Executive MBA

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EMBA at AMS – Different through mission driven design

The Executive MBA at Antwerp Management School offers you the Benelux’ most international faculty with a program suited to YOUR individual goals and expectations.

Our mission-driven program design guides you in becoming a Global Citizen with 21st century leadership skills. Opening minds and energizing business is what we stand for.

This website guides you through our unique program to help you discover whether this is the challenge you are looking for. The many testimonials from EMBA alumni will give you an insight into how other participants experienced their time at Antwerp Management School and how the Executive MBA changed their lives.

School Strategy

Our mission statement speaks loud and clear:

Antwerp Management School is an international business school that helps its customers to create sustainable value by shaping talent into becoming Global Citizens, mastering the art of decision-making and leading people.

To accomplish this mission, Antwerp Management School delivers state-of-the-art management knowledge, anchored in a business and organizational context.

This is the fundamental basis on which we put three value pillars: self-awareness, global perspective and societal consciousness, that we believe are needed to become Global Citizens.

  • Self-awareness: knowing your own strengths and weaknesses is a true leader’s basis for success
  • A global perspective: an open mind and a global understanding enhance a leader’s grip on business issues and results in better decision-making
  • Societal consciousness: tomorrow’s leaders need to lead sustainable businesses, conscious of their impact on society

We strongly believe that designing higher education programs without all 3 pillars applied and solely focusing on knowledge transfer would prevent you from realizing your full leadership potential.

Program design philosophy

The structure and contents of our EMBA mirrors the school’s mission. We not only deliver management knowledge, but also the Personal Development Program and deeply engaging international components required to become a Global Citizen who masters the art of decision-making and leading people. This is what makes our triple-accredited EMBA unique.

  • The first 1/3 is made up of the Core Modules, Electives and Master Consulting Project. This traditional part of an EMBA covers the entire range of management knowledge and functions as applied by top enterprises and small businesses around the globe.
  • The second 1/3 is dedicated to self-awareness and self-development through 7 individual sessions with certified coaches and deep dive Residential Modules.

I think of the AMS Executive MBA program as “a hero’s journey” which involves a hero who goes on an adventure, faces challenges, achieves victories, and then comes home changed and transformed – Anne C. 2016

Developing the whole individual on a professional and personal level, that is what the Executive MBA at AMS excels at. That’s why this EMBA is perfect for enthusiastic professionals who feel they are ready for the next step in their career or a complete career switch.

Whatever the reason, the outcome is excellence. More about each element below and in greater detail in our Program Structure and Content section.

Design interpretation

The design philosophy of the EMBA mirrors the school’s philosophy and translates into the design interpretation as follows:

AMS MISSION

EMBA DESIGN INTERPRETATION

Antwerp Management School delivers state-of-the-art management knowledge

Pillar 1: Self Awareness

Pillar 2: Global Perspective

Pillar 3: Societal Consciousness

Program structure

State-of-the-art management knowledge

Core modules

The course modules (see list below) of this EMBA are expertly delivered by experienced faculty from leading business schools in Europe, North America and Asia. Over time we found that full day modules approximately every 3 weeks on Friday and Saturday represent the optimal schedule. To succeed, an additional 10 to 12 hours per week personal study and reflection time are to be expected.

Participants will develop a solid general management education and benefit from a cross-fertilization of business knowledge thanks to the varied academic backgrounds.

  • Strategic Leadership

  • Strategic Management
  • Integrated Performance Management
  • International Business Management
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Law & Ethics
  • Business Research & Reporting Methods
  • Financial Accounting

  • Resources Management

  • Multicultural Negotiation Skills

  • IT as a Strategic Business Driver

  • Macro Economics for Business

  • Micro Economics
  • Marketing Management

  • Advanced Marketing Management

  • Corporate Finance

  • Advanced Corporate Finance

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Electives

Since participants come from varied backgrounds, we believe it is important to offer a series of stimulating electives. These courses are additional, optional and unassessed and are delivered to EMBA participants and AMS Alumni together.

This provides both groups with a valuable networking opportunity and engage in current emerging issues outside a core EMBA curriculum.

Below you see the current subjects proposed for the Stimulating Electives series. A voting process and demand will determine which will be offered in January 2018.

  • Sales Management
  • Managing Politics in the Workplace
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Excellence in Presentations
  • Services Design
  • Behavioral Economics / Nudge
  • Digital Marketing
  • Big Data Opportunities
  • Mid-Career Leadership
  • Exchanging Experience Workshops
  • Crisis Management
  • Mediation Skills
  • …and others.

Master Consulting Project

The Master Consulting Project (MCP) is not a traditional thesis, but rather a consulting exercise addressing a real business problem or opportunity for the participant’s employing firm or another organization. It is the proverbial crown on top of the academic achievement. The project may be individual or a group based approach depending on the scale of the exercise.

While participants enjoy the chance of putting their newly acquired knowledge into practice, either individually or in small groups, companies appreciate the opportunity of gaining new insights. They also really get to experience how you have developed in skill and confidence over the duration of the EMBA studies.

The MCP starts in the 2nd half of the first year and is continually supervised by qualified faculty and a senior business representative. At the end of the 2nd year, participants present their work, research analysis and conclusions.

