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Sustainable Performances


Recent developments have clearly demonstrated the need for managers to adopt a different pattern of behaviour and to learn new skills. Today, managers face the challenges of increasingly intense international competition, a changing global context with complex environmental and social consequences and growing criticism from stakeholders such as non-governmental organisations.


Rennes School of Business‚Äô Executive MBA faces these new challenges, responding to companies‚Äô needs, by training managers to be the ‚Äė‚ÄėGlobal Responsible Pioneer‚Äô‚Äô for tomorrow‚Äôs world. The goal of our Executive MBA is to educate senior managers who can confidently use their leadership style to lead a diverse team and achieve consistently strong results in a sustainable manner. They will learn how to operate in an increasingly international, multicultural environment and how to foster innovation and new technologies.


Focusing firmly on practical applications, our Executive MBA provides the very latest insights into leadership management and corporate social responsibility and assures competency in core management skills. Concepts, tools and skills are acquired in an interactive manner through case study work, business simulations, business plans and the analysis of real business organisations. Our alumni describe the programme as demanding and intensive, but highly rewarding.


Rennes School of Business’ EMBA has a successful track record of developing senior manager competencies over the past 22 years. We look forward to welcoming you into the next cohort.



Olivier Aptel, Dean






"The EMBA at Rennes School of Business delivers cutting edge knowledge via thought-provoking seminars, applied group projects, individual coaching sessions and a study trip abroad. Its highly international faculty has years of experience and proven track records.

The ‚Äúglo-cal‚ÄĚ framing of the way contemporary and future managerial issues are studied enables the multicultural participants to gain the skills and knowledge needed to advance their careers or create their own entrepreneurial ventures.‚ÄĚ

Dr. Irena Descubes
Programme Manager


The purpose of the EMBA programme is to prepare practising managers and entrepreneurs to lead complex business operations in a global and changing environment. Its integrated learning approach provides students with the tools to develop innovative solutions, to implement sustainable strategies and to achieve a sound financial, social and environmental level of knowledge.


The Executive MBA of Rennes School of Business emphasises Sustainable Performance. In the different sessions and activities, the theme of sustainable performance will be approached from several angles. Participants are challenged to develop solutions to a wide range of business problems and to critically evaluate their own management practises.


More specifically, at the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate in oral & written English, both individually and as members of a team
  • Adopt a performance-driven strategic perspective upon business to provide innovative solutions
  • Conduct applied research into business and management issues that require familiarity with a range of business data, research sources and appropriate methodologies
  • Integrate the issues of sustainable development and CSR into decision-making and the development of a business strategy at international level
  • Favour an entrepreneurial position in terms of the strategies of a business units or new business ventures
  • Have an ethical management style, respectful of diversity in a multicultural environment
  • Use quantitative analytical skills to support business decisions taken in a multicultural environment




This EMBA programme addresses all these issues and provides a wide range of learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom. Programme participants typically represent a large variety of nationalities, industries and professional experiences. The active exchange of ideas, positions and experiences and intensive collaboration on a diversity of projects and assignments constitutes a vital element in the overall learning experience.



All modules are taught in English by an experienced, multicultural faculty

  • The classes are interactive between professors and students and among students. Professors draw upon the experience of students to illustrate and apply concepts. Extensive use is made of case studies, oral presentations, small group work, role plays, serious games and computer simulations.
  • Students have access to e-learning resources for some of the module preparation.
  • Guest speakers from international firms complement the coursework by giving real-world insights into sustainable performance leadership, and strategy issues.


Individual and group assignments outside of class are a key part of the learning process. Students apply module concepts to their professional situation, and their completed work is evaluated by the professor.


Learning Goals

  • Communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing, using a wide range of media, both individually and as members of a team.
  • Adopt a performance-driven strategic perspective upon business to provide innovative solutions and draw insights from ambiguity
  • Conduct applied research into business and management issues that require familiarity with a range of business data, research sources and appropriate methodologies and methods.
  • Integrate the issues of sustainable development in developing business strategies and taking decisions in an international environment.
  • Favor an entrepreneurial position in terms of the strategies of a business unit or new business ventures.
  • Show an ethical management style respectful of diversity in a multicultural workplace
  • Use quantitative analytical skills to support business decisions



Benefits for you and your employers

  • Develop your strategic perspective and managerial skills.
  • Increase decision-making competences in a complex environment.
  • Develop new ways of thinking by challenging processes.




