New Global EMBA enables business leaders to create a better future

Business leaders need to map the road ahead, make sense of complexity, spot risks and challenges and lead change with great responsibility. That’s why a new 21-month learning journey integrates the theory, knowledge, frameworks and personalised leadership development in the new Global Executive MBA programme at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. The programme starts in September 2021.

In business, there’s always a next step. Part of this is an organisation’s strategy, mission and stakeholders, but the past year has shown that organisations, societies and leaders need to be agile and resilient if they want to survive. Being sustainable for the future – for our communities and our environment – comes with risks and opportunities. Business leaders must identify what can threaten our wellbeing and our ability to thrive, and the impact of their operations as a whole.

Post-Covid-19 economy

RSM’s new Global Executive MBA offers value to next-generation business leaders, decision-makers and organisations to help them rebuild the post-Covid-19 economy and get ready for a prosperous future. The experienced professionals will be immersed in the digitisation in our economy, such as analytics and automation. The part-time MBA programme explores mega-trends, digital communication and technology-powered ways of working, finance, operations, marketing and strategy. This way, they can make positive gains in productivity, flexibility, and cost reduction.

“Against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving business environment and changing drivers of business success, we saw the opportunity to develop a programme which prepares senior executives to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to successfully navigate these challenges,” says Professor Nicola Kleyn, Dean of Executive Education at RSM.

Change is the only constant

Business leaders need to be prepared for the risks and challenges that come with change, and consider the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) too to benefit people, planet and profit. The SDGs and innovation are rooted into the management programme, and you can apply your new knowledge from the modules into your work immediately.

“RSM has a proven track record in developing and operating high-quality business programmes. The design of the Global Executive MBA was also put together by gathering significant input from the C-Suite and high-level recruiters, to develop a programme which is global by design, but focused on the individual students’ needs. We are very excited to launch this programme in September,” Dean Kleyn added.

Senior decision-makers

RSM offers this new programme to a highly selective cohort of senior decision-makers with a minimum of 10 years of post-graduate work experience, including at least three years of managerial experience. They can choose electives to sharpen their professional and personal focus, and learn from the strategic leadership development track. The programme’s academic director is Professor Hans van Oosterhout, professor of corporate governance and responsibility at RSM.

The new part-time Global Executive MBA starts in September 2021. The application deadline for the first cohort is on 23 August 2021.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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