Pillar 1: Self Awareness

Self-awareness, reflection and constant self-development are key in today’s business world. Successful leaders know their strengths and weaknesses and constantly work on enhancing themselves. It is our conviction that you cannot be a successful leader without this insight.

At Antwerp Management School, the Executive MBA offers a truly unique Personal Development Program.

It begins with an intensive series of workshops on the tools of personality typing and leadership skills assessment. It develops into 7 one-on-one sessions with a certified coach for your personal career development plan. This includes reflection and analysis of your career to date, your aspirations and ambitions and the development of a roadmap for the future management of your career.

These entirely individual coaching sessions utilize some of the most broadly applied methodologies and tools such as MBTI, 360 feedback, NLP, CLP.

The sessions automatically lead to the participant’s self-analysis and better insights into their personality. This will in turn allow them to develop better leadership skills.

The Personal Development Program is delivered over 3 modules, 2 of which are Deep Development Residential Modules. Coaching sessions are arranged to suit individuals’ diaries outside normal class-time.

This allows participants to take a step back, start with a clean slate, not distracted by familiar surroundings, leading to fresh insights into personal behavior and attitudes. As a result, the participant will gain invaluable self-knowledge, a gift that will continue to help them throughout their entire life.

Pillar 2: Global Perspective

The Executive MBA at Antwerp Management School offers a truly global experience on many levels.

With the most international faculty in the Benelux, AMS holds a major trump card and delivers international insights first-hand.

Participants also come from a varied international background. Not only are 1/3 of the students in Antwerp from outside Belgium, but the group of 30 joins a cohort from Moscow for multicultural modules that focus on global strategic challenges and cross-cultural aspects of general business topics.

During the different Global Strategic Challenges modules participants have lectures and visit companies to experience business on-the-ground locally. Afterwards, they reflect in order to assess their own performance. Participants are guided in the theoretical drivers of cross-cultural business and then assessed on their own cultural intelligence development over the entire two-year period of study.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA

Lingnan College, Sun Yat Sen University, China

Institute of business studies (IBS), Moscow, Russia

Together, the Antwerp and Moscow cohorts spend time in China and the USA on International Immersion trips. This is a series of lectures, panels, seminars and company visits in each of the locations aimed at developing an understanding of the economic drivers which pertain in those economies and how the challenges of international business are faced in those contexts.

During these learning trips, local lecturers and local EMBA students immerse our participants into new, cross-cultural environments creating a perfect setting for the Global Citizen we facilitate our students to become.

The global perspective is not limited to lectures abroad. All regular core modules contain cases focused on international challenges when appropriate.

Pillar 3: Societal Consciousness

Businesses today no longer function in an isolated world, but sit firmly within society and are aware of their impact. Citizens also claim business responsibility at every level and leaders often face the legal consequences of their company’s actions.

AMS requires that EMBA participants engage in direct interaction with groups in the community who are struggling with development. This gives future leaders a perspective on how their decisions affect the broader society. During the Community Project participants engage with society in contexts which are wholly unfamiliar to them but which are usually significantly impacted by major economic shifts and strategic business decisions.

We believe that as a result of undertaking the Community Project, future business leaders will have a more balanced and sustainable view of their stakeholders.

The Community Project runs through the 1st year and ends at the opening residential of the second year, with a discussion about the participants’ experiences.

Key Dates & Locations

Core Modules

The core modules are held at Antwerp Management School and start in October 2017. Modules are delivered in full day classes, approximately every 3 weeks on Friday and Saturday, ending in March 2019 with a last closing module and graduation in June 2019.

International Immersion Multicultural Modules

The International Immersion Multicultural Modules and Global Strategic Challenges take place in three different continents and at partner institutions:

  • Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China (Dec. 11 to 15, 2017)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, U.S.A. (June 11 to 15, 2018)
  • Antwerp Management School, Antwerp, Belgium (Nov. 12 to 16, 2018)

AMS will ensure adequate assistance is given for all travel arrangements and accommodation.

Deep Development Residential Modules

The two Deep Development Residential Modules take place at the beginning of each program year in one of the leading locations suitable for leadership development: De Ruwenberg in Sint-Michielsgestel (The Netherlands).

Discount deadline

Early registrants, SME in Belgium, special tax regulations, national foreign scholarship as well as discounts for specific groups are available. Please read the extended section for more information

Application deadline

We recruit on a rolling intake basis until a maximum of 30 candidates are accepted each year, after successful completion of the application process and an interview with the program director.

We strongly encourage anyone who is interested in applying to contact us as soon as possible. We can examine your profile and provide you with informal feedback before starting the application process and let you know whether there are still places available. We encourage applications from a broad, diverse range of backgrounds (academic and professional) for consideration.

Why AMS EMBA 10 Reasons – Quick Overview

AMS when you want more than just a degree

The Executive MBA at Antwerp Management School is so much more than just another Master’s degree. Our EMBA stands for academic knowledge as well as personal skills development, for a comprehensive international experience as well as better career opportunities, for global friendships for life as well as personalized attention. This EMBA will make you a very complete person who can face today’s challenges and isn’t afraid to go after new opportunities. Here are 10 very good reasons to join our EMBA:

1 A truly international education

This EMBA offers you a truly international experience on every level. AMS has Belgium’s most international faculty which will guide you in your journey to a new global career or a personal venture in specially selected international cases and course content.

