Achieving Managerial Excellence


The CEDEP AME is a mini-MBA. The AME is designed for executives with substantial functional management experience. Participants are high potential managers between the ages of 28-40 years old, representing over 30 nationalities, and typically do not have an MBA. In general, they have gained managerial experience on-the-job. They are earmarked for geographically expanded functional responsibilities, broader general management roles within 2 to 3 years, or larger team management responsibilities. Members who have sent participants to our regional programme, the MBE (Mastering Business Excellence Programme) can enrol participants in the second module of the AME to come to Fontainebleau and wrap up their learning.

Equip talented managers with solid operational skills

2 modules of 9 days each

Target Audience
Functional experts; team managers

Programme objective

Based at CEDEP in Fontainebleau, the AME is our mini-MBA.

As fairly experienced managers in their field, our participants come together to ensure their understanding of the business fundamentals in the aim of going back to their organisations feeling comfortable to discuss any subject, be it Finance and Accounting, Marketing, Project or Operational Management. Delving deeper into these domains helps managers understand better the roles of their colleagues to evolve significantly and rapidly. The AME also aims to bridge current global company concerns with the management basics of everyday business.

This key learning experience for young managers is an unforgettable one. With two modules of nine days (with a three month gap between modules) it not only gives participants the time to reflect upon and implement their learning between modules, but also helps to give confidence to participants, determine management styles and teach the importance of supporting colleagues and teams. The programme encourages participant involvement and is organised to maximise networking and sharing opportunities.

Guido Verswijvel

Programme Director

INSEAD MBA’87J, Guido is owner and Managing Director of Gucy, active investor and strategic advisor for the ambitious and growth-oriented entrepreneur/entreprise. Guido is Co-Founder and Board-Member of BAN Vlaanderen (Business Angel Network in region Flanders) and of Finpower (Financial Consultancy for medium sized Businesses, incl. M&A).

He has intervened in many executive programmes of different business schools and several in company work-shops on service marketing.

Nana Von Bernuth

Programme Director

Nana is a Business Coach at INSEAD and CEDEP with a focus on Leadership, Collaboration and Innovation.

She has a broad experience in designing leadership development programs globally and was extensively involved in the design of CEDEP’s new Achieving Managerial Excellence and General Management Program.

Since 2003, she combines action learning project management and in-depth research activity which allows her to convey to the participants the latest insights and developments enriching discussions and results.

For the past few years she worked with Morten Hansen and Jim Collins on their latest books Collaboration and Great by Choice, respectively as well as on Herminia Ibarra’s book Act Like a Leader, Think like a Leader on how to successfully step up to leadership.

Programme content

The AME runs once a year in a two-module format of nine days each, with three months in-between, allowing participants to reflect upon and implement their learning in-between modules. The objective of the programme is to bring strategy to life by providing participants with the language and business acumen that they need to manage and coordinate effectively across functions.

  • MODULE 1 : builds the business fundamentals. Participants start with a group project to get to know each better, align the complexities of the workplace with time and resource constraints as well as give back to the community – a truly enriching experience. Participants examine the various business functions and how operational management link to corporate strategy. There is also an in-depth look at managing teams, coaching others, and performance management. A strategy simulation game is also used to enhance learning. The AME has been adapted in order to make Module 1 more comparable with our MBE programme which takes place internationally.
  • MODULE 2 : focuses on integration of the learning and impact on corporate strategy. Participants delve deeply into how topics such change management, investment analysis, and decision making have an impact on overall performance as well as the culture of the company. There are several themed evenings (wine and cheese, western and tapas/casino) for participants and a couple of days off to make the most of the Fontainebleau region.

Contact :

Kate Chauvire
Head of Sales