Curriculum

Curriculum

A strong foundation for launching careers

The RSM Executive MBA curriculum is designed to complement your management experience with a deep understanding of how global business works — and where it’s headed next.
 
We put together a broad knowledge base and continual leadership development, infusing it all with core Dutch values that drive so many successful enterprises around the world — critical thinking, perpetual innovation and sustainability.

In the first year, you’ll build analytical and critical-thinking skills over two semesters of course work and team-based projects. In the second year, you’ll dive further into leadership. Each semester has a distinctive theme, and we constantly update classes to reflect new global business trends.  

For more details, read the programme schedule for the Executive MBA.

RSM reserves the right to make changes to this programme schedule.

    • A consolidation of your basic business skills through courses that are moderately theoretical and bring you back into a learning mode as well as underpinning the development of your analytical skills.

    • Gives insight into the complex process of interaction between an organisation and its environment.

    • Understanding human aspects of management through the analysis of human behaviour in organisations. 

    • This course concentrates on managerial accounting, financial statement analysis and the decision-making process based on cost/benefit analysis of viable options.

    • Data collection and data analysis in marketing and customer research. The objective is not to turn you into a professional statistician, but to ensure that you know the correct questions to ask when commissioning or managing a research project. By the end of the course, you will know how to manage this process, albeit delegating much of the analysis to others.

    • Improve managerial decision-making in functional and cross-functional business areas. 

    • For one week in each year, you will expand your understanding of business in a significantly different socioeconomic and cultural environment. You will focus on complex issues surrounding business with and within emerging economies. A typical week consists of lectures, in-class discussions and visits to local enterprises for a detailed view of the local business and social culture. In previous years groups have gone to such diverse locations as Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, India, Japan, Russia, Slovenia and South Africa.

    • What type of leader will you be? At RSM, you will find your answer to that question by taking part in the Personal Leadership Development (PLD) programme. It’s a systematic approach to management that we’ve designed and built into every corner of our MBA curriculum.

      Learn more about the Personal Leadership Development programme. 

    • Once your basic skills have been refreshed, the programme continues with a more detailed investigation of the functional areas of business, using theories from the practice of management.

    • An in-depth look at the effect of environmental change on organisational culture and structure, and raising awareness of the variety of ways in which organisations influence behaviour and performance.

    • An introduction to marketing concepts and the implementation of marketing plans, as well as the analysis of buyer behaviour.

    • An introduction to advanced finance, with a focus on economic profitability, return and value under conditions of uncertainty and inflation.

    • Contemporary concepts and issues related to strategic management. Using case studies and discussions, you explore various perspectives and tools to understand business strategy.

    • The management of operations and services and how to achieve competitive advantage. Managing operations and services involves the design, planning, direction and control of the facilities, processes, materials, energy and people used in producing an organisation’s products and services.

    • The traditional reasons behind resistance to change, a proposed change framework and series of activities that executives can use to manage organisational change. Ways to facilitate the successful implementation of transformation projects.

    • Companies are measured for performance, not only in profitability, but also in environmental impact. This course introduces applicable models and theories for organisations to use in a mindful marketplace. 

    • Strengthen your understanding of key finance issues from a practical perspective: the linkages of the income statement, cash flow and balance sheet; measuring and creating value; and the interactions of finance, strategy and governance.

    • A channel through which you apply theories and assess models learned in the first year of your EMBA. The six-month project (March – August of the second study year), is done in parallel with your regular EMBA studies. It gives you an opportunity to focus on a real management challenge in your own organisation. It allows you to demonstrate your new abilities to identify a management challenge, draw clear conclusions and make recommendations. It adds outstanding value for both you and your employer, and provides an opportunity to leverage your MBA skills within other functional areas of your organisation.

    • The elective period is your opportunity to select from a range of subjects designed to offer further specialised knowledge. You will be required to choose three courses. A wider range of business disciplines is covered in the electives to facilitate greater learning. Here’s a selection of some of the courses we offer:

    • Like the international study trip in the first year, you will expand your understanding of business in a significantly different socioeconomic and cultural environment, for a week in another new location. Lectures, in-class discussions and visits to local enterprises will give you a firsthand view of the local business and social culture. In previous years groups have gone to such diverse locations as Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, India, Japan, Russia, Slovenia, and South Africa. 

    • Every business executive entering an international commercial transaction needs to know how to successfully negotiate an agreement.

    • Not a single perspective, but a catalyst for personal reflection and insight (the mirroring principle) into processes and concepts essential for completing the MBA. It provides a platform for future career and personal success.

    • Manage equity portfolios and an introduction to the asset management industry. 

    • Understand how new business ventures are created and grown. Develop the concepts, theory and practice of entrepreneurship, and address central issues and techniques essential for the successful creation of new entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial ventures.

    • Brands are valuable assets. They embody a firm’s strategy and drive its execution. They represent what a firm stands for and what it does. This course highlights the strategic implications of branding for organisations and delivers a set of tools for effective brand management.

    • Linking competitive strategy, the world around us and personal choices faced by business leaders.

       

    • Corporate governance challenges faced by private enterprises, as well as measures and practices used to meet them. How does corporate governance affect the interests of other stakeholders, such as employees, customers, creditors or society at large?