ESMT Berlin was founded by 25 leading global companies and institutions. The international business school offers a full-time MBA, an executive MBA, a master's in management, as well as open enrollment and customized executive education programs.


ESMT focuses on three main topics: leadership, innovation, and analytics. ESMT faculty publishes in top academic journals. Additionally, the business school provides an interdisciplinary platform for discourse between politics, business, and academia.  The business school is based in Berlin, Germany, and has a branch office in Shanghai, China. ESMT is a private business school with the right to grant PhDs and is accredited by the German state, AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and FIBAA.  



6-day course in Berlin, Germany, with study tours, opportunities and high-level, up-to-date scientific input.

  • Learn how German companies succeed in becoming and remaining world leaders
  • Strategies that German SMEs apply to remain competitive against global manufacturing and high-tech solutions
  • Experience Industry 4.0 technology first hand
  • Principles of sound corporate governance that let your business flourish and grow
  • Establishing a spirit of entrepreneurship
  • Embrace the world of digitisation and learn to apply it to your business
  • Counteracting status-based barriers to effective leadership and as a basis for stable and sustainable growth






SME owners, Senior Managers, Directors, General Managers and Heads of Departments of corporations.

  • Learn corporate and competitive strategies of German SME’s and challenges of family-owned businesses
  • Discover how the ‘Hidden Champions’ master their success in a globalised economy?
  • Be trained on counter-strategies against low-cost competitors, internationalisation strategies of Hidden Champions
  • Creating business links between Malaysian and German companies
  • Post-programme support via 3 follow-up webinars on ‘Customer Satisfaction’, ‘Communication of Bad News’, and ‘Blockchain as Potential Disruptive Technology’.
  • Individual web-based coaching session on a topic of participant’s choice on their professional and personal development.

Creating Business Links between Malaysia and German companies.

  • In co-operation with the Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Industry and MIDA, participants will be able to get in touch in contact with German companies interested in co-operations with their Malaysian counterparts
  • Get direct contact with CEOs and representatives of German and Berlin-based companies looking for ventures in South-east Asia
  • Introduction to the network of Berlin Partner for Business and Technology:
    • Active in unique public-private partnership, collaborates with the Berlin State Senate and over 200 companies worldwide in various sectors:
    • Healthcare Industries
    • ICT | Media | Creative Industries
    • Transport | Mobility | Logistics
    • Energy Technologies
    • Photonics
    • Service Industries
    • Manufacturing Industries
    • Aerospace technology


Christoph Burger
Senior Lecturer, ESMT Berlin

Prof. Matt Bothner, PhD
Professor of Strategy and Deutsche Telekom Chair in Leadership and HR Development, ESMT Berlin

Prof. Dr. Johannes Habel
Associate Professor ESMT Berlin, Co-director of the Hidden Champions Institute (HCI)

Prof. Dr. Sabine Rau
Member of the Advisory Council of the Hidden Champions Institute, ESMT Berlin

Dr. Jens Weinmann
Programme Director, ESMT Berlin

Andreas Bernhardt
Executive Development Advisor and Lead Coach, ESMT Berlin

Bianca Schmitz
Programme Director and Co-Director of the Hidden Champions Institute, ESMT Berlin

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Kohl
Head of the Corporate Management division at Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK), Berlin

Dr. Alexander Bode
Visiting Lecturer, ESMT Berlin




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