EMBA Courses & Curriculum – Internationally Oriented

Global skills for global leaders.

Build upon your existing expertise as a top-tier executive with our rigorous EMBA courses, designed to enhance and strengthen your skills to become a well-rounded strategic leader and thinker. With a modular format (usually Thursday - Tuesday) that requires only 57-63 days out of the office, the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA is structured to allow for forward planning and is easily integrated into your busy schedule. With unparalleled opportunities to customize your studies through a wide range of global electives, you can access knowledge applicable to your professional interests, explore new markets, or discover fresh and innovative topics. Meet leaders and peers from around the world in a fully immersive and diverse learning experience.


High impact, low ego –
Get to know your peers.

Year one

Quantitative Methods 
Gain insights into quantitative methods for business and management applications and familiarize participants with basic mathematical tools. This course must be completed prior to program start.

Decision Making Under Uncertainty
Gain a good understanding of different probability concepts and the idea of conditional probabilities.

Leadership in Organizations
Begin developing, refining, and reflecting on leadership skills during this introductory course on leadership.

Marketing Management
Gain insights into marketing planning and segmentation, targeting, and positioning.

Managerial Economics
Examine the economic foundations relevant for the strategic management of business organizations.


Doing Business in Developing Countries

International Financial Reporting & Analysis
An introduction to financial reporting, the “language of business”, from a global perspective.

Managerial Finance
Introduce the concepts and techniques necessary to analyze and implement optimal investment decisions by firms.

Business Strategies
Build an understanding of how competitive strategy may lead to the creation and persistence of profits.

Making Sense of Data
Gain a basic understanding of confidence intervals and hypothesis tests to interpret data.

Corporate Finance
Introduction to the basic principles of corporate finance and development of the necessary practical tools for financial decisions and corporate valuation.

Operations Management
An introduction to Operations Management, approaching the discipline from the perspective of a general manager rather than the operations specialist.

Foundations of Entrepreneurship
Discover the theoretical background of entrepreneurship to evaluate business ideas, business plans, and the resources to start a new venture.

Strategic Innovation & Corporate Renewal
Communicate the most critical and strategic aspects of managing innovation and corporate renewal.

Negotiation Strategies
Develop negotiation skills in a series of negotiations and debriefings.

Strategic Crisis Management
Focus on crisis management from the point of view of managers and consultants. 

Marketing Analytics
Address analytics as a leadership problem and improve organizational performance with the right data.

Strategic Decisions in Operations
Gain insights into strategic decision making in operations and their impact on a firm's financial performance.

*Please note: Courses and dates are subject to change, courses listed are example courses from previous years

Year two

Sprint: Agile Business Model Development
Run a business idea “sprint” over multiple days to kick-start a new business model, startup, or company project.

*Choose either Module 10a or 10b

Marketing Strategy
Gain the tools to appreciate strategic thinking about marketing and brands.

Ethics & Executive Leadership
Shift from being an excellent leader to being an excellent CEO by exploring issues that top corporate leaders must keep in mind.

*Choose either Module 10a or 10b

Sample destinations: Europe, Asia

*Please note that one field trip is compulsory

Capstone- Business Simulation
In Executive Teams, run competing firms in simulated product markets and debrief on concepts and tools of corporate and competitive strategy.

Management Accounting
Focus on the behavioral issues of management accounting to illustrate real-world problems of management accounting in large corporations.

Locations: Chicago, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Miami, Shanghai / Beijing, Tel Aviv, Toronto, London 

A selection of the modules available:

  • Digital Strategy: Individual and Organizational Transformation for a Digital Age
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Strategy
  • Visualization for Persuasion
  • Leading High Impact Teams
  • Global Corporate Restructuring
  • International Finance
  • World Economy
  • Strategies for Growth

*Please note: Courses and dates are subject to change, courses listed are example courses from previous years

Leveraging collaboration for innovation: alliances, ecosystems and platforms
Acquire a rich set of concepts, frameworks and tools to improve the ability to build, manage and profit from different modes of inter-organizational collaboration.

Entrepreneurial Finance
Focus on financial economic foundations of a new venture, from idea to exit.

Business Tax Strategy
Understand how taxes affect business decisions, gaining necessary concepts for international application.

