The Foundation stage of the IMD Executive MBA consists of two modules, which together provide the necessary knowledge base to launch your EMBA work.
- Program for Executive Development (PED) Module 1 / FBL: A 3-week module at IMD that refines and solidifies your skills and knowledge in order to prepare you for the broad responsibilities of general management. Essential business fundamentals are covered in the module, through the study of the core functions and fundamentals of a global organization. The module also undertakes a cross-disciplinary exploration of the key challenges faced by organizations and their business leaders today - and likely in years to come.
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- Strategy and Advanced Concepts: A 5 weeks distance learning module that ensures your understanding of business fundamentals has reached the level required for the Mastery stage. Focusing on strategy, marketing, finance and leadership, this module can be completed without any time away from the office. You will work through textbooks, cases and assignments; attend video sessions with IMD Faculty and then prepare for a final exam in each topic. Successful completion of the final exams is a requirement for entry into the Mastery stage of the IMD Executive MBA program.
Foundation stage themes:
- Driving innovation
- Managing complex organization
- Leveraging globalization
- Inspiring effective change
- Organizational behaviour
PED Module 1 / FBL is offered several times a year, while the Strategy and Advanced Concepts distance learning is offered twice per year.
Other paths to join the IMD Executive MBA program
Graduates of the Program for Executive Development (i.e., who have completed both PED Module 1 / FBL and PED Module 2) can apply to IMD's Executive MBA through advanced standing by joining the program at the Mastery stage level.
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