An innovative Programme Design


(Team strategic consulting project)


Human Resources Management
Cross-Cultural Management & Negotiation
Managing Change


Financial Statement Analysis
Management Accounting and Control
Operations Management
International Finance

Strategy Analysis
Marketing Management
Strategy Management IT
Creativity, Innovation and Knowledge Management
Economics & Geopolitics
Managing Sustainability
International Business Study Tour
Strategy Management
Public Communication
Design thinking
Group consulting project
(Choose 1)
Advanced finance
Corporate social responsibility
Innovation & entrepreneurship
Agrofood business
Digital Marketing / Digital Business
Supply chain management



Majors description


You have the choice to follow one specialized track :


MAJOR 1: Advanced Finance


Seminar 1: Advanced Corporate Finance

The aim of this module is to provide students with the concepts of evaluation of companies and with the context in which such evaluation is needed. The module focuses on methods to evaluate a firm, on mergers and acquisitions and procedures to raise capital or to transmit a firm. The module starts with a presentation of the sources of corporate financing and the methods used to assess the costs of funding. This is followed by a section that introduces the most common methods used to appraise a firm (sum of the parts, discounted cash-flows, and multiples). The next part of the module is dedicated to mergers and acquisition. Finally, the module explore the different ways to raise private funds (private equity) and to transmit or purchase a company by a Leverage Buy Out operation.


Seminar 2: Advanced Portfolio Management

The aim of this seminar is to provide students with the advanced concepts of investments and portfolio management (the traditional investment strategies as well as the alternative investments). This module allows to gain some insight into jobs such as a hedge fund manager and a mutual fund manager. The main topics covered in this seminar are the following: 1) traditional and alternative investment strategies 2) asset pricing models, 3) basic principles of financial asset management: objectives, preferences, constraints, benchmark selection, performance measurement, 4) risk management through derivative instruments.


Seminar 3: Financial Risk Management

The course deals with financial instruments used to manage exposure to financial risk. Participants will learn to identify risk sources, measuring risk and also techniques to minimize or even eliminate financial risk. Financial risk management approach will be both qualitative and quantitative. As a specialization of general risk management, financial risk management focuses on when and how to hedge using financial instruments like derivatives in order to manage exposures to risk. In this respect, by using financial risk management, managers have the tools to create value for shareholders.


Seminar 4: Credit Risk Management

The credit risk consists in the potential for loss due to the failure of one or several borrowers to meet their contractual obligation to repay a short or long term debt in accordance with the agreed terms. During this course we will study different measures of credit risk based on qualitative and quantitative capital structure analysis. We will also explain how to aggregate the risk among debtors in order to obtain and then manage globally as well as marginally a credit exposure. Eventually we will discuss the various tools available to reduce if not cancel such a risk within a balance sheet.




MAJOR 2: Corporate Social Responsibility


Seminar 1: Business & Society

This seminar is intended for students having knowledge and interest in CSR and the interactional dynamics between business and society. The aim is to equip students with tools to facilitate CSR implementation and to analyse and address business impacts on society. The module starts with a presentation of the different types of CSR concepts used, often interchangeably and sometimes incorrectly. This session includes an overview of the role of business and the expectations of society. The second part is based on CSR implementation, the relevant management tools including frameworks such as the United Nations Global Compact available. The following unit addresses company stakeholders, their specific stakes and how companies should/could manage these stakeholders by employing specific tools such as stakeholder management which is briefly introduced in the previous session. In order to illustrate the practicality and relevance of stakeholder management, a case-study will be introduced. The last two sessions incorporate group-work based on pre-defined cases. Students will be expected to analyse the CSR issues presented in the case by applying some of the tools discussed in the previous sessions.


