Executive MBA Program Structure

DTU's Executive MBA – Program Structure


DTU's Executive MBA class 21 starts on August 23rd, 2018, so apply to the Executive MBA now to reserve your spot.

The Executive MBA Program

DTU’s Executive MBA is built up of four semesters starting in August and ending, 21 months later, in June. The entire program has a workload of approximately 1800 hours, corresponding to 60 ECTS, with each semester worth 15 ECTS.


Generelle studieordning for DTU masteruddannelser (Danish only).

Download our brochure to read more about each course in the program here.

At DTU Business we believe that attaining a master's degree is achieved through an action-based learning philosophy characterized by four principles:

  • In the classroom
  • In the company
  • In the world
  • Peer-to-peer

Action-based learning allows you to gain practical experience in applying frameworks, theories and models on in-company challenges, both in Denmark and outside Denmark during the international study tours.

At DTU’s Executive MBA program you and your company are in focus. Approximately 80% of assignments completed during the program are based on real-life in-company challenges from your own company.

Course description


The course is built on three pillars: strategic positioning, capabilities, and change. Starting from the analysis of the firm’s external competitive environment, we assess the “structural” attractiveness of the industry and consider how a firm’s position in that industry affects its performance. We then shift focus to an analysis of your firm’s internal resources and capabilities, exploring how competitive advantage is built and sustained. Finally, we turn to organizational change to explore what happens when the environment your company operates in changes and, in particular, how your organization’s behavioral context both facilitates and constrains your ability to put strategy into action.


The marketing course gives you a thorough understanding of the crucial role marketing plays in a successful company. You will gain valuable insight into the most commonly used methods and tools for implementing and/or improving your company’s overall marketing effort. The includes sections on market segmentation, positioning your company’s products and services in a consumer's awareness, as well as a review of marketing tools and the preparation of a marketing plan.

Philosophy of Business

This course provides you with systematic guidance for the scientific and analytical conducting of consultancy projects. You will be taught methods for handling large, complex problems and through group work you will be given tools and exercises to be more productive. We will discuss the difficulties in recognizing and defining real business problems and challenges; the importance of stakeholder analysis, selection and application; the combinatory use of theories, frameworks and tools (TFTs), and key characteristics of research strategies and techniques for data collection and analysis.

Innovation Leadership

The Innovation Leadership course is taught at UC Berkeley’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology by local faculty and industry representatives from Silicon Valley. The module explores key management and leadership concepts at the executive level that are relevant for innovation in public and private organizations. The concepts taught in this intensive course, during our one-week stay in Berkeley, enhance your judgment and inspire new thought processes about innovation.

During the course, you will participate in a rigorous case study analysis of actual business situations. Topics for the course include opportunity recognition, strategies for effective R&D, disruption, product management, two-sided markets, attracting stakeholders, and business model innovation.

Innovation Management

This course imparts an understanding of innovation as a central task of corporate management. Building on innovation theory models and concepts combined with examples from corporate practice, you will be introduced to various innovation management tasks. The objectives of this module are:

  • to develop an understanding of innovation tasks,
  • to equip the participant to be able to design and manage the innovation process within a company, and
  • to enable the participant to launch and develop new business building activities.

The course covers innovation strategy, open innovation issues, design and implementation of the innovation process, and commercialization of innovation. Specific attention is paid to the management of new business creation. A number of cases are included in the module to illustrate the elements of the innovation process and the managerial challenges facing large and medium-sized companies.

Personal Leadership

This course teaches you the relevant methods for identifying, analyzing and developing your own leadership style and leadership skills. You will be introduced to behavioral tools and techniques for conflict management, presentation, and negotiation. You will develop an Individual Action Plan as the basis for ongoing coaching under the guidance of our team of business psychologists.

Consultancy Project

The Consultancy Project is a group project where you, together with a group of fellow participants, will act as a consultancy team directly reporting to the top management or, alternatively, to the upper management of a division or line in your assigned company. The Consultancy Project is strategic in nature emphasizing the development of new business opportunities, processes, or activities.

The project must be agreed upon between a top manager representing the company and the group. This manager will also serve as the reference point into the company’s project portfolio. The purpose of involving top management is to obtain a business focus on the project and to ensure that the conclusion and proposals are directed toward implementation.

Strategic Problem Solving

This course presents methods for dealing with strategic problems and effectively articulating and communicating complex decisions. strategic problems are often highly complex issues requiring complex solutions. It is rarely possible to determine how to resolve a situation on the basis of only one source and a solution will more than likely have considerable consequences for those involved. Taking a structured approach to this type of challenge is especially important when the situation involves great uncertainty and the solution impacts various groups.

Financial Analytics & Management

This course enables the you to understand and react to your company’s economic processes with particular emphasis on innovation. You will learn the basic concepts of accounting and financial analysis, financial management, reporting, investment calculations, business models, cash flow, and budgeting risk analyses and management. These tools are followed-up by means of balancing a scorecard and using more recent instruments, such as real options. The course assignment will be a specific business case prepared using the practical tools and concepts you have learned.

Organizational Development and Change

This course improves your ability to analyze an organization in terms of structural and process related factors. In doing so, you will improve your ability to diagnose the prerequisites for implementing changes as well as the obstacles to be faced. The module helps to develop your basic knowledge of how an organization works. The module examines comprehensive strategic and structural issues and operational and procedural factors. You should ultimately be capable of leading major and minor change initiatives, including the capability to serve as an actual agent of change.

