Foundation Stage.

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