Executive MBA (English)

Online Executive MBA in English

The OBS Executive MBA stresses the strategic, international and innovative vision of business management

The transformations occurring in the world today require a thorough analysis of new competitive scenarios and the application of new business models. The growing, complex volatility of global economies and their unquestionable interdependence clouds our environment with uncertainty and ambiguity.

In this context, professionals must react quickly to change and make decisions responding to new market demands as well as the needs of the company, and also think about creating value for stakeholders in the company.

The OBS Executive MBA stresses the strategic, international and innovative vision of business management, meaning that anyone responsible for a business, or a department thereof, must have a holistic view of their organisation, understanding that any strategic decision must be in line with the company’s strategy and be implemented in an innovative way.

The Executive MBA is especially designed for professionals with extensive professional experience and who want to expand their knowledge in addition to their current management tasks. In short, it is for professionals seeking promotion by adding more value to their CV or who are thinking about a career change.

Finally, we would like to highlight the Final Project which provides an opportunity for participants to either participate in a Blue Ocean Strategy business simulation or draw up a Business Plan, together with facing all the complexities associated with launching or managing a business or project. This subject is not exclusively focused on students creating their own company, but is also suitable for students with new ideas for action that may be implemented where they currently work.


Objectives of the Executive MBA:

The general objective of the Executive MBA is to develop all the needed competencies and skills that let an individual to lead a organizational project, to be responsabile of a company area or to begin a own business.

The study plan of the Executive MBA is designed to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • Providing the capacity to develop the most relevant managerial skills continuously.
  • Providing an integrated, comprehensive view of general management and the role of the company in its wider environment. Knowing the global nature of business activities, differentiating responsibilities carried out by every department in the company.
  • Giving participants a broad overview of the company, a view of a complex system in a constantly changing reality.
  • Promoting an attitude of initiative and active management.
  • Acquiring key knowledge and developing essential skills to strategically manage the business.
  • Designing innovative strategies and policies that improve business management and business efficiency.
  • Developing and implementing strategies for growth, adapting to the changing international business environment.
  • Fostering teamwork and involving all departments of a company in the management of business projects.
  • Providing participants with solid business training, stressing the latest trends and developments of business management.
  • Encouraging the development and improvement of personal and managerial skills.
  • Increasing the ability of managers to make decisions in an increasingly complex and more unstable environment.
  • Promoting the ability to detect, analyse and solve problems, encouraging entrepreneurship by drawing up a business plan.


Participants in the Executive MBA develop the following skills and abilities

  • Global strategic thinking in order to understand and integrate the company as a whole, as well as the geographical environment or sector it competes in.
  • Increased ability in analysing and synthesising accurately to systematically and realistically identify the factors generating problems or opportunities, in order to make the correct decisions.
  • Using new business management and decision making technologies effectively.
  • Improved ability to communicate clearly and convincingly, developing presentation techniques for large audiences and everyday situations of the company.
  • Ability to adapt to working in teams with people from very diverse geographical, professional, academic and cultural origins.
  • Ability to achieve a high degree of organisational efficiency in the development of multidisciplinary projects carried out by people located in different environments.
  • As a result of the above skills, being flexible becomes easier, in order to adapt to change.

Syllabus of the EMBA in English

The structure and duration of the Executive MBA ensures that the objectives and the detailed competencies are attained. The complexity of running a business requires extensive development of the different functional areas involved, along with the development of the management, communication and motivational skills to articulate the strategic vision of the company.

The Programme is divided into four stages, which provide knowledge and skills for the different departments of a company. The stages match the strategic business creation process: the design of the strategy, implementation, growth strategies and strategic monitoring and control.

This programme will guide the participant through the different departments of a company, learning about the responsibilities of each area, the key concepts needed to direct them, all without neglecting the general vision for the company.

Thanks to the Executive MBA, students will learn managerial skills within one year, and will also obtain the most current, practical and innovative business skills needed to lead a department or company.

Once the participant has been guided through all the departments of a company, the journey will end with the Final Project, which begins after completing the first third of the programme. It runs parallel to studying in the programme and is defended a month after completing the final module, in order for students to have a period of time dedicated to it. The Final Project will combine and use all the knowledge learned in a given situation (company, department, division, international activity or development of a new business project).


Global economic environment

The development of international businesses requires a great skill for analysing the main macro-economic forces (culture, politics, law and economics). The knowledge and skills to interpret how economic integration processes are evolving and the role of the government in the field of international business will enable managers to identify the main business challenges and opportunities at any given time.