Multicultural Modules with EMBA students and executives from IBS RANEPA, Russia offer you classes that focus on doing business on an international level, such as cross-cultural negotiation, cross-cultural innovation, cross-cultural business development and more.

Together with the Moscow cohort you further expand your global skillset during International Immersion classes at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A., and Sun Yat Sen University, China, where you take joint classes with local EMBA students and executives.

This intense cultural and international interaction prepares you for a future operating on an international level, with the openness of mind that every successful Global Citizen needs.

2 The Personal Development Program

Academic knowledge is important, but tomorrow’s leaders also need to rely on personal qualities to succeed in business as well as in life. Our Personal Development Plan helps you to become the best version of yourself and includes Deep Development Residential Modules as well as personal coaching.

You will be coached individually in 7 one-on-one sessions and guided every step of the way. Together with your certified coach, you’ll draw the outlines of your customized career plan, using state-of-the-art assessment tools such as MBTI, NLP, 360 and LCP. Gradually you will see which journey best suits your personality and ambition.

They helped me find my balance and feel energized as the program evolved. I saw myself becoming more confident and assertive in my job and life, and I appreciate so much this opportunity to become a better me – Changyong 2016

3 Core modules

The core modules of our EMBA provide you with a solid general management education, covering the entire range of management functions and business disciplines being used by millions of companies around the globe. In our Program Contents, you will find a list of all core modules.

4 Stimulating electives

You can also choose from a range of specialized electives to supplement and stimulate new areas of interest or professional competence. Combined with the core modules, they will help you develop a complete skill set and give you a more versatile profile, improving your career options in a wider range of opportunities.

5 Small class sizes

Our personal approach requires an environment that makes you the center of attention. We deliberately choose to limit the number of participants per class to 30, so you get all the guidance and attention you need to get the most out of each class. After all, you’re not in this EMBA to disappear into the crowd, but to stand out and proudly take your place in tomorrow’s business world.

6 Master Consulting Project

Nothing is more exciting than working on a real project, where you can put your knowledge into practice and feel you really do make a difference. The Master Consulting Project addresses a real business problem or opportunity, which EMBA students work on either individually or in group under close supervision from qualified faculty and a senior business representative.

The company will value your input as a fresh pair of eyes which brings new insights. The sense of fulfillment and pride you will experience when you present your project will give you a taste of what the future holds. The Master Consultancy Project also gives you the opportunity to shine “back at the office” demonstrating your new skillset and knowledge.

7 The Community Project

Keeping an open mind, taking a genuine interest in people of any background and contributing to a better world in general is more important than ever for successful business graduates.

The Community Project will not only improve your perspective on the consequences of your decisions, but give you a mindset that will help you become the empathic leader the business world needs today responsible for environmental, social and economic sustainability.

8 The Financial Times Ranking

The London-based Financial Times is one of the world’s most respected school ranking organizations. It places our EMBA high up in their ranking, (consistently in the top 100 in the world) which is proof yet again that AMS offers an outstanding EMBA that prepares you thoroughly for an international career.

9 The city of Antwerp and Antwerp Management School

Antwerp Management School represents everything the city of Antwerp stands for: innovation, a dynamic and enterprising character and a perfect international environment to guide young people to reach their full potential and become successful global citizens and leaders with a 21st century world view.

10 Triple Accreditation

The EMBA at Antwerp Management School has been awarded triple accreditations from the most respected quality control bodies for MBA & EMBA programs: AACSB (U.S.A.), AMBA (UK) and NVAO (Belgium/Netherlands). You can rest assured that our EMBA is your best investment for the future.

Who is this program for?

This Executive MBA program could be for you. That’s right. Ask yourself…

If you are looking to improve your management and leadership skills, you want to develop your personal skills portfolio and communication abilities, you enjoy learning in small groups, with close guidance and lecturers who support you throughout the program, you have an ambition to enjoy (or already have a keen interest in) an international career… then this EMBA could be the one for you.

What type of career advancement have participants experienced?

Our EMBA is not only perfect for people who want to move up the corporate ladder. Our participants typically come from two main backgrounds – deep technical knowledge or expertise in a relatively narrow area with a desire to understand (and manage) the broader picture and/or a burning ambition to change!

If you’re thinking about starting your own business, this program will provide you with an invaluable basis for success. And if you’re looking to expand your horizon and pursue a global career, this is a great place to start.

Whatever your reason, the program contents cater to the needs of professionals who want to gain in-depth knowledge of how international businesses work, while focusing on the development of personal skills as an integral part of a successful career.

Class profiles

One of the powerful features of our EMBA is the great mix of people participating in the program. The variety of backgrounds, each with their personal reason to take the Executive MBA, provides a perfect breeding ground for new experiences and enriching discussions.

Your personal growth is not only guaranteed by the constant guidance of our lecturers and coaches, but also by the interesting exchanges between students with different mindsets during the International Immersion and Multicultural Modules with cohorts from U.S.A., China and Russia.

Academic background

We encourage anyone with a solid basis to apply for our EMBA: an academic background at a minimum of bachelor’s level, supplemented with minimum 5 years of work experience.

All subjects are taught from a zero-base allowing any background to benefit. Pre-program preparation courses will give you the necessary foundation in core disciplines. Our students appreciate the academic diversity, as it teaches them different angles and viewpoints, allowing them to develop a broader knowledge base.

