The Advanced Master in Innovation & Strategic Management provides students with the essential tools, skills and mind-set needed to deal with the challenge of organisations in fast-evolving environments. It helps them to develop their ability to analyse complex challenges, integrate technology and innovation into their projects or businesses, and influence their environment early on in their careers.
It covers the main management disciplines with a particular focus on the future developments of the market and emerging technologies. It embraces innovation from a wide variety of angles, ranging from technological advances to the transformation of existing business models and organisational forms.
During the programme, students develop their ability to grasp innovative opportunities and understand the dominant strategic logic in many different sectors around the world.
Our teaching methods are very hands-on and participant-centred. Classes are intentionally limited to manageable-sized and coherent cohorts, ensuring maximum participation and easy access to the faculty. Courses are mainly structured into case studies, workshops, discussions, simulations, group work, coaching sessions, and on-the-job learning.
The programme highlights the importance of innovation and helps instill a strategic approach. It will help you to develop your entrepreneurial skills and to understand the dominant strategic logic in many different sectors around the world. You will master key management concepts and learn how to drive innovation projects.
Every year, we fine-tune the programme. For 2017, we have introduced two major new initiatives: the European Innovation Tour (3 short study trips in top innovation hubs across Europe) and an upgraded field project where you will have to choose between building the “Company of the future” (i.e. helping existing firms to imagine their business by 2030, by millennials for millennials) or a strategy consulting assignment in one ‘Innovative Scale-up’.
By the end of the programme, you will be able to:
Make informed choices about strategic issues carrying a high level of uncertainty
Solve complex business problems
Work in or lead teams in charge of change management projects
Integrate technological advances and opportunities into existing business model
have a strong interest for business, innovation and/or entrepreneurship
enjoy diversity and multidisciplinary activities
“You learn to work with people from different backgrounds, which will prove especially relevant for your future working life.”- Aurélie, Alumni 2014
Eligible applicants must hold one of the following:
a master’s degree (four or five years of study)
a post-graduate degree
a four-year bachelor’s degree followed by one to three years of work experience
another degree equivalent to the above (please consult us for more information)
Admissions will be based on the candidates’ proficiency in English, on their background, professional potential and motivation.
Following the Innovation & Strategic Management programme gives you the ability to learn working in teams with people from different backgrounds as you will experience in the professional world. Weekly presentations during classes improve your public speaking skills.”- Maxime, Alumni 2015
The courses of the programme are subject to marginal changes without notification.
“My perception of the business world, the willingness to start my professional career on the right foot and my own start-up business in the future have changed enormously since I started my Innovation and Strategic Management Master at Solvay.”- Pedro, Alumni 2014
This master consists of full-time day courses (60 ECTs) split over five terms and completed within 10 months of daily classes.
The course starts mid-September with a 2-week workshop in Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship, during which students discover what it takes to develop new solutions in a creative and entrepreneurial way. They will then have an overview of general management during their core courses.
Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to join the European Innovation Tour*: they will discover up to 3 top european innovation hubs where they will meet and visit world-class innovative firms, disruptive start-ups and ecosystem builders.
The last two terms, students gain real-world experience via a deep immersion in the challenges of different industries. The key subjects at this stage comprise consulting skills, case studies in innovation management, business modelling and planning, and a field project (a real consulting assignment for an existing organisation).
*optional, travel and accommodation costs to the charge of the participant
“It’s a friendly and professional environment with a lot of opportunities for personal development.”- Ben, Alumni 2014
The faculty comprises a seasoned team of Solvay professors, forming a unique mix of academics bringing in their theoretical insight and the latest research expertise from their respective fields (including Marek Hudon, Hugues Pirotte, Philippe Silberzahn, Jean-Pierre Bizet, Nicolas van Zeebroeck, Olivier Witmeur…). Top-level practitioners driven by a real passion for education are also part of the teaching team: Antonio Nieto Rodriguez (Head of Project Portfolio Management, BNP Paribas Fortis), Alain Sepulchre (Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company), Fabian Seunier (Senior Director Mergers & Acquisitions at UCB), and Susan West (HR advisor and executive coach).
Olivier Witmeur & Bruno Wattenbergh
co-Academic Directors of the Advanced Master
All professors have significant experience, in the professional as in the academic world, making them able to provide us with useful practical knowledge.”- Maxime, Alumni 2015
More about the Academic Directors
Olivier Witmeur is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Université Libre de Bruxelles – ULB). He mainly teaches Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Planning to graduate and post-graduate students, entrepreneurs, investors and consultants. He is also Deputy Dean for the Executive Education activities of the School. Beside his activities for the school, Olivier is an active Board member and strategic advisor in multiple growth-oriented entrepreneurial ventures. Over the last 15 years, Olivier has coached over 100 new and growing firms, published a book on business planning and written multiple papers on growth management in entrepreneurial ventures. Before joining the U.L.B., Olivier has been part of the entrepreneurial team of OpenHR (2000-2006), a successful Belgian IT venture company specialized in HR management software, where he was mainly responsible for financial affairs. The company was created in 1997 and quickly became international with operations in France, Spain, U.K. and U.S. By 2005, OpenHR had 6M€ in revenues and a 70 people staff. It was sold to Arinso International in 2006. Olivier has also been the Managing Director of EEBIC, a Business & Innovation Center / Incubator in Brussels (1995-1999) and Adviser to the Minister of Economy of the Brussels Region (1991-1994). Olivier holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering (1991) and a PhD in Entrepreneurship (2008).
