IMD MBA Schedule

Discover the MBA schedule & program modules.

IMD MBA Schedule

Discover the MBA schedule & program modules.

Your journey

The IMD MBA Program aims to develop leaders who challenge what is and inspire could be, while transforming organizations and contributing to society.

My MBA
October – December
Relocation

Pre-program

Our Participant Services team will offer personal support and advice and introduce you to external partners for elements such as insurance and banking.

Housing

Pre-program

Off-campus housing, usually within walking distance, is available through our relocation partners for yourself, to share, or for your family.

Course work

Pre-program

Prepare for topics such as finance, leadership and accounting before the start of the program through Faculty-set assignments and readings.

Career development

Pre-program

Developing your personal brand and professional profile before you arrive on campus frees up time to focus on adapting to the learning environment of the MBA.

Foundations
January – April
Opening week
Orientation & logistics

Opening week

Start developing the bonds that will last you a lifetime, explore the campus, meet the MBA team, complete essential administrative tasks and arrival logistics. The journey begins!

Core courses
Accounting

Professor Florian Hoos

Gain a toolkit for understanding, interpreting and designing internal financial reports and public external financial statements as a sophisticated business manager.

Business & Society

Professor Knut Haanaes

Business plays an increasingly important role in society. Discuss the global roles of key stakeholders such as NGOs, international organizations and governments with guest speakers.

Economics

Professor Ralf Boscheck

Examine the economic forces driving competition in industries and markets and cover concepts of standard micro- and macro-economics, trade theory and political economy.

Finance

Professor Arturo Bris

Explore core concepts in Finance and Capital Markets: the trade-off between risk & return; project valuation and strategies to finance operations and growth; M&A and behavioural finance.

Leadership

Professor Jennifer Jordan

Identify the guiding values that shape your leadership behavior and how to harness the value of diversity and trust for better team and organizational performance.

Marketing

Professor Frédéric Dalsace

Understand how to use market knowledge, identify and analyse sources of sustainable competitive advantage, and design practical digital marketing strategies.

Operations

Professor Ralf Seifert

Augment your understanding of key concepts of supply chain management practice and gain appreciation of how the concepts can be successfully implemented.

Strategy

Professor Omar Toulan

Understand how to size up the external environment of a firm in its entirety, configure internal choices to attain a competitive advantage and sustain that advantage.

Teaching methods

A holistic overview

You will complete an end-of-module integrative exercise and in order to continue to the next level, you will need to pass exams in all core courses.

Entrepreneurship

Professor Benoit Leleux

Why is entrepreneurship an important part of an MBA? The stream explores skills involved in starting, acquiring, growing, rejuvenating and harvesting entrepreneurial businesses.

Startup Projects

Professor Benoit Leleux

From January to April, work in teams with early-stage, high-tech startup ventures to strengthen your understanding of this environment and its challenges.

Project examples

3 case studies

Read about three examples of past startup projects and the actions each MBA team took to help their assigned company to reach their target.

Entrepreneurial alumni

Career impact

The career path of many of our alumni includes entrepreneurship, read about some of their different experiences.

Innovation
May – June
Projects & Labs
Innovation lab

Professors Julia Binder & Florian Hoos

A rich week of learning that will help you explore new angles of leadership and sustainability whilst experiencing how innovation really works in practice.

Discovery Expeditions

Professor Omar Toulan

Two one-week trips focus on engaging where the future is being shaped by visiting innovative tech hubs as a whole class and developing your global awareness.

Digital Analytics Lab

Professor Amit Joshi

Ensure you have the practical programming experience on how to make the most of the digital challenges the world is facing and move from digital survival to digital innovation.

Summer Break
July

Take the chance to refresh and reflect on what you’ve learned so far.

Exploration
August
Specialized courses

Develop a deeper knowledge and experiential understanding of business areas such as negotiations, international strategy, strategy beyond the market and finance.

Discovery Expeditions

Professor Omar Toulan

Two one-week trips focus on engaging where the future is being shaped by visiting innovative tech hubs as a whole class and developing your global awareness.

Application
September – October
When a country is a threat to your company
International Consulting Projects (ICP)

Professor Omar Toulan

Spend 7 weeks working with multinationals to implement your skills in a global setting and provide concrete recommendations to top management on a current issue they are facing.

Dedicated career time

Career development center

Take advantage of dedicated networking and interview time to secure your future role through on and off-campus recruiting events with diverse, global companies.

Customization
November
Electives

Out of the wide range of electives offered, select four areas that you want to explore more. Each year, electives offered are adapted to take advantage of latest research, trends and interests. The below are the 2022 electives:

 

Resilient Leadership

IMD Professor Katharina Lange

  • Description: Sometimes we feel “stuck” in our lives and don`t really get to where we want to be. In this first session we look at what we would like to achieve in our lives and how we can “unstuck” the flow. This includes the discovery of our values and developing a vision for ourselves.

 

Top Team Dynamics

MD Professor Anand Narasimhan

  • Description: This fast-paced course offers up a rich brew of concepts (from corporate governance, social psychology, and psychoanalytic theories), exercises, and contemporary case studies. The experiences created from this course enables participants to generate insights on playing the role of a top team executive effectively.

