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Top Development Programs by European Schools

This article is part of the "2017 Ranking of MBA Development Programs." This year, in addition to the analysis by industry and functional area, we shed light on the popularity of programs as perceived by students in different regions of the world.

ABInBev Global MBA Program, Amazon Retail Leadership Development Program and GlaxoSmithKline Esprit Commercial Programme were the top programs as perceived by European-based schools.

Noteworthy is that the top Development Programs are often customized in order to satisfy the MBA candidate’s qualifications and personal interests on one hand, and business requirements on the other.

Five programs are located in the Information Technology Industry, three programs are the Consumer Products Industry, one in Healthcare, and one in Energy and Utility. Geographically, programs are located in different European countries, such as United Kingdom, Italy, France and Germany.

Among the top 10 Development Programs, all are General Management, with various functional rotations with the exception of 3. One has a Commercial focus, GlaxoSmithKline Esprit Commercial Programme, one has an Operations focus, Amazon Pathways Operations Manager, and one has a Technical focus, IBM Extreme Blue Internship Program.
To have a better idea, here is an example of the type of rotations:
1. ABInBev Global MBA Program: Sales, Operations, Production and Supply Chain, Marketing & Coomunications, Financial Management, and Human Resources.
2. Amazon Retail Leadership Development Program: Marketing & Communications, and Sales.
3. British Petroleum Future Leaders Programme: Marketing & Communications, Data, Analytics & Information Technology, Operations, Production & Supply Chain, and Sales.


#1 ABInBev
Global MBA Program
1 year high potential leadership program for MBAs from top ranked schools across the world. As owners, you create your own career path. It could be across functions or in different countries. Opportunities for further growth and movement are only limited by your ambition and ability to deliver results. A few of the program highlights are...

#2 Amazon
Retail Leadership Development Program
Develop into a General Manager at the world's most innovative company. Through Amazon’s Retail Leadership Development Program (RLD), you will rotate through start-up and established business lines, be responsible for delivering innovative solutions to large scale problems that no company has had the opportunity to solve before, and assume responsibility to...

#3 GlaxoSmithKline
Esprit Commercial Programme
The four-year Commercial rotational programmes provide development opportunities for individuals who will take on stretching challenges and projects, all with the ultimate aim of positively impacting the lives of patients and consumers. Depending on your interest and experience, our programmes are based in each of our three businesses; Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare.

#4 Amazon
Pathways Operations Manager MBA
The Amazon Pathways Leadership Development program is looking for high potential graduates who are ready for challenges worthy of building Amazon's next General Managers, Directors and VPs. Through a series of intense, progressively challenging opportunities in the core of our world class operations network, we will stretch your leadership capacity to its full potential.

#5 British Petroleum
Future Leaders Programme
As a world leader in the oil and gas industry, BP operates at every stage of the energy lifecycle. In this highly competitive and constantly changing international market, we need leadership to help us stay ahead of the industry. Our Future Leaders Programme (FLP) is a 4 year global rotation programme which takes enthusiastic, talented people from a range of professional backgrounds and gives them...

#6 Amazon
MBA Leadership Development Program
From day one, you will be given ownership of large, complex problems in various areas of our business. To accelerate your development and build upon existing skills, you will participate in a program designed to develop you into a future leader of Amazon. The Program spans at least two functional areas over a three year period.

#7 IBM
Extreme Blue Internship Program
Our Global MBA Program is the path to a high-achieving leadership career with real-world experience in a variety of environments, exposure to every aspect of our industry and the opportunity to take on diverse roles.

#8 IBM
General Manager Leadership Development Program
The IBM General Management Leadership Development Program (GM LDP) offers an exceptional opportunity to lead and excel while working with the best and brightest in business today. IBM's defining value has been the IBMer - people who apply innovation and imagination to fuel a smarter planet and make the world a better place.

#9 Burger King
MBA Leadership Program
The Burger King Corporation ("BKC") MBA Leadership Program has been designed to give top-tier grads a chance to prove their entrepreneurial skills within the walls of a successful global corporation. Our executive team sees the MBA Leadership Program as an important way of identifying and developing our leadership stars of tomorrow and today.

#10 Mars
Graduate Leadership Development Program
The accelerated program offers three 12-month placements in two different areas of our organization. You'll manage projects on a national and global level, lead teams, make decisions with real consequences and much more. The challenges will come thick and fast and it will stretch you like never before. has thousands of students from 107 business schools searching its Development Programs Directory (thanks to their schools' memberships). The analyses of the students interests allows to discover the trends and the most popular programs worldwide, broken down by region, industry and function in several articles.


Posted on July 6, 2017