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Hanken Executive MBA

Next programme starts
26 Oct 2023
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Application deadline
30 Sep 2023

Programme overview

The Hanken Executive MBA is a part-time two-year executive programme in English offered in Helsinki, Finland. The programme is internationally accredited with a triple-crown (AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS) accreditation.

With a Hanken EMBA, you will gain insights and tools to make an impact in any business setting. The programme enables you to strengthen your strategic decision-making and leadership skills, equipping you to create value for yourself, your organisation and your customers, as well as other stakeholders. We believe in the strength of dialogue, face-to-face interaction and relationships. We recognise the individual in a group, our groups are small and our faculty and experienced lecturers are strongly dedicated to our programme.

Content & structure

The EMBA programme has optional entries and you can choose to start in October or March. For a tailor-made programme start, please contact the EMBA team. The programme includes part-time studies for 18-30 months in 16 modules, including 50 in-class days of which 36 during weekdays. It is possible to join the modules at Hanken & SSE Executive Education office in downtown Helsinki or virtually via Zoom. International modules are held in Stockholm + Boston or Shanghai. The Hanken Executive MBA programme is structured around a few key topics:

Strategy and leadership

With the help of the modules in strategy and leadership, you will improve your ability to identify ideas of strategic importance and act on them. The leadership development sessions will support participants’ personal development process throughout the entire Executive MBA programme. By continuously challenging participants to uncover new insights, the sessions aim at preparing participants for demanding leadership situations and enhancing their critical leadership skills and capabilities. You will also gain an increased understanding of change and how to manage and drive change in complex and competitive business environments.

Programme modules include strategic thinking, strategic leadership, strategic HRM, change leader, leadership development sessions: throughout the programme, industrial and corporate change, global perspectives and innovation management, work and leadership in the global economy, communication skills and individual development project.

Service business and innovation

Hanken school of economics is a forerunner in services management. The modules in service and solutions will provide you with the insight of transforming your business from a product-oriented to a solutions-oriented business – always keeping the customer at the centre of your business model.

Programme modules include service business approach, customer-oriented business models, service innovation and service and relationship-oriented sales.

Finance and controlling

Any person with aspirations for a position in top management needs to understand the numbers behind operations and put them into a bigger context. In the modules on strategic finance and controlling you will gain insight into key figures and how to interpret them, pricing strategies, how to apply sound and sustainable financial solutions to your business, as well as systems to control your business.

Programme modules include financial management, wealth management, corporate finance, value-based management, financial intermediation & risk management, macroeconomics, microeconomics, financial accounting & acquisitions, management accounting, management control systems and incentive systems.

Sustainable business in a global context

Learning how to merge individual business activities into a larger context, where international competition, sustainability and corporate social
responsibility influence your organisation is vital.

Programme modules corporate social responsibility, business analytics, strategic foresight & scenario planning, digitalisation of business, supply chain management, strategic corporate branding, intellectual property rights and micro- and macroeconomics.

Who the programme is for

The programme is for managers and top talents who are highly motivated to challenge themselves and dedicate time to develop. The programme criteria are minimum a bachelor’s degree, at least 5 years of relevant professional experience​ and a high level of proficiency in English​.

Your current position could be manager, executive, senior expert, entrepreneur​ or top talent.

A diverse group is our aim as experience has shown that a more diverse group increases in-group learning. A higher level of diversity broadens the basis for discussions and increases the variety of perspectives.

Hanken EMBA participant quick facts

  • Average participant age is 40 years
  • Worklife experience from 5 to 20+ years. Average years of working experience 15 years
  • 60 % male and 40 % female
  • 8 nationalities

Industry sectors: Biochemicals, creative agency, energy, financial services,
food industry, geological services, IT,marine solutions, media, metal industry, 
personnel lifting services, software, technology, transportation

Job functions: CEO, EVP, Vice President, Director, Manager, Senior Specialist, Entrepreneur

Educational backgrounds: bachelor’s or master’s degrees in Engineering,
Economics and Business Administration, Geology and Mineralogy, Healthcare, History, Food Sciences, Languages and Tourism, Laws, Music Business, Technology, and Visual Arts.

