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Get a strong set of skills for management or entrepreneurship

The Action Learning Leadership Programme is a 6-month executive online course that introduces you to management theory and skills on a Masters education level.

This programme is the ideal starting point if you are considering doing an MBA in the future. Students who successfully complete this short programme will receive exemption for Phase 1 of the International Action Learning MBA or Online Action Learning MBA.

What does the Online Action Learning Leadership Programme offer?

After completing this programme, you will be a responsible and successful professional who:

  • Has a solid foundation in business administration.
  • Takes a more critical look at their own leadership role.
  • Is a more effective conversation partner at a higher management level.
  • Makes well-informed decisions.
  • Knows how to involve stakeholders.
  • Has a positive impact on society.
  • Is result-driven.
  • Has the tools to implement changes with maximum impact.

Why choose our Action Learning Leadership Programme?

  • Work on your own organisational challenges.
  • Immediate results in your own practice.
  • Learn from experts in the business world.
  • Collaborate in small groups.
  • Upon completion, gain direct access to the second phase of the MBA programme.

Learn to combine responsibility and success

This Online Action Learning Leadership Programme is the first phase of our MBA course. Over 6 months, spread across 35 sessions, you will work on your own personal development plan based on your current leadership skills and competencies. You will gain essential management skills that are crucial for successfully leading a team and driving change. Additionally, you will be introduced to the main management subjects that will be covered in Phase 2 of the MBA programme. This will provide you with a strong foundation to progress smoothly if you decide to pursue the entire MBA course. The programme concludes with an extensive analysis of your own organisation. Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate that remains valid for 5 years for transitioning to Phase 2.

The following modules are covered during the Online ALLP

Module 1: Action Learning and Learning to Learn
Module 2: Management and Leadership
Module 3: Decision-making and Creativity
Module 4: Interpersonal Skills
Module 5: Teams and Team Building
Module 6: Presentation Skills
Module 7: Organisational Culture
Module 8: Organisational Structure
Module 9: Operations Management
Module 10: Human Resources Management
Module 11: Marketing Management
Module 12: Financial Management
Module 13: Information Management
Module 14: Strategic Management

Course Delivery

The course is delivered through BSN’s online learning environment. To help you maintain a work-life balance during the course, the content is divided into fourteen manageable modules that you can complete online in your own time at your own pace, keeping in mind the mandatory submission deadlines.


Students will be required to write an Organisational Analysis (OA) of their company and undertake an Action Learning Literature Review (ALLR). This is based upon your current leadership skills and competencies, and you will be encouraged throughout the programme to consider areas for development. Students are encouraged to read all information and modules provided in order to complete their assignments.

Who it's for

Designed for ambitious professionals at different management levels

As an ambitious professional in the Online Action Learning Leadership Programme, you:

  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Hold a position as a manager, management trainee, or a position of similar level.
  • Have at least 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Alternatively, have a minimum of 6 years of demonstrable work experience at a bachelor’s degree level.
  • Have the cooperation of your employer.

Within six months, you want to:

  • Take a step forward in your career.
  • Practice impactful leadership.
  • Strengthen your effectiveness.
  • Enhance your own distinctive capabilities.
  • Continue personal development.
  • Progress from a specialist to a general manager.
  • Build a theoretical foundation.
  • Become a better conversationalist at the executive or management team level and acquire knowledge of new concepts and insights in managing and organising.

Full course fee:

  • EUR 1,000 (VAT Exempt)
  • EUR 500 (VAT Exempt) with SDG Scholarship


Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) scholarships are available for applicants from developing countries.


  • ALLP study materials
  • Online coaching
  • Assessments

Payment options

Payment options are available. Please contact us for more information.

How to Apply

Start your application

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Step 1 (optional) : Schedule a personal consultation

During a personal consultation you will receive a detailed explanation of the programme and will have the opportunity to ask all your questions. In addition, our advisor will work with you to see whether this programme is in line with your work, ambitions and curriculum and whether you qualify for exemptions.

