The GSB MBA specialising in Executive Management (EMBA) is an authentic and joyful executive learning experience for managers and other professionals with significant work experience who are looking to develop further as leaders and carry through change in their contexts. The programme will develop your presence, conceptual ability, practical wisdom and prudence so that you are able to prioritise in complex situations and deliver effectively. Sign up and allow new possibilities to emerge.
The business world offers up challenges that involve large sets of variables on consumer behaviour, trends, regulatory uncertainties, shifting competition, and new technologies. In order to illuminate insightful action, you need to develop a lens that helps you focus on the variables that matter. The EMBA uses systems thinking, design thinking and integrative thinking in the transformative learning process that enables students to build new lenses.
Study with the best
The EMBA is an applied learning experience for executives and leaders that will help you to develop in your executive role so that it is more fulfilling and purposeful. Study part-time over two years with some of the best thinkers in the field of management and leadership development at Africa’s top business school and allow new possibilities to emerge.
Move from doing to being
Theory alone cannot explain practice; for that we need to be - and the EMBA fosters a sense of being in management that is powerful. It allows leaders and executives to become more mindfully present and develop practical wisdom and prudence so that they are able to prioritise in complexity and attend to what matters most.
The EMBA builds a crucial bridge between theory and practice. It will demand that you integrate the raw experience of being in management with progressive theory. You will emerge more comfortable with complexity, better able to manage in paradox, and committed to engaging with the social and economic challenges that 21st century organisations have to navigate.
More than a traditional MBA, the EMBA is targeted at senior, experienced individuals working in executive roles who consciously identify a need to enhance their ability to conceptualise and strategise, rather than focusing on their proficiency in functional management. The programme assumes competence in the fundamentals of business and emphasises process, synthesis, critique and insight leading to the application of new learning relevant for the executive level.
For experienced managers looking to develop their international management competencies, undertaking an MBA part time offers an ideal solution. Structured in a way that allows you to continue to work, the Henley Executive MBA (EMBA) is a part-time MBA that connects your learning to current global and relevant organisational issues.
The Henley EMBA emphasises the importance of your personal development as a manager and includes personal support and business coaching. During the EMBA course, you will work on company-based projects in high-performance learning groups. This part-time course is ideal for those managers who aspire to senior roles and wish to maintain their career path, adding benefit to their organisations while studying for an MBA. There is also a one-week international study trip on the programme and a further optional study visit.
Our part-time MBA is based at our Greenlands campus in Henley-on-Thames, near London. It is established, trusted and favoured by industry, adding a powerful dimension to you as a manager and leader.
You don't need to stop work to do the EMBA. In fact, most people don't. As this is a part-time MBA, conveniently situated near London, you can continue in your job and come to Henley once a month for an intensive three to four day workshop, where you will interact directly with our faculty and industry speakers as well as working collaboratively with your peers.
Our MBA programme has a particularly strong focus on themes of international business, leadership and corporate reputation. There is a real hands-on approach to learning, you work collaboratively with your fellow students and classes are taught by international faculty at the cutting edge of their disciplines.
Our MBA programmes combine the best in academic theory with practical, real life projects. This means that as well as having an outstanding learning experience, you will be ready to put it all into practice immediately when you are back in the workplace.
At Henley, we recognise that you want to develop yourself to prepare for the challenges of business leadership, so within the programmes there is a continuous element of personal development and career development to support you throughout your journey.
On the Full-time and Executive MBA programmes, you have the opportunity to go on an international study visit, to an overseas location where Henley has a developed network and a strong footprint.
Everything above is informed by Henley's eminent reputation in teaching practising managers and in research excellence and application.
We empower individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders, who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. Whatever mode of learning chosen, the Henley MBA proves to be a life-changing experience for many. An enriching experience that provides new outlooks that will shape your decisions throughout your life. Intense, rewarding, challenging, stimulating and relevant.
The Henley MBA is a truly international experience, with a global focus to the syllabus and research, enriching study trips and a cohort drawn from the leading economies of the world.
Personal development is woven into the fabric of the Henley MBA. We take a whole-person approach which acknowledges the complexity of balancing work, home, study and career. In addition to a high level of individual support while studying at Henley, services are available to assist your career ambitions, including coaching, networking, mentoring, and recruitment resources.
The alumni network
Your cohort and cohorts from previous years are likely to form the most valuable network throughout your career. From day one you join the alumni association, a group of 70,000 spread over 150 countries. There are regional and international alumni groups and Special Interest Groups providing a priceless series of events, mentoring programmes, career advice, and industry contacts and information.
