Aalto Executive MBA in Shanghai
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The Aalto University Executive MBA program in Shanghai is a bilingual EMBA program, taught by international and local Chinese faculty from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and other local universities. The Aalto EMBA program has been running in South Korea since 1995, and in other Asia Pacific markets since 2000 (formerly known as Helsinki School of Economics Executive MBA) and is specially designed for individuals with significant professional work experience.
A Wider Choice through the Global Portfolio
In addition to Northern Europe’s leading companies and individuals, we serve a growing number of talented executives in Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe. Every year, almost four hundred students representing more than a dozen nationalities participate in our portfolio of Executive MBA programs. In addition to globally relevant content, the Aalto Executive MBA in Shanghai provides participants with an opportunity to expand their cultural knowledge and skills. Up to six modules can be taken at other Aalto EE locations in Europe or Asia. One elective Aalto Executive Summit and two elective Study Tours abroad contribute further to developing cross-cultural competence.
The Aalto Executive MBA in Shanghai program is designed for individuals with significant professional work experience, typically 5-8 years or more.
We look for talented women and men with strong management experience, leadership potential, steady career progression, and curiosity to learn more. The Aalto Executive MBA program is particularly useful for candidates for promotion to a high-level management position.
Our group of experienced professionals in the Executive MBA class will bring forth a dynamic approach in enhancing a holistic international learning experience. Challenge your knowledge with the greatest minds in class.
Contents and Schedule
To fulfil the requirements for the Aalto Executive MBA degree, the participant must earn a total of 90 European credits during their studies and complete all compulsory parts of the program.
Aalto EMBA candidates must successfully complete studies worth a total of 90 European Credits (EC), including the eleven core modules, one compulsory Business Strategy Project (11 EC), one Self Development Process (4.5 EC) and at least six elective modules. One module is equivalent to four and a half European credits (4.5 EC). Aalto Executive Summit includes one elective module and is equivalent to four and a half European credits (4.5 EC).
The Aalto Executive MBA program can be completed in 20-22 months. The program has a modular structure and follows a 6-week learning cycle. Typically modules run once per month with in-class sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each module consists of a pre-assignment and take-home or in-class exam.
Personal and Organizational Leadership
The personal leadership focus of this module is to inspire individuals to explore and achieve their potential in business and in life. Participants will have the opportunity to identify habits that may limit their potential, performance or happiness and to change those habits (if they choose to). Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the new and exciting insight that “the study of the brain” offers developing leaders. The module aims to bring participants practical insight into the value of self-understanding & personal development, situational smartness in important moments of their lives as well as measurable benefits as a person and a leader. Participants will be provided an opportunity to recognize, develop and test their own leadership competencies at the individual and organizational level for effectively leading themselves and their organizations. The module will develop leaders who understand themselves, and their organizations by focusing on understanding the impact of individual diversity on leadership styles, the impact of organizational diversity on leadership challenges and the impact of global diversity on leadership mindsets.
Financial Accounting and Analysis of Financial Statements
This module is designed to provide the manager an introduction to the basic methods used in the preparation and analysis of financial reports. It is not intended to train the manager to become an accountant, but is designed to build skills in the use of what can be broadly termed analysis and interpretation of financial information. This module focuses on the user of accounting information. Because such a person needs to know enough about the preparation of accounting reports to use them intelligently, the module includes some technical material needed for this purpose.
Management Accounting and Control
This module provides an understanding of the relevance of financial and related information, for managers and other persons inside organizations, to make strategic, organizational, and operational decisions. Emphasis is on how cost information can be used to support various decisions. Besides supporting decision-making, management control systems are crucial to ensure that strategies are translated into action. The module covers contemporary alternatives for control system design. Management accounting and control systems constitute a core of what is called "corporate performance management" today. The main objective is to help participants to be more effective in using management accounting information and various other control mechanisms to increase their competitive advantage.
This module introduces the participants to the principles of economic analysis of the environment in which firms and organizations operate. The module offers a discussion of the basic principles of a market economy and an introduction to the main components and actors of an economy. The module is also devoted to the understanding of the behaviour of these actors and the interactions between them. The objective of the module is to help the participants understand how the developments around the world will impact business environment through various economic links and interactions and through decisions of various players in the global economy. The emphasis is on understanding the theoretical underpinnings of current economic events around the world.
The purpose of this module is to provide the practice and theory of modern corporate financial management. It will cover both the analytical tools that can assist in structuring and making financial decisions, and the institutional environment within which financial decisions take place. One of the major areas of corporate finance is to acquire funds to ensure adequate financing for the ongoing activities of the firm. Another key area of finance is the control over the usage of funds with the aim of maximizing economic value. It places emphasis on those essential concepts and analytical tools that executives would encounter and use in their day-to-day engagements.
