Beyond Executive MBA

For the past 20 years, EFL has successfully delivered Executive MBA programs in partnership with the Lund University School of Economics and Management. Building on our winning formula and in the tradition of our learning philosophy, we are now taking yet another step toward our goal of perfecting a high-impact executive management and leadership program – or, in other words, trying to find and unleash even more unexplored potential beyond Executive MBA.

We believe in creating a setting where the learning experience is closely linked to the strategic real-life challenges our participants face, further closing the gap between the learning environment and the reality of these challenges back at their organizations. These real-life business challenges are made an integral part of the learning environment to create the best possible conditions for creating both immediate and lasting IMPACT.

Leading IMPACT – Executive Management and Leadership Program helps managers, leaders and organizations navigate the future in a local and global market where conditions change every day.

Leading IMPACT will help you understand, explain and take charge of the challenges you and your company face. It’s both an opportunity to attain deeper knowledge of financial analysis and corporate finance for qualified decision-making and an opportunity for professional development in business analysis and strategic leadership.

A program with an immediate impact on you and your company!

What previous participants think

Leading Impact review
“Each module has added new knowledge that is directly useful in my everyday life. We have gained access to a lot of tools and models, and I will be able to use many of them for a long time to come.”

Pernilla Oskarsson, Regional Manager, Smile Tandvård


Our new learning philosophy, program design and structure take your learning experience to the next level by reliably and effectively addressing the challenges the leaders of today and tomorrow will face.

Leading Impact in 6 minutes: Program Director and participants describe the program

Our pedagogic method

Our Leading IMPACT program uses a brand-new pedagogic method and a new approach to learning. You can forget about traditional lectures by “experts” going through a never-ending series of PowerPoint slides. We will not dictate what business challenges are most relevant to you – no one can do that better than you can. What we will do is provide a close-knit team of leading educators to help you along the way.

Together we are ready to accept the challenge. We are well aware that our learning philosophy places high demands on both the participant and the team of educators – but together, we can achieve fantastic results!

Fast-paced and efficient

Given our understanding of the workload managers of today face, work will be fast-paced and efficient when we meet.  We do not waste precious contact time on preparatory lectures or other preparations. That’s something you can do when your schedule allows. Our aim is to deliver a program offering high-quality professional development that can be combined with the demands of a balanced life. We want to produce sustainable leaders!

Program Design

The program is founded on reality-based learning, which involves constantly building on the challenges you and your company face today and will encounter in the future. The program is centered around three dimensions sharing common components, such as our learning philosophy, a close-knit team of educators and a variety of assignments integrating various business aspects. An intensive part-time program over 15 months.

Leading IMPACT is an intensive, part-time executive management and leadership program that takes 15 months, meeting in a stimulating environment two-three consecutive days each month (residential sessions). The design promotes networking and experience sharing in an exclusive group of high performers with extensive management experience. We use the challenges you and your company currently face as the basis for advanced learning, which provides immediate benefits for both you and your company.

13 modules

Module 1: This part of the program is all about you and your fellow participants. We explore and develop self-awareness, how you learn, personal leadership and your key qualities for success. We lay the foundation by getting a better understanding of the models under which we each operate.

  • Module 1: Leadership “You and your impact”

Module 2-10: This block is about mastering the business tools that play a critical role in leading and developing businesses. We explore and develop theories, models, concepts and analysis as key success factors in your work to create immediate and lasting IMPACT in your organization.

  • Module 2: Leadership “Taking the lead”
  • Module 3: Foresight “Creating foresight”
  • Module 4: Macro economics “Politics, Money markets and return on investment”
  • Module 5: Strategic Analysis “Paths to the future”
  • Module 6: Strategies for Sustainability “Navigating in a dynamic world”
  • Module 7: Marketing “Building and reaching markets”
  • Module 8: Controlling “Understanding the business”
  • Module 9: Business Finance “Controlling what´s important”
  • Module 10: Organization “Managing people and learning”

Module 11-13: IMPACT Specialization consists of a menu of electives and open courses where you choose what area you want to immerse yourself in and develop your skills and ability to lead IMPACT. The program currently offers three elective specialization tracks:

  • Module 11-13: Leading Change
  • Module 11-13: Business Innovation
  • Module 11-13: Strategic Financial Management

The Impact Challenge

In the Leading Impact program, each participant bring an Impact Challenge into the program. We will put at large effort on the Impact Challenge throughout the program. The impact challenge has several very important purposes:

  • A vehicle for learning – we believe that learning is facilitated by problem based learning. Having a hands-on challenge (problem) helps us focusing and staying motivated, it provides context for us to discuss relevance and value, it helps generating critical and constructive questions and it creates deeper insight.
  • An opportunity for testing – managing and leading is much more than theories and models. Developing as a leader is mostly about learning by doing. There is a huge difference in understanding a theory and being able to apply it in real life. It is often said that managing and leading is more about tacit knowledge (know-how) than explicit knowledge (know-about).
  • An opportunity to linking back to home organization – developing as a leader does not happen in isolation. It happens in a context. By involving the home organization in the process, you will share your new insights and experience the feedback – both are vital for learning and development.

