6 reasons why you should choose IMD’s top Executive MBA program

Program Structure Overview

Complete the EMBA without leaving your job with our flexible program format  

  • Choose the timing that works best for you and your organization: 5 entry points each year for the foundation stage and 2 for the mastery stage
  • Capture new general management and leadership skills at a highly accelerated rate with only 9 weeks out of office
  • Select your pace of learning with the option to complete your Executive MBA in 15 months or more depending on your work commitments
  • 1x20 day + 6x1week format is ideal for busy executives as minimal traveling and commuting involved

Apply learning in real time with real impact from day 1 and drive new learning into your organization

You complete interlocking company assignments throughout your Executive MBA working directly with your organization in a real world context: you try out new ideas, gather input and feedback, and go back to refine and develop a full-fledged business proposal, strategy or execution plan.

By using your current organization as a "lab", you become a consultant to your own company realizing both short and long term value for you and your company. You will drive learning into your company through 5 general management company-specific assignments: strategydigital business transformationcustomers & marketingfinance & financial health, and cultural transformation.

In parallel, you complete the personal leadership and development stream, equipping you with the reflective leadership capabilities to effectively implement the business learning into your company.

Open yourself to different cultures, mindsets, business practices and industries

  • A unparalleled breadth of diversity: 80 different nationalities and industries, with no dominating group. Cohorts include participants from large multinationals, highly-specialized companies, NGOs, government and public office, start-ups, family business, research and regulation, and others.
  • Global faculty: 12+ nationalities teach on the IMD Executive MBA, each faculty a recognized expert in their field and also a business practitioner with industry experience.
  • Discovery expeditions - Experience globalization first-hand and master management skills in highly diversified business, social and political contexts.
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Seize unique opportunities to challenge yourself

Bridge your experience and skills gap with high-intensity action learning both in the classroom and in the real world. During the EMBA, you will complete written assignments, read broadly from curriculum books and cases, work in various small groups with your peers - some groups self-selected and others carefully assembled by IMD; you will also build your experience through individual coaching, behind-the-scenes exclusive company exposure, presentations, proposals, engage in various simulations, and learn to thrive in diversity.

Here is a snapshot of what you get involved in:

  • Pitch a real Swiss start-up company to venture capitalists in Silicon Valley
  • Participate in a 50-hour commercial crisis management simulation with the Swiss Armed Forces, an exclusive IMD partnership.
  • Publish your own business case with IMD faculty supervision in a high-profile business journal

Receive high-impact personal leadership coaching integrated throughout the program

IMD’s Executive MBA is not just about acquiring and mastering technical knowledge, it’s a transformational human experience. Benefit from one-on-one leadership coaching throughout the program. Enhance your ability to positively impact your organization as you discover how you take-up authority, better understand group dynamics and develop the inner resilience to cope in any situation.

Learn from world-class faculty with direct industry exposure

Our faculty are recognized world authorities in their fields, combining thought leadership with direct industry exposure. They cultivate close ties with leading CEOs, work directly with a vast range of industries and organizations and sit on the boards of several global companies.


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