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SBS is among the first Business Schools in Europe to adapt its Executive MBA program towards the new demands of leading organizations and companies within the knowledge economy.
We need people who can lead interdisciplinary and multi-cultural groups. Individuals who can combine knowledge across disciplines and who understand the role of the organization in the society.
In order to meet these demands, we have reworked our Executive MBA program, with major in international management to give participants a set of tools to identify and creatively solve problems, add value and contribute in ways that are not routine.
Why select the SBS Executive MBA?
- A world-class EMBA while you continue to work
- A program that combines academic theory with real world application, you can use at work
- To improve your leadership and strategy skills
- To improve your career prospects and international network
- Personal development and career coaching are one of the essential elements of the program.
- To develop a strategic mindset and gain an understanding of the newest management skills required in today’s fast –moving emerging markets
- Adopted to be compatible with the work pressures and he demanding travel schedules of top executives
- The Executive MBA unites experienced executives and faculty from around the world, to build a global view of business
- To help you reach your goals by professional learning, life drawn from experienced classmates, international case studies and expert faculty from around the globe
Executive MBA at a glance
- Part-time program
- 8 modules, 2 courses per module
- International Management Major
- Every 2 months on campus lectures - Saturday to Friday
- 15 months completion period
Thank you for the beautiful graduation day, and once again thank you for everything. It has been a very interesting and fruitful journey. Executive MBA
The different courses were carried out by excellent professors with high academic and practical knowledge and contact with both teaching staff and administration was always a positive experience. The executive MBA program has definitely added value to my marketability and has been a great experience. Executive MBA
SBS is an institution dedicated to business education with internationally established reputation. For example, its rankings among top MBA online programs at Financial Times speak for itself. The educational outcomes are precious, and I am applying them daily in the field of TIME technologies (Telecommunications, IT, Media and Entertainment). Completing the E-MBA at SBS was for sure one of the enablers for my professional undertakings, and I warmly recommend it not only to my acquaintances, but to my close colleagues and friends as well.
I am extremely pleased with my decision to pursue the Executive MBA at SBS. It has excellent faculty members delivering well balanced contents from both theoretical and practical aspects, professionally in a multicultural environment. I am confident that learning will help me overcome many challenges to come in the ever evolving and dynamic business environment.
My aspiration towards global leadership opportunities has led me to join the Executive MBA at SBS Swiss Business School in Switzerland. I have found the program being dynamic, shaping and empowering in term of improving skills that are enablers to face and to rise to the global market’s challenges. I am convinced that those five semesters at SBS of intensive learning from classmates, instructors and professors will become an essential asset for my future professional and entrepreneurial ventures. Executive MBA
The SBS Executive MBA program is a terrific blend of theory and practice, providing many opportunities to take what I had learned and apply it in the workplace. I am now able to tackle complex business issues with greater confidence and a broad perspective. The program has provided tremendous value to me and was an excellent career platform. Executive MBA
The SBS Swiss Business School MBA program has greatly improved my ability to develop solutions to strategic managerial and financial business problems. Managerial and strategic issues in an international context are recurring themes throughout the program and are of increasing relevance in today's global economy. Executive MBA
The SBS Swiss Business School program provided me with a solid foundation for a future in management in a constantly changing global business environment. Executive MBA
An emphasis on teamwork and study groups is an essential part of the Executive MBA experience to prepare our students for future career prospects.
A mix of techniques, focused strongly on the case study methodology, allows students to work in interdisciplinary groups and, in turn, discuss debate and solve real-life business problems. A mix of additional methods is used to draw on the participants’ own professional experience, creating an interactive learning environment and promoting an exchange of ideas between students and faculty.
What makes our program special is the action learning concept and its dual focus on personal and organizational development. The SBS Executive MBA consists of 8 modules which are offered with an interval of 2 months.