Impact coach/mentor

All participants will be matched with an impact coach. The Impact Coach is there to give the participants someone to talk to that “knows what you are dealing with”. The coach will help you define your Impact Challenge, challenge you to think outside the box, to support you when needed, to provide feedback when appropriate, to share their experience if asked. The coach is primarily focusing on the Impact Challenge but will also help you to get the most out of the program. The coach is there to help you make meaningful Impact!

Impact coach Anders Yngve Söderstjerna describes his role as an Impact coach on the Leading Impact Program:

The Impact Team

The Impact Team is there for many reasons – two are very important. Number one, the Impact Team should be able to help you with (or be involved in) your Impact Challenge. Number two, the Impact Team provides a forum for you to share your new insights and a sounding board for new ideas. Nothing helps learning as being a teacher. The Impact Team could also be a way for you to pay back by developing people in your organization, to create a group that might help identify other challenging issues in the organization, and ultimately to help develop an Impact culture.

Study Buddies

The study buddy is a fellow classmate with whom you collaborate on different matters such as applying models, cases and literature discussions, and more. The study buddy couple should also give moral support and challenge each other as well as help stimulate joint learning.

EFL Digital Learning Platform

During the course you will have digital support through the EFL Digital Learning Platform. Course material will be continuously uploaded and available during the program. You can access your EFL Digital Learning Platform login via your computer or the app for mobile phones, which means that you always have access to the course material via your mobile phone or reading tablet.


Leading IMPACT – Executive Management and Leadership Program gives you and your sponsoring company hands-on benefits right from the very start – in fact, even before the program officially starts. The reality of your company is integrated into the program and you will work both independently and with supervision on assignments linked to strategic challenges.

As a key figure in your company, the program ensures that you attain a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and develop the skills to apply this knowledge in real life. On a personal level, you will rapidly develop a more analytical, professional and managerial approach. You will feel comfortable actively engaging in executive decision-making and personally make a strategic impact within your company.

Your company gains a leader who acts as a catalyst in ongoing business development. Additionally, the companies are offered the opportunity to submit relevant cases to be addressed in the program. Your company will also have the option to set up an Impact Team around the participant in order to create the best possible conditions for impact success.

The program will provide a network for life, and a business network for you and your company.



  • Being a better leader in all aspects
  • The skills and ability to create and lead IMPACT
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Well trained abilities to lead and develop businesses
  • Documented experience of having created IMPACT
  • Being a Certified IMPACT Improver
  • Network for life
  • Membership in EFL’s network


  • Immediate and lasting IMPACT
  • Tangible and ongoing business development
  • Structures and techniques to spread everything learned in the organization
  • Robust solutions and feedback on actual business challenges submitted to the program
  • Development of key individuals in the company
  • IMPACT measurements
  • Network contacts
  • Membership in EFL’s business network

Our team

The program is run by a close-knit team that has been working together for many years. This ensures that hence all their various perspectives on running a business are connected in a comprehensive and holistic manner. We strongly believe that the true value of the Leading IMPACT program lies not in the pieces themselves but in the ability to put them together.

The unique composition of our team gives us the flexibility to move across disciplinary boundaries during the program. With the comprehensive understanding of business this enables, the entire program is characterized by rigor.

You’ll meet some of the most experienced business educators in our program. We also strengthen our team by bringing in additional expertise, such as international lecturers from universities and interesting names from the business community and public sector.


Course duration:
15 months (one residential period of two-three days each month)

Start date:
Leading IMPACT starts on October 2, 2024.


All dates are preliminary

Module 1: You and your impact
October 2-4, 2024

Module 2: Taking the lead
November 7-8, 2024

Module 3: Creating foresight
December 4-6, 2024

Module 4: Politics, Money markets and return on investment
January 8-10, 2025

Module 5: Paths to the future
February 5-7, 2025

Module 6: Strategies for Sustainability
March 6-7, 2025

Module 7: Building and reaching markets
April 9-11, 2025

Module 8: Understanding the business
May, 14-16, 2025

Module 9: Controlling what’s important
June 11-13, 2025

Module 10: Managing People and Learning
September, 10-12, 2025

Module 11-13: Specialization tracks

The program currently offers three elective specialization tracks:

Leading Change
October-December, 2025

Business Innovation
September-November, 2025

Strategic Financial Management
October-December, 2025

Program fees

SEK 250,000 (exclusive of VAT).
SEK 225,000 EFL member companies (exclusive of VAT).
The fees include the costs of textbooks and other course materials. The costs for the residential periods are not included. The tuition fee is divided into two installments. Payment plans are available. Please contact us for more information.


The application is binding. We accept applications on a rolling basis and process them on a first-come-first-serve basis. What you and your company can contribute to the group is valued above all in the acceptance process. We look at experience, education and position within the company as well as entrepreneurship and self-initiative. We also place great importance on the composition of the group in order to create the best conditions for experience sharing and learning. In addition, we strive for a balanced proportion of men and women as well as a wide variety of experiences, industries and companies. If you’re highly motivated and look forward to sharing your experiences with others in order to co-create a fruitful learning experience, then we believe you would be a perfect fit. A high degree of self-drive and self-initiative is desirable and will help you exceed individual and business goals. 

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