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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.

Global Leader has a similar program structure, participant profile, and studying format as in our MBA and Executive MBA programs, and it is often utilized as a springboard to the studies. Studying in Global Leader offers many benefits not only for those who just wish to study in a compact and efficient general management program, but also for those who are planning to pursue future studies in one of our MBA or EMBA programs.

Up to six Global Leader modules 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 lead 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.

Contents and Schedule

The 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-alone three-day programs. Each module is worth 4.5 ECTS credits.

Core Modules

Elective Modules

As a Global Leader full program participant, you may choose two elective modules from a large selection.

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

  • Service Business
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Self Leadership
  • Strategic Foresight
  • Digital Transformation
  • Study Tours and Aalto Executive Summits (additional costs apply)
Study Tours

As a Global Leader participant, you will have the option to take part in study tours organized by Aalto EE.

A study tour normally involves a 4 or 5-day study period designed to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the international business environment. These tours have taken participants for example to New Haven and Boston in the USA. The study tour module program consists of lectures by academics – in New Haven professors from Yaleand 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.  

Aalto Executive Summit

The Aalto Executive Summit is about studying with world-class faculty, developing your personal leadership potential, and meeting business leaders. During the Summit you have a chance to network with an international group of participants and the program includes social elements and evening get-togethers. The Summit location alternates between Helsinki and Singapore and the event has been organized since 2008.

There is a separate registration process (limited seats available) and a separate fee for the Summit.  

Program Fee and Registration

Program Fee

The fee for the Global Leader program (six modules) is € 14,400 (+ VAT). The fee is invoiced in two installments.

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 for the whole program latest four weeks before the first module starts.

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Global Leader Stand-Alone Modules

You can choose to take the the full Global Leader program including all four core modules and the two elective modules of your choice, or register for individual stand-alone Global Leader modules.