Spring & summer school in France - Montpellier Business School

International Spring & Summer School - 2018


Entrepreneurship is not only about setting up a company. Whether in your academic or professional life, occasions are countless where you can invest your projects with passion, discover the power of positive thinking, show your leadership and fulfill your ambitions.



(15 hours of class)

Design thinking can be described as a discipline that uses the designer's sensibility and methods to match people's needs with what is technologically feasible and what a viable business strategy can convert into customer value and market opportunity.

Design thinking is a methodology used by designers to solve complex design problems.

The approach has been used more broadly and has been applied in business and to social issues.

Design thinking relies on logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning, to explore possibilities and to create desired outcomes that benefit the end user (the customer). Design thinking is most of all human-centered.

The main objective of this course is to explore the different dimensions of the design thinking process and apply it to business and managerial issues.

The intent of the course is to provide students with the tools and techniques that will help them define and solve managerial issues in a creative fashion.

(15 hours of class)

Information technology is revolutionizing products. Once composed solely of mechanical and electrical parts, products have become complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software, and connectivity in myriad ways. These «smart, connected products" --made possible by vast improvements in processing power and device miniaturization and by the network benefits of ubiquitous wireless connectivity --have unleashed a new era of competition.
Michael PORTER, Harvard Business Review, 2014

Facebook, AirBnB, Tesla, Amazon, Uber, Linkedln... In a few years, these companies have changed the face, the pace and the foundations of the global economy. They were able to design or redesign their business model so that to embrace with success the new paradigme of the digital age. In the meantime, the digital revolution allowed for hundreds of thousands of start-ups to be created and to disrupt old business models, sometimes beating well-established companies on their own ground.

The intent of the course is to provide students with key concepts and a clear understanding of the forces driving the digital age and their influences on business models. The approach will be derived from the business model canvas (Osterwalder, 2008) and the detailed analysis of some emblematic cases like Google, Amazon, Epost or Dawson.

(15 hours of class)

Organizations become more open. Multicultural diversity of employees, managers, customers, providers and stakeholders is a direct consequence of this openness. It affects not only the employee's work experience but also the organization process, performance, values and missions. Gender, citizenship, religion, age, social class, sexual orientation, culture, tradition are but many expressions of diversity. Understanding diversity through its multiple facets is essential to understand how an organization may create a set of rules or routines for behaviors to become acceptable and responsible.

The aim of the course is to expose students to diversity and raise their awareness of the challenges, the issues and the opportunitiesassociated with the sound and smart management of diversity. The course emphasizes the definition of diversity and the identification of the main components of diversity challenges. The ultimate goal is to ensure that students develop pertinent cross-cultural intellectual understanding as well as cross-cultural management skills.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
-> Understand their relation to diversity and the people around them
-> Demonstrate an awareness of diversity and their understanding of practices, actions and routines that may trigger a feeling of respect or disrespect of diversity
-> Understand the implications of diversity on the philosophy, the values and the routines of an organization
-> Understand the importance of creating a work environment where each and every one is valued
-> Understand how the management of diversity can be a source of better performance

Throughout the program, participants will interact in group projects and study cases, where they will apply and experiment the concepts developed in the three modules..

Field trips and extra-curricular activities: make the most of the South of France!

Discover the heart of Montpellier and its’ unique ambiance: a mix of bustling university town, medieval centre of learning, 19th-century flamboyance, and progressive contemporary city.

Learn to play « Pétanque », the sport that is closest to French hearts !

Relax at the terrasse of a wine bar, in the fading sun, refreshed by a cool breeze…

Field trips to local companies will allow participants to understand the economic strength of Montpellier and surroundings.

Duration: 3 weeks from June 25th to July 13th, 2018
Airport or Train pick up: June 23rd and 24th, 2018
Courses start: Monday, June 25th, 2018
Courses end: Friday, July 13th, 2018
* Accommodations available from June 23rd to July 15th, 2018.

Registration fee: 50€
• Regular program fee: 2,300€
• Early bird fee: 2,100€
(register before April 30th, 2018)

Registration deadline
May 1st, 2018 for non-European participants
May 31st, 2018 for European participants
Early bird registration deadline: April 30th, 2018

What’s included in my programme fee:
• Courses
• Official transcript of records based on the ECTS system. Transcripts will be mailed approximately one month after the end of the program, to the address requested by the student. For additional transcripts, there will be a charge of 25€ for each; additional transcripts will be sent by express airmail
• Cultural and Company visits
• Accomodation in student hall of residence
• Lunches every working day of the program
• Airport or Train station pick up on the indicated dates
• Public transportation card for the duration of the program (valid for public transports in Montpellier and its urban area)

More information:
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call to : +33 4 6710 6021


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