An elective module consists of a compact week-long course in Frankfurt or in a major business or innovation hub abroad. One elective module is required but it is possible to take more than one elective. Due to the cohort model of the program, the class will vote as a whole on which electives to take. The following electives have proven to be popular.
Block Week in Frankfurt
Building "Hidden Champions"
The course builds on the foundations of the prior EMBA core modules and introduces participants to selected challenges that Managing Directors of SME and family businesses are likely to face throughout their careers. Drawing on academic research and practical insights, this module equips Managing Directors with a set of general management tools that allows an easier transition into and success in the context of an already existing structure.
Finance for Growth (incl. M&A)
This module builds on the foundations of the EMBA core module, Finance & Accounting. Drawing on academic research and practical insights, it helps prepare managers for future executive roles by providing an overview of more advanced issues and challenges in the realm of financial management. Critically, the module takes the strategic perspective of a general manager and not the operational perspective of a functional specialist. Accordingly, at the end of the course, participants have the necessary knowledge, skills and capabilities to effectively interact with their CFO and finance function at eye level. Participants can also actively participate in making informed and knowledgeable financial decisions.
Applied Digital Transformation
The course is positioned at the intersection of technology, information, and people. It builds on the foundations of and reinforces the knowledge, skills and capabilities developed in the Digital Society module. Applied Digital Transformation dives into all topics of crafting and implementing a digital transformation strategy in companies, particularly regarding understanding the latest trends in emerging technologies, analysing and modelling business processes with a 'digital eye', identifying opportunities, crafting and implementing solutions, and developing people, organisations, and business along the way.
International Week Abroad
Meet managers, academics and MBA students from other countries, broaden your intercultural skills through local exposure, and benefit from Frankfurt School’s international links with other top-ranked business schools.
Kedge, Shanghai: Digital China
This module complements several of our mandatory courses, including Entrepreneurship, Digital Society, Marketing and Innovation, that cover the fundamentals of digital innovation. The module helps develop your digital mindset by introducing new perspectives to digital ideas, disruptive innovation and new business models that originate from China. At the end of the course, you will have gained knowledge on the latest digital trends that are currently being shaped in East Asia.
Bentley, Boston: Creativity & Innovation
This module complements our core modules on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management that cover the fundamentals of creativity and innovation. The module will develop individual creativity, group, team and organisational creativity, and the ensuing innovation. At the end of the module, you will be both a creative leader and a leader of creatives.
IDC, Tel Aviv: New Venture Creation
The course will begin where the Entrepreneurship module ended, and help you to further build your entrepreneurial mindset and skillset. It draws on academic research and practical insights to accelerate you into the 'entrepreneurial space', from ideation of business model development and MVP conception to possible financing. Accordingly, at the end of the course, participants will have a sound conceptual understanding of the entrepreneurial process, initial experience with the key tools and techniques, and a preliminary business plan, which can quickly be realised.