Benefits & value

The Hanken Executive MBA provides you and your organisation with new perspectives, improved understanding and the means to develop the ability to tackle key challenges in business both today and tomorrow. The Hanken EMBA programme is designed to help you create value for yourself, your organisation and your customers, as well as other stakeholders by becoming a better strategic decision-maker and leader. We provide you an opportunity to develop new insights into your business context, to enlarge your influence in your organisation and business network, and to improve your capacity to achieve results and to make an impact of strategic relevance.

    Take your skills to the next level with an EMBA degree

    The tasks and the skills required in working life are constantly changing. The executives and top experts of companies and organisations must be able to look at future needs broadly, understand changes and respond to challenges. It is essential to develop your competence, learn continuously, stay curious, and expand your perspective.

    The growth and development of individual employees benefit the entire organisation. Education boosts an individual's career and the whole organisation's competitiveness if used correctly. When a manager develops and grows, the whole organisation develops.

    An EMBA degree boosts competence in a wide range of areas

    An Executive MBA programme aims for business executives to expand their knowledge of business life and broaden their perspective. Participants in an EMBA programme share a desire to develop their business expertise and leadership skills. It is a practical programme based on a solid theoretical framework.

    The EMBA degree enhances know-how and competence in different areas of business. It increases understanding and provides in-depth, up-to-date information about strategic management and an organisation's operations and financial management in general. Awareness of the latest business trends, technologies and strategies also helps develop your organisation.

    The development of leadership skills is a big part of the Hanken EMBA programme. It focuses on developing the capabilities required for strategic thinking, decision-making, communication and teamwork. Developing as a leader also means personal growth, which benefits one's career and personal life.

    In the EMBA programme, you study with others interested in the same things. It offers the opportunity to network with other professionals working in management positions. Networking opens new doors in working life, provides professional peer support and helps your career.

    Highly skilled employees are a company's competitive advantage

    Top experts and executives share a constant willingness to develop. They have the desire and motivation to become better at their work and the ability to let go of old habits that don't work. Education boosts your skillset and allows you to take on more challenging roles and tasks. It brings more certainty and understanding into the business.

    A person with an EMBA degree is also a company's competitive advantage and can generate considerable added value for the employer. Because the programme develops management skills, promotes networking opportunities and contributes to professional growth, the employee is even stronger and more ready to develop their work and the entire business.

    Benefits for you as an Individual

    • Continuously developed programme content with world-class faculty and experienced lecturers
    • A journey of learning and sharing with ambitious EMBA peers resulting in a valuable personal and professional network
    • Engaging dialogue where you and your peer students play an important role
    • A flexible part-time programme with daytime classes allowing time for work and family commitments
    • A potentially life-changing experience

    You will gain a globally accredited diploma, knowledge about key business areas and processes and the capacity to make strategic business decisions. You will also improve your skills and competencies to analyse challenges and find solutions to them, to lead, develop and engage others. You will increase your capability to share insight drive change and gain a business network for life.

    Benefits for your organisation

    Managers and top talents who excel and gain new motivation through an internationally accredited programme become a colleague

    • with improved strategic decision-making skills
    • who can introduce fresh ideas, concepts and tools to the workplace
    • who has become a better leader and professional
    • who can connect you to a broader and deeper variety of influential business contacts
    • who can apply team/consultancy projects to your company

    How to apply

    Application and selection process

    Step 1: Application

    To apply to the programme, you must submit a complete application to the Hanken Executive MBA office before the deadline. You will receive an acknowledgement that your application and the references have been received.

    Step 2: Interview

    If you are short-listed, you will be invited for an interview held in English. You are required to bring your original degree certificates and transcripts to the interview. Please note that being selected for an interview does not guarantee admission to the programme.

    Step 3: Admission decision

    A careful selection of candidates is conducted and the final admission decision is taken by the Dean of Executive Education at Hanken where after all applicants will be informed.

    Step 4: Confirmation of participation

    The selected applicants receive a notice of the admission decision and the enrolment is signified by a study contract. The selected applicant confirms his/ her participation in the programme by signing and returning the study contract.

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    Programme fee 40 000 Euro (+VAT)

    The fee includes material costs and modules abroad, except for travel and accommodation costs.

