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Blended program
Creating Value in the Circular Economy

From linear to circular – unlock sustainable business opportunities.

Blended program

Creating Value in the Circular Economy

From linear to circular – unlock sustainable business opportunities.

Length
2.5 days on campus, 10 hours liVe virtual, 5 hours online
Fee
CHF 5,900
Next program starts
29 August 2024

Embark on your sustainable transformation with circular business models

In a world dominated by traditional linear value chains, the ‘take, make, waste’ approach is reaching its limitations. Dwindling resources, fragile supply chains, and increasing regulatory pressure underscore the imperative for a shift towards a circular, sustainable business future. However, many businesses struggle to unlock the economic value of circularity and its potential for realizing environmental and business impact simultaneously.

IMD’s Creating Value in the Circular Economy program translates the theoretical promise of the circular economy into tangible and actionable business opportunities. You will learn how to leverage circular principles to create a more resilient, regenerative, and competitive business model. The program goes beyond theory, delving into practical aspects such as organizational design, technology utilization, and the critical role of ecosystem thinking in implementing circular business models. From rethinking the notion of waste to preserving material value, you will explore circular innovation opportunities across your entire value chain.  

Throughout the program, you will apply your insights to practical assignments, worksheets, and an implementation project, ensuring that you are equipped with the knowledge and tools to drive sustainable transformation within your organization.

Master circularity fundamentals

Dive into the core principles of the circular economy – closing the loop, preserving material value, and contributing positively to nature’s regeneration.

Explore innovative business models

Uncover five business model archetypes that integrate positive environmental impact with profitable economic value and discover compelling success stories.

Lead customer-centric innovation

Learn how to identify, evaluate, and harness circular innovation opportunities that keep the customer at their core.

Shape your ecosystem

Reimagine your value chain, recognizing the vital role of suppliers, producers, competitors, and government in driving your sustainable transformation.

Champion your transformation

Craft your own circular transformation journey and leverage key enablers such as data and technology, strategic partnerships, and organizational design to turn your circular economy vision into a tangible reality.

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You and your class

You are an experienced team leader or senior manager, sustainability specialist, supply chain professional, innovation manager,  investor, or entrepreneur, eager to deepen your practical understanding of circular economy principles and business model design and looking to gain insights into circular strategies to tap into new value pools and strengthen supply chain resilience.

Join a diverse community of leaders and change-makers committed to steering sustainable transformations.   

Typical participant profiles include: Supply Chain Officer, Marketing or Sales Manager, Innovation Manager, Product Manager, Design Engineer, Research and Development Manager, Sustainability Consultant, Entrepreneur.

Your learning journey

Embark on a comprehensive journey, combining interactive group discussions, case studies, and practical assignments for a holistic learning experience, all designed for maximum impact on your professional growth.

Immersive experience

Your IMD learning experience will seamlessly combine real-time liVe virtual, on-demand online, and in-person engagement, designed to deliver maximum impact on your development. 

Tailored to your busy schedule

The program is thoughtfully designed to accommodate your demanding schedule blending a  limited on-campus commitment (2.5 days) with engaging, technology-mediated interactions.

Community of peers

Forge connections with like-minded global peers tackling similar challenges and united in pursuing sustainability excellence. 

Module 1 – Principles of the circular economy

LiVe virtual and online 
Starts two weeks prior to on-campus module

  • Embark on your learning journey.
  • Master the fundamentals of the circular economy.
  • Understand your emerging future context and how to identify signals for change.
  • Start your individual project by assessing linear inefficiencies within your organization.
Module 2 – Circular business models

On campus, 2.5 days

  • Formulate a compelling circular vision using the Future Back method.
  • Explore the five archetypes of circular business and discover how to identify circular business opportunities.
  • Delve into case examples that introduce you to the business model archetypes and demonstrate the viability of sustainable and prosperous business models.
  • Evaluate your circular opportunities using the Three Horizons framework.
Module 3 – Implement and manage your circular business transformation

LiVe virtual and online
Starts one week after on-campus module 

  • Learn how to manage your circular business transformation across three horizons.
  • Develop an actionable implementation plan, from evaluating readiness to fostering an innovation culture.
  • Discover how to identify and leverage key enablers for the success of your circular transition.
  • Understand the pivotal role of your ecosystem and learn how to build a community of support.

Detailed schedule 2024

Module

Dates

Duration

Module 1

Principles of the circular economy

  • 29 August - 5 September

  • 29 August 13:00-15:00 

  • 5 September 13:00-15:00

  • Additional online engagement (self-paced)

4 hours of liVe engagement with additional online interaction and assignments

Module 2

Circular business models

11 - 13 September

2.5 days on campus

Module 3

Implement and manage your circular business transformation

  • 16-26 September

  • 19 September 13:00-15:00

  • 24 September 13:00-15:00

  • 26 September 13:00-15:00

  • Additional online engagement (self-paced)

6 hours of liVe engagement with additional self-paced work on individual project

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It’s time for companies to embrace the circular economy paradigm. It’s a shift from merely keeping your ‘license to operate’ to securing your ‘license to innovate.’ This entails cultivating revolutionary business models that reimagine waste as a strategic asset.

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Julia Binder Program Director
Next start & fee

Length: 2.5 days on campus, 10 hours liVe virtual, 5 hours online.

Dates
29 Aug – 26 Sep 2024
Location
Blended
Length
2.5 days on campus, 10 hours liVe virtual, 5 hours online
Price
CHF 5,900

Tuition, teaching materials, and lunch are included.
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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