EMBA Courses

The EMBA program at ESMT

A redesigned EMBA to develop the holistic leader

The ESMT Executive MBA can help you realize your fullest potential – and drive your career to the next level. At ESMT, we realize that both intellectual and behavioral qualities affect your prospects of success. We integrate academic training with an “Individual Leadership Development Itinerary”, peer to peer and individual coaching, applied and evidence-based learning. All combine to give high-potential executives the knowledge and experience necessary to grow an organization with the sensitivity needed to manage and develop people effectively. 

The ESMT EMBA begins in October each year and runs for 18 months. It is a rigorous  management program which leads you through the development phases, designed to deliver the experiences and skills you will need to become an effective, integrative leader capable of thriving in complex international business environments.  Follow the course outlines below to discover how the program works in detail.

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Build a solid foundation

Build a solid foundation

Modules 1 to 4: from October to May

The EMBA program begins with a deep immersion in business fundamentals, management functions and strategy. Designed to help you make sound business decisions based on equally sound analysis and judgment, you will learn to identify key drivers and integrate them into a larger vision for your company and industry.

Your Individual Leadership and Development Itinerary begins from day one. You will join other experienced and motivated mid-career professionals working at leading global organizations from over 24 countries. International team-building and virtual teamwork are fostered right away.

Course highlights:

Business Fundamentals: Economic Thinking, Data Analysis and Forecasting, Organizational Behavior

Management Functions: Data Analytics for Managers, Management, Financial Management and Corporate Finance, Operations, Marketing Management, Managing and developing people

Leading through Strategy: Business and Corporate Strategy, Strategic Entrepreneurship


Global Network for Advanced Management

Global Network for Advanced Management

Module 5: June

ESMT is part of the Global Network for Advanced Management, a partnership between 25 business schools worldwide. During the EMBA, students can attend one-week short exchange studies at another network university from up to 6 schools offering exchanges at the same time as ESMT.

When? June 8 – 12, 2020

Where? In June 2019, besides ESMT Berlin (topic: Germany 4.0: Hidden champions, start-ups and more), other schools offered exchange courses with the following topics:

Asian Institute of Management (Manila, Philippines): "Strategy Setting for ASEAN 2016 and Beyond"
EGADE Business School (Santa Fe, Mexico): "Social Innovation"
Fudan University SOM (Fudan, China): "Innovation, Transition & Sustainability in Internet Times"
IE Business School (Madrid, Spain): "Digital Transformation"
Haas School of Business (Berkeley, California, USA): "Women's 21st Century Leadership"
Hitosubashi (Tokyo, Japan): "Super Aging Soceity Japan"
UCD Smurfit (Dublin, Ireland): "The Future of Food"
Yale SOM (New Haven, Connecticut, USA): "Behavioral Science of Management"

For more info on the Network Week, such as a complete list of participating schools and sample exchange curricula, please follow this link.

Short exchanges through the network are available at no additional tuition cost. Students should budget enough for travel and housing during the exchange. Please note that places at certain exchange partners are limited.

Evidence-based Management

Evidence-based Management

Module 6: August

Learning from experts in real-time is naturally one of the best ways to understand and incorporate the latest trends and best-practices into your work. This module allows ESMT EMBA students to do just that. You will go to the heart of expertise by attending the Academy of Management annual meeting in North America. Whether your interests lie in entreprenueurship, sustainability, strategic leadership, or any number of topics, your time at the conference will be spent learning from and networking with experts in all fields of business, roughly ten thousand attendees each year. The evidence-based management knowledge acquired from your time there will be directly applicable to the Applied Learning Project of the EMBA program as well as your future career.

Develop your distinctive edge

Develop your distinctive edge

Modules 7 and 8: from September to March

This EMBA phase prepares you to make a difference by developing your strategic leadership capabilities. The ESMT EMBA will challenge you to shift your focus from the short term to the long term – from the fundamental business toolbox to a broader understanding of your company’s sustainability and impact on society. ESMT EMBA participants find the program’s strong international focus to be as relevant as it is rewarding. You’ll return to your company with a much clearer vision for successfully leading international teams.

You will have the opportunity to sharpen your edge in one of the program’s focus areas: innovation and technology management, international management or business integrity. Committed to the idea that business can do well by doing good, the ESMT EMBA is designed so that students gain knowledge to develop, deploy, and manage technology in the pursuit of corporate social responsibility.

Course highlights (core):

Innovation and technology: Innovation and New Product Development, Organizing for Innovation, Status and Organizations, Bringing Technology to Market, Digital Business Solutions

Lead for strategic resilience: International Financial Markets, Design Thinking, Leadership Through Networks, Negotiation, INTOPIA

Applied strategic international management

Applied strategic international management

Module 9: March

Global in focus, your ESMT EMBA will expose you to leadership challenges in diverse countries and cultures. The International Field Seminar (IFS) will challenge you and your fellow participants to experience leading international projects inside the offices of global companies on other continents. Recent seminars took EMBA classes to Argentina, Brazil, China, Chile, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Russia, Turkey, South Africa and Vietnam.

Traveling with the EMBA group allows you to become immersed in a cross-cultural dialogue and appreciate different perspectives in a variety of industries. You receive opportunities for first-hand experience and a range of insights into what it takes to lead in international business situations, while benefiting from insights gained through interpretation from ESMT faculty.

The theme of the South Africa trip in 2018 was: Emerging Africa: institutional developments, business prospects, managerial practices. Company visits included multinationals such as EY, Mercedes Benz South Africa, Bosch, DHL, Siemens and thyssenkrupp. It also included NGOs such as OASIS and institutions such as AIMS, Africa’s first network of centres of excellence in mathematical sciences, with which ESMT has a long-standing relationship through different projects.

Ethics and Sustainability

Ethics and Sustainability

Module 10: April

The final module of the ESMT EMBA is dedicated to courses that combine the themes of ethics and sustainability. Creating a Better World (CBW) and Fraud and Corruption courses go hand in hand to build on learning outcomes from sustainable business and corporate responsibility topics addressed during previous courses and the International Field Study in a developing country. You learn how to identify discrimination and ethical situations in business and to avoid them, while at the same time implementing sustainable solutions.

Applied learning - Integrated Project

Applied learning - Integrated Project

Integrated project Modules 6 to 8

During the final part of your EMBA journey, you will apply your newly gained skills and insights to help solve your organization’s ongoing challenges in a project that builds on ESMT’s unique approach to bridging the academic and the applied.

In consultation with your company and ESMT faculty, you develop a project that addresses a business or managerial issue of broader relevance. The project draws on empirical field work and academic theories to bring real and immediate value to your organization as a direct result of the EMBA, even before graduation. You present your projects to faculty and sponsors at your company, and submit a final report based on the project to ESMT.

You can use this opportunity to forge new networks within your organization, display new skills to internal stakeholders, initiate change, and gain personal visibility at broader and higher levels.

ESMT alumni have recently completed projects like these:

  • Evaluate make/buy strategies for radical innovations in a complex manufacturing industry
  • Identify barriers to and incentives for adopting energy efficient technologies in the European steel industry
  • Attract and retain highly skilled workforce in emerging markets
  • Increase market share with multi-channel marketing: an approach to design and review distribution channels
  • Compare active vs. passive portfolio management in the bond market