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State-of-the-art solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges

Through pioneering multidisciplinary research, you are challenged to develop an understanding of how to leverage current developments in the business environment. program provides an evenhanded appreciation for state-of-the-art knowledge and effective implementation, attained through a mixture of lectures, case study analysis, and discussion groups. 

The total program comprises 8 modules of two days each. Each module has a similar set-up:

  • Before the module starts, each participant is required to conduct a preparatory assignment introducing students to the topic, as well as providing them with an opportunity to bring their own business challenges to class. 
  • At the start of each module a contemporary case is introduced, articulating the tension guiding the module. Key challenges will be identified, as well as solutions to deal with the problem.
  • State-of-the-art academic insights will be introduced with a focus on resolving the tension using different perspectives.
  • Initial solutions are re-assessed through discussion, in-class assignments, case analysis, and presentations.
  • Participants have an opportunity to present their own case (description, challenges, questions) and through dialogue and discussion insights are made applicable to participants’ contexts.
  • If applicable guest speakers (academic and/or practice) are introduced to provide a deeper insight in the module’s content.

Each module is supported with on-line materials, including readings, examples, and videos.

Unique features

  • The program departs from real-life complex problems, and as such offers participants to engage in creative, counter-intuitive and independent thinking while familiarizing themselves with state-of-the art academic knowledge and cross-sector business practices.
  • To enhance the program’s relevance to participants, academic knowledge is translated into practical frameworks and tools which enables participants to apply learning within their own organizations.
  • The program promotes co-creation and knowledge sharing between participants.
  • The program offers a flexible (modular set-up) and expedient (monthly sessions) way to augment the participants knowledge and skills.
  • The program adheres to the VU Amsterdam values and promotes global citizenship
  • The program is run by high-quality executive teaching staff with strong academic and managerial backgrounds. In addition, the strength of staff members originates in their diversity, critical to identify and resolve messy problems.

Prof.dr.ir. Victor A Gilsing

Prof.dr.ir. Victor A Gilsing

Prof.dr.ir. Victor A Gilsing

Professor dr. Svetlana Khapova

Professor dr. Svetlana Khapova

Professor dr. Svetlana Khapova

Professor dr. Johan Wempe

Professor dr. Johan Wempe

Professor dr. Johan Wempe

dr. Brian Tjemkes (program director)

dr. Brian Tjemkes (program director)

dr. Brian Tjemkes (program director)

dr. Oli Mihalache (program director)

dr. Oli Mihalache (program director)

dr. Oli Mihalache (program director)

dr. Christopher Wickert

dr. Christopher Wickert

dr. Christopher Wickert

dr. Saeed Khanaga

dr. Saeed Khanaga

Programme

  • Module 1: Competing Globally

    In a response to a more dynamic and complex business world, companies are required to accelerate strategy formulation and implementation. Moreover, competition has moved from the domestic to the world stage. The module focuses on how companies may enact growth (whether a MNE, SME, or start-up), promote entrepreneurship, secure funding, and operate across organizational boundaries.

  • Module 2: Corporate Entrepreneurship

    To sustain a competitive edge companies are required to innovate and adapt to changing circumstances.  The module focuses on the key question how to grow your company into a World-class innovator? What can you learn from leading innovators in the world such as Amazon, Tesla, Booking or (digital) start-ups? But also from companies with a successful legacy business like Royal DSM, BMW or ING for example, which are also very innovative at the same time?

  • Module 3: Leading digital strategy

    To remain competitive companies increasingly rely on new technologies and accordingly have to adopt their strategies. This module focuses on how companies may enact digital-based strategies, use technologies to their advantage, and make their organizations resilient. Module features include, digital strategies, big data,  block-chain, digitial platforms,  etc.

  • Module 4: Business model transformation

    To remain competitive companies increasingly rely on new business models and accordingly have to adopt their business practices. This module focuses on how companies may enact business model (change) strategies to their advantage and make their organizations resilient.

  • Module 5: Collaborative transformation

    To remain competitive companies increasingly rely on forging, managing, and dissolving external relationships. This module focuses on how companies may use partnership strategies to their advantage and use external relations to enhance their organizations’ responsiveness. Whereas the module details on traditional partnership approaches, ample time is devoted to new emerging forms of collaboration, including business ecosystems and co-opetition. 

  • Module 6: Responsible strategic leadership

    Companies are increasingly confronted with a responsibility to respond to societal challenges and ethical issues, including climate change, alternative energy sources, and sourcing labor. The module focuses on how companies may engage in CRS and resolve ethical dilemmas.

  • Module 7: Building international careers

    The growth of international business brings about new career paths as organizations increasingly grow their personnel by rotating employees between foreign countries. This module develops an understanding of how companies can benefit from people with work experience in multiple countries and how individuals leverage international assignments to grow their careers.

  • Module 8: Leading global teams

    With the falling of trade barriers and advances of communication technologies, companies increasingly built teams with members from different geographic locations to take advantage of country specific advantages. The module explores issues around what makes global teams effective by considering how to improve individual performance and how to manage global teams.