Program Design & Modules

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Program Design & Modules2018-10-04T10:58:32+00:00

Program Design

Over 11 months, participants meet for long weekends (Thursday through Sunday) once a month, plus 2 1/2 intensive, residential weeks, to cover the 9 Executive MBA modules listed below. In addition to class meetings, participants can expect to spend 15-20 hours per week, on papers and assignments.

There will also be a Managerial Exchange, at a time convenient to the participants, whereby each participant spends 2-3 days in the workplace of a co-participant and 2-3 days hosting a co-participant.

Participants then complete a final integrative project on their own, which typically takes an additional 4 months.

Each of the 9 program modules fits into the broader category of:

  1. Business Challenges
  2. Managerial Tools & Techniques
  3. Managerial Mindsets

Each module is directed by a member of HEC Montréal’s or McGill University’s world renowned faculty. Teaching is done by a mix of professors at both universities, as well as guest speakers from the business community and other academic institutions.

Program Overview

Module Descriptions


1. The Reflective Mindset, Managing Self – 7-Day Residential Module

One week in residence

Participants learn how to be thoughtful, to step back from always doing, to see familiar experiences from a new perspective. This, in turn, fosters innovation and change, not repeating similar patterns and mistakes. Examines:

  • Nature of managerial work
  • Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Management styles
  • Ethics
  • Accountability (individual, organizational, social)

2. Managerial Tools & Practices

This module lays the groundwork for the two modules on business challenges. Here, managerial tools and practices are considered from a strategic viewpoint, using an interactive problem-solving approach. Themes include:

  • The firm’s competitive environment
  • The firm’s macro-economic environment
  • Accounting and financial tools
  • Accounting and control tools
  • Financial management
  • Gouvernance


3. Value Creation

Technologies develop, industries converge, new markets open – businesses need to look beyond traditional competitive advantages and develop new sources of value. Includes:

  • Responding to value-creation challenges
  • Making the most of a turbulent environment
  • Benefiting from the emergence of new business models
  • Mobilizing the firm’s resources
  • Reinventing the business model


4. The Analytical Mindset, Managing Organizations

Examines the strengths and limitations of analysis in organizations through:

  • New perspectives on analytical tools
  • Going beyond quantitative data
  • New approaches to decision-making
  • How to avoid paralysis by analysis
  • How to tackle complex issues
  • Governance structures

5. The Future-Ready Organization

6. The Collaborative Mindset, Managing Relationships

Effective managers, manage not from the top down, but from within. They create the environment and attitudes that encourage teamwork. Looks at:

  • Collaborative arrangements at the intra-firm, inter-firm, and societal levels
  • Engaging vs. heroic styles of management
  • Identifying the requirements and implications of effective collaboration
  • Knowledge management
  • Strategic alliances
  • Managing teams (co-located, distributed, teleworkers)
  • Fostering innovation and creativity
  • Managing conflict

7. The Sustainability Challenge

Participants will develop a solid understanding of the concept of sustainable development and the challenge it poses as a societal imperative and organizational goal; become more knowledgeable on key sustainability issues relevant to their organizations; and learn how to engage with the sustainability challenge as an opportunity for enhancing competitive advantage. Topics include:

  • The state of the planet and its peoples, and why it matters to managers
  • The environmental, social and economic pillars of sustainability
  • Envisioning and critical thinking
  • Environmental and social investments that yield competitive advantage
  • Enhancing shared value creation
  • Avoiding value destruction
  • Strategic corporate social responsibility
  • Engaging and collaborating with stakeholders
  • Social innovation & entrepreneurship
  • Measuring social and environmental performance

8. The Worldly Mindset, Managing Context 10 Day residential module abroad

10 days: in residence – Latin America or Asia

Managers need to develop the cultural and social insights essential to operating in diverse regions, serving varied customer segments, partnering with other organizations. Explores:

  • Looking outward, to see inward
  • Values, habits, and cultures
  • Managing context
  • Organizational and social culture
  • Openness on the world
  • Globalization of the economy
  • Economic & financial systems

Learn more about the 2013 Worldly Mindset Experience in Argentina

9. The Catalytic Mindset, Managing Change

Participants will develop a richer understanding of what is change, what is not change, what is continuity and what determines effective action. Topics include:

  • Market-oriented innovation and diffusion of innovation
  • Sustainable creativity
  • Managing the Innovation Value Chain
  • Change and continuity management
  • Implementing successful organizational change
  • Dealing with resistance