What is the value of an Executive MBA?

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In this Question from the candidate, Olivier Lefaivre (pictured below), business unit director at NEOMA Business School, explains the value you’ll get from an Executive MBA, so you can determine if the program is right for you.

The Executive MBA (EMBA) is a high-level training program for people who want to take a step in their career, reinvent themselves or are looking for meaning in the context of a professional transition.


When is the right time for an EMBA?

To be used wisely and bear fruit, the Executive MBA must be part of a coherent professional project: change of sector, activity or function, desire to internationalize one’s profile, or support for an intrapreneurial project. or entrepreneurial.

This type of program is aimed primarily at executives with solid professional experience (minimum five years) and an initial higher education diploma such as a bachelor’s degree.

To succeed in this intensive and demanding learning experience, participants must be prepared to challenge themselves and demonstrate a high level of hard work and organization, including a good work-life balance.


What are the benefits of an Executive MBA?

The integration of an Executive MBA program allows executives to better understand the world and its transformations, in particular the global impact of digital, the growing importance of environmental concerns, questions of ethics and corporate social responsibility.

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You will also be able to give more meaning to your managerial practices, broaden your horizons and expand your professional network.

With this training, participants strengthen their strategic skills, gain confidence and become agile in the new world of work.

This excellent diploma is above all a great human experience offering participants the opportunity to cultivate their leadership skills and to deepen certain notions such as high-level decision-making or project management with multi-site teams.


How does an EMBA take place?

The duration of an Executive MBA generally varies between 15 and 24 months, sometimes even longer. It is offered on a part-time basis to allow managers to work throughout the course. Most EMBAs adopt a flexible format to accommodate students’ many professional and personal commitments.

The most common formats offered by schools can be up to one week of lessons per month, delivered consecutively, or every other weekend (Friday and Saturday).

Many institutions also offer asynchronous modules before and/or after face-to-face lessons, allowing participants to better manage their time and optimize face-to-face learning.

Digital learning methods have developed considerably in recent years and innovations such as virtual campuses have emerged (notably the one launched by NEOMA Business School at the end of 2020), illustrating the ‘Future of Work’ by allowing participants to different nationalities to meet and work together in a digital space, despite the pandemic.

Even if the health crisis has forced schools to adapt their format, face-to-face sessions are still popular with executives from all walks of life. They seek valuable interactions with their peers, which provide them with opportunities to share experiences and network.


Find out how an Executive MBA could help you overcome career obstacles in Executive MBA Insights: 10 Leadership Challenges for 2022.

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