Professional background


Our students also come from very different professional backgrounds. This makes group assignments even more rewarding and helps you see the bigger picture of an organization.

Participants thrive in this type of environment, because with the proper framework, provided by the lecturers, it allows you to take advantage of other people’s experience to improve your skillset.


 

Employing organizations

Many well-known global organizations appreciate and hire people holding an Executive MBA from Antwerp Management School. We are proud to say that our students are working for enterprises such as Janssen Group, Deloitte & Touche, Xerox, Mercedes Benz, Microsoft, Robert Bosch, Pfizer Corporation, Siberian Coal and Energy Company, Estée Lauder and BNP Paribas Fortis, to name only a few.

At the same time the program equally welcomes employees from small business and not-for-profit organizations. Highly skilled leadership and management are needed in any successful organization of the future.

Career progressions

Whether you’re looking to climb the corporate ladder or want to use your EMBA knowledge to steer your career in a different direction, there are virtually no limits to where you can go if you set your mind to it.

We have many examples of students who successfully took their career to the next step after completing our Executive MBA.

Some examples are:

  • A Technical Specialist who became a Project Manager
  • An Exploitation Engineer who is now a Chief Operating Officer
  • An Account & Marketing Manager who now enjoys being a Freelance Senior Consultant
  • A Key Account Manager who moved up a Managing Director position.

The next success story can be yours. All you have to do is aim high. Our coaches and lecturers are ready to assist you with a personal approach and years of expertise and know-how, to help you reach your goals.

Time to reach your full potential. Time to move on. Time to move up. The time is now if you are ready for the biggest challenge of your career.

Program Structure and Content

Below you will find detailed information on our program structure. Going through it, you will clearly see how the personal approach of our lecturers and coaches, the global spirit of our EMBA community and the high quality of our thoughtfully designed modules combine to a unique Executive MBA that will give you tremendous added value in tomorrow’s demanding business world.

As you can see, there are:

  • 2 Deep Development Residential Modules, one in each year.
  • a Personal Development Program that runs throughout both years.
  • 3 International Immersion Multicultural Modules, 2 in the first year and 1 in the second year.
  • a Master Consultancy Project, starting at the end of the first year and running throughout the second year.
  • a Community Project that runs the first year.
  • 16 Core Modules.

Program Structure Overview

The program is intensive, but balanced and clearly structured into different blocks, spread over two academic years.

Great efforts have been made to keep the schedule as work and family friendly as possible. Over time we found that full day modules approximately every 3 weeks on Friday and Saturday represent the optimal schedule. To succeed, an additional 10 to 12 hours per week personal study and reflection time are to be expected.

The diagram below gives you a visual overview of the structure.

For more information on dates, please refer to the Schedule.

Personal Development Program

Our unique Personal Development Program is supported by three integrated modules and 7 one-on-one coaching sessions with qualified professional coaches guiding the development and assessing the career needs of each Executive MBA participant.

These sessions are scheduled throughout the program and include reflection and analysis of your career to date, your aspirations and ambitions and the development of a roadmap for the future management of your career. Since self-reflection and self-assessment require leaving your usual reference frame, 2 of the 3 modules take place in Deep Development Residential Modules in the Netherlands.

International Immersion Multicultural Modules Focusing on Global Challenges

There are 3 international modules of 5 days, two in the first year and one in the second year, taking place in China, Boston and Antwerp, designed to maximize your exposure to different business cultures through interaction in joint classes with different cohorts.

Master Consulting Project

The Master Consulting Project is a 16-month project. It is not a “traditional thesis”, but rather a consulting exercise addressing a real business problem or opportunity. It may be an individual or group assignment depending on the scale of the project.

The Project starts in the first academic year, in March 2018, and continues until graduation. At the conclusion of the project, you will present your work, research, analysis and conclusions.

Community Project

The Community Project is a 10-month project that requires you to interact directly with groups in your community that may not be in the realm of your business future at first sight, but that will give you a revealing insight in society from a different angle.

This Project starts in November 2017, early in the first academic year and runs throughout the year until September 2018, the start of the second year. You are expected to spend, on average, 8 to 10 hours per month on the project.

Core Modules

At the heart of any (E)MBA education are the courses covering the entire range of management functions and business disciplines being used by millions of enterprises around the globe.

Our core modules are scheduled in blocks of 2 days, on Fridays and Saturdays, approximately every three weeks. We believe that this structure allows you to combine your EMBA with work and family life, while at the same time providing you the necessary building blocks for your career.

International Partners

When it comes to business schools there are also different business models. AMS is following the American – boutique – network business model.

It is open, cooperative in nature, partners with top brands and attracts top talent as professors instead of trying to build it all under its own seal. AMS’ core value and core competence lies in developing and delivering top class educational programs and we believe that zero-sum games and isolated thinking are things of the past.

Our business model allows us to reach out to MIT, U.S.A. just as easily as to Sun Yat Sen, CHINA or IBS, Russia because we all have only one goal in mind: deliver the greatest value to our students at the highest quality level.

All our partners have equal or higher accreditations and certifications than Antwerp Management School.

International Immersion Multicultural Modules focusing on Global Strategic Challenges

Many EMBA programs claim international experience which often turns out to be merely a form of edu-tourism: you go as a group, you visit a few companies, have light lectures and go home.

