Executive MBA specialisation

Global Business

The Global Business specialisation will give you an integrated view of all business areas in different cultures and prepare you to take on more challenging leadership positions.

The business world is global, and the BI Executive MBA programme helps to create global leaders. The Global Business track focuses on international management, strategy and macroeconomics. You will learn about European regulations and South America, and the business link between the continents. You will also be exposed to Asian business culture.

This track will take you to IE Business School, located in the heart of the financial district in Madrid. Another module takes place in Shanghai, China. Each class will be taught by local professors.


Topics in the Global BUSINESS Track 

  • Asian Business Trends
  • EU and Latin-American Business Trends
  • International Macroeconomics
  • Strategy Process
  • Management Control
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Management of projects
  • Technology management and disruptive innovation

Core courses
Consultancy project and Leadership Development Programme are common for all specialisations.

"When measuring global competitiveness, Norway excels in productivity and performance, making it the ideal context to study globalisation."

Birgitte Grøgaard

Associate Professor

Dates and venues

"I pursued EMBA to emerge as a professional who can leverage leadership and awareness to elevate my skillsets, career and business to new heights by challenging status-quo."

Fahad Rehman

Fleet Manager, NSB

"I have always liked learning new subjects and skills, and the EMBA is a great opportunity to develop a broad business skills set."

Fredrik Anfinsen

Attorney, Statkraft

  • Oslo

    BI Norwegian Business School is one of Europe’s largest business schools, and among the less than 1 % of business schools worldwide that have been awarded the triple ‘crown’ accreditation. BI has one of Europe’s largest teams of researchers within economics, business, administration and marketing.

  • Madrid

    Madrid is one of the most vibrant capitals in Europe and the perfect place to learn about European Regulations and Latin America. You will gain a better understanding of the business links between Europe and Latin America. Classes take place at IE Business School, one of Europe’s leading business schools.

  • Shanghai

    Shanghai is a major financial hub in China. The focus for the trip is doing business in Asia. BI Norwegian Business School has been established in Shanghai since 1996 and it was the first foreign-joint master programme to gain recognition from the Chinese Ministry of Education. 

  • Berkeley

    Berkeley is close to the Silicon Valley, the home of many of the world’s largest technology companies, and the ideal place to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. We will learn about how these companies move from idea to start-up, and why the processes here are so fast. Our classes take place at the renowned Haas Business School, University of California at Berkeley.


Asian Business Trends
What are the current financial and human capital costs of doing business in Asia and globally, what might future challenges be, and how do firms compete to capture emerging business opportunities? The participants will gain insight into these concerns, as well as how firms should strategically position themselves to take advantage of key developments in Asian and Western economies to sustain high corporate growth.

EU and Latin American Business Trends
The course aims to familiarize its participants with the various sets of issues and forces that executives encounter when their firms operate in the global arena, with specific emphasis on the European Union and Latin America, and to provide them with tools to develop and implement successful global strategies. Students will learn to find the right balance between global integration and local responsiveness when formulating and implementing global strategies.

International Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics is about economic growth, business cycles, inflation, unemployment, exchange rates and capital flows, as well as monetary and fiscal policies. It is important for businesses to understand the mechanisms generating booms and recessions, and the way monetary and fiscal policies affect interest rates, exchange rates and other macroeconomic variables.

Management Control
The objective of the Management Control course is to introduce participants to approaches of management control both in conventional and knowledge-based firms. The course comprises three topical areas: conventional management control and performance measurement, non-financial performance measurement advances, and lastly the use of control systems to enhance learning within and by the knowledge-based firm.

Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain Management is a key element of global business. The course consists of two main parts. Firstly, participants study the operations of the supply chain, focusing on models for quantitative analysis of parts of it, and how this relates to the supply chain overall. Secondly, participants study the strategy of supply chains, including value creation, coordination and positioning, supplier relationships and global supply chain responsibilities.

Contact us

Manager admissions and marketing
Tel: + 47 464 10 138
E-mail: ola.o.ommedal@bi.no


Practical information

Programme starts: 16 March 2020

Application deadline: 1 January 2020

Length of programme: 18 months part-time, divided into six two-weeks modules.

The Executive MBA is an intense programme that requires total commitment from its participants. The admissions committee places particulare emphasis on each applicant`s academic qualifications, motivation, professional experience and maturity. 

Application and admission

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis, and reviewed by an admission committee. Qualifying applicants are invited for an interview.

Admission requirements 

Read the admission requirements for this programme.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee is NOK 450 000 (divided into three installments). Study materials are included. The tuition fee does not include travel expenses (flights and accommodation)

As this is a part time programme, you can only apply for a tourist visa. If you are eligible for financial support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund, the EMBA is a supported programme. Please see their website for more information. Please note that we are unable to assist you with queries related to the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.

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