Build a powerful toolkit for general management to deliver lasting value for your organization.
- Strengthen foundations in key business functions
- Integrate knowledge across functions
- Develop an agile, entrepreneurial mindset
Successfully navigate the complexity of general management
General management requires that you rapidly master an expanding skillset. You must continuously strengthen your foundations in key business functions and integrate your knowledge across functions. You need to develop agility, with an entrepreneur’s mindset to seize opportunities in disruptive environments.
Over 20 days, Foundations for Business Leadership immerses you in an intense, highly experiential setting, exposing you to the most current business challenges you will face as general manager. Your cross-disciplinary journey will include IMD’s award-winning business cases, plus business simulations, integrative exercises, cutting-edge live cases, dynamic guest speakers, expert faculty and coaching.
You leave the program with a fully integrated view of business, a powerful toolkit for general management combined with real confidence to deliver lasting value for your organization.
You want to develop your cross-functional business skills to become an effective general manager/ business leader. Typical profiles include: Country Manager, Regional Manager, Business Lead, Functional Manager, Department Manager.
Experience the program
Focus on intensive skills-building over 20 days. When you arrive at Foundations for Business Leadership (FBL), you intensely focus on the cross-functional skills that leaders must possess to be a general manager.
Specifically you reinforce and integrate skills in: marketing, finance and accounting, entrepreneurship, business model innovation, sustainability, operations, supply chain management and more. Then you apply to your biggest business challenges such as:
- Manage uncertainty, change and disruption
- Respond to shifts in customer needs
- Drive business model innovation
- Manage complex organizations
- Leverage globalization
- Identify industry and business trends
- Integrate new technologies
- Apply financial tools across your organization
Practice while you learn - Integrative exercises
Two weeks through the program, you take part in a 2-day business simulation which integrates your learning and gives you greater insight into your business performance.
During this dynamic, integrative exercise, you bring together all the new general management skills you have learned on FBL and put them into practice by simulating the running and growing of a company. You improve your decision-making skills and overall performance as you see how your decisions impact company results over two years.
For the last 2 days of the program, you prepare an integrative team exercise to bring all the threads of the program together. You present your learning to a panel of judges of FBL alumni and receive your final evaluation.
Throughout the program, you receive feedback as you develop as an effective individual and team member. You will be challenged by the work, by the faculty, and by your peers to ensure that you reach the high standards set by IMD.
What's next after FBL
Diploma - Program for Executive Development (PED)
FBL is the first stage of IMD’s Program for Executive Development (PED). To complete PED, your second step is to take IMD’s Transition to Business Leadership (TBL) program. Successful completion of both programs and exams leads to the Program for Executive Development (PED) diploma.
Degree – Executive MBA
FBL is also the first step towards IMD’s Executive MBA. Participants wishing to complete the EMBA then follow a 5-week distance learning module and a 12-month mastery stage leading to the EMBA degree. More details on the Executive MBA can be found here.
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Meet your program directors
Our faculty members are recognized world authorities in their fields. Dividing their time between teaching, research and working with international companies, they remain on top of the latest management trends. You can expect timely, innovative learning activities, materials, and content in all IMD programs.
Dr Leleux is the Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland), where he was also director of the MBA program (2006-2008) and director of Research and Development (2004-…
Leif Sjöblom is Professor of Financial Management at IMD.
His areas of special interest are:
- The restructuring of the telecommunications industry
- Performance measurement and shareholder value creation
Admission and next sessions
Duration: 3 weeks (20 intensive days including weekends). Offered five times a year.
*All fees quoted are exclusive of any value-added or other indirect taxes that may be due in any country.
*IMD reserves the right to modify the program dates, location, and fee at any time.
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