 

Leading the change: Learning by Doing (experiential learning as the main methodology)

IMD Professor Winter Nie

  • Description: Change is the only constant in life. Organizations are in a perpetual state of change. The class aims to learn how to drive change successfully via gamification—learning by doing and experiencing.

 

Mindfulness for Life Retreat

IMD Professor Anand Narasimhan

  • Description: Mindfulness is a megatrend in Corporate and Organizational Life. In this elective, derived from the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy tradition, we look at key factors that make the practice of mindfulness a useful “ally” in dealing with the ups and downs everyday life.

 

Movers, Shakers, Preachers & Pragmatists

IMD Professor Ralf Boscheck

  • Description: According to Benjamin Franklin “(t)hree things are extremely hard: steel, diamonds, and to know oneself.” The elective Movers, Shakers, Preachers & Pragmatists gives the opportunity to review, identify or confirm your own moral compass.

 

Digital Resilience

IMD Professor Ă–ykĂĽ Isik

  • Description: Today, it is a matter of when a company will be hacked, not a matter of if. Cyber-attacks are recognized as high-likelihood events that are also high-risk. The course also aims to equip leaders with critical tools to help them navigate the uncertainty associated with digital.

 

Game Theory for Success in Business and Life

IMD Professor Karl Schmedders

  • Description: In this session, we will play a series of games to learn about some of the fundamental insights of game theory. The common element of these insights is that we do not act in a vacuum at work or in our social lives.

 

How to get your Message Across with Clarity, Confidence and Flair

Provided by Dramatic Resources 

  • Description: This Presenting with impact elective programme explores how the actor’s toolkit can help overcome nerves and create impact when communicating in public and under pressure. This involves having the confidence to harness your voice, body and personality to maximum.

 

Advanced Problem Solving

IMD Professor Arnaud Chevallier

  • Description: As an executive, you must solve complex problems of different natures in constantly evolving environments. Earlier in your MBA journey, you’ve acquired an approach to help you do that. In this elective, you’ll get a chance to further your mastery of these tools by applying them to a problem of value to you.

 

Fintech and the New Financial System

IMD Professor Arturo Bris

  • Description: This elective provides an extensive overview of the current fintech landscape. We investigate the impact of AI and Data Analytics in banking and pay special attention to blockchain and the token economy.

 

Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives

IMD Professor Salvatore Cantale

  • Description: This course will cover a selected number of advanced topics in derivative markets. We will start our journey analyzing the options strategies available to investors, including Spreads, Strangles, Collars, and more.

 

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

IMD Professor Patrick Reinmoeller

  • Description: Winning in markets with business strategies that deliver new products and services to serve a customer segment better is clearly important. However, among the most important strategic decisions mergers and acquisitions stand out. The stakes are high, and the returns can be big. This elective focuses in four sessions on how to succeed with M&A and post-merger integration to transform companies.

 

New Venture Strategy

IMD Professor Julia Binder

  • Description: The purpose of this course is to explore new venture creation in an experiential way. We will look into some of the basic steps in creating a start-up, such as recognizing opportunities or developing business models.

 

Late-Stage Entrepreneurship Elective: Buyout, Expansion and Turnaround Opportunities

IMD Professor Benoît Leleux

  • Description: The elective focuses on late-stage entrepreneurship, i.e. buyouts, scale-ups and turnarounds, addressing the topic from different perspectives, such as the entrepreneur, investors, employees, corporate partners, etc.

 

Business Analytics with Monte Carlo Simulations

IMD Professor Karl Schmedders

  • Description: Monte Carlo simulation comprises a large set of computerized techniques that allow people to account for risk in quantitative analysis and decision making. Such techniques have found many applications in business, finance, and management, because they can provide valuable insights to managers facing difficult and high-stakes decision situations.

 

Fundamental of Luxury Brands Management

IMD Professor Stéphane J.G. Girod

  • Description: Many of you are interested in pursuing a career in a luxury brand, whether it is fashion, accessories, watches and jewellery, cosmetics or automobile. This elective will equip you with the pillars of luxury management so that you understand what competing in the luxury space means and how the success factors of luxury brand desirability will keep changing.

 

Business for Business Marketing Strategies

IMD Professor Frédéric Dalsace

  • Description: This elective course is the logical follow-up of the core marketing class taught by Amit Joshi and me, targeted at students interested in pursuing a career in B2B.

 

Business Economics

IMD Professor Ralf Boscheck

  • Description: The elective on Business Economics begins with an outline of recurrent questions in business and economics and the answers that were given to these throughout history.

 

 

My Future
December
Program wrap-up
A thought-provoking week of celebration and closure as well as a forward view to the rest of your career with guest speakers, alumni and faculty.
Graduation

Celebration

Family, friends, the IMD community and national ambassadors gather to congratulate you as you receive your diploma. Top students join the Honours List.

Alumni welcome

The IMD Alumni Community

Upon graduation you join our powerful and global alumni network, with access to lifelong learning opportunities and networking events. We also hope to welcome you back as mentors, project sponsors or recruiters.