5 good reasons to get an Executive MBA - EMBA

An Executive MBA is a top-level executive educationprogramme for executives and leaders who wish to develop their leadership and careers, or consider making a career move towards more strategic functions. 

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1 Jan 2024

An Executive MBA is a popular choice for executives and leaders who wish to develop their leadership and careers, or consider making a career move towards more strategic functions. 

If you are wondering why you should get an EMBA, these are some of the main reasons why you should go ahead and pursue this academic and career objective:

1. Get a global and transversal vision of business

Above all, studying an EMBA programme means you want to strengthen and acquire strategic skills. “In both Lille and Paris, we offer our participants the opportunity to distance themselves from their specialisation and immediately see the bigger picture, to think at the macro level and work in a “zoom in, zoom out” way”, explains Sophie Cuminal, head of EMBA Lille admissions.

“I wanted to boost my career with strategy, finance and leadership, which are the three pillars we get to develop in this Executive MBA.” Fabrizio di Maria, Sales Director, Sycomore, EMBA 2016

2. Boost your career and give it an international dimension

Studying an EMBA supports a project that can take multiple shapes and often responds to an aspiration to make a change: a change of position, of department or even of business sector. The expected evolution can be vertical or horizontal, but it always goes back to breaking one’s own glass ceiling.

“I decided to study an Executive MBA to open up to new fields of expertise and, why not, new professions.” Virginie Wagner, Senior project manager, SNCF Réseau, EMBA 2016

Besides the programme being taught exclusively in English and welcoming participants from all over the world, the degree itself is internationally transposable. Lastly, the business trips abroad are defining moments: they are unique and extremely rewarding experiences, especially for those with international ambitions.

“I discovered business opportunities for French companies that I had never expected.” Laurent Dusausoy, Operations Director, Al-Ostoura International Company (Koweit), EMBA 2014.






3. Develop your entrepreneurial skills

EDHEC’s Executive EMBA enables its participants to change their vision of business and, through the mastering of strategic corporate issues, to develop their capacity for entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship – being an entrepreneur within a company – are key for career development, and many executives are interested in launching their own project.

Entrepreneurship, as I teach it, is rooted in practise. I focus on Design Thinking and Lean Start-up methodologies, which are key tools for today’s entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.” Clare Gately, PhD, Professor of Entrepreneurship

4. Build a network of influential connections

EDHEC’s EMBA (Lille and Paris) benefits from one of France’s (and even Europe’s) most dynamic alumni network. From the moment they register, participants to the EMBA join the 55,000 alumni and can quickly forge professional connections. The key values of simplicity and proximity hold this unique network together.

“The number of participants makes for human-sized classes, which encourages proximity and friendliness amongst EMBA students and teachers.” Baptiste Prévost, specialist engineer in rail transportation, SNCF Réseau, EMBA 2014

5. Activate your personal development

EDHEC’s EMBA is a global training programme that responds to an actual need and project. For participants to achieve their objectives, the programme includes coaching sessions, because evolving and making a change requires taking a distance and working on oneself. Participants get the opportunity to work on their leadership and decision making skills, but also to reflect on the way companies function. “It is not rare that participants realize that they missed out on certain things in the course of their careers. By studying an EMBA, they give themselves the time and distance that are hard to get in the heat of the action. They engage in an evolution process,” explains Sophie Cuminal.

“The EMBA provided me with a better knowledge of myself, and of the way business and companies work. It made me more serene, more self-assured.” Baptiste Prévost, specialist engineer in rail transportation, SNCF Réseau, EMBA 2014


Bonus: this high-level programme is recognized at the European and international levels (in 2016, it was ranked among the 50 best EMBAs in Europe by the Financial Times) and is triple accredited, holding AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditations.







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