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Global Leader

Skills and Confidence for Managing Across Functions in a Global Context

Global Leader is an international program that strengthens the strategic skills of leaders who manage across functions in a multinational environment. What we provide is a unique opportunity to learn more about different areas of business that impact your career potential.

Global Leader is a compact and flexible study program that can be adapted to your personal development needs and time limitations.

The program has a similar structure, participant profile and studying format as in Aalto Executive MBA program. Global Leader is often utilized as a springboard to Aalto EMBA studies. Find out more how Global Leader can be taken as a springboard to EMBA studies »

Up to 18 European credits (EC) can be transferred from the Global Leader program to the Aalto Executive MBA or Aalto MBA Program.

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Graduate Diploma in Management

A compact and flexible study program.

A springboard to MBA studies.


The program is designed to enhance the participants’ personal skills and competencies as leaders and individuals. The modules also broaden understanding of key management issues, especially in an international business environment.

Enhance performance through improved strategic, financial and marketing capabilities
Build a network and be engaged in a dialogue with international instructors and a peer group of experienced professionals – your fellow participants
Increase your ability to implement change effectively
Achieve strategic agility and new dynamic capabilities for your organization
Widen your global perspectives by studying optional modules in Europe, Asia, and the United States


The Global Leader program is designed for experienced business and team leaders who require the skills to manage global business operations across borders and functions.

It is also relevant for experts and specialists who aspire to build competencies and confidence in making strategic decisions.

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Contents and Schedule

The Global Leader program is geared towards practical hands-on learning by using case studies and real-world exercises to complement theories. The instruction methods enable the integration of theory and practice. A typical learning module consists of pre- and post-assignments, lecturing, discussions, case studies and group work.

The program has a modular structure consisting of four core modules and two elective modules. Elective modules can be chosen from the electives of either the Aalto Executive MBA or Aalto MBA Program.

The four core modules can be taken as stand-along three-day programs. Each module is worth 4.5 EC.

Core Modules

Elective Modules in Europe, Asia and America

As a Global Leader full program participant, you may choose two elective modules from the Aalto Executive MBA and Aalto MBA programs in Europe, Asia and America.

You can pick your favorites from a selection of more than 20 topics including

  • Service Business
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Self Leadership
  • Strategic Foresight
  • Digital Strategy and Transformation
  • Study Tours to Boston (Harvard) and Palo Alto (Stanford) (additional costs apply)

Study Tour in the USA

As a Global Leader participant, you will have the option to take part in Aalto Executive MBA study tours.

A study tour normally involves a 4 or 5-day study period designed to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the international business environment. Traditionally these tours have taken EMBA participants to Palo Alto and Boston in the USA. The study tour module program consists of lectures by academics – in Palo Alto professors from Stanford and in Boston professors from Harvard – typically related to the current topics of international corporate strategies, leadership, innovation, finance and the characteristics of the local business environment. Time is also allocated for extracurricular activities to give participants an opportunity to network and meet with the local business community.

There is a separate registration process (limited seats available) and a separate fee for study tours.   

Program Fee and Registration

Program Fee

The program fee for the Global Leader Program (6 modules) is € 13,800 (+ VAT). The fee is invoiced in two installments.

Core modules are also available as stand-alone programs for a fee of € 3,590 (+ VAT) each. Learn more about the core modules: Financial Decision Making, Global Strategy, Marketing in a Global Context, Leading Change.

The program fee includes learning materials, lunches and coffee breaks during the program days.

Please note that the program fee does not include travel expenses or accommodation. VAT is applicable to private persons and Finnish companies.


Register to the whole program latest four weeks before the first module starts.


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