At AMS, we feel strongly about guiding our students to become a truly global citizen, one of our core values.

Our international faculty transfers knowledge and expertise from a global mindset, leading to an understanding of the economic drivers of global economies and how the challenges of cross-cultural business are faced.

The cultural diversity of Executive MBA participants at Antwerp Management School is further enhanced by the addition of China-based EMBA participants from Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, China, American business executives at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston and the cohort at Moscow’s IBS RANEPA, all of them being partner institutions.

The design of both programs has the groups regularly working together on modules focusing on business content that may be impacted by cultural differences. Furthermore, Master Consulting Projects may be virtual group tasks where participants from both Moscow and Antwerp cohorts create teams to design and deliver a Master Consulting Project over both markets simultaneously.

The International Immersion Multicultural Modules are followed-up with personal reflection assignments and integrate well into your Personal Development Program.

A major benefit of having a cohort of EMBA participants in other countries is the opportunity to work in virtual teams before convening face-to-face to carry out the EMBA module tasks. This provides a great opportunity to gain more experience with the typical tools used in international businesses, such as video conferencing tools and collaboration software.

Often students gain a totally different perspective through the global strategic assignments and group work while collaborating directly with new foreign students. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a truly international network of peers and switch your mindset forever to global.

The content of the modules is as follows:

  • Guangzhou
    Cross-cultural Awareness
    Cross-cultural Negotiations
    Business in China today
  • Boston
    Cross-cultural Supply chain excellence
    Logistics for the 21st century
    Business surprises in the U.S.A.
  • Antwerp (Residential in Netherlands Conference Centre)
    Cross-cultural International Business Management
    Cross-cultural Innovation Management and Creative Thinking
    Global Strategic Challenges

International Companies

Within the design of our international program, we also integrated the dimension of international companies. On the one hand, we ensure that our participants come from a diverse, often international, company background, on the other we offer field visits to internationally oriented companies and study business cases of global organizations. The employing companies of the multicultural cohorts abroad, who you will directly interact with during joint classes, bring additional and different international dimensions.

Personal Development Program

Personal Development Program

Our unique Personal Development Program makes up no less than 1/3 of your EMBA program. It includes 7 one-on-one coaching sessions with fully qualified certified professional coaches. The quality of the coaches and the amount of sessions sets the AMS EMBA apart.

Career goal setting and development plan

The coaching sessions are scheduled throughout the program and include reflection and analysis of your career to date, your aspirations and ambitions and the development of a roadmap for the future management of your career. They are individualized for each EMBA participant, giving you a personal insight into your needs and aspirations.

Analysis tools mastery

The coaching sessions utilize personal communication and development tools tailored specifically to you and some of the most broadly applied methodologies and tools such as MBTI, 360 feedback, NLP, CLP; reflecting best practices in leading companies.

Self-analysis

You are not only familiarized with the application and meaning of these analysis tools, but you learn how to apply them to yourself to obtain a metric base for further self-reflection. Through additional techniques during the sessions, we help you to better understand yourself, and how others may perceive you.

Outcome

Through these modules, you will develop valuable leadership skills, as you have evaluated your strengths and weaknesses and know how to improve on them.

Scheduling

This part of the Personal Development Program is experienced over three closely integrated modules (two of them residential) using personal communication and development tools tailored to each individual participant.

Two Deep Development Residential Modules

The two residential modules, one in each year, allow you to completely detach yourself from your daily environment, with its usual reference frames and patterns. This will force you to rethink your attitudes and helps you to start with a blank canvas for an in-depth Personal Development Program.

Master Consulting Project

The Master Consulting Project is an exciting opportunity to put your academic knowledge into practice, always under the close supervision of qualified faculty and a business representative.

It is not a traditional thesis, but rather a consulting exercise addressing a real business problem or opportunity for the participant’s employing firm or another organization. It is the proverbial crown on top of your academic achievement.

The project starts in the second half of year 1 and continues up to graduation. It can be completed individually or in small groups, depending on your preference. You will be working in-company, at your current organization or at another company, on a business case with an international or strategic dimension. Often these organizations appreciate the fresh pair of eyes and new insights that ‘outsiders’ offer on their case, thus obliging them to think more outside the box.

At the conclusion of the project, you – and your team members if this was a group effort – will present your work, research and analysis. This will also give your colleagues the opportunity to experience how you have evolved and grown. The sense of fulfillment and pride you will experience when you present your project will give you a taste of what the future holds.

Here are some topic examples of past Master Consulting Projects:

  • Industry Comparative Multiple Case Study
  • How to Create and Develop a Start-up which Aims to Build Web-based Coaching Tool

  • A New Business Model
  • Changing in a Competitive Environment
  • Critical Success Factors Influencing Workplace Flexibility

  • Development of a Balanced Scorecard as a Performance Measurement Tool

  • How to Become a Leader in Western-Europe
  • Strategy Report

  • Recommendations to Improve Cost Effectiveness

  • Secular Growth Through Business Repositioning: From Theory to Practice
  • Should Co. X Play/Invest in Sports?

  • Strategic and Financial Evaluation of an Investment

Community Project

The third pillar of our mission is societal awareness. In the Executive MBA, we seek to develop this through the Community Project.

