Foundations for Business Leadership (FBL)
3 weeks face-to-face at IMD campus, Lausanne

Fast-track your understanding of key business fundamentals. Master the core functions of a complex organization.
Streams: marketing, finance & accounting, business model innovation & entrepreneurship, strategy & industry analysis, operations & supply chain management

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Advanced Management Concepts (AMC)
5 weeks online
Online learning requires approx. 15 hours per week.

Go deeper into the topics covered during FBL with this five-week distance learning module.
Streams: strategic thinking, finance, marketing, artificial intelligence

Global Management Foundations (fully virtual)

This 17-week journey enables you to launch your IMD Executive MBA without the need to travel for the foundation stage. This highly interactive, virtual learning experience enables you to build your business leadership skills for a rapidly changing world with full capability-building and integration of the latest general management topics.

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Advanced Management Concepts (AMC)
5 weeks online
Online learning requires approx. 15 hours per week.

Go deeper into the topics covered during GMF with this five-week distance learning module.
Streams: strategic thinking, finance, marketing, artificial intelligence

Many find that the leadership stream is the most enlightening and valuable element of the program. You reflect and experiment with your leadership style through team simulations, individual assignments, and personal one-on-one coaching.

Leadership is at the heart of your ability to effect change in your organization. This is critical as you move into senior management roles where you are increasingly responsible and accountable for delivering results, especially through others.

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.

You will join three, one-week expeditions, enabling you to gain deep understanding of the global business environment through major themes such as:

  • Entrepreneurship: from ideas to execution
  • Innovation
  • Corporate transformations
  • Social innovation and impact investment
  • Business challenges in emerging economies
  • Start-up ecosystems 

Guided by passionate faculty and local experts, you see life as it is, in companies, as well as in the cultural, economic and political context in which they operate. 

Explore themes and destinations

Entrepreneurship: from ideas to execution
Work directly with a Swiss start-up, understand the market and potential business opportunity, and pitch the start-up to venture capitalists.
Potential destinations: Silicon Valley, Dubai, India

Analyse a real business challenge for a company, carry out a strategic analysis and develop recommendations for the client firm.
Potential destinations: Estonia, China

Corporate transformations
Carry out a real project to examine corporate transformations for a company and make recommendations for a major transformation.
Potential destinations: India

Social innovation & impact investment
Learn how to think big in a small market. Find ventures that have the potential to grow and scale.
Potential destinations: Peru

Business challenges in emerging economies
Learn about the unique opportunities and challenges of doing business in emerging markets.
Potential destinations: Kenya

Start-up ecosystems
Enhance your understanding of what is required for an entrepreneurial ecosystem to flourish and identify potential pitfalls.
Potential destinations: Israel

Benefit from your very own corporate learning “lab”. You will channel the innovative tools, frameworks and new knowledge straight back into your workplace. Through five tailored Company Assignments, you will have the chance to work directly with your company to try out new ideas, gather input and feedback, to refine and develop a fully-fledged business proposal, strategy or execution plan.

The assignments are introduced in a cumulative way through a cycle of execution and reflection, integrating step by step what you learn on the leadership stream and in the Discovery Expeditions.


Ensure your professional and personal fulfilment with our guidance. Whether you plan to change employment after the EMBA or accelerate your career within your current company, pro-actively planning your career path and leveraging your resources is critical to your success.

  • Career strategy
  • Leverage your experience and skills
  • Career design

Throughout the Mastery Stage of the EMBA, you will be working both onsite and at a distance through a series of workshops, webinars, career management tools and counselling with an experienced Career Strategist who will be matched with you according to your needs.

Prepare yourself for every leader’s reality with crisis leadership training from top experts - the Swiss Armed Forces.

To complete your EMBA journey, you will be challenged to experience a crisis situation in a high intensity, two-day simulation. You and your team will learn how to lead in a crisis from generals of the Swiss Armed Forces and how to communicate with various stakeholders. You will have to deal with stress, uncertainty, surprises, fatigue and frustration. You will learn how crisis leadership is different – when to switch from “business as usual” to crisis-mode – and how to lead from briefing to briefing under time pressure.

32:42Documentary on the Executive MBA Discovery Expedition to Peru
Discover Expedition to Peru
In November 2021, EMBA participants immersed themselves in the topics of impact investing and social innovation.
02:47Crisis Simulation: EMBA Leadership Skills Training
"No one tells you when the crisis starts"
Leading through a crisis requires a very different leadership skillset. IMD’s Executive MBA, gives you specific crisis leadership training with unique methodologies
Vanina Farber
Professor Vanina Farber
elea Professor of Social Innovation; Dean of the Executive MBA
Sameh Abadir
Professor Sameh Abadir
Professor of Leadership and Negotiation
Shlomo Ben-Hur
Professor Shlomo Ben-Hur
Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Julia Binder
Professor Julia Binder
Professor of Sustainable Innovation and Business Transformation Director of IMD Center for Sustainable and Inclusive Business
Ben Bryant
Professor Ben Bryant
Professor of Leadership and Organization, Director of IMD CEO Learning Center
Bettina Büchel
Professor Bettina Büchel
Professor of Strategy and Organization
Goutam Challagalla
Professor Goutam Challagalla
Professor of Marketing and Strategy
Arnaud Chevallier
Professor Arnaud Chevallier
Professor of Strategy
Frederic Dalsace
Professor Frederic Dalsace
Professor of Marketing and Strategy
Mark Greeven
Professor Mark Greeven
Professor of Innovation and Strategy and Dean of IMD China
Knut Haanaes
Professor Knut Haanaes
Professor of Strategy and International Management, Lundin Sustainability Chair
Amit Joshi
Professor Amit Joshi
Professor of AI, Analytics and Marketing Strategy at IMD
Benoît Leleux
Professor Benoît Leleux
Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance
Alyson Meister
Professor Alyson Meister
Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Stefan Michel
Professor Stefan Michel
Dean IMD Executive MBA and Professor of Marketing and Service Management
Anand Narasimhan
Professor Anand Narasimhan
Shell Professor of Global Leadership
Niccolò Pisani
Professor Niccolò Pisani
Professor of Strategy and International Business
Jim Pulcrano
Adjunct Professor Jim Pulcrano
Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management
Karl Schmedders
Professor Karl Schmedders
Professor of Finance
Ralf Seifert
Professor Ralf Seifert
Professor of Operations Management
Leif Sjoblom
Professor Leif Sjoblom
Professor of Financial Management
Ina Toegel
Professor Ina Toegel
Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change
01:29IMD Executive MBA: Inspiring and Diverse Faculty
EMBA Dean talks about the excellence and diversity of IMD faculty
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