Organisational design

This module covers the basic concepts and analytical techniques in relation to sustaining the competitive advantage of organisations. It deals with important classic and contemporary subjects such as industry analysis, the core competence of organisations, top management teams and corporate governance, scope of product and market decisions and analysis of the value chain. It also covers the design and structure of organisations and how environmental forces and internal power struggles affect them.

Financial diagnosis

The financial diagnosis module aims to teach students about the financial statements of a company recognised by current accounting regulations, how to apply the techniques and tools used in financial diagnosis and how to interpret the meaning of the accounting information contained in financial statements. This will make students able to diagnose the situation of a company based on financial and economic analysis of assets, using the information provided by financial statements.

Principles of Marketing: from idea generation to Market

This subject focuses on the design and implementation of a successful combination of marketing variables to carry out the company strategy in its target markets. The concepts and theories underlying marketing decisions will be introduced in the course and students will be taught the basic principles of the marketing mix. Students will learn more about marketing management strategies, segmentation, targeting and positioning.



Strategic management and innovation

This is an advanced course in competitive strategy. Students will learn to evaluate the strategic situation the company is in and will cover topics including both the process and the content of competitive action and reaction, strategy models, brands as a source of competitive advantage, methods to compare competitive offers and strategies, decision trees, scenario analysis and competitive intelligence.

Corporate financial management

The goal is to teach students to make optimal investment and financing decisions. Topics include assessing financial results, asset valuation, capital budgeting, risk and return in the context of the capital assets valuation model, the capital structure theory, dividend policy, short-term financial planning and budgeting and long-term planning and financial projection.

Internationalisation strategies and global marketing

This subject focuses on the development and implementation of marketing strategies globally. Covered topics include internationalisation strategies and entry to foreign markets, analysis of market studies, consumer behaviour, the development of marketing programmes, product and service design for global and local markets, the choice of distribution channels, pricing products & services and portfolio management.

People and talent management

The purpose of this module is to develop managers and professionals who can contribute to the success of an organisation by aligning talent and human resources with the objectives and strategy of the organisation. In this regard, the module offers students an overview of critical issues, theories and practices in the field of Human Capital Management.

Operations and Supply Chain Management

This module offers a systematic approach to solving a wide range of problems in operations management and the supply chain, seen from the perspective of general management, rather than an operations specialist. It focuses on key concepts in the areas of operations management and information technology which have become central pillars of global operations. It also covers a sample of the key tools and techniques that prove to be extremely useful in supply chain management. The covered topics are equally relevant to the sectors of manufacturing and services.

Digital marketing strategies

In this module, participants will learn how digitalisation has revolutionized the interactions between companies and their customers / consumers. The digital ecosystem offers powerful tools to reach consumers along the sales pipeline: online graphic ads increase awareness, search listings reach consumers with purchase intention, e-commerce facilitates conversion and social media provides dynamism and contributes to customer loyalty. In this course, we will cover the what, why, and how of the current major approaches, including search engine optimization, website analysis, search and display ads, email marketing, social media, and listening/monitoring online.



Strategies for digital transformation

This is an integrating module covering all the strategic aspects of the administration of information technology in the company. Information and communication technologies play multiple roles within an organizational context: a) from a technological perspective, they define the information and communication infrastructure of the company and allow new ways of digitizing business processes; and b) from a managerial perspective, they facilitate a new coordination and communication within and between entities, allow new forms of organization, change the information environment underlying the business and allow new incentive structures. Successful digitization efforts must take into account both technological and managerial perspectives. Based on real cases, this module will study how the implementation of information technology changes the interactions and processes within organizations and with other stakeholders.

Data analysis for decision making

This module develops the necessary qualitative thinking and quantitative skills for the analysis of managerial data. The analysis of data and decision making under uncertainty explores the possibilities of using statistical data to create models that help management decision making. This course develops experience in a standard set of statistical and graphical techniques, which will be useful for analysing data related to the business. These techniques are widely applied in a number of management areas, including operations management, marketing, finance and economics. The module offers a different perspective of statistics as a methodology to face uncertainty.

Cross-Cultural management

This module is designed to develop global business leaders. The course covers the main topics of inter-cultural management that companies face when operating internationally. The content includes the current international environment, the effects of globalisation on company management, the cultural dimension of international management, and intercultural communication and leadership.

Management planning and control

This subject focuses on the importance of organising the information required in the company for making decisions. Good management planning and control are critical to support these decisions. The different information collected as a result of a company's activity must be organised and structured to make products profitable and for making decisions, for instance when choosing between buying or producing internally, marketing a particular product line or not, managing production capacity, etc.