Seminar 2: Creating Ecological Value

This seminar strives to outline the main industrial challenges for realizing green growth and to discuss the role of eco-innovation in fostering green transformation. The following learning objectives are pursued in this seminar: 1) Identify main factors for radical and systemic eco-innovation, 2) Illustrate different ways that sustainability can result in business opportunities (strategic technological innovation based on economic intelligence, rapidly changing business environment requiring perpetual evolution of a business model and change in supply chain & consumer behaviour), 3) Generate consciousness that organizations must prioritize possible innovations and proactively choose whether it is more important to comply with current business & industry standards or to create their own standards, 4) Identify the crucial entrepreneurial & managerial skills in generating new innovations, be it in optimizing value chains, developing new products and/or services, initiating new business models or even generating the next generation of business practice platforms.


Seminar 3: Implementing CSR Programmes

This seminar will tackle all the issues linked to HOW CSR can be managed, communicated, and integrated within a firm’s business strategy to provide financial returns to owners while enhancing the well-being of internal and external stakeholders affected by the firm’s operations.


Seminar 4: Normative Approach to CSR

The course aims to provide a conceptual understanding of what a purchasing and supply chain is and the various issues that need to be considered when designing, planning, or operating a supply chain, with a specific focus on Procurement/Purchasing. The topics covered include: The Role of Purchasing in the Value Chain, the Purchasing Management Process, Social Responsibility, Sustainable and Green Procurement, Innovation and Quality Management, Collaborative Suppliers relationship, Lean in Procurement, E-procurement in the Private and Public Sector, etc.




MAJOR 3: Innovation & Entreneurship


Seminar 1: Marketing of New Technologies

The challenge of designing and commercializing innovation is increasingly complex as innovative products and services often imply shorter product life cycles, demand for continual product updates, higher perceived risk of adoption by customers, more stringent requirements for intensive customer service and relationships, new business models, and growing reliance on business partners (suppliers, technology enablers, customers, distributors, etc.). Therefore, this module focuses on understanding these changes and providing students with modern marketing strategies to address the challenge of designing and commercializing innovation in today’s complex environment.


Seminar 2: Management of New Technologies

Strategic Management of New Technologies addresses the critical strategic challenges involved in the management of technology. The purpose of this course is to expose learners to the dynamics of industries driven by technological innovations and to present some analytical tools critical to the development of a technology strategy. The course will (1) present the advances in literature regarding the competitive industry dynamics involving technology management, (2) explain the key issues in developing a firm’s innovative capabilities/ competencies, (3) show how a company can capture value from technological innovation (4) provide a framework for deciding which technology to select.


Seminar 3: Developing an Innovative Business

Starting a business is difficult. Launching a startup is even more challenging. Aside from facing the challenge of attempting to build a company from the ground up, many entrepreneurs have little prior experience in the business world. In this context, the course objectives are: (1) To introduce the concepts of entrepreneurship and their application in existing firms as well as newstart-up firms. (2) To extend and test the students’ ability to put their business learning into practice in an integrated fashion by planning a start-up and examining the special needs of small firms. (3) To strengthen the students’ capacity to generate innovative and creative business concepts.


Seminar 4: Business Law in Entrepreneurial Ventures

The purpose of the course is to draw the attention of the participants to some legal & tax themes they will need to pay attention to when driving a business and to make explicit some common legal mechanisms, which apply in many jurisdictions. The topics covered allow participants to identify, anticipate & assess potential legal & tax issues which may arise while doing business, especially in the international context, understand the various criteria of choice of a legal structure, comprehend the steps of an M&A process.




MAJOR 4: Agrofood


Seminar 1: The Agrofood Business Environment

This seminar provides a critical understanding of the global agro-food system & commodity chain of food. It will analyze factors influencing actors and their strategies in various food-related industries. The seminar will be organized around guests representing key agro-food actors from the Britany area (producers, transformers, distributors, innovation clusters, R&D centers, unions…).


Seminar 2: Marketing in Agrofood Industry

This seminar enables to understand the process of developing marketing strategies and plans adapted to new trends in food production and consumption. It integrates the most recent developments of business marketing principles applied to food products with traditional agricultural commodity marketing, placing special emphasis on the international dimension of strategies.


Seminar 3: Communication & Public Relations in Agrofood Industry

This seminar focuses on developing an ability to apply practical and effective communication techniques on the specific subjects related to the agrofood industry such as bio-based energy, genomics, natural resources management and rural development. The dimensions explored and covered in applied exercises such as writing exercises, public speaking and blogging will stem from agricultural research, policies, finance and production to food safety and security, consumption, nutrition and health and human well-being.


