The Executive Master in Change was developed from the phenomenally successful INSEAD Executive Education programme of the same name. This ran for 11 years until it became a Master in 2011 - and was always oversubscribed. The only major change from the previous highly effective format is the addition of the eighth module, a Master thesis and practicum (supervised coaching/consulting practice).
The EMC is a programme about human relations and behaviour – applied to management and drawing on a broad range of academic disciplines. Despite the name, this is not a programme designed to train consultants or coaches, or a change management course. However, it does use the techniques of all three areas of expertise.
- General and Organisational Psychology
- Psychodynamics and Psychoanalysis
- Cognitive Theory
- Even The Latest Neuropsychological Research.
The EMC programme runs for 18 months and allows participants the opportunity to attend it either on our Fontainebleau or Singapore campus. The programme consists of 8 on-campus modules of 3 to 4 days each (over a weekend). Participants will also have 50 hours of “practicum” (supervised coaching and consulting practice), a Master thesis of up to 50 pages as well as written work, readings and phone contact between modules.
You will gain a theoretical and methodological grounding in behavioural, clinical, cognitive and psychoanalytical schools of thought.
You will expand your horizons on organisations as networks of inter- and intra-personal interactions.
- Make sense of your inner theatre
- Learn to understand both your own and others’ emotions
- Increase your ability to recognise and diagnose key behaviours
- Discover techniques to regulate your emotions
Organisational Family Systems
You will examine the role of families in shaping our thinking and as our first model of how organisations work.
- Engage in comprehensive 360-degree feedback exercises examining your professional and personal leadership style – as well as a personality audit
- Use these insights to develop a personal leadership-development plan
- Understand the nuanced differences between effective and ineffective leadership styles
- Better understand how to create high-performance teams
Groups & Teams
You will take part in an experiential learning exercise to explore a theoretical framework for understanding the psycho-socio dynamics of groups and teams.
- Increase your understanding of group decision making, influence processes and multi-party team dynamics
- Learn to increase cohesiveness and effectiveness with respect to tasks
- Understand the roles you play in a team
- Practise team coaching
Human Behaviour Dynamics From The Organisational And Macro Perspective
You will gain a better understanding of the dynamics of human behaviour at the macro level of organisational design, politics, and culture.
- Learn about dynamics such as power and politics, social networks and organisational culture
- Keep up to date with the most recent research, new trends and perspectives through INSEAD faculty and visiting professors
- Use the skills and knowledge from previous modules to better understand the process of human and organisational development
You will develop your own approach to change and transformation.
- Navigate career transition
- Implement the new perspectives you have gained to develop a unified and integrated change process
You will be required to fulfil a total of 50 academic hours away from INSEAD via various experiences designed to apply the course content and bring the clinical perspective alive.
The topics for the practicum activities are:
- Executive exchange – shadowing a classmate at his/her place of work and being shadowed
- Conducting an organisational observation/diagnosis in an organisation other than your own
- Designing a consultation/intervention – individual, team or organisational
During Module 5, you will be given advice about choosing your thesis topic. It should be meaningful for you, interesting to a wider audience and applicable to real-life practice.
During Modules 6, 7 and 8 you will receive further support, including workshops on methodologies and one-to-one sessions with an expert thesis tutor. Finally, you will need to write and submit your thesis within 4 months of the end of the final module.
The Clinical Approach
The term “clinical” simply implies that real-life situations are examined – as opposed to “theoretical” knowledge. All of the programme’s learning is derived from real life or can be applied to it.
Learning From Each Other In A Safe, Reflective Space
At INSEAD you will be in a classroom with peers from all over the world, who will bring a rich set of perspectives to bear on the challenges you face.
More Traditional Pedagogical Methods
The academic content of the programme is delivered through a variety of traditional methods. recommended reading, lectures from world experts and more.
Anatomy Of A Module – And Time In Between
The “content” tends to be delivered on days 1 and 2 of each module, interspersed with experiential exercises and small group sessions.
The Saturday of each module is usually structured in a more fluid way, seizing opportunities for learning that may have arisen during the previous days. Usually, we also embark on a participant case study each Saturday.
Each programme day, regardless of the format, opens with 30 minutes of reflection for participants to reconnect with each other and their issues.
Before modules 3, 4 and 7 there is a practicum supervision day. Each small group meets its practicum supervisors, who are all highly experienced clinical supervision professionals or professors.
Before each module, you will need to do preparatory reading. And after each module you will be asked to write your programme director a confidential one-page reflection paper and a 6–7-page case paper (in a format of your choosing), linking your learning to your self and your professional life. The case paper is read by the members of your small group and your programme director and discussed in a 2-hour group telephone conference.
We anticipate that you will need to spend about 10 hours per week between modules – reflecting, reading, writing and preparing. More work may be required when you complete your practicum assignments and write your thesis.
If you have any questions related to our programmes or application procedures, we are here to help you.
If you already know you are going to miss a module, please consider a future iteration of the programme. It is compulsory to attend all modules without exception.
You will need to be prepared to complete approximately 10 hours of homework per week. More homework will be required during the practicum and Master's thesis stage.
No, you can attend the programme either fully on the Europe or on the Asia campus.