Comprehensive Management Programmes

Executive Development Programme (EDP)

Course modality & Duration:
Blended - 7 Months
Price from:
2025 | To be confirmed INCL VAT

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The Executive Development Programme supports the need for executives to appreciate a global perspective and an understanding of global markets. Shifting global priorities present significant challenges for organisational leaders. Most will need to learn new skills and develop new ways of thinking as organisations and executive roles transform. Executive teams will need to appreciate the systemic nature of a shifting landscape, whilst balancing the corporate scorecard. The programme enables them to apply cognitive and adaptive thinking to support strategic leadership decisions.

Long-term drivers of success will rely on the executive and organisation’s capacity around change management, risk management, development agility, and the development of a new generation of skills and talent. It equips them to deploy creative workforce strategies to enhance workforce diversity and organisational performance. Greater emphasis will be placed on developing new techniques for improving executive and team-level performance, as organisations move towards more flexible work environments, multidisciplinary teams, and the management of a multigenerational workforce.

Who is this course for?

Well-suited to business leaders who are preparing for the executive role or who have stepped into the executive role already. They have been serving in a senior / director-level role and have been for the last two years - managing a team of senior managers as direct reports. The common denominator among our typical participants is their level of influence in their organisations, and the resultant global perspective necessary to function optimally in this context.

Why choose this course?

The EDP is a comprehensive 6-month programme that focuses on three key themes: (1) Responsible Leadership, (2) Understanding the World, and (3) Responsible Strategic Enablement. It zooms in on (1) Strategic Management, (2) Financial Strategy, (3) Responsible Leadership, (4) Global Economic Trends, (5) Futures Studies, (6) Managing Reputational Risk, (7) Strategic System Foresight, (8) Technology and Innovation, (9) Board Dynamics, (10) Risk Management, (11) Strategic Marketing, (12) Sustainability as a Strategic Imperative, (13) Sustainability as a Strategic Imperative, (14) Cyber Risk and Security, and (15) Ethics and Governance.

Participants are guided on their learning journey by an Executive Leadership Integrator (ELI). The ELI will support participants in developing their leadership practice throughout the programme. This will take place through the integration of critical reflective practice, systems thinking, and responsible leadership. The ELI supports the custom design and implementation of a participant’s own learning journey through regular coaching circles. This support structure will enable them to stretch themselves and get the most from the programme.

The EDP has a stretching group project that focuses on the shift from a linear to a circular economy in a targeted sector of the economy. The ELI will coach and support participants and groups to push their boundaries and deliver a project that they can be proud of. The EDP provides a fantastic opportunity, with the ongoing support of the ELI, to hone their leadership capability and develop future-fit leadership practice. In addition: Our faculty are subject matter experts, complemented by guest speakers, with multinational experience. Pre-reading, case studies, and examples are drawn from the international landscape, and the resultant dialogue and strategic challenges researched are of a boundary-spanning nature with sustainability at the forefront.

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will receive a Stellenbosch University Certificate of Competence and, subject to specific requirements, be able to apply for exemption of 30 credits within the present curriculum of Stellenbosch Business School’s Postgraduate Diplomas in (1) Business Management and Administration, (2) Development Finance, OR (3) Project Management, which translates to an overall fee exemption of 25%.

Over the course of 7 months, participants will be equipped to:

Admission Requirements

No formal tertiary qualification required but recommended.

Candidates have a team of senior managers as direct reports & have been serving in an executive / director-level role for 2+ years.

Sound general knowledge and experience of functional and strategic management across various business units.

Admission is strictly subject to a selection process, which may include a personal interview.

What our participants had to say

"It offers a study opportunity with a wide range of interesting themes and modules that are relevant to the new world of business in which we are operating. Even though the leadership module was a key part of the programme, there is also interconnectedness with all other modules."

- Mpho Mohajane

"It helped me to know that the investment I made in myself was already paying dividends for our company too. The programme also created some longer-term goals within me. Through the discussions, it helped me to improve my own thinking about where I see myself going in the next few years, and beyond that. Beyond the business side of things, that helped me personally."

- Ruan Venter

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