- Module 1: Financial Accounting-Marketing Management
- Module 2: Managerial Economics- Organizational Behavior and Leadership
- Module 3: Communication and Negotiation Skills- Financial Management
- Module 4: Managerial Accounting- Human Resources Management
- Module 5: Operations and Project Management – International Marketing and Research
- Module 6: Business Policy and Strategy – International Finance and Banking
- Module 7: Management Information Systems - Research Methods
- Module 8: Business Values and Ethics – International Law and Business
Sample Schedule of a Module
Each course is credited with 5 ECTS; Research Methods is a non for credit course part of the Master thesis; The Independent Research Project (Master Thesis) is credited with 15 ECTS. Our Executive MBA is a 90 ECTS program.
How to Apply?APPLY ONLINE
Applicants must provide the following documentation:1Completed and duly signed application form2Complete Curriculum Vitae indicating professional experiences3Certified copy of bachelor’s degree4Official academic transcripts5A GMAT score of minimum 550(if applicable)6Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or take the SBS Admissions Exam)7Two reference letters (professional or academic)8Non-refundable application fee of CHF 150.-9One High-resolution picture (passport photo style) in .JPG, .PNG or .GIF format
SBS Swiss Business School welcomes students who want to transfer from recognized educational institutions around the world. It is the responsibility of the student to have all official transcripts sent to the Admissions Office at SBS Swiss Business School. The admissions officer will decide on the transfer of credits based on the results of each subject. Credits can only be transferred for courses completed with grades of “B” or higher.
Academic Year 2017 - 2018
Classes are held from Saturday until Friday. The Executive MBA can be started at any module.
Communication and Negotiation Skills March 18 – 24, 2017 Financial Management Human Resources Management May 20 – 26, 2017 Managerial Accounting Operations and Project Management July 15 – 21, 2017 Digital Marketing Business Policy and Strategy Sep. 23 – 29, 2017 International Finance and Banking Management Information Systems November 18 – 24, 2017 Research Methods International Law and Business January 20 – 26, 2018 Business Values and Ethics Financial Accounting March 17 – 23, 2018 Marketing Management Managerial Economics May 11 – 18, 2018 Organizational Behavior and Leadership
Thesis Submission Deadlines & Defense Days
- Thesis Submission Deadline: Friday, August 25th at 17:00
- Thesis Defense Day: Thursday and Friday, September 7th and 8th
- Thesis Submission Deadline: Friday, January 12th at 17:00
- Thesis Defense Day: Friday, January 26th
Sample Schedule of a Module
8 Modules1 ACC 501
Marketing Management2 ECO 502
Organizational Behavior and Leadership3 COM 507
Communication and Negotiation Skills
Financial Management4 ACC 500
Human Resources Management5 MGT 501
Operations and Project Management
Digital Marketing6 MGT 505
Business Policy and Strategy
International Finance and Banking7 MIS 501
Management Information Systems
Research Methods8 MGT 525
Business Values and Ethics
International Law and BusinessTHE 755 Independent Research Project
Business Values and Ethics
It’s a course about the most prominent issues in ethics of economics and business ethics and the major positions and arguments on these issues. Different ethical approaches will be discussed and evaluated. This course aims to help students understand the main terminology of ethics. To help students apply ethical terms and analysing methods to issues of ethics in general, business ethics and to particular business cases.
Communication and Negotiation Skills
This course will enable students to further develop their communication and negotiation skills for business purposes (“Functional Business Communication”). Through the use of relevant specialist literature, exercises, role plays and case studies, students will be able to recognize essential characteristics of a communication situation chose their own appropriate strategy and accordingly apply effective communication techniques. Students will also strengthen their cross-cultural awareness and critically consider ethical aspects in negotiations.
Economics for Decision Makers
The Economics for Decision Makers course will focus on providing business managers with a working understanding of the essential principles and tools of Managerial Economics, which is the application of microeconomics to management decisions. Topics include the theory and applications of consumer and firm behaviour, costs and production, market structure and pricing decisions, decision making under risk and uncertainty, and economic analysis of organisational structures and incentive mechanisms.
