EMBA Courses

The EMBA program at ESMT

An 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”. Both combined 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 general management program which leads you through three 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 20 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: Performance Management, Financial Management and Corporate Finance, Operations, Marketing Management, Managerial Analysis and Decision Making

Leading through Strategy: Business Strategy, Corporate Strategy, Strategic Practice through Business Simulation


Develop your distinctive edge

Develop your distinctive edge

Modules 5 to 7: from June to September

The second 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 sustainability.

Course highlights (core):

Innovation and technology: Innovation and New Product Development, Organizing for Innovation, Status and Organizations

Lead for strategic resilience: Sustainable Business, Entrepreneurship, Managing and Developing People, Business Ethics

Some past electives include:

  • International Financial Markets
  • Bringing Technology to Market
  • Anti-fraud Management and Compliance
  • Sustainable Energy Future
  • Data Analytics for Managers
  • Business Experiments
  • Blockchain
  • Design Thinking
Applied strategic international management

Applied strategic international management

Modules 8 to 10: from November to April

Global in focus, your ESMT EMBA will also 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 China, Brazil, Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Africa and Argentina.

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 most recent IFS destination was South Africa in spring 2018. The theme of this trip: 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.

Applied learning

Applied learning

Integrated project from Module 5 to Module 9

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 their companies and with ESMT faculty, EMBA participants develop a project that addresses a business or management issue of broader relevance. The project draws on empirical field work and academic theories to develop real and immediate value to their organization as a direct result of the EMBA even before graduation. Students present their projects to faculty and sponsors at their company, and submit a final report based on the project to ESMT.

EMBA students can use this opportunity to forge new networks in their organization, display their new skills to internal stakeholders, initiate change within their organization, 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
Global Network for Advanced Management

Global Network for Advanced Management

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. Students choose from other schools in the network.

When? June 11 – 15, 2019

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.