Having started his career as a consultant, Bruno Wattenbergh has been for 20 years an expert in entrepreneurship and SMEs. He has been engaged in developing structures dedicated to the creation of enterprises and, in particular, the Brussels Enterprise Agency, which he founded in 2003 and manages this day. Otherwise, he is also the President of the Brussels Guarantee Fund whose mission is to warrant bank loans to SMEs (€ 30mio in 2012). He’s best known for sharing his vast knowledge and experiences by giving lectures and classes on the subject of strategy and entrepreneurship at various universities, including HEFF, Solvay Business School and ICHEC. He has been appointed in 2011 MBA Professor by Solvay Business School and teaches Business Model Innovation. Bruno also has a solid reputation with the media in general. A national radio airs a daily chronicle on the subjects of entrepreneurship, economy and business strategy which he animates. He is also the creator of the reality TV emission on RTBF on the subject of entrepreneurship Starter! Bruno is Member of several business planning competition jury’s so as Start Academy and Enterprise,.. He is coaching technological startups.
Bruno studied in Belgium, in the US and in the Netherlands. He holds a degree in management, a degree in Labor Sciences, an advanced degree in Management and a Certificate in Strategy and Innovation at the MIT. He has completed a specific Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands.
After graduation, an unlimited range of job opportunities will be accessible for you. Here are some of the careers that participants could undertake:
Project manager or business analyst in established firms
Strategy or technology consultant
Advisor in innovation or entrepreneurship in incubators, technology transfer offices, venture capitals, entrepreneurship centres, etc.
Creator of a new venture, or member of an existing a start-up or scale-up
“Thanks to Solvay’s numerous, quality networking opportunities, I was able to land an interview and job offer after the first event!”- Claire, Alumni 2014
However, to successfully grow in your working life and make the right choices for your career, it is fundamental to define your goals and have the tools to achieve them. The Solvay Brussels School’s career service will help you in building your career thanks to its strong connection with the business sector and to its dynamic team who will accompany each participant into the professional world.
From self-assessment to networking opportunities, our team assists participants to realise their full potential.
Through a wide range of seminars, coaching sessions, workshops, events and other resources, we help our participants to discover the career path best suited to their personal fulfilment.
Solvay’s career service and personal development training makes you more aware of your strenghts and weaknesses and how to present them best during a job interview. It has definitely helped me land a challenging job in a big multinational firm.”- Maxime, Alumni 2015
If you wish to join the Advanced Master course in September 2017, please follow the four main steps of our admission procedure:
Complete and submit the online pre-enrolment form together with the required documents.
Receive feedback on your eligibility from the Academic Director.
Have a personal interview with the Academic Director.
Receive feedback on your admission. If positive, please note that you will have two weeks to finalise your registration by paying a deposit of €2000.
Non-EU students: June 30th 2017 (recommendation related to visa procedures)
EU students: July 31st 2017.
Important: non EU-citizens must somehow be aware that student visa procedures may take up to 3 months, and therefore check the timing and conditions of their nearest Belgian Embassy before considering applying after June 2017.
Additionally, non-EU applicants must take into consideration that getting a student visa for Belgium implies the obligation to prove their sufficient and regular means of subsistence (631 EUR net/month in 2016-2017) or their sponsor’s. If they can’t, Solvay can support them if the applicant transfers the requested amount covering 12 months on a school deposit account (which will be redistributed on a monthly basis to the student as soon as a Belgian bank account has been created). For more information visit this link or contact the nearest Belgian embassy.
Early-Bird discount: Apply by April 17th, 2017 and benefit from the early-bird discount of 10% on the tuition fee. (valid only for registrations confirmed within 2 weeks from receipt of the admission documents).
“It’s a friendly and professional environment with a lot of opportunities for personal development.”
Ben, Alumni 2014
“My perception of the business world, the willingness to start my professional career on the right foot and my own start-up business in the future have changed enormously since I started my Innovation and Strategic Management Master at Solvay”
Pedro, Alumni 2014
“You learn to work with people from different backgrounds, which will prove especially relevant for your future working life.”
Aurélie, Alumni 2014
“Thanks to Solvay’s numerous, quality networking opportunities, I was able to land an interview and job offer after the first event!”
Claire, Alumni 2014
“All professors have significant experience, in the professional as in the academic world, making them able to provide us with useful practical knowledge.”
Maxime, Alumni 2015
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