Commercial direction and sales management

This topic covers the basics of commercial direction and sales management. Students will analyse the concept and content of commercial direction strategies, as well as sales organisation, planning and objectives. Covered topics include sales forecasts and quotas, territorial organisation, specific features of the sales force, training, motivation and remuneration of the sales force and sales management activities.

Investment valuation and portfolio management

This module introduces the concepts of risk and return, fixed and variable income, options and futures contracts. It evaluates all investment alternatives in relation to financial instruments and their risk profile. Students will analyse expected performance characteristics individually or in combination within a portfolio. Different investment strategies and valuation models will be used to understand the basic, practical principles of investment.

Money and capital markets

The aim of the subject is for students to have the capacity to demonstrate an understanding of the financial system, how it operates and its components; how to analyse the performance curve; the term structure of interest rates and interaction with the exchange rate; sources and types of financing for businesses in the short, medium and long term; the structure and operations of financial institutions and markets; the main types of risk and derivatives available to manage financial risk; and the structure, functions and role of supervision in financial markets.



Leadership and change management

This module goes beyond a basic understanding of effective leadership and focuses on achieving high-impact leadership. Leadership in organisations focuses on the design of organisations and how managers can make organisations more effective, maximising the performance of its members. There is a focus on problems at organisation level, such as how an organisation should be designed, what strategy should be followed and how conflict and policies detrimental to the organisation can be managed. It teaches students how to analyse individual performance issues within complex organisations and how to manage changing processes.


Negotiation and conflict management

Students will learn about and use the main techniques of negotiation and conflict resolution in an international environment, to understand the steps of the intercultural negotiation process, as well as to be able to design strategies that can be applied in specific situations.


This module provides students with the tools required to fully understand the entrepreneurial process. This course focuses on recognising and looking for business opportunities, evaluating the feasibility of new projects and learning how to manage business growth.



Developing strategic plans

A complete, well developed business plan provides a company's key management framework and is an essential tool for any entrepreneur. The process of drawing up a business plan provides an in-depth view of the complex interdependence of the functional elements of a viable organisation: marketing, finance, management and leadership, and systems and operations.


Final Project (Business Plan and/or Business Game)

As the final Master's project, students will have the option to draw up a Business Plan or take part in a Business Game. If they choose the Business Plan, they will have to draw up a business plan to put into practice the knowledge acquired throughout the programme. The plan can be drawn up regarding a new venture or a project in an existing company, requiring modifications and variations to add value and a differential advantage over what already exists. However, the ideal situation would be drawing up an idea for a business which could be implemented in the current market.

The Business Plan is written under the guidance of the academic department and in partial submissions, meaning that its progress can be monitored. The Business Plan is a group project which will be completed in teams, except in appropriately justified situations.

The Business Game option involves taking part in a computer simulation game which also includes role play. The Business Game allows students to test their analytical skills and strategic thinking in competitive environments.

Immersed in a simulated scenario, students are part of the management board of a company and make all the decisions of different strategic business units:

  • Production; Finance; Marketing and Human Resources.

It also allows them to learn about group and organisational processes and to understand the impact which all decisions of a strategic business unit (SBU) have on others.

The simulation focuses on identifying and analysing available profitability sources for the company and developing strategies to access and exploit such sources.  In short, the simulation focuses on analysing the competitive advantage.



Competence Development

This area of support is designed to complement the content of the thematic blocks with mentoring and training to internalise the knowledge acquired.

The training and support is designed from a triple perspective:

  • Technical assistance
  • Personal support for the participant
  • Group challenges needed for achieving set objectives.

Additionally, the progress made by participants in the development of resources and their potential for managing human resources will be measured, implementing improvement measures if necessary.


Doing Business

The Doing Business workshops cover specific aspects of how to do business in several regions worldwide. They will focus on the economic and cultural peculiarities of each society, their cultures and subcultures and their influence on trade relations. The workshops will also cover issues related to business protocols and etiquette, as well as discuss how to do business in those regions. Specific topics covered are regional trading blocs, the advantages and challenges of doing business in such countries, guidance for investors and entrepreneurs, case studies, etc.

Application process and certification Executive MBA in English

The fundamental goal of our application process is to ensure the suitability of candidates. All participants must get the most out of this learning experience via a context in which it is possible to develop a long-term relationship with classmates, teachers and alumni.

What are the stages of the application process?
STEP 1: The candidate must meet our application prerequisites.
STEP 2: If the candidate profile fulfils these, a telephone interview with a member of the Application Department will be conducted.
STEP 3: Having passed the interview, the candidate must submit the required documentation to start the application process, including a letter of motivation.

