Core courses are taken in the first year of the programme with class attendance on Fridays and Saturdays of alternate weeks. This arrangement allows you to immerse yourself in your studies, and the interaction between faculty and class, while applying your learning immediately to your organisation. The fact that you and your organisation are both `giving up´ one of your days also helps to create an equal partnership.
The core courses provide you with a thorough grounding in general business management. The programme begins with a residential week dedicated to examining leadership, by analysing and improving your team working skills, self-awareness and reflection, and to understanding general management, which will help you to contextualise the Executive MBA in direct reference to your own career.
The core courses, the remainder of which are taught in the alternate Fridays and Saturdays format, will provide you with the opportunity to reflect upon and evaluate your experience and lead you to develop global business capabilities, which we define as the skills and expertise to operate as a successful leader anywhere in the world.
Choose up to eight elective courses from a diverse range of subjects and disciplines in the second year. Elective courses typically consist of one three-hour class per week for ten weeks. Participants who commute long distances or have less flexibility in their work schedule may prefer to attend electives scheduled in block week and/or weekend formats.
The management report, supervised by faculty, enables you to integrate what you have learned on the Executive MBA and to apply it to an issue concerning your organisation. It gives you an opportunity to provide a substantial, tangible benefit to your sponsor, alongside the ongoing benefits of applying the knowledge acquired from the programme to your responsibilities at work. It will also demonstrate your ability to integrate theory and practice and to effectively use the knowledge and tools introduced on the programme. The management report is a major piece of around 7,500 words and is a fundamental part of qualifying for your MBA.
The international assignment offers the opportunity to test and apply skills outside your own organisation and for many, in a country and culture outside of your immediate experience, and enhance your cross-cultural experience and understanding.
The focus will be on regions of specific economic interest, and underpinned by a rigorous academic project. Assignments are led by two faculty members, who provide the academic content and assignments to ensure that the learning experience is grounded in the frameworks and theories of management learnt at London Business School and applied to a genuine business issue.
Students work in teams to investigate business practices, benchmark and conduct analyses within multinational corporations, local companies and governmental organisations.
The assignments provide an excellent learning opportunity for students as well as genuine benefit to companies. Executive MBA students embark upon exciting and insightful assignments to destinations, which in the past have included Warsaw, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and Kiev, Mumbai and Bangalore, Beijing, Shanghai and Johannesburg.
Students embark upon one international assignment as part of their core study, and have the option to select another destination as one of their elective choices during the completion of the programme.
Optional Skills Portfolio
The optional skills portfolio offers a range of skills workshops to be chosen according to your own individual needs, and includes presentation, networking, media, and personal impact and effectiveness skills to maximise your effectiveness as a manager and as a successful leader.
We continually update the portfolio of electives in order to reflect current business issues and the latest developments in markets, technologies, processes and the global economy. Many elective courses are offered in block week and modular (normally alternate Fridays/Saturdays) formats to fit more easily with the Executive MBA schedule. In addition, Executive MBA students are able to choose from a number of electives offered in weekly sessions during the day and evening.
A key feature of the elective portfolio is that you will study alongside students from other London Business School programmes and with visiting international exchange students. Thus, your network and learning opportunities will increase and you will be able to further refine your skills of working in different teams.
Executive MBA students need to take a minimum of 6 elective credits to complete the programme, but to offer more flexibility students may choose to take up to 8.
Select from the list of subject areas below to view electives currently available:
-Management Science and Operations
-Strategic and International Management