Managing People for Competitive Advantage
Focus on the people side of business from a general management perspective.

N.B.: Courses and dates are examples from previous years and are subject to change

Demonstrate the ability to apply scientific methods to actual management solutions.

Group and individual Executive Leadership Coaching
Crisis simulations and your own real-world leadership challenges are the background for group coaching and are springboards to individual coaching with a certified Executive Coach who will focus on your individual goals and growth toward becoming an exceptional leader.  

Workshops and presentations tailored to the needs of each cohort
Sample topics:

  • Having Executive Presence – when it counts most.

  • Leading Yourself and Others Through Conflicts and Difficult Conversations.

  • Stage Rules, Self-Presentation and the Perfect Pitch.

Powerful CV Evaluation and Career Development tools and short courses
Polish your CV to take the next step in your career.

Please note: Courses and dates are examples from previous years and are subject to change. 

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Global journey

The first step in your global journey –
Experience the Kellogg-WHU difference.

Whether at one of the six campuses or at one of the many additional locations around the world, your Executive MBA journey will not only broaden your skillset ready for a complex and changing economy, but also deepen your comprehension of local and international markets.

Expanding horizons culturally and professionally

Welcoming participants from all six campuses to the Kellogg lakefront campus in Evanston-Chicago, the annual Global Network Week is a powerful and intensely rewarding global classroom experience. Study and network with leaders from around the world during the course, enriching your academic capabilities whilst expanding your professional horizons.

Engaging with experts from around the world

You have the power to make your Executive MBA experience as global as you wish! The global electives during your second year are the chance for you to experience, enhance, and truly engage with experts from around the world. Select electives from a growing number of study locations including e.g. San Francisco, Lisbon, Singapore, London and Tel Aviv with courses that meet your professional interests and career goals such as ‘Family Enterprises’, ‘Digital Strategy’, or ‘Visualization for Persuasion’. Led by local faculty, you will develop a deep and rich understanding of different industries and markets, while honing your advanced skillset for a global economy.

Revealing local knowledge and building global connections

Held at WHU Campus Vallendar, the annual European Elective is unique and special to Kellogg-WHU and welcomes over 180 leaders from over 80 different countries. Engage in market-specific insights whilst developing your knowledge of European culture and business with hands-on events and activities.

Experiencing innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture

With endless possibilities throughout the program to expand your global expertise, as a Kellogg-WHU student you will already experience an international module in Tel Aviv during the first study year. Immerse yourself in the dynamic and entrepreneurial spirit of Israel and experience true cross-cultural collaboration. If you are not able to participate in this module, we will find an alternative solution for you. 

Exploring new business horizons

The global field trips introduce participants to a country or region, with the aim of developing a greater understanding of its political, economic, and socio-cultural environment. This experience may include visits to companies and NGOs, fireside chats with businesses and local leaders, as well as group or individual experiential learning elements. The set of destinations is subject to change depending on current topical relevancy.

Faculty & Teaching

Learning from engaging leaders and pioneers –
Insights, knowledge, and first-hand experience.

Ahead of the curve in methodology and knowledge, our respected faculty of world-class experts are a crucial element of the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program. Thought leaders, researchers, practitioners in their respective fields, and a source of vast expertise: our faculty are not only accessible but also enthusiastic and intensely engaging. Share ideas, discuss, inspire, and experience a unique learning process with extraordinary experts from around the world.


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Teaching Methodology

Teaching Methodology

The uniqueness of the program lies in modern and innovative methods for learning that engage leading minds. Enriched by a diverse class from a variety of disciplines and an expert faculty, the classroom environment is enhanced by a 50:50 approach – your peers are a valuable and exceptional source of new skills and expertise. Field trips complement classroom studies through cultural immersion, providing new perspectives and knowledge. Tackle a variety of real-life case studies in study groups that offer practical applications, while ensuring a diversity of nationalities, genders, and industries from the very start.

Challenge and learn from each other through ‘flipped learning’, promoting deeper and more dynamic discussion and debate. Flipped learning encourages students to access learning materials prior to the classroom to allow for a more profound understanding of the topics. This state-of-the-art approach to learning ‘flips’ the traditional classroom concept, allowing in-class time to be open for social learning through dialogue and critical reflection of the surrounding theories.

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