    Admission requirements

    To be eligible for the Hanken Executive MBA programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

    Bachelor's degree or higher in any field
    A Bachelor's degree, in any field, is required for admission to the programme. However, if you do not hold a Bachelor's degree, but you fulfil all other requirements and have a strong professional background, please contact the EMBA office for further information.

    A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience
    The Hanken Executive MBA programme is designed for experienced professionals. The participants in our programme have an average of 13 years of professional experience. The professional experience will be judged from case to case.

    High level of English proficiency
    A high level of spoken and written English proficiency is required as the programme is conducted in English. The level of written English proficiency will be evaluated based on the application form and the oral proficiency demonstrated during the interview.

      In addition, we expect you to meet at least one of the following criteria:

      • You are in a managerial position; in charge of leading people, complex projects or entities
      • You are an experienced senior expert, with responsibility for large entities, and want to broaden your expertise
      • You are an entrepreneur with an established business
      • You are a top talent with a solid track record of exceptionally high performance (in career development, studies, etc.) and strong recommendations

        Meeting these minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the programme, but allows you to be invited for a personal interview and be considered in the further selection process.

        Selection criteria

        We select a maximum of 30 experienced and talented professionals, who wish to become better strategic leaders and decision-makers.

        Selection is based on a combination of the applicant's professional experience, educational background, leadership potential, interpersonal and cultural skills as well as motivation.

        We highly value a willingness to learn from others in the Executive MBA group and the ability to share your own knowledge and experience. Employer and family support is also of significance. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential as the programme is conducted in English.

        Each new group of Executive MBA participants is carefully selected by the EMBA staff. We try to select a heterogeneous group of people. A more diverse group increases in-group learning as the diversity broadens the bases for discussions and include different perspectives.

        Info meeting

        Get your questions answered and find out more about the Hanken Executive MBA, the learning process and methods. We schedule the meeting according to your preferences of timing and place. The meeting can be done either face-to-face or online.

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        The Hanken Executive MBA modules are facilitated by dedicated Hanken faculty and experienced and renowned lecturers at the forefront of their respective fields, along with visiting top-level corporate and academic experts. By combining insights from academic experts, company representatives, and participants, we ensure a natural dialogue between academia and business.

        Below you will find a selection of our experts in the Executive MBA programme.

        Strategic leadership

        Janne Tienari, Mergers and Aquisitions
        Professor, Hanken School of Economics

        Mats Ehrnrooth, Strategic HRM
        Associate Professor, Hanken School of Economics

        Suvi Nenonen, Strategic Thinking
        Professor, University of Auckland

        Liisa Välikangas, Organising for resilience

        Service business and innovation

        Kaj Storbacka, Market and business model innovation
        Professor, Hanken School of Economics

        Tore Strandvik, Sense Making of Market Disruptions
        Professor, Hanken School of Economics

        Paul Viio, Service and relationship orientation purchasing, sales and pricing

        Pekka Helle, Service business approach

        Finance and controlling

        Gonul Colak, Corporate Finance
        Professor of Finance, Hanken School of Economics

        Henrik Palmén, Finance
        Senior Lecturer, Hanken School of Economics

        Anders Tallberg, Management and Financial Accounting, Management control systems
        Senior Fellow at Hanken & SSE Executive Education

        Hanna Silvola, Integrated reporting (ESG and Financial)
        Associate Professor, Hanken School of Economics

        Sustainable business in a global context

        Martin Fougere, Corporate Responsibility
        Associate Professor, Hanken School of Economics

        Roger Wessman, Macroeconomics

        Topi Miettinen, Microeconomics
        Professor, Hanken School of Economics

        Nari Lee, Intellectual Property Rights
        Professor, Hanken School of Economics

        Leadership development sessions incl. coaching

        Peter Zashev, Leadership Development
        Adjunct Professor & Program Director at Hanken & SSE Executive Education

        Pernilla Gripenberg, Leadership Development
        Ph. D. (Econ) & Director at Hanken & SSE Executive Education

        Coaching by certified coaches


        Meet some of our alumni and hear what they have to say about the Hanken Executive MBA programme.

        Outi Waltari
        Senior Transformation Consultant at Telia

        "I'm more open-minded on what I can do or what I want to do in the future, so I see more opportunities now"

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