MBA – International track Program

Expand your horizons and lead global transformations.

  • Format

    9 modules + Capstone Project

  • Languages


  • Location

    Paris – France

  • Fees


  • Intake


  • Credits

    90 ECTS



The IMBA program meets the requirement of a global MBA program and is designed to enable participants to apply knowledge in different contexts and situations.

The program is offered on a full-time basis and consists of 13 months including 9 modules and 1 capstone project. The curriculum provides a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge, business and leadership competencies.

Throughout the program, the faculty adopts a thorough and practical approach using cases and real-life examples to apply concepts to solve business issues. Participants are required to work on cases and/or group projects for each course to develop essential skills to face challenging situations and imagine new solutions. Faculty members foster interactions in the classroom – participants learn from each other’s experiences and are trained to develop and defend their opinions.

Participants also benefit from a personalized coaching and career development program.

Course Content

Organizing for global transformations

In this module, participants will enhance their understanding of various organizational issues involved in developing, producing, and distributing goods and services, aligned with overall business goals and stakeholder requirements. Importantly, participants will be challenged to think concretely about making necessary changes and selecting options that balance elements of the bottom line in an overall global business context. In this process, they will approach global issues involved in organizing holistically with focus on functions such as accounting, marketing, human resources, operations etc.

Leading for global transformations

This module helps in understanding issues associated with the exercise of leadership in global organizations. Participants consider complex challenges that they are likely to face as they progress towards top-level leadership positions in global organizations in various sectors. In addition, the module strives to enhance personal skills and capabilities that are needed to function as effective leaders and explores the challenges of functioning as ethical change agents in leadership positions.

Strategizing for global transformations

This module helps participants to adopt a broad strategic view of global organizations, considering both external and internal factors. Participants will explore methods and tools for assessing the strength of competition and the relative bargaining power, anticipating competitors’ actions, analyzing cost and value structures and their relevance to competition, and assessing potential changes in the scope of the firm. These tools will help them to be effective global business leaders, entrepreneurs or consultants.

Innovating for global transformations

This module is designed to provide participants with an appreciation of innovation and entrepreneurship processes in global organizational contexts. Business competitiveness heavily depends on each company’s ability to innovate and promote entrepreneurial processes. This module will provide participants with the theoretical base and applied tools aimed at business model development and new venture creation. They will acquire skills to understand, evaluate, create, and manage an effective innovation process and appreciate relevant examples from leading international firms.

Focussing capabilities for global transformations

This module enables participants to adopt a focused approach and sharpen their capabilities in select areas that are highly relevant for global business organizations. Through a range of electives, participants explore, a wide array of topics that include Project Management, Luxury Marketing, Strategic Performance Management, Information Systems Management, Lean Management, Mindfulness in Management, Business Modelling, Advanced Operations Management, Decision Making, International Negotiations, Business Analytics, Financial Markets etc. Participants can select those that best suit their career projects and leadership ambitions in multinational companies.

Confronting grand challenges

In this module, participants explore the big societal challenges that deeply affect businesses in the current world and consider possible responses to them through various initiatives at sectoral, organizational and stakeholder levels. 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 a world. This module responds to this challenge by exposing participants to the complexities involved in addressing these challenges.

Stimulating transformations in a VUCA world

In this module participants will focus on the important idea of transformation 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.

Sharpening the professional project

In this module, participants work on their professional projects through a tailored career program. Through a series of experiences involving both group-oriented sessions and individual-oriented coaching, participants are able to progressively work towards a clearer specification of personal and professional goals and formulate a feasible action plan to achieve them. They are guided by career experts and coaches throughout the process.

Enriching with support components

The program offers participants various support components that can be pursued in a customized way according to their personal and professional projects. Participants can attend selected language courses from according to their specific levels (beginner, intermediary or advanced). Moreover, there are opportunities to participate in and sometimes lead various activities and events. Some of these involve interactions with area experts or industry leaders in emerging fields exposing participants to new business trends and developments.

Integrating through a capstone project

The program culminates in a capstone project that enables participants to apply their learnings in a specific context, project or problem. This could take various forms such as an internship, a job assignment, an entrepreneurial project, a consulting assignment, or an academic thesis. This range of options provide participants the opportunity to adopt a customized approach to fit with their personal projects and career objectives.

IMBA Faculty

All IMBA courses are taught by highly experienced professionals and researchers. They are either academically qualified with doctoral qualifications or have at least 10 years of professional experience in their fields. The IMBA faculty is a mix of both internal and external faculty who come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. They are experts in their fields, passionate about teaching and providing support to participants so that they can achieve their full potential.

Workshops and Corporate Events

Alongside the courses, the program includes various workshops and corporate events to further develop your personal and professional skills. These cover a range of topics, such as conflict management in cross-cultural environments and intercultural communication.
Our Career Program helps participants to establish their professional career plan by working on their skills, personal strengths, and using networking tools to be prepared to meet recruiters’ expectations internationally.

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Learning Trips and Exchanges

Twice per year, participants of the International MBA will go on a Learning Expedition in order to discover new ways of doing business in other countries and cultures.

The destinations, which are subject to change or evolve based on circumstances, are selected to ensure that participants can both further develop and practice the program’s key competences, and take part in deep, experiential learning. The trip is also an occasion for cultural exposure to an important international destination, and cements bonds among participants of the program through a shared learning and cultural experience. In the past few years, the trip has taken participants to destinations such as Milan, Zurich, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Brussels, Munich, South Africa, United States of America, etc. The expeditions have involved companies such as Google, Gessi, BMW, EY, GSK, Coca-Cola, etc.

The costs for participation are included in the program tuition fees.

During the second semester, IÉSEG also provides the opportunity to a few students to take some additional electives in one or more of its partner schools/universities. These courses are offered over a week and specialize in some aspects of business linked to the region where the partner school/university is located. This arrangement helps International MBA participants to gain a richer multi-location learning experience during their program.

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