We ask you to identify an organization or people in your community whom you perceive as being “different” to you: organizations and associations that do charity work, educational initiatives for underprivileged children, associations that support people who do not always have a voice. The type of work should involve you interfacing and interacting with “disadvantaged” people; not conducting MBA-type efficiency consulting.

The project is structured as follows:

  1. You (volunteer to) work with and for the chosen organization or association for the period of the project (from November 2017 until June 2018) and then;
  2. You briefly report back to in writing, on what you did, with whom and what impact it had, and then
  3. You present your project experiences, briefly, in the opening seminar of the second year of the EMBA – in September 2018.

The community project helps you to keep your feet on the ground and to opt for sustainable decisions and rational management. Working on this project will make you more aware of the impact of business decisions on society as a whole and give you a broader awareness of the world around you. Learning to deliberately reflect and develop empathy is a key part of the project. In turn, this will make you a better business leader, as you have a better perspective on the consequences of your actions.

Examples of Organizations where previous participants have completed Community Projects:

  • Het Gielsbos offers a place to live to disabled persons.
  • De Dorpel vzw is an organization where rich and poor come together to improve understanding of each other’s conditions.
  • Ak’cent, a center that provides active daytime activities for ex-patients of a psychiatric hospital. Onthaal Sint Antonius is part of Belgium Food Bank,
  • The HMC League was created in 1963 for to help to mentality disabled persons.
  • ‘ATD Quart Monde’ (‘ATD Fourth World’).

International Faculty

Antwerp Management School has the most international faculty in the Benelux.

As a boutique business school with a networking-based model, AMS attracts top international faculty.

Lecturers come from globally ranked institutions in Belgium, the Netherlands, UK, New Zealand, France, U.S.A., Ireland, Germany, China and Sweden.

Pre-program

The pre-program offers you a framework to get into the mindset of your EMBA experience and ensure you start your academic year well-prepared. It also acts as a refresher for your learning processes and a reminder of some subjects that may have been last encountered some time ago.

We provide you with self-study materials on learning styles, memory and note taking to give you an insight in how you should tackle your study materials.

There are formal classes on business research methods and statistics, as well as online and classroom courses on the principles of accounting and key accounting documents.

Regular business and economic reading material will bring you up to speed on current events in the real world.

Core Modules

Our EMBA is designed for candidates seeking a solid general management education and our core modules offer exactly that.

The core modules are expertly delivered by experienced faculty from leading business schools in Europe, North America and Asia. You will show your mastery of the theories, practical applications and emerging issues in each subject through a combination of formal exams, individual and small group assignments.

Our core modules are also internationally oriented to ensure your global mindset develops throughout every aspect of your education. If you’d like more detailed information on any of the subjects, you can always contact the Program Director.

Below is our list of core modules.

  • Strategic Leadership

  • Strategic Management
  • Integrated Performance Management
  • International Business Management
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Law & Ethics
  • Business Research & Reporting Methods
  • Financial Accounting

  • Resources Management

  • Multicultural Negotiation Skills

  • IT as a Strategic Business Driver

  • Macro Economics for Business

  • Micro Economics
  • Marketing Management

  • Advanced Marketing Management

  • Corporate Finance

  • Advanced Corporate Finance

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Stimulating Electives

Based on feedback from participants and alumni, we decided to expand the EMBA experience and offer single class modules on specific non-regular EMBA curriculum topics to also provide you with a choice to deep dive on current topics combined with the opportunity to grow your business network.

The Stimulating Electives series are optional, unassessed, subjects that, while not traditionally included within an MBA program, serve to engage participants in emerging issues and open compelling subjects to further exploration. These subjects may, in time, become core subjects in our MBA program.

The unique feature of these electives is that they are attended by current EMBA participants and alumni together. This provides you with a valuable networking opportunity.

A list of electives is presented, also including suggestions from students and alumni. Subjects with a minimum of 15 people committed to attend will run. For current EMBA participants, the cost of these electives is included in the program fee.

Some of the current subjects proposed for the Stimulating Electives series are:

  • Sales Management
  • Managing Politics in the Workplace
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Excellence in Presentations
  • Services Design
  • Behavioral Economics / Nudge
  • Digital Marketing
  • Big Data Opportunities
  • Mid-Career Leadership
  • Exchanging Experience Workshops
  • Crisis Management
  • Mediation Skills
  • …and others.

Small classes – personal experience

Our aim is to recruit every year up to 30 qualified, ambitious participants for our Executive MBA. By keeping groups small, we ensure each participant benefits from an individual, personalized experience. A small group size also enables Program Directors to keep a close, well-informed view on the quality of academic and practical input, as well as individual participation and progress levels in the program.

Our experienced faculty accompanies you on your intensive journey over the two academic years and ensures that the EMBA’s reputation, and of Antwerp Management School, grows through our continuous education
and networking activities and sustained ranking performance.

We actively participate in the Antwerp Management School Alumni Association and are central in fostering the Executive MBA alumni chapter dedicated to providing lifetime opportunities for continuous learning, networking, and social activities.

Schedule

The program is intensive, but balanced and clearly structured into different blocks, spread over two years.

Experience has learned that core modules on Fridays and Saturdays, approximately every three weeks, is the best pace to combine your EMBA with work and personal life.

The diagram below shows you how the blocks are spread over the two years.