Management of Technology

The course is designed to help you acquire the relevant skills to lead an organization through the various stages of the company life cycle: from conceiving a technology based business idea, to strategies for rapid growth, to addressing the challenges of managing a mature company. The objective of the course is to explore the issues around technology, together with how it is managed and transferred within an international business environment. Central concepts of technology and the management thereof will be discussed with a particular focus on an international business perspective and the associated benefits and risks of technology transfer.

Techno-Trends (TT)

During the Techno-Trends sessions you are given insights into the mega-trends in a certain technology area (e.g. nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials technology or Information and Communications Technology). Mega-trends are the challenges and opportunities that will affect the society as a whole within the next 10-15 years. You will meet cutting-edge scientists/researchers and have an opportunity to determine their project’s commercial innovation potential. Network creation between the participants and DTU scientific staff is an important goal of the Techno-Trends sessions. The sessions are an integrated part of the course Management of Technology.

Service & Operations Management

This course illustrates the importance of operations and process management. Operations will not be regarded as a function, but as the recurring, everyday processes permeating all departments within an organization. The course covers the topics of operations strategy, process management, service management, and lean management. Focusing in each instance on how to improve the present situation and support your company’s ability to maintain competitiveness to the greatest extent possible.

International Business and Management

The internationalization and globalization of trade and industry over the last decades has radically changed the ways companies do business. This course offers an outline of the various theories of internationalization and provides a series of cases that describe concrete internationalization experiences. We will analyze broad global trends and globalization strategies but our focus will be on operational issues such as how to manage an international expansion project, how to run an operation (a factory or a service center) abroad, how to transfer technology and, more generally, knowledge among international production and service centers – in short, how to design and manage a global network of operations.

International Consultancy Project

As part of the International Business and Management course an international study tour to an innovation hotspot (China, India, Southeast Asia, San Francisco Bay Area) will highlight the serious leadership challenges presented by globalization.

Elective Course: Sustainability Management

Sustainability challenges affect all parts of society around the world. Sustainability is easy to grasp as a goal but complex to deal with in the concrete decision-making process. Business, government and civil society have to collaborate and form multi-stakeholder partnerships in order to address the problem – while applying a holistic perspective. This implies an increasing need for managers, public officials and employees who can address sustainability matters on an informed basis when leading or being part of multidisciplinary teams. The course fills this gap by providing you with frameworks and tools that can help you create value, build business opportunities and adjust corporate strategy to address sustainability challenges. The course will be held by DTU faculty. The format is short lectures followed by group work and reflection rounds in plenum. You are encouraged to share experience and practice from your own organization.

Elective Course: Big Data Business Dynamics

Technological development issues are central to determining the direction of corporate strategic agendas within all industrial sectors today. In the midst of a massive transition, technology and data analytics are dominating the strategy of every organization. Private companies and public institutions alike are challenged by the fact that more and more data is being produced and made instantly accessible. Simultaneously, digitalization and the spread of intelligent systems, units and products connected to the Internet, adds to the big data business competitiveness challenge. On that backdrop, the primary objective is to qualify you to play an active role in creating data- and analytics-based business value, as well as to have a basic insight into applied big data technology dynamics.

Elective Course: Innovation Systems in Developing Countries

Doing business in a developing country context is contingent upon a good understanding of a country's specific business environment, where informal networks, family relations, and relationships are as important as rules and regulations. And where technological innovation is strongly dependent on international linkages, through global value chains, through transnational companies, and through donor interventions. This course will introduce the culture based challenges for doing business in a developing country and approaches to investigate and understand innovation in a developed and developing country context. Keeping this in mind the course will discuss the specific challenges and opportunities for the transfer of technologies, local innovation, and adaptation of technologies in a developing country context. In this regard, you will be introduced to the literature on global value chains, technology innovation systems, clusters of innovation, innovation for bottom of the pyramid, etc. The theoretical approaches introduced in the course will be illustrated by examples of innovation and technology development in developing countries based on the teacher’s own interventions and research in Africa, China and South East Africa.

Communication Management

In a corporate world where the struggle to present your point of view among many others is constantly becoming tougher, skillful communication is essential in everything you do.

This course offers an operational understanding of corporate and personal communication and will improve your ability to influence others through practical, hands-on exercises. Profound changes in how content is generated and circulated are transforming the media landscape. The course examines this new reality and introduces you to media handling, crisis planning, issues management, and transmedia storytelling.

Master Project

The Master Project is the main activity during the fourth semester. It has the following objectives: To demonstrate capability in conducting analyses covering several business disciplines, as well as the ability to integrate such disciplines into a coherent form and to demonstrate an ability to reach and present well-grounded proposals that should lead to implementable solutions.

The Master Project will concern an important or urgent strategic business problem that involves specific functions or processes within the organization. Consequently, the Master Project will treat a central business problem of a strategic nature in a thorough and well-argued, cross-disciplinary, and action-oriented way.

The Master Project should demonstrate the author’s breadth of view regarding the ability to arrive at well-grounded proposals for management actions concerning cross-disciplinary and cross-organizational business problems.

Peter Arbs
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Peter Arbs
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eMBA Quick Facts

  • Prerequisites: Minimum 3 years work experience plus a bachelor's degree – academic exemptions are given in cases with sufficient work or management experience.

  • Workload: 1800 hours

  • Duration: 21 months

  • Class size: Max 35  

  • Price: 380.000 DKK

  • Average age: Particpants average age is 41 years.

  • Travel: The program includes 2 international study tours.

  • Results: Many of our participants are promoted within their companies after completion of the program.

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