“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people. It speaks to youth in a language they understand.” Nelson Mandela
The executive short MBA Leaders of Sport Academies program is a joint program from International Leadership & Business Academy, Netherlands Business Academy and City Campus Dordrecht in collaboration with top European sport organizations. This short executive MBA program is designed for sport academies that are looking to position or reposition their role in the “sport participation society”. The sport participation society goes beyond the buzzword. There is a need for an interdisciplinary approach that brings together the management of sport academies. The parties in the sport market have gradually concluded that sport academies for young people have many social dynamics, which must be organized in a very specific way. Sport academies play a decisive role in the contact between sport and society. In addition to fulfilling the core task, the sport academy is increasingly becoming a citizenship educator.
The executive short MBA for leaders of sport academies is aimed at directors who work at the strategical level (or aspire towards a career at the strategical level) in sport organizations and are interested in updating their knowledge and skills in various areas of business management and strategy determination and mirroring colleagues at the same level. In this short executive MBA program, all subjects from the regular MBA Leaders in Sport are worked out in a short and concise manner, one theme per day, whereby the participants are expected to translate this knowledge into their own working environment.
The biggest challenge in leadership is to respond to the changes in our future. For several decades, leadership has been about inspiring and motivating employees. Today, this is especially important because of the battle for talent. Good people are scarce; therefore, we must ensure an attractive working environment, and employees must connect with the vision, values, and standards of the organization. People often consider personal development more important than material rewards.
To thinkabout talent management in an organization or team is not just to think about the top talents. We give the latter special attention, but real talent management is using the full potential of all the people in the team. If the whole team is performing at its maximum, the special qualities of the stars can be used to the maximum. To develop people, we must understand their personality, character, behaviour, (potential) intelligence, and competences. In this effort, the following aspects are important:
Are we clear about the potential of people? Do we develop people’s skills according to their talents?
People’s character develops over years. Under normal circumstances, we can predict the development of character, and thereby help develop them more efficiently and effectively. It is all about talents in the mind. Are we successful in talent management in this regard?
The present time presents an even greater challenge. The themes of meaning, sustainability, and social involvement play an increasingly important role. Sustainability is also about the person themselves. “Wellbeing” and “work-life balance” are just English terms, but how do we make policy toward these? How do we turn this challenge into an opportunity?
This short executive MBA is realized in a substantively strong business management program that is interwoven with several relevant topics and current issues from the sport sector, including inspiration sessions.
Why Is this Program Unique?
The short executive MBA program Leaders of Sport Academies is the only integrated international study program in the Czech Republic that links theory from different disciplines to practical experiences and is directly linked to practice in the world of sport.
An interdisciplinary curriculum is being designed in collaboration with several European sport academies and institutions of higher education. Students can participate in international internships with top European sport academies. This experience and network of contacts will offer them the opportunity to grow into international, all-round managers who know how to combine knowledge of sport processes with innovative business insight. Students from different countries are involved in the project over multiple weeks. This program will enable you to combine business knowledge with the sport and education sectors.
Internationally Renowned Guest Teachers
In addition to the teachers of International Leadership & Business Academy, we also work with renowned guest teachers with specific knowledge and practical experience from the field of sport.
During this program, students will discuss developments in their work environments. Attention will be given to the subjects indicated in the overview, but there is ample room for topics brought in by the participants.
Why this Program?
- Existing concepts, models and new developments in sport business administration fields are studied and discussed.
- This short executive MBA offers a broad basic knowledge of all modules from the full MBA Leaders in Sport in a few weeks.
- This course is a good fit if you are looking for an MBA foundation without investing more time and money in a full MBA, or if you are considering doing the full MBA at a later stage.
- In those areas where the student has specific interests or needs additional training, we offer more extensive masterclasses in the subjects in question.
- This program offers students a chance to learn with and from other international students from different backgrounds and work environments.
- The teachers and professors are all experts in their own professional field, which guarantees translation of business theories into practical examples. The students are invited to bring in practical examples themselves so that these can be discussed during lectures.
Why Should You Do this MBA Short Program?
During this study program, integrating different management aspects and functions is an important key point with the aim of knowledge integration. The training broadens skills by taking disciplines as a starting point to improve on the integral and critical view that can be expected of managers.
- Access to high-quality knowledge from international networks
- Renowned international guest teachers
- Part-time training for professionals
- Small interactive study groups
- Side-events abroad
- Financial options
Who is this Program for?
After successfully completing this study program, you will be entitled to call yourself an expert in sport organization leadership. You are an all-round manager who can combine knowledge of sport processes with innovative business insight. You are part of a high-quality knowledge network that will be invaluable. The training is designed for (future) managers in the broad sector of sport or for those from other disciplines who want to play a key role in the necessary (re)positioning of sport institutions in the “sport participation society”. Among the students from sport academies, we have managers of sport clubs, national associations, government sport organizations, sport event providers, sport foundations, etc. Graduates of this study program can excel in the following professions:
- Leader of sport organizations, companies, and governmental institutions
- Director, (General) Manager (CEO)
- Business Operations Manager
- Project Manager
- Member of a management team
- Member of international networks of sport experts