  • 3 International Immersion Multicultural Modules, 2 in the first year and 1 in the second year.
  • 2 Deep Development Residential Modules, one in each year.
  • a Master Consultancy Project, starting at the end of the first year and running throughout the second year.
  • a Community Project that runs the first year.
  • 16 Core Modules.
  • a Personal Development Program that runs throughout both years.

For more information on dates, please refer to the class dates below.

Apart from these organized activities, an additional 10 to 12 hours per week personal study are expected.

First year – Sept. 2017-June 2018

The pre-program part warms you up and gets you ready in September 2017.

The program starts off with a 4-day residential seminar in the Netherlands in October.

The core modules are spread out over 8 months, approximately every 3 weeks, on Friday and Saturday, from October to May.

Your Personal Development Program starts in October and runs throughout both years, with continuous 1-on-1 coaching.

In November is the start of the Community Project, which will run throughout the year until September 2018, the start of the second year.

In December, you’ll spend 5 days in China and in June you’ll spend 5 days in Boston, both trips are part of our international program of global strategic challenges, a multicultural experience that will enhance your cross-cultural awareness.

The Master Consulting project starts in March 2018 and runs throughout the year.

Second year – Sept 2018-June 2019

Early September, at the start of the second year, is your second residential seminar in the Netherlands.

Your core modules are spread out over 7 months, approximately every 3 weeks, on Friday and Saturday, from September to March.

In November, you’ll spend 5 days on Global Strategic Challenges in Antwerp.

Your Master Consulting Project concludes in May.
Personal Development Program concludes in June.

On June 28 is the closing seminar and Graduation day.

Class dates – details

First year – 2017-2018

Second year – 2018-2019

Application and Admission

Antwerp Management School provides a straightforward, yet thorough application and admission process. It will help you determine how you can get the most out of the Executive MBA and gives us better insight into who you are and how your profile will fit into the select group of EMBA students.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements are a Master’s or Bachelor’s level degree and a thorough working knowledge of English, as all courses and communications are in English because of the international scope of our faculty and the diverse backgrounds of students.

Professional requirements are at least 5 years of work experience. This enables you to understand and engage in the strategic nature of the program contents and allows you to contribute from personal experience.

Personal requirements are equally important to guarantee success. An average of 10 to 12 hours’ work outside classes is needed. Your family and friends need to understand that you are working on your future and need time and space to prepare for classes. You will need their support and encouragement.

Your employer also plays an important role, as they will need to understand that every third Friday is reserved for classes. We can assist you in explaining to your employer how your EMBA is a long-term investment that will also benefit them.

Process

Should you consider applying for the Executive MBA at Antwerp Management School, we will guide you through the process every step of the way. We are available for an informal, non-binding chat to address any concerns you might have before starting the application process. Just send your CV to the Program Director for review, we will be happy to discuss all details of the program with you.

Our website and brochure also provide lots of information. But nothing beats attending a class to find out whether this EMBA is your perfect next career move. We will be happy to welcome you on Friday morning, all you need to do is schedule an appointment with the Program Director.

And before you make any decisions, we invite you to attend an info session or arrange a chat with the Program Director. Or talk to current students or alumni, we will be happy to introduce you. This will give you the opportunity to ask any remaining questions you may have and give you a thorough understanding of what the program has to offer and how you will fit in.

Once you are convinced you want to take the plunge… Simply send in your application online. We will review it within one day of receipt. If the application meets the admissions criteria, you will be invited to take the Online Admission Tests.

Tests

The tests were designed exclusively for Antwerp Management School and give us the confirmation you have the ability to complete the numerical and communication tasks needed to successfully participate in the Executive MBA.

Our tests are free of charge and assess two capacities:

  • Numerical reasoning*
  • English language and communication skills*

*For those who prefer, we also accept scores of GMAT or GRE exams.

Interviews

When the online test results are completed, you are invited for a 45-minute admission interview, either in person or by video call. This interview will be led by the Program Director and will consist of a discussion about your ambition and motivation to complete the AMS EMBA.

References

On some occasions, you may be asked to submit professional or personal references following the interview.

Decision and registration

Decisions on admission, which are deliberated on by the Program Admissions Committee, are usually given within two working days of the file being completed. A successful application normally results in an offer of admission via email.

Accepting the offer is as easy as clicking on the registration link in your email. Until you commit via admission, you are not guaranteed a spot in the program.

The offer is normally valid for one month, after which the candidate must request a renewal, which is only granted at the discretion of the Program Admissions Committee.

Waiting list management

Applications are treated on a first come, first serve basis until the cohort participant maximum has been reached. A waiting list will then be opened.

Fees and Funding

An EMBA is an investment in a solid future. Investing in the Executive MBA at Antwerp Management School can be one of the most valuable decisions of your life.

Because we know how much impact this decision will have, a payment plan and several discount options are available to help with your funding.

Fees

The program tuition cost for the 2017 – 2019 cohort is €35,500.


Included

  • the complete program
  • the electives
  • all learning materials and documentation
  • all accommodation for residential seminars and foreign stays outside Antwerp
  • all executive lunches, dinners and beverages on campus

 


Not Included

  • accommodation for core modules in Antwerp
  • travel expenses for the international residencies
  • expenses related to obtaining visas if necessary

How payable

The tuition fee is to be paid before the start of the program. Should you prefer to pay in installments, we can agree on a payment plan. This plan spreads funding over the period of the program, up to a maximum of three payments.