Step 2: Fill out the online application form

It’s important to fill out the application correctly and attach all the supporting documents requested.  As soon as we receive your application, you will be sent an email with instructions of your next steps.

Step 3: Permission from your employer

In addition to these admission requirements, it is important that you have the opportunity to carry out projects and research in your own and/or another organisation. You therefore need permission from your employer/client. If you do not have an organisation where you can carry out your projects, we have an (inter)national Alumni network, including the alumni association Tractus. Many of these alumni offer our students the opportunity to carry out projects with them. Do you want more information? Ask our study advisors.

Programme advice?

Graham Booysen
Start date
21 February 2024
22 May 2024
18 September 2024
13 November 2024
Registration deadline
2 weeks in advance
€1.000,- (Tax-free)50% Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) scholarships are available for applicants from developing countries.
Duration of programme
6 months
8 to 10 hours per week
Number of participants
12 - 20

The Action Learning Leadership Programme provided me with insight into my personal traits and those of others. As a result, I learned to respond appropriately to colleagues. Even more importantly, I also understand what effective team compositions are and how to get others on board with a process.

Annemieke Krikke
Cluster Manager at Amerpoort
BSN MBA Annemieke Krikke

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BSN Alumnus Walter van der Vlist MBA

BSN develops great leaders who

are responsible
You look ahead and contribute solutions to today's challenges.
initiate change
You build trust among all stakeholders in the organisation, encourage collaboration and different views, and ensure structured teamwork.
make informed decision
You understand the organisation and the urgency of change, and create value, bringing improvements that are realistic.
are results-driven
You go for real results with a focus on impact, working towards clear goals for the future and ensuring that they are actually achieved.

Our lecturers have earned their stripes extensively in the field. In addition to their field experience, they also have a good understanding of business models and strategies, making them uniquely capable of bridging the gap between strategy and practice.

Mike Janssen

Operations Management

Bernie van Zijl

Information & International Management

Pierre Strydom

Marketing & International Management, Research Methodology


Frequently asked questions

We have listed frequently asked questions for you. Is your question not listed? Then get in touch. We are happy to assist you online with personal, non-binding educational advice. Contact our advisors via +27 (0) 82 688 7399 or

What if I don't have an organisation to carry out the final assignment?

First, try to find a company within your own network where you can apply the final assignments. If that doesn’t work out, don’t worry. As Business School Nederland, we have a (inter)national Alumni network, including the alumni association Tractus. Many MBA graduates express their willingness to offer students the opportunity to work on projects with them. For more information, please contact us.

Will I receive a diploma or certificate upon completion of this programme?

Certainly, upon successful completion of the Online Action Learning Leadership Programme, you will receive a certificate. This certificate remains valid for 5 years for potential progression to the second phase of our MBA programmes.

With whom will I be in the group?

The group consists of a maximum of 20 ambitious professionals from various industries and different management levels. Some of them are MBA students currently pursuing the first phase of their MBA and will directly transition to the second phase after completing this programme. Another portion of participants uses this programme as a standalone course to further sharpen their business knowledge and leadership skills, giving themselves a significant boost in a short period of time.

What is the average study load?

The average study load is 8 to 10 hours per week. This includes the hours you already spend during the class days. In practice, this means you will mainly engage in reading literature and completing short preparatory assignments. The majority of the time will be spent on writing your organisational analysis, which serves as the concluding assignment for the Action Learning Leadership Programme. In the organisational analysis, you will apply all the knowledge you have gained directly to practical situations.

What is the minimum size of one's own organisation required to carry out projects during this programme?

A minimum of 10 – 15 employees in the organisation is required to carry out analyses and projects effectively during this programme. If your organisation is not large enough, for example, if you are a freelancer, you can also conduct analyses and projects in another organisation. This could be, for example, a substantial NGO.

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