Who We Are

Have a look at our rich history

Business School Netherlands (BSN) was founded in 1988 in Enschede, the Netherlands.

Today, BSN is situated in the picturesque town of Buren in the Netherlands, and continues to expand its provision of Action Learning programmes beyond the boundaries of the Netherlands, creating a global Action Learning community of business leaders, having partners situated in Algeria, Cameroon, China, Czech Republic, Curacao, Egypt, Ghana, Iran, Nigeria, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda and Zambia.

Business School Netherlands (BSN) recognises the exponential growth of the body of knowledge. Even enthusiastic students will fail to fathom it all in a lifetime, let alone during a two-year course. That is why we look at the academic part of an MBA- or management programme from a different point of view.

We start with the problem, your problem, a relevant issue that your organisation needs to solve. Once identified, you will learn to critically evaluate available knowledge in the respective field, weigh the alternatives, and propose an appropriate solution. It doesn’t stop there. The Action Learning concept recognises that real learning only takes place when we have implemented the solution and seen the result. Confucius worked it out ages ago: “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand”.

In BSN’s vision, Learning to Learn is the most important part of doing a Management Programme. If you develop skills to analyse a problem, identify the core issues, and know where to look for possible solutions and ideas, you will be better equipped to cope with tomorrow’s challenges than people who are able to recite yesterday’s theories. We realise this is not mainstream thinking and we are proud of that. What we offer is an unconventional and proactive MBA- and other post-master programmes, fitting most managers who study with us.

Business School Netherlands (BSN ) has been delivering Action Learning MBA’s and management programmes since 1988.

As the Action Learning business school, BSN is not alone in recognising the value of Action Learning. Progressive organisations such as Shell, Exxon, General Electric, Unilever, Rabobank, Aloca Agro, Motorola, Arthur Andersen, General Motors and Lyondell Chemical Co. also believe in the Action Learning approach. They have achieved amazing results in the field of problem-solving, identifying competitive advantages, reducing operating costs and becoming learning organisations. Nearly 10,000 students from all over the world have joined our programmes in countries such as Aruba, Namibia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Egypt, Algeria, Tanzania, Pakistan, Armenia, United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Czech Republic, China and so much more.

Interview Dick Gerdzen, founder of BSN, by Management Team

“BSN’s achievements are attributed to everyone, who engages with us. The dreams of our students, alumni and partners boost BSN’s ambitions. The success of our students and alumni is the source of our inspiration. BSN takes pride in letting our students, alumni and partners grow.”

Annette Nijs

Chair Global Executive Board

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