The International Action Learning MBA is a part-time, blended programme that embraces the philosophy of Action Learning. For those looking to continue beyond Master level education, the International MBA is the perfect stepping stone on the journey to continued success, learning and breakthrough.

From the outset, as an International MBA student, you will focus 100% on topics of relevance to you and your organisation. Through research and discussion, you will discover methods to resolve issues and implement new plans; applying change through action. You will complete six in-house assignments; Action Learning Projects (ALPs) aimed at issues of the departmental level. Then the completion of the Dissertation tackles a strategic organisational predicament where various research methodologies also come in to play.



Replicates the Global Business Environment

Those that address problems alone stand alone, but those that form a strong team and tackle a problem in a cohesive, synergistic manner, ask challenging questions and devise the strongest of formulas for change, they, therefore, realise their goals in an empowering fashion. For this reason, your classmates, from various business backgrounds, are your winning team.

Assessment is based upon the areas that are relevant to professionals in a leadership position; we will appraise your diagnosis of the problem, your plan of action, your field research, your evaluation of the situation, and how you implement the plan to resolve the issue. Finally, we will assess your personal reflection of the situation; what you learned through the process and what if anything you will change next time.

Our specialised coaches encourage student interaction and lively discussion within the virtual class environment. Renowned module instructors and our in-house staff play a vital role during your visit with us at the international residency conferences. Here you have the opportunity to ask the most challenging of questions, dispute theories and exchange inspirational experiences.

With the additional support of our immense database of online journals, periodicals and management reviews, whatever your subject of interest, there is no problem in finding topical, significant and relevant information at the click of your mouse.

Eligibility criteria

Be a manager or management trainee

- Hold a B Degree or equivalent qualification

- Have Internet and email access

- For non-English speakers, a TOEFL or IELTS language test is required. The minimum pass mark for TOEFL is 550 (paper); 213 (computer) or 79/80 (internet) and IELTS 6.0. Exemptions can be considered should your mother tongue be English and you have successfully completed your degree in English.


- BSN Scholarship

The Business School Netherlands (BSN) Scholarship programme has made 60 partial scholarships available for 2016.


Start dates:

  • 16 May 2016
  • 19 September 2016


Accreditation:

The American accreditation organisation, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the Swiss accreditation organisation (eduQua) have accredited BSN and its MBA programmes.

NRTO, The NRTO, Dutch Council of Training and Education, is the umbrella trade association of all private training and education agencies in p>The Netherlands. The NRTO promotes the interests of private providers of training and education.


Cedeo is founded in 1980 and is an initiative of HR-managers from the largest firms and associations in the Netherlands, supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The immediate cause for the foundation was the absence of insight into the quality of the offer of company training. The offer contains over tens of thousands company training, offered by more than 8500 organizations. Based on customer satisfaction surveys executed by purchasers, Cedeo meets the need for inventory taking and underwrites the quality for purchasers of training and development as well as for other HR-services.


WIAL Business School Netherlands is the first European institution to become affiliates of the World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL). With such an outstanding organisation backing our activities, these steps signal our intent to excel even further as a rigorous practitioner of this powerful learning methodology.

Why study here:


Most MBA’s use traditional teaching methods, Business School Netherlands has, within the set boundaries of the NVAO, changed this approach drastically. The theory doesn’t only form part of the outcome of these Action Learning MBA programmes, BSN also includes real-life business problems and challenges in the curriculum.


Both student and organisation bear responsibility for carrying out the project. The organisation must be willing to protect their participating manager from anything that could frustrate the outcome of the project. This frees the manager for fear of retribution should an error be made. Trial and error are necessary to the success of a project.

Action Learning is: Learning together. Small sets or groups of comrades in adversity get to know each other and within the social structure of the group, learning takes place. Tutors no longer lecture but participate in tackling new problems, facilitating the reorganisation of thought and searching for the right questions. The set is the personal network of each member.


In the Action Learning MBA, a learning situation is created in which managers explore and investigate together, with an emphasis on asking the right questions, with the lecturers drawing on their experience to facilitate this process. This management education philosophy requires much effort from both student and lecturer, way beyond the traditional imparting and absorbing of knowledge.


“Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime” - Lao Tzu (the original Action Learner).

Program taught in:
  • English
Last updated February 28, 2019
This course is Online & Campus Combined
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