GEMBA Programmes


Company Support

The support of your employer is absolutely essential to success in the INSEAD GEMBA programme. Even if the organisation isn't supporting you financially, your manager will have to endorse your time out of the office. To help you make your case, here are some of the GEMBA benefits that companies have mentioned to us over the years.

As you come back to the office after each module, you will inevitably cascade many of the benefits and the learning you are gaining from the programme to others in your organisation. As you interact with others in your company and explain your new perspectives and newly acquired business models, they too will be learning. INSEAD's multicultural, multidisciplinary classes will give you new problem-solving perspectives, as well as the international insights and multicultural outlook you need to excel in today's globalised business environment.

Through the Leadership Development Programme, you will be able to make an impact on the work of your team and get more out of those who work with you. Running throughout the length of the EMBA, you will be involved in a programme of group and individual coaching, 360 degree feedback, experimental teamwork training and more.

INSEAD faculty are some of the most acclaimed business thinkers in the world. During the EMBA, you will receive previews of cutting-edge business research, giving your company the chance to prepare for future challenges - ahead of the competition.The curriculum also allows you to address specific challenges your company is facing - the final project and implementation essays are a direct return on investment for your company as you will be analysing an issue and providing recommendations with the help of INSEAD faculty.

Access to expert advice and valuable business contacts from around the world that will help you and your organisation grow and address business challenges through INSEAD's vast network of participants and alumni (50,000+ alumni worldwide).

Furthermore, the following elements of the curriculum will provide participants with tangible solutions to specific problems at their current work place:

Participants are required to choose three core courses on which to write an Implementation Essay. In the Implementation Essay, the participant identifies a situation in his or her firm which can be analysed with the help of concepts and tools developed in a particular core course. The participant is expected to analyse the situation and think through the possible changes. This methodology forces participants to reflect on the relevance of concepts and tools within their own business environment, rather than leaving it to possible future application.

The programme includes 360-degree feedback to assess each participant’s leadership style, to help participants compare their self-perceptions with the observations of colleagues or others who know them well. Each participant also has the opportunity to spend some days observing a fellow participant at work. As each visit is returned, each participant has the opportunity to act as both host and guest. He or she will give feedback and write a reflection paper on the experience. This creates a powerful opportunity to learn from other (relevant) firms and situations.

Projects constitute a significant part of the programme. They provide the opportunity to apply many of the programme’s ideas and to add value to the participant and possibly to the firm. Projects are done in small teams, typically two or three people. Projects can be company sponsored: projects are often constituted by a real issue which a company is willing to open for investigation. Participants obviously are obliged to strict confidentiality. The sponsoring firm receives the participants, provides necessary information and facilitates interviews. The benefits for sponsoring firms can be substantial.

EMBA sponsorship guide


The support of your employer is essential to success in the INSEAD GEMBA programme. Our EMBA sponsorship Guide will show how undertaking the EMBA is the right move for both you and your organisation and help you obtain your employer’s support.




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