This module looks at the various forms marketing takes in contemporary international organizations. Marketing can be viewed as a process, a set of skills and competences, a way of thinking, or a strategic concern, and this module aims to provide the participants with a holistic view on this multifaceted discipline. The module covers themes such as understanding and analyzing marketing contexts, generating and applying market and customer insight, designing winning value propositions, communicating customer value through brands and integrated marketing communication, developing and executing effective marketing plans and go-to-market strategies, measuring the impact of marketing investments, and understanding the value of strategic marketing. The module gives participants an overview of the most used tools and concepts in marketing as well as a comprehensive appreciation of the most important phenomena associated with marketing in today’s business world.
The domain of the Strategic Management module is to explore alternate approaches and styles needed for developing and maintaining the long-term viability of contemporary businesses and other organizations. The module presents key concepts and frameworks that organizational decision makers can employ to negotiate the very turbulent and challenging environment confronting them. The primary focus is on fundamental issues in strategy: situation analysis, core competence, competitive strategy, and value-capturing business models.
This module explores key communication skills and strategies that enable managers to communicate effectively within organizational contexts. The class examines current theories of communication strategy and provides decision-making frameworks and analytical tools that allow participants to plan and deliver effective messages. Participants also have opportunities to practice, improve, and receive feedback on their skills as business presenters, business writers, and interpersonal communicators.
Human Resource Management
Management is basically about getting things done through people. This module is intended to address how corporations can and do manage human resources as a source of competitive advantage. The module will expose the participants to the intersection between human resource management (HRM), competitive strategy, and the management of multinational firms. The purpose is not to get into technical details of HRM that are best left to specialists; rather, the module adopts the perspective of the general manager who addresses human resources topics from a business perspective.
This module examines operations management in both manufacturing and service organizations and emphasizes tools and principles that can be applied in either sector. The module discusses how organizations can gain a significant competitive advantage by coordinating complex and dynamic systems of people, technology and materials. It develops a process view of operations to better understand key operational decisions in the management of capacity, cycle time, quality and linkages to other partners in the value network. Such a perspective leads to a better understanding of demand-supply chain dynamics, and also helps quantify the value of information in the demand-supply chain.
Orientation and Capstone Module
Aalto EMBA Orientation day provides an overview of strategy, and participants are challenged to train their strategic thinking abilities. The objective is for the participants to understand the nature of strategy and its various impact on various functional areas of business.
The Capstone module offers a retrospect about the most valuable learnings of all Aalto EMBA core modules as experienced by the participants. It also puts the learnings to test in a form of a comprehensive business simulation.
Aalto EE provides electives on Strategy, Leadership & Management, Customers & Markets, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Operations & Process, Data Analytics & prorate Social Responsibility.
In addition to elective modules offered in Shanghai, different elective modules are provided every year in Aalto Executive MBA programs in Finland, Poland, South Korea & Taipei and Shanghai participants are welcome to join them.
Example of Elective Modules for Aalto EMBA in Shanghai
This module looks at pricing from a strategic management perspective. The course proposes alternatives for taking better pricing decisions that have the most direct impact on the company’s financial performance.
The content is designed around a holistic view of the pricing process and the module follows a structured and dynamic approach fuelled with actionable hands-on exercises and business cases, facilitating the effective assimilation and mastering of complex pricing techniques and concepts.
Managing with Data Analytics
Today’s corporations have access to vast amounts of data. But how can big data be harnessed to improve organizational decision-making? Business leaders need the ability to identify what type of inference and conclusions should be drawn from data as well as the understanding of how the results of various analyses can be translated into better decisions.
New Venture Creation
This course will expose you to state-of-the art business model tools, knowledge, and approaches that will help you create, identify, and develop innovative ways of capturing and delivering value to your customers—whether you are starting a new product, initiative, business unit, or re-invigorating an existing organisation and its business model.
A key objective of the course is to compel you to employ an entrepreneurial approach when creating, developing, and testing business models through customers. Whether you are in a large corporate or a small company, we will give you tools that will help you deeply understand your customers, their needs, and how to use that “evidence” to reinvigorate or create new business models. After completing this class, you should be able to readily identify and articulate your (new or existing) organization’s business model, know its most essential elements, and have the necessary tools to conduct Customer Development to search for new business models.
This course creates experiential learning opportunities via immersion into a specific initiative within your organisation. Consequently, you will need to bring an actual opportunity and/or challenge from your current organisation to take forward from session to session. The overall module is very intense and heavily relies on significant team cooperation and interaction.
Innovation Management Landscape
In today’s dynamic environment the requirement on organisations to innovate is ever increasing. Simultaneously the development of new knowledge is at its most rapid pace in history enabling many more opportunities than the organisation is able to pursue or for that matter take into account at all. But this development also enables threats to materialise from almost any direction towards the existing business or activities. Innovation management is one of the organisations core processes but all studies show that 90% of organisations are very bad at managing innovation or does not even recognise that innovation management is a business process.
