CAS Management Challenges in the Global Context 2021

Edition 2020/21

This course is not offered in 2020/21.



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18 ECTS credits
144 Teaching hours






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CHF 9'500.-
CHF 1'800 / module


  • Master advanced management skills and practices applicable to intergovernmental, public and non-profit organizations
  • Strengthen your skills in leadership, communication and team management
  • Access an extensive network of professionals and build strategic connections in a competitive international environment
  • Bridge the gap between corporate business and international cooperation and examine out-of-the box approaches


The program is designed for professionals who work for – or aspire to work for – IOs, NGOs, NPOs or Social Enterprise in managerial positions as well as professionals from the private sector looking for a career shift.

Learning outcomes

  • Develop your leadership and management skills and increase your team or organization performance
  • Apply fundamental concepts of management in complex organizational settings
  • Outline key factors in successful global partnerships contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


6 modules divided as follows:

6 core-modules (mandatory modules):

  • Advocacy and Fundraising
  • Cross-sector Partnerships
  • Global Strategy and Innovation
  • International Law / International Trade
  • Practice of International Relations
  • Social Entrepreneurship


Prof. Marcelo OLARREAGA, Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM), University of Geneva


Rose ACHEAMPONG, University of Geneva
The executive degree "Management Challenges in the Global Context” offers deep insights into decision-making issues that recently emerged in the global environment, such as managing across sectors or balancing social and commercial priorities. The interdisciplinary design of the program provides participants with a variety of perspectives and tools on how to effectively address these challenges.


How to develop and establish appropriate strategic fundraising solutions? What can advocacy achieve? And how are all of these connected to each other?


Cross-sector partnerships are increasingly becoming mainstream in areas where societal actors detect own boundaries, sense efficiency gains through collaboration, or recognize opportunities behind interdependencies. This course explains the global evolution of partnerships and the manifold types that emerged, it zooms-in on the management of partnerships, and provides guidelines as to when partnerships can and should be utilized. At the heart of the course, study-groups together with the actual partnership managers critically study, analyze, and compare a suite of globally successful partnerships.


Organizations – for-profit or non-for-profit ones – need to develop strategies how to act in the global environment. This course aims at developing strategic thinking in a global context. We introduce you to the domain of global strategy, gain understanding of the processes of strategy analysis and formulation, and then apply them in a global setting.

The course blends input sessions with tools and frameworks as well as interactive discussions and assignments. We will work on a case study in real-time and interact with the organization’s management

Learnt concepts are applied in a simulation scenario about strategic decisions taking for several markets.



The growing intensity, and velocity of global interactions requires new approaches to studying the practice of international relations. This course combines theory and case study practice to make sense of an increasingly complex global actor and issue landscape. The course is based on highly interactive and participatory group learning and puts an emphasis on presentation and discussion skills.



Social entrepreneurship refers to the practice of combining innovation, opportunity and resourcefulness to address some of our most challenging social, economic and environmental problems. While social entrepreneurship is generally focused on the creation and growth of new ventures, social innovation is a broader concept that applies these same principles wherever our career paths take us, in the public, commercial, academic or citizen sector. This course will examine the evolution of the practice of entrepreneurship that focuses on transforming systems and practices that affect communities and ecosystems and the growing number of entities that are supporting its disruptive potential.



Each module is subject to an assessment, including one or a combination of the following: in-class exam, classroom presentations, take-home assignments and group works.

Diploma awarded

Students who successfully complete the programme (18 ECTS credits) will be awarded the CAS Management Challenges in the Global Context by the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) of the University of Geneva.
The program offers deep insights into decision-making issues that recently emerged in the global environment, such as managing across sectors or balancing social and commercial priorities and provides participants with a variety of perspectives and tools to effectively address these challenges.

Admission criteria

  • An undergraduate degree
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience
  • International exposure

Number of participants

Max. 20 participants

Exemplary list:

  • Bruce Jenks, University of Columbia
  • Katherine Milligan, Head and Director, Schwab Foundation, WEF
  • Susanna Swann, HR Director at EPFL

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