Executive Programme en
Management et Philosophies

10 days to push the boundaries of management thinking to new heights.

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The Executive Programme en Management et Philosophies is designed for individuals from diverse backgrounds who aspire to grow professionally, personally, and ethically. It empowers them to (re)discover and convey meaning in their projects and decisions.

 

Training Objectives

  • Be a powerhouse of innovation, imagination, and transformation in your role and function.
  • Understand the philosophical approach and strengthen the consideration of responsible development, in order to reconnect with a long-term positive project for both the company and society.
Teaching Methodology

Our Teaching Approach

Because a few hours are not enough to fully grasp the philosophical contribution to modern managerial challenges, the Executive Programme in Management & Philosophies focuses on key questions and takes the necessary time to share, confront, and delve into them. Concrete business issues are approached from a managerial and operational perspective.
 
The contribution of philosophy promotes a more suitable mindset to help solve these problems.

The approach explores various fields of philosophy, including moral philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysics. While philosophy is primarily about systematic thinking and reflection, it does not have a singular goal or specific subject of study. However, this does not mean that there are no distinct areas of study within philosophy, such as logic, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of law, or philosophy of science.

 

The selection of different philosophers involved in this programme was therefore made to raise awareness among participants about the diverse nature of philosophy, the multitude of its fields, and to utilise them accordingly in relation to the different practical cases addressed.

Various schools of thought and cultures are explored. For instance, we delve into the distinctions between Eastern and Western philosophies and their implications on managerial practices. Additionally, we examine how certain philosophies closely tied to American culture continue to profoundly influence their approach to business ethics and compliance.

In addition to philosophical tools in the strict sense, the Executive Programme in Management & Philosophies also draws upon other domains of the humanities (psychology, sociology, anthropology) and exact sciences (neuroscience, complexity sciences, and more).

The programme

10 days - 2 themes

The ten days of the programme are divided into two thought-provoking and action-oriented themes.

1. Give Meaning

Day 1
What does it mean to be a manager in 2024?

Speakers: André Comte-Sponville and Jean-Christophe Tellier (UCB)

Date: 9 February 2024

Day 2
What does it mean to decide?

Speakers: Axel Cleeremans and Laurence Bovy from Vivaqua

Date: 15 March 2024

Day 3
How does digital transformation transform managers?

Speakers: Luc de Brabandere and Jean-Paul Philippot (RTBF, UER)

Date: 18 October 2024

Day 4
Who regulates in 2024?

Speakers: Benoît Frydman and Stephanie De Bruyne (ItsMe)

Date: 19 April 2024

Day 5
Who is the other in the company?

Speakers: François Jullien and Pierre Gurdjian (ULB)

Date: 17 May 2024

2. Overturning old Management Theories

Day 6
What is the company’s purpose?

Speakers: Sophie Galabru, Philippe Leroy (CHU Saint-Pierre)

Date: 31 May 2024

Day 7
Loyalty in the company

Speakers: Raphaël Enthoven, Harold Boël (Sofina)

Date: 14 June 2024

Day 8
Is the manager resistant?

Speakers: Pascal Chabot, Béatrice de Mahieu (BeCode)

Date: 6 September 2024

Day 9
Can the manager be free?

Speakers: Pascale Seys, Stephan Sonneville (Atenor)

Date: 20 September 2024

Day 10
Should we always aim for the useful?

Spekers: Alexandre Lacroix, Olivier De Raeymaeker (Le Soir & Soir Mag - Rossel)

Date: 4 October 2024

Statistics

The programme in numbers

50

years

is the average age of the participants.

50

%

of the participants are executives.

25

%

of the participants are entrepreneurs and owners of SMEs.

25

%

of participants exercise a liberal profession.

Testimonials

What our participants say

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Christine Thioux
Director
ATH & Associates
“My job pushes me to continually question myself. My clients are managers of multinationals and owners of SMEs. For many years I have observed that more and more of them are in search of meaning. They seek to know what their usefulness is and how they can help businesses and the world evolve in a more positive way.

The great wealth of the Executive Programme en Management & Philosophies is to bring together recognised top managers – often people who are not very available, or even untouchable – and renowned philosophers to have them debate without taboo. In my opinion, it is the first training which combines deep questions of philosophy, those of ethics, the meaning of life... with those of management and pure economic issues, to invite us to rethink our practices and to make ourselves more creative.

Beyond the year of study, a dynamic of constructive and continuous critical thinking is initiated. This is not at all training for utopians. It’s a unique programme, very pragmatic, closely connected to the reality on the ground.
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Frédéric Nolf
Director of Human Resources and Sustainability
IBA
“In addition to my position as HR Director, I also take care of the sustainable development program at IBA. These two aspects of my role lead me to always question the meaning of what we do. I found it important to revalidate a certain number of managerial principles from a moral and ethical point of view.

The Executive Programme en Management & Philosophies allows us to confront our thinking with philosophers rather than the formatted business world. Chatting with Luc Ferry or André Comte-Sponville offers exceptional insight into the role of the company.

This programme allowed me to progress in my thoughts, to open new avenues, to integrate new references in an economic world where the sole profit of the company is no longer enough.
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Laurence Vandenbrouck
General Counsel
RTL Belgium
“In the company I work for, there is regular management training. I realised that these were crossed by the question of “how”. How to be a good boss? How to be empathetic? How to motivate your teams? It was certainly useful but something was missing for me. Making people happy at work is certainly an interesting program, but I needed to know what it was to be happy and even understand what work was.

It is to answer these metaphysical questions that I registered. It was a way of moving from how to why. During the sessions, seeds are sown in the mind, they continue to grow by initiating another look at reality.”

Partners

Developed by the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in partnership with the non-profit organisation Philosophie & Management, the School of Management of the University of Liège - HEC, and the Louvain School of Management (UCL), the Executive Programme in Management and Philosophies enhances our ability to question our perspectives and managerial practices in order to surpass them and make better decisions.

 

This original and innovative approach brings personal and professional benefits, providing new tools and concepts for deciphering professional situations, as well as cultivating a personal mindset of reflection when faced with problematic situations, approaching them from new angles.

“In this era of rapid change, an increasing number of challenges are becoming unsolvable with traditional management tools. Philosophy is a powerful resource that allows us to take a fresh look at the company. It makes us more insightful, demanding, relevant, and free.”

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Philippe Biltiau and Laurent Hublet

Academic Directors

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