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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Managers and top talents who excel and gain new motivation through an internationally accredited programme become a colleague
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
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
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
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
Programme fee 40 000 Euro (+VAT)
The fee includes material costs and modules abroad, except for travel and accommodation costs.
To be eligible for the Hanken Executive MBA programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:
Bachelor's degree or higher in any fieldA
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 experienceThe
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 proficiencyA
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:
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.
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.
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
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
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Executive MBA, the learning process and methods. We schedule the meeting
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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.
Janne Tienari, Mergers and AquisitionsProfessor, Hanken School of Economics
Mats Ehrnrooth, Strategic HRMAssociate Professor, Hanken School of EconomicsSuvi Nenonen, Strategic ThinkingProfessor, University of Auckland
Liisa Välikangas, Organising for resilienceProfessor
Kaj Storbacka, Market and business model innovationProfessor, Hanken School of Economics
Tore Strandvik, Sense Making of Market DisruptionsProfessor, Hanken School of Economics
Paul Viio, Service and relationship orientation purchasing, sales and pricing
Pekka Helle, Service business approach
Gonul Colak, Corporate FinanceProfessor of Finance, Hanken School of Economics
Henrik Palmén, FinanceSenior Lecturer, Hanken School of Economics
Anders Tallberg, Management and Financial Accounting, Management control systemsSenior 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 ResponsibilityAssociate Professor, Hanken School of Economics
Roger Wessman, MacroeconomicsEconomist
Topi Miettinen, MicroeconomicsProfessor, Hanken School of Economics
Nari Lee, Intellectual Property RightsProfessor, Hanken School of Economics
Peter Zashev, Leadership DevelopmentAdjunct Professor & Program Director at Hanken & SSE Executive EducationPernilla Gripenberg, Leadership DevelopmentPh. D. (Econ) & Director at Hanken & SSE Executive Education
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