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Jan 20—May 8, 2020
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Lausanne, Switzerland
CHF 19900 ≈USD 20230
CHF 1658 per day
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Lausanne, Switzerland
CHF 19900 ≈USD 20230
CHF 1658 per day
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Lausanne, Switzerland
CHF 19900 ≈USD 20230
CHF 1658 per day


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About the course

Strengthen your business acumen: finance, marketing, operations, strategy, and innovation

Enhance your leadership skills: self-awareness, team building, conflict management, and resilience

Understand the challenges of tomorrow: digital transformation, disruption & sustainability

Join IMD’s exclusive Alumni network, the most diverse group of 100K top executives in the world

Accelerate your career with IMD’s Building on Talent management and leadership program

Embark on a transformative learning journey that will accelerate your career trajectory.

Building on Talent is designed to accelerate your career. It is for emerging leaders, usually in their late 20s and early 30s, who have their sights set on a general management or more senior function. This program will equip you with the essential skills and training to lead a function and/or cross-functional projects within your company.

  • Learn through hands-on interaction with IMD’s world-class faculty and an international class of peers
  • Work with professional executive coaches to master and implement what you learn as well your project back at work
  • Jumpstart progress towards IMD’s Executive MBA (EMBA), ranked #1 in the world on Career Development by the Economist in 2018. Building on Talent serves as the first step, fast-tracking you to step 2 of the EMBA

Your learning journey in just 3 steps

Build your leadership - 6 weeks online learning + coaching

Finding your own leadership voice, identifying how you as an individual can work better with and through others to build personal and team success is a key component of the program. We help you become a better business partner for your organization and find your own unique path to do so.

You combine work and study on this first step of your learning journey, working remotely 4 to 6 hours per week through IMD's state-of-the-art online learning platform. Your learning is highly interactive as you engage with your personal leadership coach, faculty, and peers on a regular basis.

Build your business acumen - 2 weeks on IMD campus

Deepening and integrating your knowledge of core business fundamentals is your next learning goal. For this second step of your journey, you join your peers on campus for two intensive weeks of experiential learning.

You learn about the 4 pillars of business: finance, marketing & sales, operations and strategy in the context of increasingly relevant business challenges including digital transformation, high-paced innovation, and sustainability.

Leadership in action workshop

Between the two weeks, you take part in a weekend-long workshop where you experiment with different leadership styles. This is your chance to apply your new leadership knowledge and find out what leader you want to be!

Embed your learning with coaching - 6 weeks back at work

Your final learning step is what will create a lasting impact for you and your company. You set out implementing your business and personal development plans back at work guided by a personal executive coach who makes sure you keep on track with the application of your new skills and new business knowledge.

Who should attend

You are early on in your career, progressing fast and facing larger and more complex challenges as each day goes by.

You are somewhere between 28-35 years old with around 5-10 years of business management experience. You are a functional expert, or a manager of a function or a project.

We offer you an opportunity to learn and grow with a highly diverse group of like-minded individuals and top business professors with their fingers on the pulse of today's complex and disruptive environment.

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John Walsh

Selected Published Journal Articles Walsh, J. (1991). Survey of Wisconsin Injury Verdicts. Wisconsin Lawyer (1991) Practitioner-Oriented Publications Walsh, J. (1991). Multiple White Papers on Civil Justice Issues. Wisconsin Lawyer (1991-1992) Presentations Trial Practice Seminars ( 1 ) Mult...


Arturo Bris

Arturo Bris is Professor of Finance at IMD. Since January 2014 he is also leading the world-renowned IMD World Competitiveness Center. At IMD he directed the from 2009-2014. He has directed programs for senior executives in several industries and continents. Prior to joining IMD, Professor Bris ...


Michael Wade

Michael R. Wade is a Professor of Innovation and Strategy at IMD and holds the Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation. He is the Director of the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, an IMD and Cisco Initiative. Professor Wade has published works on a variety of topics, incl...


Carlos Cordón

Professor Cordon’s areas of interest are digital value chains, supply and demand chain management, digital lean and process management. Carlos Cordon is currently developing research and cases in the following areas: the digital journey of traditional companies, digital innovation in value cha...


Benoit Leleux

Dr Leleux is the Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland), where he was also director of the MBA program (2006-2008) and director of Research and Development (2004-2008). He is currently the co-Director of Foundations for Business Leadership (...


William (Bill) Fischer

William A. Fischer is a Professor of Innovation Management at IMD. He co-founded and co-directs the IMD program on Driving Strategic Innovation, in cooperation with the Sloan School of Management at MIT and also authors a regular column for entitled “The Ideas Business,” (http://blogs....


Stéphane Girod

Stéphane J. G. Girod is Professor of Strategy and International Business at IMD. His research, executive development and consulting interest is the formulation and execution of strategy in times of disruption (e.g., digital revolution, complexity, de-globalization etc.). He focuses on helping cli...


Knut Haanaes

Knut Haanaes is a Professor of Strategy and International Management at IMD. His research interests are related to both strategy and sustainability. In the area of strategy he focuses on strategy styles, the exploration versus exploitation tradeoff and business models. In sustainability he exami...


Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer Jordan is a social psychologist and is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at IMD. Professor Jordan's teaching, research, and consulting focus on the areas of corporate and individual ethics, power, leadership, and negotiation. Professor Jordan has received specialized t...


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