MBA – Executive Track Program
Delivered in a modular format over 16 months, the program integrates the latest knowledge, tools and techniques to provide you with the competences to think through our VUCA world and create sustainable value for positive impact on society and organizations. It brings together, in a unique learning journey, the pedagogical and human value of face-to-face, immersive four-day workshops with the advantages of preparatory online interactions.
This format enables participants to interact with your peers in the hub, international academic experts and valuable industry practitioners and alumni.
The program consists of eight modules, a customizable elective component, and two reputation-building elements (growth and career development strategy and capstone project).
In order to personalise their learning experience, the participants choose from a series of electives each semester. Strategic innovation and emerging technologies, Corporate strategy, Brand management, strategy, Decision making for managers, Coaching executives and teams, Omnichannel marketing, Leveraging big data – analytical customer relationship management, Advanced corporate and structured finance are examples of the electives to choose from.
During the latter part of the program, participants work on a Professional consultancy thesis with the guidance of a dedicated academic advisor. The purpose of the project is to enable participants to work on a concrete organizational or business problem, in the process of developing expertise in the domain of their choice and developing their capacity to design effective interventions in organizations.
A Professional Advisory Board including external personalities is working on the directions of the program to ensure that they meet the requirements of businesses.
In addition, an education committee including all IÉSEG faculty and CEGOS experts who provide teaching in the program initiates innovative teaching modes in the various modules.
In this module, participants focus on the important idea of transformations that is a central concern in the exercise of leadership. Business settings are increasingly characterized by a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) environment. This makes it necessary that leaders are able to initiate and manage complex transformations. In response to this imperative, the module focuses on tools and techniques to lead effective and desirable change at multiple levels. Participants will have opportunities to engage in practical activities to apply their learnings in specific simulated or real-life scenarios.
This module is an integrated journey to grasp the importance of leadership for executive roles and to develop one’s own personal abilities to inspire trust and release collective intelligence in an organization, for everyone’s success and well-being. Indeed, the ultimate measure of a leader is when people and organizations function at their best towards a sustainable world.
In this module, participants will acquire a set of behaviours, skills, and tools to be able to lead themselves, teams, and organizations, with a positive and holistic mindset. Participants will use self-awareness to deepen self-knowledge about their abilities, skills, underlying interests, behaviours, values, and motivation. This will enable them to define their own challenges and develop confidence in their present and future inspirational leadership ambitions.
Within this module, participants will develop and strengthen their strategic mindset, i.e. their capacity to tackle complex strategic challenges and formulate wise and consistent strategic solutions and plans, at both business and corporate levels. This module is thus aimed at professionals who want to deepen their strategic capacity and broaden their analytical skills in order to participate more actively and with more insight in their firm’s decision-making process, direction and leadership. Beyond the mastery of strategic tools and techniques, a strategic mindset develops through practice, therefore the whole module will be practice-oriented.
The core of the module will take the form of a learning expedition in an emerging country, where participants will be exposed to local and global situations and strategic challenges, and investigate multiple cases in situ. They will visit firms, meet business leaders, entrepreneurs and academics from the country, and pitch strategic recommendations to them.
To thrive in an age of disruption and digital transformation, a changemaker’s mindset is needed, to lead innovation at the individual, collective and organizational levels. In this module, participants become more adept at using Design Thinking, Lean Start Up, and Business Model Innovation to manage the process of turning new ideas into reality, and build organizational capability to adopt customer-centricity, iterative experimentation, and cultures that support rapid learning cycles.
They consider the potential of emerging technologies to fuel disruptive innovation in different sectors and lead not only in managing innovation but also in adequately executing it with a hands-on practical approach driven from real issues that companies are facing.
In this two-part module, participants develop a 360-degree view of the organization and leverage functional knowledge to make managerial choices influencing both organizational performance and organizational sustainability. Participants become more adept in understanding the link between managerial choices and the material reality harming the organization’s sustainability in tackling topics such as HR, Marketing, IT Infrastructure and Practices, Supply Chain Management, and CSR.
They will not only develop a full functional understanding of organizational structures and their contingencies, but also take a more macro perspective in looking at strategic leadership and how to reconcile and integrate various organizational and functional areas to lead sustainable organizations.
The current global business context calls for a deep understanding of the grand challenges to pursue equitable, sustainable strategies that contribute to building a better world. The module responds to this challenge by exposing participants to the complexities involved in addressing these challenges. In this module, participants will explore the big societal challenges that deeply affect businesses in the current world and consider how business can develop possible responses to them through various initiatives at sectoral, organizational and stakeholder levels.
During a European learning expedition common to all MBA tracks, participants will visit organizations and firms engaged in tackling grand challenges, and via a hands-on project, develop concrete recommendations to address a particular challenge.
The modern era decision-maker contributes to the financial implications of business and understands the stakes. The module is designed to allow non-financial specialists to become proficient and pertinent in financial issues, from investment to funding to corporate valuation.
Participants are immersed in situations and exposed to real-life multi-dimensional problems faced by modern firms. They will learn how to strike a balance and optimal position between various objectives, whose terms are not always aligned.
- Lead in an international and intercultural environment
- Lead organizations with a strategic mindset
- Develop a personal leadership stance for impactful collective mobilizations
- Lead innovation for responsible and impactful transformations
- Operate and create value in an ethical and sustainable manner
- Integrate various business disciplines to create solutions to complex problems
Interactive, diverse teaching methods
> Increase learning efficiency
> Encourage you to put into practice new concepts learnt
> Stimulate discussions between participants and with contributors
> Alternate personal work and group work
> Encourage you to take a step back and gain new insights
> Deepen understanding of issues tack
Teaching methods used
> Case studies
> Corporate games
> Group Coaching
> Group discussions
> Role playing
> Blended learning via a collaboration platform dedicated to programme participants
Courses and modules are assessed via a variety of assignments (e.g., pre-work, in-course work, post-course assignment), which constitute an integral part of the Participants’ learning experience, development and transformation.
The program is conceived so that there is a mix of individual and group assignments, oral and written work.
The weighting of each piece of assessment of a course / integrative project is communicated in the corresponding syllabus (on IÉSEG-online).
A module’s grade is calculated on the base of final grades of the courses comprised in the module and the final Integrative Project grade, weighted by the corresponding number of ECTS credits.
Duration and frequency
The Executive MBA programme was designed to enable executives to continue working at the same time.
16 months of training, part-time:
- 4 immersive face-to-face days + 16 online hours every 6 weeks
- Individual career and personal development coaching
- Professional Consulting thesis
IÉSEG Executive MBA is also available in a fast track format. All the courses are taught more often and there is one Learning Expedition within the program.
Venue and resources
The Executive MBA programme takes place on the IÉSEG campus of Paris, at La Défense – the number-one business centre in Europe and a global magnet.
Participants will have fully dedicated rooms fitted with equipment and suited to the varied educational methods we plan to use, as well as access to all IÉSEG resources: library, Career Center, etc.
The program integrates online hours in preparation of the face-to-face modules.
The information regarding IÉSEG Executive MBA was established in March 2022 and is subject to change.