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Action Learning


The focus is on the practical application of the theory offered and learning from your own real-life challenges; you work on real projects within your organisation.

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Action Learning

The basis for all our programmes

Action Learning forms the basis for most Business School Netherlands (BSN) programmes. This includes our MBA programmes, doctoral programmes and some of our short courses.

With this approach, we guarantee a high degree of the practical relevance of the theory offered and learning from real-life challenges; you work on real projects within your organisation.


What others say about BSN

I used to be too self-focused and didn't pay enough attention to others. Through Action Learning, I now understand how inefficient this approach is.

Wilbert Moorman

Wilbert Moorman

Action Learning coach at BSN

The Management and Leadership Course provides me with insight into my personal qualities and those of others.

Annemieke Krikke

Annemieke Krikke

Manager at Amerpoort

The Action Learning MBA programme from BSN proved to be a tremendous enrichment for my personal development

Roos Herman

Roos Herman

Director at Library West-Brabant

Thanks to my Action Learning MBA at Business School Netherlands, I have truly grown and become more of a business expert.

Esmee Rouwhof

Esmee Rouwhof

Relationship Manager for the Corporate Market for Arnhem & De Achterhoek at Liander.

I chose BSN's MBA because it's not only theoretical but also directly applicable to the projects you undertake within your own organisation.

Marlou Mulders

Marlou Mulders

Commercial Director at Prins Petfoods

The most significant advantage was the opportunity to work on real challenges presented by my employer.

Robert Koolen

Robert Koolen

Director of Sustainable Development at Heijmans.


Frequently Asked Questions

We have listed frequently asked questions for you. Is your question not among them? Then get in touch.

What is the value of an MBA?

Our MBA programmes are Professional Masters. A Professional Master focuses mainly on applied research. The MBA at Business School Netherlands therefore provides an immediate return for the student and his/her organisation, as you apply theoretical knowledge directly to your own practice. The Professional Master has learning outcomes and final results at level 7 of the Dutch Qualification Framework (NLQF), which is linked to the European Qualification Framework (EQF). Level 7 (NLQF) is the second highest level within Higher Education in the Netherlands.

ROI at Business School Netherlands

At Business School Netherlands, every participant applies what they have learned directly in practice through the action learning method. This makes us different from any other management training provider in the Netherlands. And the effect/return on application is also high to very high.

For organisations

Our MBA graduates themselves claim that the cost of the course is easily recouped by the organisation. Some of them even talk about returns of tens of thousands to millions or even more. Great for the employer and also for the participant, who experiences personal growth through his or her study and also contributes to the return of his or her organisation. A real win-win situation.

For the individual

MBA graduates earn more, get better jobs and believe that an MBA has been valuable to their career success. We are among the top 3 business schools in the Netherlands in terms of better positions as a result of the programme and an increase in gross monthly salary before and after the programme.

What is the difference between the Action Learning MBA (AL MBA) and Executive Action Learning MBA (EX MBA)?
The Executive Action Learning MBA (CROHO register 70054):

This MBA programme is suitable for executives, senior managers and successful entrepreneurs who have at least three years of management experience. They tend to operate at a strategic level. This means you will end up in a fairly homogeneous group of experienced managers. During the MBA, there are on average three consecutive class meetings per month. This is 1 teaching day extra per business major compared to the Action Learning MBA and there is an extra block of management skills in the programme. Class days usually take place on Wednesdays to Fridays.

The Action Learning MBA (CROHO register 70053):

The entry requirement for this MBA, in addition to a completed college or university degree, is at least 2 years of relevant college work experience. This means that in this group, work and management experience is somewhat more diverse. It includes young, talented ambitious managers, professionals and project managers combined with also more experienced managers. During the MBA, there are on average two consecutive class meetings per month. These often take place on Fridays and Saturdays.

In short: the basics of both MBA courses are basically the same. The MBA degree is also the same for both MBAs.

Are there any exceptions for the MBA programmes?

During a personal interview, together with a study adviser, we will look at your courses taken and your work experience, and based on this we will see if you qualify for exemptions. Exemptions in MBA programmes are possible if you have completed a post-initial master’s elsewhere. This is a master’s where a student has a completed degree in higher education (hbo or wo) and work experience is an admission requirement. Or if you followed a post-hbo Business Administration at the University of Arnhem and Nijmegen, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Business Administration Training Utrecht or InHolland Academy. If you have taken this at another institution, the programme curriculum may be used to assess whether an exemption is still possible.

What if I do not have an organisation where I can carry out my projects during the MBA programme?

First, look within your own network for a company to which you can apply your assignments. Should that not succeed; as Business School Netherlands, we have an (inter)national Alumni Network, including the alumni association Tractus. Many MBA graduates indicate that they like to offer students the opportunity to carry out projects with them. For more information, contact our study advisor Linda Hoksbergen on 0344-579050 or

What minimum size of own organisation is required to undertake projects during the MBA programme?

At least 10 – 15 employees in the organisation are needed to properly carry out analyses and projects during the MBA course. Is your organisation not big enough because you are self-employed, for example? Analyses and projects during the MBA course may then also be carried out in another organisation. Think for example of an NGO or sports club of considerable size.


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