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The Leadership & Innovation for Positive Global Change elective is a leadership development immersion designed to integrate your professional development with a deep dive into business and society’s complex problems. The emphasis is on learning through active participation in real-life business cases and through leadership practices.

Business leaders worldwide are increasingly confronted with the need to consider broader societal interests in their organizations’ strategies and operations. This is driven by different factors, including the growing sense of urgency around the climate change crisis, the increasing mobilization around socio-economic, health and racial inequalities, and the awareness of the interconnectedness of global spaces sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic.  A new business narrative is emerging that centers around profit and impact, challenging the view that businesses’ sole purpose is to create shareholder value.

Europe has long been at the forefront of integrating business and society. This GIE allows you to visit the two largest cities in the Netherlands – Amsterdam and Rotterdam – to see and experience how organizations, from start-ups to multinationals, are starting to transform their sectors by doing business differently and doing different business.

Program objectives include:

  • Developing your personal leadership skills in alignment with your values and career aspirations in a multi-cultural context;
  • Thinking critically about the role of business in fostering sustainability whilst also generating profit;
  • Understanding the potential of inclusive business and innovative social entrepreneurship – with particular reference to establishing equitable, truly inclusive economies and organizations;
  • Exploring the complex inter-connectedness of business, government, and society;
  • Understanding innovation as a mindset and future-proof leadership capability.

We are excited to collaborate with the Positive Change Initiative of the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University. Find out more about their work here:

Keywords: relational leadership; innovation 4.0; business sustainability; inclusive business leadership; circular economy; real-life business challenge; youth as change agents; emergent technologies

The program is led by Lecturer Dave Bond, and Marjolijn Dijksterhuis, in collaboration with Eva Rood of The Positive Change Initiative, RSM.



  • GPA Requirement: None
  • Language Prerequisite: None
  • Class During Program: None
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Accessibility Resources

Application Dates

  • Application Opens: August 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: October 2, 2023
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