This course aims at developing a key understanding of microeconomics and its application to managerial decision making. In doing so, we will examine the conceptual tools for managerial decision making in the areas of determination of the optimum production level, pricing for profit maximization, and the choice of product mix under different market structures. In addition, we will study demand forecasting, decision making under information problems, long-term investment decisions, and the economics ideas behind efficient organizational structures.
This course will enable students to develop understanding of financial accounting problems typical to corporate management. Through the use of terminology, exercises and case studies, students will be able to understand the relevant concepts of accrual based accounting. The course follows the textbook and the case of Starbucks is used to explain the concepts at a real world example. Homework will be assigned and class participation will be graded for each chapter.
The purpose of this class is to make an interactive class with exchange of information and experiences or non-experiences. The focus of the course is on the corporate finance manager and how he/she reaches decisions as to capital investments, dividends and financing of all sorts. Throughout there is a strategic perspective. The course embraces both the “big picture” and rigorous financial analysis. Both lectures and case discussions will be used. As not all students will be familiar with mathematics and statistics (important instruments in finance), the course will be done as “un-mathematically” as possible.
The students will be able to synthesize, interpret and communicate complex ideas and have a deeper understanding of the connection between financial theory and practice, i.e. in - risk and return; -capital budgeting; capital structure.
Human Resource Management
This course will enable students to develop short and long-range plans to effectively accomplish organizational goals. Through the use of terminology, exercises and case studies, students will be able to give a critical appraisal of real life situations involving organizing, staffing and motivating others. The student will also learn tools to aid in problem solving, valuing diversity and coping with change.
International Business Finance
Multinational Finance can be thought as an extension of the domestic financial operations, as such there is no objective conflict between domestic and multinational finance. They are both concerned with how to make the best decision to maximize value for firms. The key concept is cash flow. The primary objective of the multinational corporation (MNC) is still the same primary objective of any firm: to maximize shareholder wealth. The cash flow for a multinational corporation is exposed to:
- the amount of cash flow in foreign currency
- the exchange rate at which the foreign currency is converted into home currency “foreign exchange risk management”)
- the impact of interest rate changes in the international environment (“interest rate risk management”)
- foreign economic and political conditions
This is an introductory course in International Marketing Management. It assumes full familiarity with the foundations of the marketing concepts and marketing management (notably the concept of marketing mix) at the level that they are normally taught in the introductory marketing course.
We will adopt the point of view of the Marketing Manager, Product Manager or Brand Manager of a typical business organization, normally a Strategic Business Unit, which is engaged in the process of developing and managing a marketing program across national borders.
The course will illustrate the added complexity deriving by the implementation of the marketing theory across different cultures, legislations and political environments, and will provide a systematic framework for designing marketing strategies and policies, with a focus on the development and execution of programs, audits, and plans. The scope is to develop skills in planning a variety of international marketing management tools, in organizing more effective international strategic marketing and in implementing the international market planning process.
International Law and Business
At the dawn of the 21 st Century, nations are more economically integrated than at any other point in human history. This presents businessleaders with unprecedented opportunities and challenges. On the one hand, the opportunity to sell to global markets rather than a single national market increases the potential profitability of nearly every kind of businessactivity. Furthermore, the sharp differences among nations in wage rates and national resource endowments allow multinational firms to create value by locating different aspects of the value chain in those countries where they can be undertaken most efficiently. On the other hand, globalization increases the number and range of potential competitors in nearly every industry, and the challenges of effectively managing a multinational enterprise can be substantially greater than those confronting a firm largely based in a single country.