Seminar 4: Business Models in Agrofood Business Environment

The objective of this seminar is to provide students with concepts and tools that are useful in order to select, analyze and exploit business opportunities in the food industry. The cultural and social topics complement the economic and business topics to present a framework for deeply understanding the business opportunities of food products. A special attention will be paid to the models developed in Brittany agro-business.




Major 5: Digital Marketing / Digital Business


Seminar 1: Principles of E-Commerce

This seminar will provide students with a deeper understanding of issues related to the electronic commerce including topics such as digital security, digital money, and the ways to adapt the e-commerce business models to the ever changing internet environment.


Seminar 2: Digital Marketing and Branding

The implementation of marketing programs is undergoing a massive transformation from conventional to digital media. In this seminar, the students will gain knowledge about the principles of consumer driven marketing, including Category and Competitive Dynamics, Consumer Segmentation, Interactive Marketing, Social Media, CRM and Brand Management.


Seminar 3: On-line Consumer Behaviour & Integrated Marketing Communications

This course focuses on integrated marketing communications (IMC), featuring an overview of the major media, including broadcast, print, outdoor, point of purchase, direct mail, Internet, telemarketing, public relations, promotion, and more. The emphasis is on how to analyze and create an IMC program by using the latest value-based marketing concepts and measuring "return on communications investment."


Seminar 4: Web-based Project Management

Web-based solutions for project management are currently ubiquitous, and choosing the right tools for a particular job requires specialized knowledge of means and methods to evaluate each tool and its potential for success in the project at hand. In this module, students will learn how to conduct projects that require complex interactions among project participants and other stakeholders who are working on the same team but are often geographically dispersed with topics covering various online tools for data and information transfer, document management, customized up-to-date reporting, written, voice and video communications including teleconferencing, and other functions necessary to achieve required progress toward fulfillment of project objectives.




MAJOR 6: Supply Chain Management


Seminar 1: Introduction to Supply Chain Management

The objective of this seminar is to give to participants a general view of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) theories, current practices and major trends. It will cover the strategic, tactical and operational levels of the supply chain.


Seminar 2: Procurement & Inventory Management

This seminar will allow students to understand the current procurement practices covering the main Supply Chain Operations: Procurement Cycle, Inventory Management, Inventory Costs, Types of Inventory Models, Inventory Control Systems and Tools of Inventory Management.


Seminar 3: Sustainable Supply Chain & Green Logistics

This course will provide students with a set of tools and skills to identify, evaluate, and improve the sustainability of manufacturing and supply chain operations. It enables students to understand core concepts of industrial and commercial activities, in this way they will be able to design sustainable supply chain operations and manage environmentally friendly logistics operations. They will learn How to manage transportation logistics and suppliers to keep low inventories and save energy by reducing the need for warehouses inside the company as well as how to reduce delivery lead times, costs and environmental impacts.


Seminar 4: Global Supply Chain & International Trade Management

Global supply chains interact with all facets of business and society. In this interdisciplinary seminar, students will gain a perspective on the global dimensions of today’s transnational business operations. They will explore the interrelationships between global supply chains, logistics operations, society, and the impacts of current trade systems on both production and consumption regions and the human and environmental consequences of the contemporary trade patterns.





General conditions




  • 2 intakes: 25 September 2017 or 26 March 2018


Coursework is organised in:
  • 1 session per month: Thursday-Friday-Saturday
  • 4 week-long sessions, including one Study Tour
  • Integrated learning approach encourages students to apply concepts
    from different business disciplines to complex business problems in each module


  • Applied research project
  • Topic: an issue of strategic importance in your firm or your industry
  • Format: white paper




puce Admission criteria:

  • An undergraduate degree or higher or the equivalent in relevant professional experience
  • English test (for non native speaker only)
  • 1 week of evening English courses is proposed before intakes
  • Minimum of 5 years experience including a minimum of 3 years in a management position



puce Two-step admission process:

1. Fill in and send a written application by e-mail or post

2. Personal interview in Rennes; a phone interview for applicants outside of France




puce Cost : ‚ā¨ 31 000 (VAT not included) + ‚ā¨ 150 lifelong Alumni membership + ‚ā¨ 130 application fees




  • Lunches during courses
  • Travel, meals and accommodation during study tour abroad
  • Course material



puce Grants :

  • Favorite rate is applied if the program funding is personal : 25 000 euros
  • Discount "Early Bird" of 3500 euros
  • 3 Scholarships ‚ÄúGRP‚ÄĚ: Global, Responsible, (discount of 4000 euros), Pioneer (Prix "Agir Le Monde")



puce Legal process :

  • Plan de formation de l‚Äôentreprise
  • Cong√© Individuel de Formation : le dossier est √† retirer aupr√®s du Fong√©cif de votre r√©gion.


