Leadership in Business, Politics and Society

ESCP/Hertie School Certificate Series

The ESCP/Hertie School Certificate Series is a set of unique short-term executive programmes for managers working at the intersection of business, politics and civil society. Certificates consist of three to four seminars each, and they address topics and skills related to general management such as leadership, strategy and decision making.

All seminars take place at either ESCP's Berlin campus or at the Hertie School Berlin. They will cover the main concepts, principles and instruments as well as their application in different organisational contexts. Each certificate requires participants to successfully complete all seminars within two years.

Credits can be transferred to ESCP’s Executive MBA programme and Hertie School’s Executive Master of Public Administration programme.

Leadership in Business, Politics and Society

  • This certificate includes four seminars, which need to be completed within two years. Most seminars take place on an annual basis.
  • Participants choose two out of the five courses offered by the Hertie School and participate in two out of three courses at ESCP.

ESCP Business School
Curriculum & Calendar
(Participants choose two courses)

Human Resources Management for Executives • Human resources can be a source of competitive advantage in your firm and ensure the performance of your team/department if they are well managed. In times of uncertainty, complexity, digital transformation and the need to constantly adapt to changes, managing human resources and talent is crucial. Furthermore, globalisation, digitalisation and demographic challenges not only change the way companies do business but also have an impact on the way we work. Managers need to be aware of these important changes and take an active role when managing and leading human resources.

This course will explicitly address the context of an international firm and international careers. The objective is threefold: The elective should provide you with important knowledge from an HR perspective, indicate the implications for your role as a line manager, and support you in your own international career in a changing business environment.
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Key Topics
  • International dimension of human resource management
  • Current trends such as digitalisation, workforce agility and generational challenges
  • Human resource policies and practices in various contexts
  • How to use human resource practices to plan, develop, motivate and engage your employees
  • The role of managers in strategic workforce planning, recruitment and selection, management development and talent management as well as reward issues
Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course participants will

  • have an extended knowledge on modern HRM practices in multinational and small firms from the perspective of a line manager.
  • have learned practically applicable concepts, practices and techniques in selected areas of human resource management.
  • understand how different HR activities are linked with each other and with the firm’s strategy.
  • have discussed and elaborated how to handle existing HR measures in their firm and developing tools in case they should be non-existent.
  • be more sensitive to human resource and talent issues and better prepared to handle them in their team/department in a competent way. 

Next dates

  • 23-24 April 2024 & 27-28 August 2024 (12 hours)

Intercultural Management in Team and Leadership Setting • This course is designed for participants who either work in highly internationalised environments (multinational organisations) or take international development responsibilities. It has a strong focus on the intercultural dimension of business. The particularity of this course is that it includes a serious learning game on Intercultural Management that allows for the immersion of the participant in various intercultural environments (national, organisational, group, personal culture including intercultural team and leadership challenges). In a blended format, the innovative contents of the serious learning game will be complemented by role plays, discussions and debates in order to further develop participants’ intercultural skills and by company case studies in order to develop participants’ managerial skills. The overall goal is to learn about and experience intercultural management issues with a specific focus on teams and leadership.
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Key Topics
  • Foundations and success factors of intercultural management
  • Concepts of culture (personal, group, organizational, national culture)
  • Concepts of intercultural competence
  • Application of intercultural concepts in management situations, especially team and leadership settings.
  • Trends in intercultural learning
Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Analyse the impact of the various cultural contexts (personal, group, organisational and national cultures) on interactions in international organisations
  • Understand the various ways management practices can influence interactions in international organisations with a specific focus on intercultural encounters in team and leadership situations
  • Understand the use of serious games in management education

Next dates

  • 1-2 April 2025 in Berlin (12 hours)

Intercultural Leadership • The globalisation of business requires intercultural competence and global leadership capabilities. This module provides participants with the essential know-how and experience which is the indispensable basis for any successful career in an international context.

Working across cultures has become a feature of everyday business life. Yet, the virtual character of a lot of that collaboration, more emphasis on corporate cultures and more internationally educated managers from all over the world make us forget that we are often interacting with people from contexts that differ substantially.

The consequence is that we can easily underestimate these differences and interpret unexpected behaviour as personal flaws. Our actions and reactions then might be insufficient or outright wrong to gain trust from our collaborators, colleagues and partners. Yet, without trust no engagement, and without engagement it is hard to succeed in highly competitive, ever changing international markets.Therefore it is more important than ever to build the attitude, knowledge and skills to be a strong intercultural leader.
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Key Topics
  • Cultural differences’ impact on expectations from leadership, specifically on leading, collaborating, decision making, initiative taking, communicating, evaluating, feedback and conflict
  • Examples, mini-cases and film to make these differences come alive
  • Exercises and debate around participants experience
  • Intercultural strategy matrix and its application
  • Situational leadership in intercultural settings and its application
  • Trust-building framework and application
  • Tools to create positive team dynamics and integrate intercultural teams
Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Be more aware of the impact their leadership approach and behaviour has on engagement, effectiveness of collaboration and, finally, results in different cultural contexts
  • Be better prepared to decide when to adjust to and when to drive culture
  • Become more skillful at leading and managing in various international settings
  • Develop their skills to integrate as well as leverage diversity and sources of knowledge
  • Be more effective in consciously using culture development or culture change in teams
  • Be more knowledgeable how to develop global competence in themselves and their collaborators

Next dates

  • 25-26 Apr 2024 & 30-31 Aug 2024 in Berlin (12 hours)

Hertie School
Curriculum & Calendar
(Participants choose two courses)

For registration and further information on the Hertie seminars, please visit Hertie School of Governance.

Admission criteria

  • A previous university degree: Bachelor, Master’s degree or equivalent in any discipline
  • A minimum of five years’ managerial-level experience, based on the demonstration of managerial skills and potential for success within your company 
  • Fluency in English: courses are taught in English and all coursework must be submitted in English

€7,900 for 4 modules

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