This course seeks to equip future businessleaders to exploit these opportunities and cope with these challenges. The course will accomplish that goal by providing students with a systematic understanding of the fundamental aspects of the global businessenvironment that influence businessdecisions and behavior. Managers must understand the structural economic factors that determine locational advantages, the way government policies both promote and restrain the integration of national economies with the global economy, and the impact of volatility in the global macroeconomic environment on internationalbusinessstrategy. These issues will be studied using the analytical tools and concepts of internationaleconomics, and case studies will be used to relate these concepts to actual business problems.
Management Information Systems
The idea behind this module is to explore various different ways in which information technology relates to organisational objectives and goals in an organisational context, given the increasing inter-relationship between these two in today’s global world. The students will get a basic knowledge about information systems and their impact on business processes. This course examines the fundamental principles associated with the strategic adoption, implementation, use and evaluation of information systems in organisations. It discusses the significant managerial aspects of treating information as an organisational resource and its increasing impact on today’s organisation. The course will involve lectures, readings, cases and discussions. The course consists of two primary components: business informatics – the study of the emerging technologies and knowledge management in the context of business organisations and development informatics – a focus on the interplay between the diffusion, transfer and impact of the ICTs on resource poor environments and institutional elements that would shape it. These components embrace topics including Knowledge management; Electronic business; Mobile commerce; Social media and Web 2.0; ICTs for development; Technology and Gender; Technology and Society; and Health Information Technology. The course will examine the theoretical underpinnings of the competitive advantage of information systems, change management, information systems development process (the life cycle concept) and the practical and policy aspects of IS planning and IS strategies and ethical issues in information systems.
This course will enable students to understand managerial accounting scope and its’ possible applications and limits within an organization. The interaction of managerial accounting with topics like financial accounting and organizational behavior will be highlighted. Students develop a comprehensive, graduate level of managerial accounting skills. Through the use of terminology, exercises and case studies, students will be able to link the theory to real life examples.
The intention is for the student to be able to:
- understand conflicting targets of managerial accounting
- link managerial accounting to organization of a company
- understand the importance of managerial accounting in decision making
- understand the role of managerial accounting in controlling
- differentiate between managerial and financial accounting
The course will address the subject of marketing and marketing management at a broad but comprehensive level. The initial phase will provide participants with an understanding of the nature and scope of modern marketing. The concept of knowledge based organisations and how to capture marketing insights will be covered. Customer relationships and interaction will be addressed. Branding will be studied. Development of marketing strategies and mix will be evaluated.
Operations and Project Management
As goods and services are produced and distributed they move through a set of interrelated operations and processes with the primary goal for the organizations to maximize their value to the customer. The design of these operations for achieving strategic advantage, improving and controlling them to meet the organization’s performance objectives is the domain of Operations Management. Successful organizations now routinely collect and analyze data in order produce forecasts that support informed decision making.
This course is intended to provide managers in all functional areas with sufficient knowledge to make informed "total business decisions" and to introduce standard terms and concepts for communications with operating personnel. In such a course, it should be recognized that breadth of subject matter, not so much the depth of topic. We will often use cases for classroom discussion.
Organizational Behavior and Leadership
The purpose of this course is to create a knowledge base from which students can develop organizational competence. It examines the relations between organizational performance and the behavior of individuals, groups and overall organizations. In the process, emphasis is given to the importance of interpersonal issues and to issues arising from technological, workplace diversity, leadership styles and globalization.
Policy and Strategy
In this course, students will review the management process and how strategy fits into that process. Further, they will learn how to apply business principles and change management concepts in the strategy process. Theoretical models will be used to analyse textbook and real-world case studies. Upon completion of this course, students will have a deeper appreciation of the complexity and sophistication of management issues which have arisen due to the growth of international competition and the ways in which multinational corporations are evolving with globalization.
Tuition fees at SBS Swiss Business School can be paid in full or in installments according to the payment plan below.
Application fee (non-refundable) CHF 150.- Payment upon acceptance: CHF 3’500.- Per module (8 modules in total) CHF 4’000.-
- We offer a 5% discount on full payment at the start of the program.
- SBS Swiss Business School offers scholarships.