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On campus program
Program for Executive Development

Become the 360° business leader.

On campus program

Program for Executive Development

Become the 360° business leader.

7 weeks in 2 flexible stages
CHF 57,500

Gain recognition for your professional development in business management and leadership

Enjoy better long-term career opportunities with the Program for Executive Development.

The program takes you on a 360˚ transformational journey, rapidly building your skills, confidence, and influence to lead successfully at a personal and organizational level. Once you achieve mastery, you will be recognized for your expertise with the PED Executive Certificate.

The program is modular with several flexible starting points per year. You will learn in two key stages:

  1. Get the business fundamentals, essential cross-functional skills, and learn how to integrate them into your business.
  2. Focus on you as a leader of change.

Starting from just 7 weeks, plus executive coaching, and distance learning support.

Completion of the two stages and a final assessment lead to the IMD Program for Executive Development. This IMD Executive Certificate is an accredited Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Business Leadership, an internationally recognized academic qualification that awards 20 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).

Accelerate your transition

Get up to speed with the concepts and capabilities you need to successfully transition to general management and business leadership.

Lead with vision

Understand how to provide a guiding vision, to pull together various functions, businesses, or country teams to create value.

Develop high-performance teams

Leverage the strengths of your different team members to create an integrated whole that is focused on winning.

Unlock your full leadership potential

Become a confident, fulfilled general manager and business leader.

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You and your class

Are you an experienced manager who has recently transitioned, or will soon transition, into a business leadership/general management position? Are you looking to further develop your leadership capabilities and be equipped to drive successful organizational change?

Then join other seasoned executives from diverse industries, cultures, and nationalities for an enriching learning experience. This global network of peers will provide valuable insights and support as you advance in your career and take on more senior roles. Read more about the admission criteria.

2023 class profile (average data)


years of experience


mid to senior level





What our participants say

I chose the Program for Executive Development to broaden and strengthen my leadership skillset. Now my vision is clearer, and my analysis of the issues and positions of stakeholders helps me guide and optimize my team’s value creation. Only when you stretch out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself can you grow. Read the full story.

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Corinne Baffou Head of Editorial Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility, BCV, Switzerland

The Program for Executive Development takes you on a fascinating deep dive into the latest research and best practices of all relevant general management disciplines, combined with a very thorough personal leadership development stream.

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Florian vom Bruch CEO, Buben & Zörweg, Germany
Experience the two stages of the program
Stage 1: Foundations for Business Leadership – Hear how this program has created long-term career impact for participants and has broadened their horizons
Stage 2: Transition to Business Leadership – Visit our classroom and listen to participants.
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Foundations for Business Leadership is unique in the way it builds intensity into the program to mirror what you are likely to face back in your organization.

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Mohan Subramaniam Program Co-Director, Professor of Strategy and Digital Transformation
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Together we develop your critical thinking, so you are best equipped to implement your learning directly to your own complex business issues.

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Leif Sjöblom Program Co-Director, Professor of Financial Management
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You focus on building key influence such as negotiation and communication, laying the foundations to successfully lead change.

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Michael Watkins Program Co-Director, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change
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Transition to Business Leadership enables you to leverage a blend of virtual and in-person experiences to create a powerful, integrated learning process.

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Albrecht Enders Program Co-Director, Professor of Financial Management
Next start & fee

Length: 7 weeks minimum in 2 flexible stages.