The Curriculum

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Hone Your Skills for a Competitive Edge

Sound knowledge is the basis for decision-making. The ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA provides a thorough general management education in the six core courses modules – from a practical perspective and an executive view. In addition, participants can choose from a number of elective courses in order to acquire an in depth understanding of topics that are highly relevant to their businesses.

Core Modules

Gain insight into core business fundamentals. Enhance and sharpen your business knowledge and acquire a comprehensive perspective on all corporate functions. Each core module comprises two or three core courses.

  • Financial Accounting

    The course aims at familiarizing the participants with the framework and basic concepts of financial accounting according to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). This course extends to financial accounting and reporting from a leadership perspective. It enables the participants to understand the link between external reporting and internal decision-making.

  • Managerial Accounting

    Managerial accounting provides information and control necessary for an organization's long-term competitive success. This class introduces terminology and concepts of managerial accounting including the use of cost information for decision making and management control systems. It teaches how to choose the relevant cost based information, use cost management methods and apply performance measurement systems.

  • Corporate Finance

    Corporate finance is concerned with the capital structure of corporations, its objective being the increase of shareholder value. This course introduces terminology and fundamental drivers of value creation and modern financial management. It allows the participants to assess an investment proposal and critically analyze reports and recommendations by corporate finance consultants.

  • Economics for Managers

    The course gives an introduction to basic economic concepts and models that govern the economic environment in which businesses work (markets where firms retrieve their input and sell their output but also the national and international macroeconomic conditions). Participants are taught to analyze the environment and identify important economic factors influencing performance and behavior of firms and industries: An essential skill for managers to anticipate threats, avoid mistakes and realize opportunities.

  • Corporate Strategy

    The fundamental question of strategy is how firms can gain and sustain competitive advantage in times of innovation, uncertainty and changing industry and firm boundaries. The course aims at enhancing the ability to define and analyze strategic problems and to identify sources of competitive advantage. It introduces various tools, concepts and analytical frameworks necessary for integrating a variety of perspectives and thus developing skills in strategic management which is increasingly critical for a wide range of positions.

  • Marketing Management

    In increasingly competitive and integrated markets, the role of marketing in a firm is changing and gaining more and more importance. By introducing fundamental marketing tools and concepts as well as presenting principal issues concerning the implementation of a marketing strategy, participants gain an understanding of how to effectively apply marketing concepts. The relationships between company, competitors and customers and the realm of the strategic setting that the company is operating in provide the framework for analysis.

  • Operations/Supply Chain Management

    Operations management is about analyzing, controlling and improving processes related to the company's product. During production, goods and services go through interrelated operations or processes. Supply chain management is concerned with all processes leading to satisfy customer demand. Managing interrelated product, financial and information flows typically include multiple players with their own objectives. Concepts and methods of operations and supply chain management are introduced to understand the increasing importance and appreciation of and management decisions in this field.

  • Strategic Leadership

    This course will explore the key strategic leadership issues facing today’s top managers. The focus will be on organization restructuring and design, visioning, handling sensitive top management relationships and coping with burn out. Participants will be enabled to better understand the nature and dynamics of strategic leadership. Moreover, they will be familiarized with techniques and principles of organization design as well as the reality of governance application.

  • Talent Management

    The development of employees’ potential is as important for a successful and growing business as the effective utilization of their existing knowledge and skills. The course introduces state-of-the-art instruments for recruitment, development, motivation, and assessment of employees. The course reveals approaches to design a comprehensive talent management system in the context of an organization’s strategy in order to effectively use and develop the employees’ potential.

  • Business Ethics

    In today's private sector and public organizations, managers face a number of ethical issues and need to develop ethical competencies to work through these issues. This course gives theoretical and practical insights about ethics and leadership developing personal and professional awareness about individual and collective responsibility. As main objective, participants will be able to understand the meaning and relevance of ethics and how to effectively embed responsible practice within a company.


Tailor your EMBA Experience

ESSEC and Mannheim Business Schools strive to create a learning experience that is collaborative, yet adapted to your personal goals. To this end, we ask you to custom build a portion of your program by selecting from a number of Advanced Immersion Modules (AIMS) – electives designed around cutting-edge business topics taking place on one of our campuses in Paris, Mannheim or Singapore. During these modules – made up of courses, corporate speakers and workshops – you are immersed in your chosen topic for five days so as to acquire an in-depth understanding of the subject at hand. Examples of themes covered include:

  • Digital Business
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • Markets & Innovation
  • DNA of the German Industry
  • Advanced Finance and M&A Risk Management
  • Negotiation


Develop a truly global perspective

The ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA is one of the most international programs of its kind. In addition to the multicultural make-up of the class and exposure to the cities and cultures of Paris, Mannheim and Singapore, the program offers study trips to Asia and the United States, designed to immerse you in the local life of a specific culture, in cooperation with renowned partner business schools.

Interact with senior-level professionals and professors during courses and conferences, familiarize yourself with new business styles and practices, and leave having developed invaluable insights into new cultures.


Share the value of Social Responsibility

Integrity, social commitment and professional responsibility are key principles underlying our mission to educate responsible executives who will make a difference in the business world. The Social Class Project – a project which contributes to the betterment of society – is chosen and run collectively by the class, fosters teamwork and strengthens class spirit.

Examples of past projects have included fundraising efforts for children suffering from cancer and a program ensuring that veterans have access to job opportunities.


Your Capstone Experience

Directly apply the knowledge you have acquired during the program to a Strategic Project, a value-creating group response to a real business issue faced by a company today, approved by the owner or board.

This project could also entail the creation of a new product or business. Seminars on financing, communication and business planning will inform all stages of the 15-month project, with the ultimate goal being implementation of the project by the company or founding a new company based on the elaborated business plan.


Located in the heart of the German and European economy, Mannheim Business School (MBS), the umbrella organization for management education at the University of Mannheim, is considered to be one of the leading institutions of its kind in Germany and is continuously ranked as Germany’s #1.


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