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INSEAD Summer School

INSEAD Summer School

Transform your future in one summer. Whether you're thinking of pursuing a Master’s degree or kickstarting a rewarding international career, the INSEAD Summer School will get the very most of whatever you choose to do next.

At a Glance
Full-time
Two Immersive Weeks
One Intake
28 July to 10 August 2024
On-Campus
Fontainebleau

Summer School Classes

Enrol in our INSEAD Summer School for a transformative two-week experience, led by INSEAD Faculty. Immerse yourself in dynamic learning, emphasizing hands-on projects and interactive sessions, while enjoying vibrant social activities and cultural experiences for a holistic education beyond the classroom.

Lectures with INSEAD Faculty

During this two-week programme, you will embark on an educational journey with our world-renowned professors, where the classroom transforms into a dynamic space for learning the fundamentals of key management disciplines: Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Decision Making, Negotiation, and more. This is not just a classroom experience; it's an opportunity to actively engage with the essence of management through interactive sessions. 

Leadership and building high-performance teams

Prof. Thomas Hellwig presents a comprehensive session on Leadership and Building High Performance Teams. Building on the learnings of the outdoor team building activity,  this session will incorporate interactive class lectures and breakout sessions, students gain profound insights into effective leadership strategies and team dynamics. This experiential learning environment propels students to construct and lead high-performing teams.

New Venture Creation

Led by Entrepreneurship Professor Melanie Milovac, the “New Venture Creation” class navigates the journey from initial concept to a compelling business pitch. This interactive session fosters hands-on team work and critical thinking as students delve into the structure of successful venture formation, ultimately crafting their own pitch-ready business plans.

Production and Operations Management

In Prof. Guillaume Roels’ “Production and Operations Management” class, students explore the intricacies of technology and operations optimisation, circular economy, and lean production. This educational journey uncovers the fundamental strategies to manage and optimise business operations, fostering a sustainable, efficient approach to production in today’s competitive landscape.

Societal Progress

Prof. Subramanian Rangan’s “Societal Progress” class delves into the intersection of business performance and societal advancement. Esteemed for his scholarship in political economy, Prof. Rangan encourages students to reimagine how enterprises can foster societal progress without compromising performance, bridging the gap between economic success and positive societal impact.

Decision Making

Under the guidance of Prof. Miguel Sousa Lobo, Chair of the Decision Sciences area at INSEAD, the “Decision Making” class explores strategies for effective decision-making within complex organisational contexts. Students analyse the role of social networks and sequential decision-making, equipping themselves with the skills to navigate intra-organisational dynamics effectively.

Managing Across Cultures

“Managing Across Cultures,” led by Simone-Eva Redrupp, explores the complexities of leading culturally diverse teams. Drawing from her extensive experience alongside Prof. Erin Meyer, author of the best-selling “Culture Map,” Simone-Eva Redrupp guides students through practical strategies and insights for navigating cultural diversity, fostering inclusive, effective leadership in today’s global landscape.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning offers a dynamic, hands-on approach that goes beyond traditional classroom teaching. By actively engaging in practical activities, such as group projects, simulations, and hands-on tasks, students deepen their understanding and retention of knowledge. The emphasis on collaboration fosters teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills, providing a valuable foundation for real-world applications and future endeavors.

Storytelling

The “Storytelling” session, conducted by seasoned performer John Bowles, leverages his rich background in acting and singing to improve corporate communication. He demonstrates the power of storytelling in business presentations, equipping students with the skills to deliver engaging narratives that captivate, persuade, and inspire in a corporate setting.

Leading from the Cockpit

“Leading from the Cockpit,” led by Flight Captain Alex Kuhlman, bridges lessons from aviation into corporate management. He illustrates how methodologies in mission-critical aviation situations can be applied to business, providing invaluable insights for managers on decision-making, risk management, and effective leadership under pressure.

Your First Hundred Days

“Your First Hundred Days,” guided by Prof. Adrian Johnson, is a legendary, experiential course where participants immerse themselves into a simulated business scenario. They acquire a company, strategically restructure it over a simulated hundred-day timeline, and then devise and present a robust strategy for the company. This hands-on exercise fosters strategic planning, decision-making skills, and a comprehensive understanding of corporate management. It is the opportunity to apply the learning of the previous days in a visceral, realistic experience.

Exploring the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

This day transports students to Paris’s Station F, Europe’s largest startup incubator. Participants will engage with a diverse array of startups and venture capital investors, predominantly led by INSEAD Alumni, providing firsthand insights into the innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and dynamic business models thriving in today’s competitive startup ecosystem.

Social Events & Activities

At INSEAD Summer School, each day is complemented by a vibrant array of social activities. Students organise and participate in an exciting lineup of sports competitions ranging from table tennis to football, fostering camaraderie and friendly competition. Cultural activities punctuate the programme, with the standout being a legendary talent evening on Saturday night that showcases the diverse and vibrant skills of the participants. Cultural enrichment continues with a visit to the iconic Fontainebleau Chateau and a day immersed in the rich cultural offerings of Paris. These social and cultural experiences create a holistic and memorable summer school experience.

Outdoor Team Building Activity - Chateau de Courance

At INSEAD Summer School’s kick-off event, students conquer a series of exhilarating team challenges set amidst the Chateau de Courances’ picturesque grounds. Designed to foster collaboration, teamwork, and resilience, this team-building exercise will test their problem-solving and strategic abilities in a fun, competitive environment.

INSEAD Alumni Careers Evening

At the “INSEAD Alumni Careers Evening,” students interact with a broad spectrum of alumni from MIM, MBA, EMBA, and executive programmes. This enlightening session offers a window into diverse career paths post-INSEAD, as alumni share their professional journeys and provide valuable advice on students’ future career strategies.

INSEAD MIM Evening

During the “INSEAD MIM Evening,” students delve into the specifics of INSEAD’s Masters in Management Programme. This informative session invites open discussion, addressing students’ queries regarding the programme and its alignment with their academic and career aspirations, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the MIM offering.