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Equip yourself to create and lead a better tomorrow

Part-time Executive MBA: Leading with Purpose

The curriculum is structured into 6 blocks. Each block consists of several courses which together prepare you for a business challenge. At the end of the journey, these six blocks will transform you into a purpose‐driven leader.

Team of Professors and experts

Professors from the VU’s School of Business and Economics are supported by global thought leaders, journalists from renowned business newspapers, executive coaches, and former and current senior executives who will share their expertise and experiences with you and support you in improving your leadership skills.

Executive MBA: Leading with Purpose

Facing increasingly complex environments and global crises, leaders today need to lead with purpose and forward-thinking ideas. In an interview with Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova, Professor of Careers and Organization Studies, Head of Department M&O at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, she discusses VU's Executive MBA: Leading with Purpose and why the programme focuses on developing thought leaders of the future.

Curriculum, core courses and learning experience

  • Block 1: My Personal Leader Purpose … Putting Yourself at Stake

    What: How to be a purpose‐driven leader

    Focus: Identify your leadership purpose to inspire your followers and to leave an imprint on society.

    Courses: Identify your Leader Identity and Purpose, Empowering People, Being a Thought Leader.

  • Block 2: Business Foundations

    What: Lead an organisation in dynamic markets.

    Focus: Develop a holistic perspective on the organiation and its operations to drive its performance.

    Courses: Operations Management, Strategic Marketing, Managerial Finance, Strategic HRM, General Management Lab.

  • Block 3: Leading with Purpose for Business and Stakeholders

    What: Create a responsible, purpose-driven organisation.

    Focus: Reconcile ethical dilemmas of business decisions and rediscover the purpose of your organisation.

    Courses: Business Ethics and Corporate Governance, Organising with Purpose.

  • Block 4: Strategic Decision Making and Organisational Innovation

    What: Be a strategic leader who guides the path.

    Focus: Develop the tools for renewing your organisation and for exploring and exploiting opportunities.

    Courses: Organisational Renewal and Innovation, Data Science for Executives, Business Model Innovation and Disruption, Strategising for Success.

  • Block 5: Leading a Business Through Transformations and Crises

    What: Lead an organisation through existential threats.

    Focus: Learn to persuade others to transform your organisation and become the leader who surpasses expectations during crises.

    Courses: Leading Change, Leading Through Crises and Uncertainty.

  • Block 6: Capstone Project

    What: Prepare your master piece and leave your imprint on your organisation and society.

    Focus: Use the tools you have learned to provide a solution to a relevant problem.

    Course: Putting Science into Practice

Any Questions?

Please contact the MBA Admission Team for more information

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
School of Business and Economics Executive Education
De Boelelaan 1105