Prepare for successful general management with the right business fundamentals

Do you have gaps in your current business knowledge that are limiting your career development?

Foundations for Business Leadership (FBL) brings you up to speed with accelerated learning in all the essential cross-functional skills and helps you to integrate them into your business as a whole.

Completing FBL is your stepping stone to IMD’s Executive MBA and Program for Executive Development (PED). You may also take FBL as a stand-alone program.

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Get confident in marketing, operations, finance, strategy, industry analysis, business models and entrepreneurship

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Understand how value is created by integrating functions, and apply your new and enhanced capabilities to complex business issues 

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Get assessed on your understanding of business fundamentals, and your effectiveness as a team member

 

You and your class

You are an experienced manager looking to boost your cross-functional business skills to become an effective general manager/business leader. You aim to move or have just moved, into general management. Typically you are working as a function or department manager, or already managing a business, country or region. 

Read more about admission criteria

Your class is individually put together through a selection process to ensure that you experience the most impactful learning with a truly diverse group of global peers. Your class will become a trusted resource, encourage your learning journey and surprise you in many unanticipated beneficial ways both during and beyond your classroom experience.

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+20
countries worldwide
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+25
Industries
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14
Avg. years of experience
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41
Average age

FBL is 20 intense days outside your comfort zone, during which a first-class faculty and an array of co-participants from diverse backgrounds boost you to the next level.

Marc Woodfield

Consultant Planning & Strategic Projects
Banque Cantonale Vaudoise
Switzerland

We focus on developing your ability to integrate business functions and so you create real value in your rapidly changing environment.

Benoît F. Leleux

Program Director

Together we develop your critical thinking so you are best equipped to implement your learning directly to your own complex business issues.

Leif M. Sjöblom

Program Director

Next start & fee
Program length: 3 weeks (20 intensive days including weekends)
2017
from
21
Oct.
to
09
Nov.

Lausanne

CHF 25,000

2018
from
28
Jan.
to
16
Feb.

Lausanne

CHF 25,000

2018
from
15
Apr.
to
04
May

Lausanne

CHF 25,000

2018
from
01
June
to
08
Oct.

Lausanne

CHF 25,000

Participants who attended FBL also joined
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Transition to Business Leadership (TBL)
Turning experienced managers into business leaders

A personalized learning journey that helps experienced managers shift to business leadership positions, and 2nd step to IMD's Program for Executive Development (PED).

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Executive MBA (EMBA)
Create real impact in your career

Provides experienced executives with an opportunity to achieve mastery of business concepts, leadership skills and continuous learning without leaving their job

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