Beforehand the candidate will have to complete the application form, which will collect information and documentation supporting his/her academic and professional profile: Curriculum vitae, letter of reference/recommendation, academic degree and language accreditation certificate if necessary.

STEP 4: With this documentation and the report from the Application Advisor, the Application Committee shall examines the candidate's record and certify that he/she meets the profile to complete the Master’s.
STEP 5: The Application Advisor will inform the candidate of the decision made by the Application Committee, which will enable the candidate to enrol in the programme if positive.


Double qualification
People who successfully complete the programme will earn the Private Master Degree from OBS Business School, and also, participants who meet the academic requirements set for UB will obtain the University Private Master Degree from the University of Barcelona (UB).

Programme Director Executive MBA in English

  • Senior Lecturer at Northampton Business School
  • Consultant, World Bank, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
  • General Business Manager, the Global Group
  • MBA, IESE, Spain
  • BSc Economics, Cardiff University
  • FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)

Claustro de Profesores

Hamid Chbouki

  • Monterrey Institute of Technology.
  • Mondragon-UCO University
  • In the past, Professor at University of Busan-Korea (Korea), University of Guelph-Humber (Canada) and University of Salento (Italy)

Dr. Rebecca Fakoussa

  • PhD, Kingston University (UK)
  • BA (Hons) International Business Management, Southampton Solent University (UK), Málaga and Alicante University (Spain)
  • Fellow HEA (UK), PRINCE2 and Dispute Resolution accredited mediator

Dr. Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons

  • PhD Sociology, University of Delhi
  • MSc (Public Healthcare, Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
  • BA Biochemistry & African Studies, Oberlin College, USA

Stephan Langdon

  • Lecturer at Del Rosario University, Bogotá
  • Education: Cornell University, New York

Xavier Rius

  • Actualmente es Director de Supply Chain en Lluch Essence.
  • Anteriormente fue Director de Logística en Natursoy (Grupo Nutrition & Santé) y Artiach (Grupo Panrico) con amplia experiencia en el área de operaciones en los sectores de la alimentación y el textil. Tres años de experiencia en Accenture en la División de Distribución.
  • Licenciado en Ciencias Físicas por la Universidad de Barcelona y Máster de Dirección de Operaciones en ESADE.

Dra. Olga Shvetsova

  • Professor in the Innovation and Management Department, St Petersburg State Electrotechnical University
  • PhD in Economics & Finance

Dr. Holger Siemons

  • Associate Professor, University of Northampton (UK)
  • PhD Cross-Cultural Management, University of Delhi
  • MBA Newcastle University
  • Diplom-Kaufmann / BA Hons, Aachen Germany

Tom Van der Heyden

  • Co-Founder y CEO en S3 Group.
  • MBA IESE, Spain
  • MSc Applied Economic Sciences, University of Antwerp
  • Docente asociado en diferentes instituciones incluyendo ESADE, Geneva Business School & Toulouse Business School. 

Mirta Palau

  • Strategy Consultant & Project Manager
  • MBA, London Business School
  • MSc University of Oxford

Dorina Chicu

  • PhD, University Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
  • Masters’ Degree in Business Management at University Rovira i Virgili
  • University Lecturer at Ostelea School of Tourism and Hospitality

Manuel Gutiérrez Escofet

  • Business Management Consultant.
  • PGD, Executive Education, IESE Business School
  • Multiregional International Business Program, University of Wales, Swansea
  • BA in Management & Business Administration

Laureano Berasategui

  • PhD, Education and TIC (e-learning), UOC
  • MBA IESE, Spain
  • BSc Business Administration, Universidad Católica Argentina

Miguel Charneco Garrido

  • Executive Member Eurocham Vietnam
  • Human Resources and Commercial Organisation Director at PIAGGIO GROUP. Member of the Steering Committee
  • Graduate in Law, Diploma in Labour Relations from Complutense University of Madrid.

Jorge Tuñón

  • Project Director at EUCOPOL Jean Monnet Holder
  • Lecturer and researcher at University Carlos III de Madrid
  • PhD in international relatioships at University of Edinbourgh


Dr. He Shuquan

  • Professor of International Economics & Business, School of Economics Shanghai University
  • PhD in Economics & MBA

Punit Jansari

  • Development Director of JAAN Learning & Development Ltd.
  • Bachelor in Business Management at University of Greenwich.

Gour Saraff

  • Fundador en Solar Global Services.
  • Licenciado en Management en NYU Stern School of Business.
  • Máster en Finanzas at NYU Stern School of Business.
  • Dedicación60 ECTS
  • InicioMay 2021
  • Duración11 months
  • Precio13.900 €
  • MetodologíaOnline
  • Idioma de ImparticiónEnglish