The environment – Executive and Flexible Executive MBA
The Executive and Flexible Executive MBA are taught at our Greenlands campus on the banks of the River Thames in Oxfordshire within 30 acres of beautiful conservation parkland. We are less than an hour’s drive from Heathrow Airport, within easy reach of London and close to many major motorway links. It is perfect for quiet reflection as well as stimulating debate with other leading business minds and provides an ideal learning environment for busy executives: you have the space and surroundings required to stretch your mind and think away from the pressures of the office.
Class sizes are deliberately small and delivered in board-room style seminar rooms to facilitate group work and discussion. Resources include the ARC (Academic Resource Centre) that holds books, journals, market research reports, dissertations, working papers and company information. The modern new space provides the perfect place for study, including a 24-hour Quiet Study Space.
Leisure facilities include a fully equipped and professionally staffed fitness centre, outdoor sporting facilities, on-site accommodation and restaurant.
The Executive MBA is a taught programme delivered by experienced internal and visiting faculty, and complemented by guest practitioner speakers from industry and the professions. Over a two year period, the Executive MBA combines short intensive bursts of classroom interaction with online support. This programme will next commence in September 2018.
Successful businesses in the future will be those that can confidently and capably steer a path through a world characterised by intense competition, rapid technological development, economic turbulence and increasing resource insecurity.
Businesses need leaders who can think and act strategically in this volatile environment, managing the risk and challenges involved, but also spotting and seizing opportunities for efficiency, innovation and new business models. Businesses also need leaders who will act responsibly in delivering value to all stakeholders.
The Edinburgh MBA will prepare participants to progress with confidence into leadership roles in this new world. We will deepen participants’ understanding of how businesses and markets work, how value is created through innovation and marketing, how strategies are crafted, how businesses are financed, how performance is measured, how value is delivered efficiently and effectively, and how organisations should be governed, managed and led through change.
The programme aims to develop leaders who:
We will instil a passion for business improvement, innovation and entrepreneurial action to help participants lead in the growth or creation of new business opportunities. We will develop participants’ ability to think strategically and beyond disciplinary silos. Successful leadership also requires accomplished interpersonal skills to bring about change in organisations. Through coaching and skills training, we will work with participants to understand their leadership strengths and weaknesses and provide support for improvement.
Starting in April 2017 we are offering a Postgraduate Certficate in Strategic Leadership. This offering will give experienced managers an alternative to the Executive MBA who perhaps are looking to develop themselves further but who cannot commit to a full Executive MBA.
For more information about certificate structure, entry requirements, fees and how to apply, please visit the Business School website.
The programme is delivered in a modular format and is next commencing in September 2018. The main taught part of the programme is delivered over 21 months, followed by completion of a Capstone Project. Participants will complete the full programme within 27 months.
The design of the modules reflects consideration given to the balance between participant and employer investment and maintaining work-life balance. For most participants, attending modules will mean taking one day a month from their normal working week and one day from their weekend with modules commencing Friday lunchtime and ending early Saturday evening.
Most of the core courses will run over three months, with one day per course on each of three weekends (with the exception of Strategic Leadership which will be taught in a series of three blocks across both years). Option courses will be delivered in the middle of Year 2 and will be taught in intensive one-week blocks. Between modules, participants will work on assignments and undertake further reading and study, supported by online resources and discussion forums.
The Executive MBA is primarily delivered in a classroom format, but learning is supported by extensive electronic resources and the opportunity to discuss ideas and concepts with colleagues and tutors through regular discussion forums. This Executive MBA is not a distance-learning programme: on-campus attendance at courses is required at regular intervals as outlined in the programme structure. You should verify your eligibility to study in the UK before applying.
The programme combines rigorous academic study with practical application. This is achieved both in the classroom through case studies but also via assessments that directly relate to the participants’ own organisations. There will also be opportunities to undertake consultancy-style project work with external organisations, to broaden participants’ insights into alternative business models and approaches.
Core courses include:
Participants can also select from a range of option courses. Participants also undertake a major capstone project. In parallel with academic study, the programme is complemented by a Leadership and Professional Development programme and personal coaching.
Strategic Leadership Certificate: The programme will commence in April 2017 and finishes in February 2018. It incorporates a number of courses that are taught as week long or weekend intensive sessions. Full details of the schedule will be available shortly.
The employment market is highly competitive but the Edinburgh MBA is distinctive and will provide participants with a competitive edge. MBA participants will also engage in a Leadership and Professional Development programme that includes personal diagnostics, career planning and skills enhancement designed explicitly to support participants in their pursuit of promotion or new careers.