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Aalto-ESADE MBA for Executives

Think Differently. Drive Change. Do Global Business.

In today’s increasingly digital business world, an innovative and forward-thinking mindset is vital, but the capability to apply creativity that transcends borders is a quality only a few possess.

Pointing to this business need, Aalto University and ESADE Business School joined forces to create the Aalto-ESADE MBA for Executives program, a different MBA that is specially designed for experienced executives who are ready to make a step forward in their international career.

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Highlights of the Program

  • Focus on intra/entrepreneurship, innovation and design thinking
  • Develop out-of-the-box thinking in order to improve ability to identify and develop innovative opportunities within the participant’s organization
  • Special topics on how to do business and innovate in Asia and Europe
  • Develop the skills and capabilities for managing global teams and performing in global companies

The modules are delivered both in Europe and in Asia, allowing you to immerse yourself in the business environment on both continents. As a graduate of MBA for Executives, you will be able to think creatively, identifying new and innovative business opportunities for your organization. You will also be able to better interpret the surrounding business environment, and recognize how changes in the global economy will affect your organization. As a business leader, you will have enhanced self-awareness and the ability to lead global, multi-cultural teams.

Broaden business horizons - Face-to-face sessions with peers in Singapore, Barcelona, Helsinki and Ho Chi Minh City.

Flexible format compatible with your work - 8 weeks spread across 18 months

Double degree from two top business schools - Aalto University and ESADE Business School.

Structure and Content

8 Intensive Weeks

The program is divided into 8 intensive weeks: 4 in Asia (3 in Singapore and 1 in Vietnam) and 4 in Europe (1 in Helsinki and 3 in Barcelona). During the 8 weeks, course content will be based on the following 4 tracks:

  • Analyzing and Resourcing Business

    Managers need a broad understanding of the key functional areas of a business in order to make or contribute to informed and effective decisions. All decisions must be financially sound, so the understanding of finance is emphasised in the program. This track also covers marketing and operations management.

  • Strategy & Innovation

    Creativity and innovative ideas are essential for success in today’s competitive, global markets. In this track you’ll develop a design-thinking toolkit and entrepreneurial mindset. These skills will allow you to generate and identify new, successful business opportunities for your organization. The track also exposes you to innovation trends in different cultural landscapes, with focus on Asia and Europe.

  • Managing a Global Business

    The rapid changes of the global business environment create both threats and opportunities. A successful business leader needs to be able to analyse and anticipate international political and economic shifts, and their impact on his or her organization. The emergence of technology has provided vast data resources and has moved competition into the digital arena. The track addresses these themes as well as sustainability and corporate responsibility.

  • Leadership

    This track builds and enhances your personal leadership capabilities. It provides you with tools to become a better manager and leader of teams. You will emerge as a more effective communicator, better equipped to lead organizations through periods of change.

In addition, participants will create and develop a project throughout the course which integrates the main learnings from the program. Face-to-face sessions are combined with group activities, case discussions, field visits and guest speakers. On average, two company visits will take place per week.

Aalto EE and ESADE Partnership

Barcelona’s entrepreneurial spirit plus the Finnish passion for innovation and design thinking. Two cultures and two great business schools combined. The ESADE-Aalto partnership has created a one-of-a-kind executive MBA.

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Start Your Preliminary Application

Start your Aalto-ESADE MBA for Executives application process by completing a short preliminary application. After completing the form, our program team will contact you to provide more information about the program and guide you in the application process.

Please note that there is an application fee of € 150 which you can pay via PayPal. After the form is submitted and payment made, our program team will contact you to provide more information about the program and guide you in the application process.

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