Detailed programme

The Management Acceleration Programme is constructed around 3 pillars: business knowledge, management skills and personal development. Throughout the programme, you will work on a group project with a small team that is formed at the start of the programme.

Business knowledge: gain an integrated view of business and understand the dynamics between different disciplines in order to increase your impact.

  • Entrepreneurship & creativity: this session prepares young managers to structure and sell their ideas/business cases to upper management. You learn how to create, identify and explore business opportunities in your organisation. In addition, you will be guided through the different aspects of a Business Model Canvas and you’ll work in small teams on your pitch.
  • Strategy: this session provides you with very practical and effective insights, frameworks and tools used for strategic decision-making. The focus lies on strategy formulation, but you will also get an introduction to strategy implementation.
  • Finance: this session takes you through a simulation called FAST (Finance and Accounting Simulation Tool), which has been developed to train non-financial managers in various aspects of financial management: you gain basic insight into the drivers of financial health and value creation.
  • Marketing: understand how you can create and manage customer value. You translate your new insights immediately into action by brainstorming in teams and acting as a consultant on cases.

Management skills: develop the right skills to lead, manage and present cross-functional projects.

  • Project Management: learn how to design, plan, and manage projects and project teams while respecting the set time frame and allocated budget.
  •  Negotiation: strengthen your position at the negotiation table and return to the workplace with the ability to close deals whilst adding value for all parties involved. The success rate of your negotiations will increase significantly.
  • Leadership: experience the difference between a manager and a leader role. How do you lead and work with others and how can you grow further? Do your direct reports know the mission and vision of the company/business unit, and do they act upon it?
  • Speaking to inspire: Presenting information clearly and effectively is a key skill in getting your message across. Learn how to connect with your audience, understand the importance of voice and body language, and receive tips & tricks about preparing slide-shows.

Personal development: being more self-aware enables you to understand the impact your personal traits and interaction style have on your team and business performance.

We will administer some personality tests to give you insights into what drives you, your behaviour and values. Through role play, you will experience the strengths and pitfalls of your preferred communication and interaction style and learn how you can adapt it to have greater impact on the behaviour of others. The 360° feedback tool allows you to understand how your colleagues perceive your leadership behaviour in comparison to how you see yourself in your leadership role. You will be coached on this feedback in small groups by an expert Vlerick coach.


  • Self-awareness and self-management
  • Team dynamics
  • 360° feedback group coaching
  • One-on-one coaching

Group project: To ensure knowledge integration and application, you will create a new venture in a small team setting through the course of the programme. This project enables you to apply the theory to a real case, and moreover, you experience the challenges of working in an assigned team and having to decide on the roles and responsibilities of the different team members. Your team will have to come up with an innovative idea, do market research, draft a financial plan, and so on. During the programme, you will be coached on this assignment by faculty members who will challenge and guide you throughout the development of your New Venture Proposal. At the end of the programme, your team will pitch its new venture to potential investors.

The objective is two-fold:

  • Come up with a good idea, validate it, create a business model, make your case and pitch it.
  • Manage team dynamics:
    • Determine your role in the team
    • Interact with different personalities
    • Learn to maximise each team member’s competences
    • Manage conflicts within your team

A learning experience like no other

When you come to Vlerick, you step away from your usual routine and gain a wider perspective. You discover how to tackle challenges, turn your knowledge into action and apply your skills in your workplace. You learn from faculty who are experts in their fields – and from a diverse group of peers. All these things help you become a confident, skilled professional, ready to succeed in business – and in life.

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A learning experience with real impact on your operations? A management programme tailored to the specific needs of your business? Contact us and discover how we can design and deliver customised programmes for your team that add genuine value to your organisation.

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