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Global Executive Development Programme (GEDP)

Building future-fit executives

Leading and managing in the rapidly evolving, discontinuous and disruptive global environment requires leaders that have the skills and agility to operate in uncertainty. This compels us to acquire relevant skills to explore new ways to drive growth and competitiveness of our organisations. The GIBS Global Executive Development Programme (GEDP) is a high-level leadership and general management programme for senior executives.

Why the GIBS GEDP?

Snapshot of the programme:

  • The latest thinking, trends and developments from across the world;
  • Analysis of future business scenarios;
  • Contextually relevant case studies,
  • Immersions, discussions and engagements;
  • Insights on leading complex and ambiguous economies and sectors;
  • A vision of a future-fit mindset;
  • Universally applicable leadership principles (portable leadership skills);
  • Strategic analysis of a multiplicity of business disciplines;
  • Opportunities to benchmark skills against diverse sectors, job descriptions & geographies; and
  • Local and international experts and thought-leaders.

How you will benefit:

On completion of the programme you can expect to:

  • Receive certificates from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and from GIBS, the leading business school in Africa;
  • Broaden your global mind set with immersions to London and Munich;
  • Analyse the current variables impacting economies;
  • Consider future competitive strategies and contextually relevant innovations for your organisation;
  • Progress your strategic understanding of the business disciplines you face as a senior manager;
  • Advance your communication, influencing and negotiating skills to become a more effective leader;
  • Reconsider the design of dynamic, robust strategies to enable your organisation to compete sustainably;
  • Deepen your understanding of shared value and develop strategies and innovation within context;
  • Understand issues of ethics and accountability in business;
  • Equip yourself with the latest general management thinking and skills;
  • Solve complex organisational problems by improving your critical thinking abilities;
  • Practice the art of asking the right questions, making decisions when factors are uncertain and collating information from diverse sources and decide what to focus on;
  • Understand the impact of your decision making on interrelated systems in your organisation;
  • Be exposed to opportunities for personal benchmarking, interaction, networking and strategic discussion with other motivated executives;
  • Access a rigorous and holistic development experience, incorporating a knowledge and skills component to ensure the application of knowledge;
  • Immerse yourself in the culture of three different economies - Johannesburg, London and Munich;
  • Develop a leadership manifesto to use as a road map for future growth and success.

How will your organisation benefit?

  • Develop executive-level talent with the skills to navigate the current and future, complex, uncertain business environment;
  • Equip identified talent with the skills to build a resilient and sustainable organisation;
  • Benefit from the diversity of information sharing to build robust, agile strategies to give your organisation the competitive edge;
  • Expose your talent to leading executives in companies in South Africa and elsewhere with a view to understanding the entire ecosystem of business possibilities; and
  • Build networks with organisations at home and abroad.

Programme features:

International travel module 8 -10 days international travel to London and Munich.

  • London: Attend sessions at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and receive a certificate from Saïd. Discussions will include Brexit and beyond for the UK and an analysis of the top five areas of challenge for growth and sustainability for the region. The visit will also include engagements with key firms in London.
  • Munich: The itinerary in Germany will include faculty-guided engagements to understand an economy that is based on family owned SMEs, the dual vocational education system and visits to iconic companies such as Siemens, BMW and MAN Truck.


You will be awarded certificates from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and from GIBS. Deliverables Participants will be required to complete a Leadership Legacy Manifesto to illustrate commitment to personal and business transformation of their leadership. Syndicate work is designed to cover current issues that senior executives are faced with in today’s volatile operating environment.

Programme format:

The programme has been divided into three learning modules. The time between modules is maximised by individual coaching, preparation of case studies/readings, working on deliverables, and reflection (time to embed the knowledge gained).

Teaching methodologies:

GIBS is renowned for ensuring that learning is delivered in a variety of interactive, creative and impactful ways. These include: Gamification, the Harvard case study teaching method, executive coaching, peer-to-peer learning, experiential learning, engagements with leading expert practitioners and panelists, and syndicate work.

Participants and networking:

  • By the end of the programme participants would have developed an invaluable network of peers and friends from a diverse array of sectors and professional backgrounds. Inevitably, the GEDP provides a unique opportunity to compare and benchmark skills. Learning through the experiences of others provides powerful interactions where challenges can be shared and solved collectively in a ‘safe’ space.
  • World-class faculty and industry specialist speakers
  • All GIBS faculty experts are required to consult within industry and conduct academic research, thus classroom discussion is vigorous, current and relevant. Many faculty members are invited to teach and present their research at business schools internationally. Industry practitioners are frequent guest speakers, case study protagonists and panelists on the programme.

Professional coaching:

Each participant is assigned a professional, personal coach and will be allocated four to six individual coaching sessions throughout the programme. This creates an opportunity for a deeply introspective process which incorporates an inward and outward mindset.


GIBS is renown for customising and crafting local and international experiential learning interventions. Immersions are crafted around specific learning themes and outcomes. Trips to the inner city, townships, entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovators provide opportunities for participants to interact in different contexts and better understand societal needs. This creates strong impactful memories that enhance the themed objectives and complement the learning.

Business simulation:

A rigorous, strategically focused simulation creates opportunities for critical thinking when factors are uncertain. Participants gain an understanding of how systems are interrelated and encouraged to take on unfamiliar roles to broaden their perspective.

Who should attend?

This programme is designed for a select group of executives earmarked for the most senior positions in their organisations within the short-term. Knowledge sharing between programme peers is essential in order to create a powerful learning experience.

Participant profile:

  • Senior managers with at least 5 - 10 years of senior management experience;
  • Company executives likely to succeed the CEO or take on other C-level roles;
  • Experienced general managers;
  • Senior leaders in government and state-owned companies;
  • Successful entrepreneurs who run medium to large companies;
  • Group head or head of a major business unit; and
  • 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

5 Key focus areas:

  • Personal leadership - To position you for readiness for Board and ExCo roles
  • Contextual leadership and environment of business - The canvas which you currently find yourself in
  • Strategy & competitiveness - Strategy in context, what is the new normal?
  • Operational excellence - To accelerate understanding with tools and insights to enhance your general management bench strength.
  • Innovation & disruption - To accelerate your understanding and appreciation of disruption and to provide tools with which to respond.

Dates, duration and process:

  • Duration: 23 contact days, divided into three modules. Participants must attend all three modules to successfully complete the programme.
  • Applications close: 1 May 2018
  • Briefing evening: 1 May 2018, GIBS campus
  • Module one: 21 - 30 May 2018, GIBS campus
  • Module two: 16 - 26 July 2018, Germany and London
  • Module three: 3 - 6 September 2018, GIBS campus

Application process:

  • Complete your online application and upload your CV and company organogram.
  • Thereafter e-mail a video of less than one minute to nkwinikae@gibs.co.za. In the video, introduce yourself, describe your organisation, your role and responsibilities in the organisation. Outline how you believe you can contribute to the programme.
  • The GIBS admissions committee reviews all applications and may request an interview.
  • Successful applicants will receive a letter of acceptance and an invoice.
For further information, visit: GIBS
Course Details

Apply By:
20 May 2018
Start Date:
21 May 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa
Contact us using the details below.
Contact: Gibs Enquiries
Tel: +27 11 771 4000
E-mail: Send me an e-mail

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