Teaching approach:

  • The teaching approach is based on expertise theory (from cognitive science and neuroscience which have made tremendous progress in recent years) that reveals how our brain functions and how it develops expertise that provides anticipatory capacities (practical capacities). Therefore, the curriculum and the teaching approach are both adapted to the way in which our brain functions.

  • The course combines workshops and seminars from top professors, consultants and executives that are still practicing.

  • Every workshop and/or seminar has a specific objective and is always presented within an original experience that has a positive impact on our memory.

  • Candidates must submit an actual individual project in strategy from their company to be admitted into the program. This is mandatory since two top consultants will coach participants both during the Summer School in Winter and after their final report.

Experience preparation - 2 weeks before

Personal project orientation (individual coaching with professional coaches Denis Fraser, Serge Ménard and Stéphane Coudé)

Online self-marketing workshop – a benefit for your career and your organization ( Alexandre Bouchard from V3 digital)

Survey to fill out by candidates that will cover the several topics:

  • Information about their company and their expectations for the program

  • Questions related to some experiences in order to help us better adapt these experiences.

Day 1 - Expertise Theory

16:00 – 17:00     Registration and personal project guidelines.

17:00 – 22:00     Welcome reception with local guests and developing anticipatory capacities: workshop with an expert ( M. Olivier Tourrette) and expertise theory introduction ( Prof. Dr. Stéphane Coudé).

Day 2 - Schools of thought in strategy & Innovation school

7:00 – 9:00             Group Breakfast and meeting with personal project coaches (15 min. per participant)

9:00 – 12:00        Schools of thought in strategy. Organizing the existing knowledge in strategy to improve your expertise in strategy. Models that exist in strategy and how to employ them. Limits and criticism of existing models as well as frequent mistakes. Combining models and strategy implementation. Developing Strategic thinking. ( Prof. Dr. Henry Mintzberg and Prof. Dr. Stéphane Coudé)

12:00 – 13:30      Lunch break

13:30 – 16:30     Business Model Approach and Business Model Canvas, design thinking, developing new approaches, managing without design, etc. ( Ms. Alice Niyizurugero and Prof. Dr. Stéphane Coudé)

16:30 – 18:30     Meetings with coaches – Applying what you have learned in your personal project (15 min. per participant).

Free evening          Working on personal projects

Day 3 - Leadership and Motivation & Cognitive as well as Power Schools

7:00 – 8:45           Group breakfast – suggestions for the day

8:45 – 9:00          Board the expedition boat

9:00 – 10:30        Leadership and political aptitudes workshop (Coach Serge Menard)

10:30 – 11:00      Rules of the game that we are going to organize on the island with a 1.000, - USD prize for the winner.

11:00 – 12:00      Escape game part 1

12:00 – 13:30      Group Lunch

13:30 – 15:00      Escape game part 2

15:00 – 15:15      Board the expedition boat

15:15 – 17:15      What have we learned? Sense Making Workshop ( Prof. Dr. Stéphane Coudé)

Free evening          Working on personal projects

Day 4 - International business & Power and Environment schools

7:00 – 9:00          Group Breakfast and meeting with personal project coaches (15 min. per participant)

9:00 – 12:00        International business development and the role of NGOs and governments – Case studies ( Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Underdown).

12:00 – 13:30      Group lunch

13:30 – 17:00     International business development and positioning – International Decision Simulation Game ( M. Jean-Paul David)

Free evening         Working on personal projects - including 15 minutes meeting with professional coaches.

Day 5 - Team management and finding candidates & Cultural School

7:00 - 8:30              Group Breakfast with introduction of the day

8:30 – 9:00              Board the bus to the golf club

9:00 – 12:00          Golf Tournament – for all levels; but beware (!), the rules of the game have been changed.

12:00 – 13:30          Group Lunch

13:30 – 16:30         How to Navigate Change and Transformation Without Chaos ( Ms. Suzanne Bernard)

17:00 – 19:30         Cocktail and finding the proper candidates - workshop ( M. André Faleiros and Prof. Dr. Stéphane Coudé)

Free evening          Working on personal project and sending personal projects to coaches (deadline: 22:00)

Day 6 - Leadership, Political Capacities, Self-Marketing and Conclusion

7:00 – 9:00           Group Breakfast with introduction of the day

9:00 – 12:00        Group presentation of personal projects with live comments from professional coaches and professors’ panel

12:00 – 13:00      Group lunch

13:00 – 15:00     Self-marketing workshop - benefits for your career and your organization ( M. Alexandre Bouchard)

15:00 – 18:00     Survey to fill out by candidate with live results and workshop on wellbeing at work ( Dr. Mathias Mondo and Prof. Dr. Stéphane Coudé)

16:30 – 18:30      What have we learned - Conclusion

19:30 – 22:30      End of Winter/Summer School Reception and Acknowledgement

Conclusion - 2 weeks after

Individual coaching with professional coaches on personal project and strategy implementation ( M. Denis Fraser, M. Serge Ménard and Prof. Dr. Stéphane Coudé)