Global Executive Development Programme (GEDP)

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Gain a global perspective by travelling to Germany and Poland. Are you a senior manager looking to boost your leadership skills and improve your company's global competitiveness? The Global Executive Development Programme (GEDP) is a high-level leadership and general management programme that will stretch your thinking and expose you to a challenging learning experience that will positively impact your career. 

How you will benefit:
  • Advance your personal leadership skills and boost your contribution as a leader in your organisation;

  • Progress your strategic understanding of the business disciplines you face as a senior manager;

  • Advance the strategic objectives for the organisation;

  • Be exposed to opportunities for personal benchmarking, networking and strategic discussion with other motivated executives;

  • Access a holistic development experience and apply your knowledge and skills back in the work place; and

  • Immerse yourself in the cultures of different economies and make comparisons and contrasts with South Africa.

Why the GIBS GEDP?

  • Selective entry criteria ensures a high level cohort and exceptional future networking potential.
  • The programme design is underpinned by decision making in complex environments.
  • Delivery by leading local & international faculty, professionals and practitioners.
  • Three modules provide a unique opportunity over six months to apply & review learning.
  • International destinations selected for their excellence in specific sectors.  
  • Includes personal coaching, company visits, visits to international business schools and universities & a business simulation.
  • GIBS is also accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is a member of the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA), the Association of African Business Schools (AABS), the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
  • In May 2016 the annual UK Financial Times Executive Education rankings, a global benchmark for providers of executive education, once again ranked GIBS as the top business school in Africa.

Who should attend?

Company executives and senior managers with at least 5 – 10 years of senior management experience, who have the potential to be promoted to an executive-level position within the short-term. It is recommended that applicants have held numerous leadership positions in both corporate and civil society.​

Qualifying for admission:

Enrolment is limited to senior-level managers. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organisational responsibility. No formal education qualifications are required but an interview may be necessary as part of the selection process. The admissions committee reserves the right to accept only those applicants who are likely to benefit from the programme and who are able to make a full contribution to group activities

Key focus areas
  • Global competitiveness

  • Environment of business

  • Building strategic capability

  • Personal development

  • Leadership skills

  • Negotiation skills

  • Technology as a strategic enabler
  • Strategic finance

  • Dynamic markets

  • Operations management

  • Customer centricity

  • Innovation

  • Strategic human resource management

Additional information

The programme is comprised of three modules.  You are required to attend all three modules.

Module 1 Unlearn and re-learn

Module 2 Context, travel to Poland and Germany

Module 3 Implementation of learning: Complete individual and group assignments aimed at applying classroom knowledge in the work place.

Participants will receive a special accommodation rate of R480 per person per night, room only for the on-site, Illovo Hotel.


Please click here before applying for the Global Executive Development Programme for the checklist of information required.

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