Information meetings


Next information meeting
for the EMBA programme

Schedule Rennes School of Business
Campus 3
Thursday 06 April 2017 12 pm
Room 202
Thursday 04 May 2017 06 pm Room 202
Thursday 18 May 2017 12 pm Innolounge
Thursday 15 June 2017 12 pm Room 202
Thursday 06 July 2017 06 pm Room 202
Thursday 03 August 2017 12 pm Room 202
Thursday 14 September 2017 06 pm Room 202


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J‚Äôai un background d‚Äôing√©nieur et apr√®s l‚Äôuniversit√©, j‚Äôai √©t√© embauch√© √† SDMO Industries d√®s la fin de mes √©tudes o√Ļ j‚Äôavais d√©j√† effectu√© un stage.

J’ai donc grandi chez SDMO au travers de plusieurs postes principalement dans le domaine commercial et marketing pour atteindre la direction Marketing. Mais pour aller vers un poste de direction Générale, il me manquait certaines compétences et connaissances que j’ai trouvé dans le programme Executive MBA de Rennes School of Business.


Je recherchais un programme en Anglais, triplement accrédité, ce qui permettait d’être reconnu par notre actionnaire américain. Le programme EMBA de Rennes School of Business répondait à ces deux critères. De plus, il fallait que je puisse aménager l’organisation de mon travail de Directeur Marketing SDMO avec le programme : j’ai pu planifier mes différents déplacements autour des cessions de cours à Rennes.


La partie financi√®re m‚Äôa apport√© des connaissances approfondies, tant dans le domaine comptable que financier, ce qui r√©pondait √† mon objectif de prendre un poste de direction g√©n√©rale. Pendant mon cursus EMBA, j‚Äôai √©t√© promu Directeur G√©n√©ral Adjoint, ce qui a constitu√© un challenge pour suivre la fin de mon cursus. √Ä la sortie du programme, j‚Äôai occup√© le poste de Directeur G√©n√©ral de SDMO Industries (450M‚ā¨ / 917 personnes) o√Ļ je peux mettre en Ňďuvre l‚Äôensemble des connaissances acquises dans les diff√©rents cours du cursus.


Hervé Prigent,

Directeur Général SDMO industries




“My decision to take the Rennes School of Business Executive MBA was motivated by my desire to acquire new skills. I have a scientific educational background as an engineer/doctor and then went on to set up my own company in 2013, for which I needed to broaden my business knowledge. Learning on the job is vital but it is just as crucial to top up what you learn in the field with the necessary theory.


I was also attracted to the Rennes School of Business Executive MBA as the monthly class format can be easily combined with an intense working schedule. Even more important is the highly international emphasis throughout the programme, which is an absolute necessity in today‚Äôs business world. I feel I have not only learned a lot about concrete areas such as corporate strategy and having an economic vision but also made great improvements to the way I manage my company by actually applying the concepts studied in class.‚ÄĚ


Yazan El Safadi,
Managing Director - HPC Pharma





"I was immediatly seduced by the international focus of the program.

It is multicultural, 100% in English with foreign participants. It favors a team-based pedagogy and a practice-oriented learning opening rich perspectives.

The EMBA clearly infers a radical change noticed by people around me that has allowed me to seize brand new career opportunities."


Franck Baucher

Operations Director, Centigon France





"The EMBA programme aimed at preparing me for more strategic missions on a international scale.

A year later, I noticed that my Executive EMBA had allowed me to contribute to the evolutions of the company with more ease, a wider vision, on the longer-term and in a more important and more varied geographical scope."


Sander Teensma,

Directeur régional (Ouest de la France) de Gefco

Source : Cadre et Dirigeant Magazine




Chloé Michel
Programme Executif

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