Discounts

Public Sector and Not-for-profit sector employees fee reductions are available. Contact the Program Director for details.

  • SME conditions: You can receive 30 to 40% subsidy from the ‘KMO portefeuille‘ of the Flemish Government.
  • A similar subsidy is available for SMEs that are located in Brussels.
  • Dutch citizens benefit from a tax reduction for the amount of the actual cost of the program.
  • German residents can apply for a scholarship with Deutsche Bildung.

Since we believe the world of management in general needs more diversity, we want to encourage increased representation in the Executive MBA of candidates from the public sector, not-for-profit and social profit organizations, as well as citizens of less developed countries.

If you belong to one of these categories, please contact the Program Director for special conditions.

Making the business case to your employer

Gaining sponsorship of your employer is not as difficult as it might seem at first. Not only is our Executive MBA employer and family friendly, with classes that minimally disrupt your current job, the EMBA at AMS was designed with the employer’s needs in mind, it is easy to write a positive business case for employer sponsorship.

Once you have reached that level in your application process, we will gladly guide and support you in writing such a business case tailored to your individual situation.

What works best to convince your employer is matching your company context and needs to the benefits of the program. Here are just 3 examples that won sponsorships in the past.

  1. Project example: A manager is about to take on a major project. He believes that turning this project into his Master Consulting project will empower the organization and avoid the need for external consultants, thus saving money. It is also a great way to transfer knowledge and insights gained from the EMBA program into the company.
    The employer accepted and the project was a great success.
  2. Leadership example: A functional leader takes on a broader role. Many challenges arise that threaten the success of this transition. At worst, this can lead to failure in the new role or at a minimum loss of business momentum. The Personal Development Program provides the specific leadership tools to excel in the transition process as well as in the new role, while the core modules provide the business knowledge to strategically rise above the functional domain.
    The employer accepted and the employee excels in their new role.
  3. A local leader is being prepared to take on an international role. Many international companies require that local business unit leaders have demonstrated international business mastery. Antwerp Management School is a leader in international business and turns local leaders into global citizens.
    The employer accepted and the employee is now a successful international leader.

A word to all sponsors

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you consider sending your employees to an EMBA program. We are happy to discuss with you how to get the best return on your investment.

Our alumni are living proof that our EMBA students deliver tremendous bottom-line impact after graduation and grow to be a positive force in their organizations both as top managers and middle managers. That is why we see so many companies making the Executive MBA at Antwerp Management School a standard part of their career progression planning.

Accreditations and Ranking

Accreditations

Of course, we can tell you we believe our Executive MBA is among the finest on the planet. But having it confirmed by an independent, respected accreditation body underlines our statement and proves that ‘we deliver what it says on the box.’

In business education, it has become customary to acquire at least three separate quality labels from accreditation bodies, each usually linked to a geographic area. The accreditation bodies awarding accreditation to the AMS Executive MBA are:

AACSB
The U.S.A.-based quality control certification for entire business schools, beyond just the programs themselves. This accreditation has been proudly held at Antwerp Management School since 2005.

AMBA
The Association of MBAs, originating in the UK, specializes in quality control processes for MBA and EMBA programs worldwide. Antwerp Management School achieved this accreditation in 2015.

NVAO
This is a joint quality certification body, based in (Flemish) Belgium and the Netherlands, servicing the business schools in both countries. NVAO reports directly to the degree-granting bodies of both governments. It is essential to hold NVAO accreditation to be able to continue granting Masters Level degrees in either country.

Although other accreditations exist in other parts of the world, including some with specialized focus areas, they have minimal relevance to the quality of an MBA/EMBA program.

Ranking

While the Financial Times methodology limits relevance to personal or leadership skills development (areas where our EMBA excels), it does provide a good analysis of several important aspects of MBA education.

We present some of the highlights of the current and recent Financial Times rankings:

  • The N° 1 international EMBA in Belgium 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.
  • The Antwerp EMBA is ranked N° 21 worldwide for the extent of its international content in the program.
  • Ranked N° 1 for Customer Satisfaction in Belgium and the Benelux.
  • The most Experienced Participants in an EMBA in Belgium and in the Benelux.
  • AMS EMBA Graduates enjoy the highest salary levels of EMBA graduates in the Benelux.
  • N° 1 FT ranked Belgian EMBA in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.
  • The AMS EMBA has more international students and more international faculty than any Belgian EMBA.

The Antwerp Executive MBA continues to be the best preparation for an international career you can get in the BENELUX region.

Testimonials

The best advocates of our EMBA program are the people who already graduated and are now taking full advantage of their new knowledge in an exciting international career or a personal venture.

Our alumni are the real hands-on experts when it comes to explaining how they experienced the program, how it changed their careers and their lives, how it helped them to grow.

We invite you to go through these testimonials and immerse yourself in the life of an EMBA student at Antwerp Management School.

Video testimonials


How an EMBA advances your career, organization & personal life – Alumna Lara Raemaekers

Why an EMBA at Antwerp Management School – Alumnus Oliver Lauterwein


Why an EMBA – Alumnus Bernhart Dobbels

The uniqueness of the AMS Executive MBA – Alumna Elfie Knapen

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