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  • Starting date

    16-19 June 2025

  • Duration

    4 days

  • Fee


  • Language


  • Format

    In person

The four-day Summer Foundation Course is a must-attend course for professionals with an interest in corporate communication. Around 900+ professionals has been enrolled in our Summer Foundation Course in Corporate Communication in the past thirty years. This long-established Summer Foundation Course has earned an excellent worldwide reputation which attracts professionals in a broad range of industry sectors.

This executive programme is offered by the Corporate Communication Center BV, a private limited company entirely owned by EUR Holding BV. It holds accreditations from NVAO, AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. For detailed information about your rights and responsibilities as a participant in this programme, please contact the Corporate Communication Center BV at or +3110 4082851.

The following topics will be addressed in this course

Strategic corporate communication

  • How to play the game and create value for your organisation?
  • How do you contribute to corporate success?
  • Define your role and set communication goals
  • Corporate communication in agile organisations
Day 1

Corporate branding

  • Introduction to brands and their symbolic power
  • Brand portfolio management; product brand versus corporate brand
  • Two case studies
  • Brand revitalisation, and how employees can change a brand
Day 2

Reputation management

  • Foundations in reputation management
  • Reputation management strategy
  • Workshop corporate story
Day 3

Organisational identity

  • Identity, image and reputation
  • From identity analysis to specific messaging strategies
  • Two workshops on identity analysis and messaging strategies
  • Guest lecture on identity change
Day 4

Learning objectives

After the course, you will be able to put your new knowledge, ideas and insights into practice for the benefit of your organisation and your career. During this course you will

  • explore the theoretical foundations of corporate communication, such as identity, branding, reputation management and strategic communication
  • apply theoretical frameworks to diagnose and describe the identity of your organisation
  • develop an identity-led communication strategy and positioning for your organisation
  • acquire a deep understanding of the power of brands for customers and organisations
  • learn how a firm’s brand portfolio (including both product and corporate brands) can be leveraged for growth
  • reflect on how internal and external processes affect corporate reputation and brand equity in the long-term
  • apply tools to systematise, reflect upon and describe communication objectives aligned to corporate goals
  • understand the concept of agility, its drivers, and its relevance for corporate communication
  • reflect on the challenges and opportunities of agility for communication professionals

For whom

See where other participants come from

This executive-level course offers working professionals a highly flexible learning experience that fosters leadership, strategic thinking and corporate responsibility.

The Executive Summer Course in Corporate Communication is designed for:

Corporate communication professionals

General managers

Executives, consultants and analysts

Participants who preferably hold at least a bachelor degree and 3+ years of working experience in the corporate communication field and related.


Read what previous participants say about this course

I really enjoyed the Executive Summer Course in Corporate Communication thanks to the highly qualified professors and spokespersons of international organisations which operate in complex environments. It was also very inspiring to meet and collaborate with other communication professionals

Laurens Ohlenroth - Communications Manager at Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS)

As a communications professional, one never stops learning because our field is in a constant state of flux. Academic theory and practical knowledge are closely intertwined in this course. It was very valuable for me to get in contact with other professionals and to learn from one another.

Karin Ooms – Business Partner Communication at KLM


Prof. Joep Cornelissen

Joep Cornelissen is Academic Director of the MScCC programme and Professor of Corporate Communication & Management at RSM. The main focus of his research involves studies of the role of corporate and managerial communication in the context of innovation, entrepreneurship and change, and of social evaluations of the legitimacy and reputation of start-up and established firms.

Prof. Carola Hillenbrand

Carola Hillenbrand is professor of organisational psychology at Henley Business School, academic director at the John Madejski Centre for Reputation (JMCR), and research division leader for the School of Marketing and Reputation. Carola’s research aligns the subjects of responsibility, relationships and resilience with human decision-making, behaviours and emotions.

Prof. Oriol Iglesias

Oriol Iglesias is a professor and director at the ESADE Business School Department of Marketing. He has also co-authored several books on brand management and co-creation, and his research on this topic is published in top international academic journals.

Prof. Ansgar Zerfass

Ansgar Zerfass is Professor and Chair in Strategic Communication at the Universität Leipzig. He has published 33 books and more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, and study reports papers in several languages.

Practical information


16-19 June 2025



The total costs for participation in the Executive Summer Course are € 5,550.-. Included are:

  • 3 nights accommodation, breakfasts, lunches & dinners
  • Study materials: book and reader
  • Certificate


The programme takes place at an external location:

Kasteel Oud Poelgeest
Poelgeesterweg 1
2341 NM Oegstgeest
The Netherlands


General terms and conditions

Our general terms and conditions apply when you register for an open programme. Please review them to learn more about our policies for cancellation, deferral and substitution.


The participant can be substituted by someone from the same organisation on the same course without extra costs.

Interested in an executive master degree?

This course can also be taken as part of RSM's part-time Executive Master in Corporate Communication, a flexible and accredited master programme for professionals.