Advanced Management Programme

Become a better strategic leader


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The challenges and opportunities facing your company are ever-changing. Which means you need leadership skills that can drive competitive advantage, no matter what the future holds. This 21-day general management programme is a transformative experience that allows you to reframe your leadership role and strategic thinking. 

If you’re looking for a senior manager programme that opens your mind, boosts effectiveness and transforms your leadership approach, the Advanced Management Programme is for you.

Detailed programme

The Advanced Management Programme takes business education to a new level. It combines robust academic insights with real-world approaches, so that you live and learn through activities, in-depth understanding and a practical, hands-on, strategic project. This rounded approach means you’re ready to leap into action and give your company an immediate return on investment. 

The Advanced Management Programme is designed around two core themes – strategic decision making, and your role as a leader. It takes you on a journey that future-proofs your thinking and your approach to leadership.   

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Future-proof strategic decision making 

When your business environment is evolving and changing at a rapid pace, strategic focus is essential. Predictably high performance only comes out of strong strategic direction – that can accommodate changes in the marketplace, customer behaviour, digital disruption, regulation and new forms of competition. You’ll learn to make decisions that ensure profitability today – and success in the future. 

Redefine your role as a leader 

Excellence in leadership comes from a perfect blend of hard and soft skills. Effective communication, clear decision-making processes and relationship-building skills are hallmarks of change-makers. You’ll be coached to help you influence your teams and stakeholders, so that you can roll your vision out across your organisation. And you’ll take part in exercises designed to challenge your existing leadership approach. 

Strategic business challenge 

You’ll put everything you’ve learned into practice in a strategic business challenge. You’ll assess your company’s strategic approach, make recommendations – and lead transformation. You’ll be supported throughout with intensive coaching sessions, and direct input from our expert faculty and your peers. It’s an immediate way for your company to see a return on investment in your management training – and it gives you a safe, supported environment to address a strategic challenge in your organisation. 

Why this programme

  • Learn to think and act strategically
  • Use strategic tools to assess the current situation – and plan confidently for the future
  • Strengthen your own leadership ability and become a driver of positive change  
  • Know how to identify and leverage digital and technological opportunities
  • Understand how to integrate different management disciplines within your strategic framework
  • Build a lifelong, diverse network with your fellow participants – and learn from their experiences  
  • After graduating from this programme, you are entitled to join our alumni network. Visit the Vlerick Alumni website for more information
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Want to get a flavour of this programme? Watch the participant testimonials on this video and get a feel for the energy, enthusiasm, the approach to learning, the return on investment for you and your company and why previous participants recommend this programme to you.

Who should attend

  • Business or functional directors with a solid management background and strategic experience 
  • Professionals who would like to reflect on their leadership approach and sharpen their strategic thinking 
  • Professionals with at least 15 years of professional experience, including a minimum of four years of strategic responsibility at business unit or corporate level 
  • Professionals with considerable knowledge of key management frameworks 
  • Professionals who want to join a hand-selected group of talented managers from a range of sectors and industries  

In previous editions, we had the pleasure of welcoming participants from companies like:

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Practical info

To apply for this programme, you need to complete four steps:

1. Check your eligibility: Check if you meet the admissions criteria for the programme you want to apply for.

2. Submit your application: Fill out the application form and upload it together with your cv or LinkedIn profile.

3. Take part in an interview: When we receive your application, we’ll get in touch to set up an interview. This will take about an hour and will cover:

  • Your professional experience and current challenges
  • Your career ambitions
  • Why you want to take the programme

4. Confirm your registration: If you pass the interview, we’ll send you a registration form. You’ll have two weeks to complete and submit the form to confirm your programme place.

Success stories

Stefaan Lauwers

I’ve been the director of the Partena Health Insurance Fund since 1991. I've witnessed merger after merger. This means you must constantly question your raison d’être and modus operandi. I’m 59 years old, and was 57 when I did the Advanced Management Programme. The programme forces you to think and also to do. Your mindset is expanded, which means you start investing your energy at the right time in the right things.


Kurt Verweire

Kurt Verweire

Professor of Strategy

Kurt Verweire is a specialist in helping companies to develop and implement winning business strategies. 

Kristof Stouthuysen

Kristof Stouthuysen

Professor of Management Accounting & Digital Finance

Kristof Stouthuysen drives sustainable value creation with management accountancy – and leverages technology to make better financial decisions.

Katia Tieleman

Katia Tieleman

Professor of Negotiation

Katia Tieleman provides leading companies with the mindset, tools and approaches to turn negotiation and conflict challenges to their advantage.

Stijn Viaene

Stijn Viaene

Professor of Digital Transformation

Stijn Viaene is dedicated to helping executives transform their enterprises for a digital world.

Steve Muylle

Steve Muylle

Professor of Digital Strategy and Marketing

Steve Muylle creates business impact with actionable insight about digital technology.

Katleen De Stobbeleir

Katleen De Stobbeleir

Professor of Leadership

Katleen De Stobbeleir is inspired by leaders who stand up and speak – and she is passionate about those who have the courage to sit and listen.

Jean Vanhoegaerden

Jean Vanhoegaerden

Adjunct Professor of Change Management

Jean Vanhoegaerden has over 25 years of experience teaching executive education programmes across the world.

Wouter De Maeseneire

Wouter De Maeseneire

Professor of Corporate Finance

Wouter De Maeseneire is passionate about explaining financial management principles by linking finance to business models and strategies.

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Deborah de Bleyser

Deborah de Bleyser

Learning & Development Consultant