In order to help managers and executives to rectify the present situation this module offers an insight into the critical aspects of how to manage innovation to increase the organisations performance.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Corporate Social Responsibility & Business Ethics
Business Law in China
A study tour is an optional part of the Aalto Executive MBA program and counts as one elective module (4.5 EC).
An Executive MBA study tour is designed to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the international business environment and typically involves a five-day study period abroad with a combination of academic instruction and company visits.
Study Tours planned include “Leading Strategic and Transformational Change" in collaboration with the prestigious Yale School of Management (April 2019), as well as other Study Tours to Boston & Palo Alto.
In the Aalto Executive MBA program you will learn from exceptional professors. In addition to the academic qualifications, they are excellent teachers and have significant experience with senior-level managers in international organizations.
Academic Cooperation with Shanghai Jiao Tong University Koguan School of Law
The Chinese language modules of the Aalto EMBA in Shanghai program is delivered in partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (hereinafter referred to as “SJTU”) Koguan School of Law. The program will be joined by highly qualified faculty from Shanghai Jiao Tong University as well as other local renowned Universities, who will bring into the program expert local insights.
Classes for the Aalto Executive MBA in Shanghai program will be conducted on SJTU’s Xuhui campus, leveraging on its city centre location as well as top notch learning environment and facilities. Graduates of the Aalto Executive MBA in Shanghai program will receive a Certificate of Completion from SJTU. Alumni of this program will also be entitled to enjoy the benefits of being part of the SJTU global alumni network.
The Aalto Executive MBA network professors come e.g. from:
Aalto University School of Business, Finland
Aalto University School of Science and Technology, Finland
Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture, Finland
Athens University, Greece
Australian National University, Australia
California Polytechnic University, USA
Concordia University, Canada
Cornell University, USA
Cranfield University, UK
Emory University, USA
ESCP Europe, UK
Georgetown University, USA
Harvard University, USA
Indiana University, USA
McGill University, Canada
New Mexico State University, USA
Nyenrode Business School, Netherlands
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Saint Louis University, USA
SDA Bocconi, Italy
Simon Fraser University, Canada
Stanford University, USA
University of Aix-en-Provence, France
University of Alabama, USA
University of British Columbia, Canada
University of Calgary, Canada
University of Cambridge, UK
University of North Florida, USA
University of Texas at Austin, USA
Wake Forest University, USA
Yonsei University, South Korea
Once accepted into the Aalto Executive MBA program in Shanghai, you may choose to exchange up to six English modules at other Aalto Executive MBA locations: Finland (Helsinki), Korea (Seoul), Taiwan (Taipei) and Poland (Poznan).
Aalto Executive MBA in Helsinki, Finland
The Aalto Executive MBA in Finland is delivered by Aalto University Executive Education.
The program offers the opportunity for Aalto Executive MBA participants to continue or complement their studies in Helsinki. Similarly, if you begin in Shanghai, you can request to take some Aalto Executive MBA modules in Helsinki, Poznan, Taipei or Seoul.
Aalto Executive MBA in Poznan, Poland
The Aalto Executive MBA is delivered in Poznan through our partner, the Poznan School of Banking. This cooperation provides Polish managers access to a high-quality, intensive and internationally recognized Executive MBA program within their own country.
All the Aalto Executive MBA modules are taught in Poznan, some in Polish, some in English. Faculty who teach the Aalto Executive MBA in other locations travel to Poznan to facilitate the same top quality modules.
Aalto Executive MBA in Seoul, Korea
The Aalto Executive MBA is delivered in Seoul through a joint venture between the Aalto University School of Business and the Seoul School of Integrated Sciences & Technologies. The aim is to offer a high-quality, intensive and internationally oriented development program for the managers of Korean companies.
The participants in Korea usually take 21 modules of which 18 are taught in Seoul and three in Helsinki. They also have the option to request to take modules in Taiwan or Poznan.
Entry Requirements and Fee
Aalto Executive MBA Entry Requirements
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent
- Minimum five years of relevant post-bachelor degree work experience in managerial or senior specialist position
- Good command of written and spoken English (proof of proficiency is mandatory for candidates who have not worked or studied in English for an extended period of time)
- Recommendation letter from your employer
- Personal interview
Please contact us at email@example.com, tel. +65 6339 7338 or our partner in Shanghai, ESUN Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +86 21 62392323 for further information and application documents. More information on the Aalto EMBA in Shanghai program is also available on our partner’s website.
Applicants will be informed of admission or non-acceptance. To be considered as admitted for the Aalto Executive MBA in Shanghai program, an applicant must receive and accept an offer of admissions sent by Aalto University Executive Education.