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Cambridge General Management Programme


This two-week general management programme provides an understanding of the concepts and fundamental principles in key management disciplines, and how to apply them to improve decision-making within your organisation.

"The Cambridge General Management Programme is specifically designed for professionals moving into more senior management and leadership positions in their organisations, and who are looking to develop their general management skills. Classes are led by faculty who teach on the Cambridge MBA, and the programme as a whole is as close to the Cambridge MBA experience as can be packed into an intense, fast-moving and highly informative two weeks.

The programme is ideal for people with at least five years' executive experience who are especially interested in the practical application of fundamental principles in key management disciplines, and how to apply them to improve decision-making within their organisations. It is also one of the best ways I can think of to gain international experience through exposure to an impressive peer group drawn from all over the world and from a very wide range of sectors - not to mention being a wonderful opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful and inspiring university towns in the world."

Professor Jochen Runde, Academic Programme Director of the GMP


  • Strategic management
  • Marketing
  • Organisational change
  • Creative approaches to problem-solving
  • Accounting
  • Business models for decision-making
  • Financial management
  • Communication and negotiation strategies
  • Operations management


Faculty and associates of Cambridge Judge Business School contribute to the learning experience of this programme, to help delegates gain a truly international experience from their global peer group. On average, around 20 nationalities are represented in the class group.

The General Management Programme will enable you to:

  • Recognise and master new trends and market demands in a complex business and economic environment
  • Increase team performance with enhanced leadership skills
  • Take better business decisions by identifying critical variables and using analytical models
  • Gain a broad understanding of financial and accounting principles
  • Examine issues of strategic significance in a global marketplace
  • Integrate marketing, operations and strategy for a holistic business perspective
  • Learn and debate with faculty from the Business School
  • Interact with executives from a range of industries and organisations across the globe
  • Develop a global network of friends and colleagues
  • Delve into subjects participants may be interested in professionally or personally, via a one-day series of electives; these allow some customisation of content and are very popular
  • Enjoy a social event in Cambridge each week of the programme
  • Earn a General Management Programme of Achievement from Cambridge Executive Education

On completing the General Management Programme you will be eligible to become an associate member of Cambridge Judge Business School's global network of graduates and business-focused Cambridge University alumni, faculty and staff.

Who should attend

The programme is designed for executives who are highly motivated and wish to develop their management skills and knowledge by engaging with faculty and an international peer group in an intensive and fast-paced learning environment. You will be ambitious and looking to take what you learn from the programme to help you make the next step in your management career.

You will typically have five or more years' experience, and may be moving from a specialist function to a more general management role, or to a more senior position within your organisation. The programme helps you effect a smooth transition into your new role.

On completing the General Management Programme you will be eligible to join the Cambridge Judge Business School global network of graduates and business-focused Cambridge University alumni, faculty and staff.

There's nothing more valuable than learning from the best and where a diversity of global experiences and expertise are respected and can be shared. The General Management Programme provides more than just a refresher course for experienced managers as participants are exposed to the dynamic language of management from new and different perspectives. The GMP was a truly rewarding experience.

Class profile

Learn more about the average GMP class and participant.

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Faculty & speakers

Tony Cockerill

Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge
BA (University of Cambridge)

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Allègre Hadida

University Lecturer in Strategy
PhD (Doctorat HEC, France)

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Ben Hardy

Fellow in Morale in Management, Finance & Physiology
PhD (University of Cambridge)

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Peter Hiscocks

Senior Teaching Faculty in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management
MBA (Imperial College London)

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Michael Kitson

University Senior Lecturer in International Macroeconomics
BA (University of Cambridge)

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Omar Merlo

Fellow in Marketing
PhD (University of Melbourne)

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Andy Neely

Fellow in Business Performance Measurement & Management
PhD (University of Nottingham)

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Daniel Ralph

Professor of Operations Research
PhD (University of Wisconsin)

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Jochen Runde

Professor of Economics
PhD (University of Cambridge)

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Stefan Scholtes

Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management
PhD (Karlsruhe University)

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Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
10-22 May 2015 (Opening session on Sun eve) 2 weeks** £12,000† + VAT
18-30 October 2015 (Opening session on Sun eve) 2 weeks** £12,000† + VAT
22 May-3 June 2016 (Opening session on Sun eve) 2 weeks** £12,000† + VAT
23 October-4 November 2016 (Opening session on Sun eve) 2 weeks** £12,000† + VAT

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £12,000 + 20% = £14,400.

* Fees include all programme materials, daytime refreshments and some evening meals, accommodation in the centre of Cambridge, some Cambridge-based activities and a gala dinner in a historic Cambridge College. Participants are expected to attend the full programme. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

** 12 nights' accommodation.

† Prices for our 2015 programmes may be subject to change.

Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School's Alumni Association.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 150KB) (updated 20 January 2015)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 147KB) (updated 20 January 2015)


Selection for the Cambridge GMP is taken very seriously, and we ask prospective participants to complete the application form. Since this programme is popular, we would encourage prospective candidates to reserve a place; this ensures we hold a provisional place whilst allowing time to complete the application documents.

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Participants from the October 2014 GMP discuss their experience on the two-week course for mid- to senior-level executives.

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Who to contact

Allison Wheeler-Héau
Director of Open Programmes
Tel: +44 (0)1223 765855
Mobile: +44 (0)7879 116776

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The programme offered a great range of different subjects and views on a high academic level, thus providing to me a fascinating insight into matters which I do not deal with daily but which are important for my work. For me the programme has been a stimulus to increase my knowledge of the subjects of the sessions by doing further reading.
Hannes Wagner, Boehringer Ingelheim RCV