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Business Pressure Cooker - a truly international business experience

Exchange programme

Business Pressure Cooker is a unique experience that goes beyond the ordinary, in which we use cases -real business situations- as the starting point for learning.

As part of a senior management team, you will be responsible for identifying key challenges faced by the participating companies, formulating strategy, and constructing action plans.

Do you thrive under pressure?  Are you up for the
challenge of making decisions, managing time, thinking on your feet, and making a difference from day one?  If so, then this is the programme for you!

Our classes bring together international and Dutch students—many of who have had previous international experience through internships and/or exchange programmes—to provide you with a broad range of perspectives. The programme is further enhanced by site visits to multinational companies and interaction with a range of international business managers.

Facts and figures

The programme at a glance

Programme structure

An overview of the study programme

Programme structure

The integrative approach used in Business Pressure Cooker emphasises the connections between the fields of finance, accounting, marketing, operations, human resource management, strategy, and more. By starting with challenges and concepts, rather than lectures, you will develop a holistic and realistic way of doing business.

Over the course of the semester, you will work on a series of case challenges—some of them involving visits to companies. You start with a problem that you will examine in-depth over the course several weeks. In time the pressure to work quickly and efficiently will be increased; culminating in a business case that must be solved in just 24-48 hours—meaning you get better and faster with each round.

Moreover, you can choose electives from a broad range of options, for example Critical Thinking, Cross-Cultural Communication, and Elementary Dutch.

Calendar fall semester 2019 block 1

Week Date                                Description
1 02 Sep - 06 Sep Intro / events
2 09 Sep – 13 Sep Workshops & coaching / portfolio
3 16 Sep – 20 Sep Company visit, workshops & coaching
4 23 Sep – 27 Sep Workshops & coaching
5 30 Sep – 04 Oct Workshops & coaching
6 07 Oct – 11 Oct Workshops & coaching / exams, advice report
7 14 Oct – 18 Oct Company visit, workshops & coaching / portfolio
Holiday 21 Oct – 25 Oct  

Calendar fall semester 2019 block 2

WeekDate                                  Description
1 28 Oct – 01 Nov Company, competing & coaching
2 04 Nov – 08 Nov Competing & coaching, resits period 1
3 11 Nov – 15 Nov Competing & coaching
4 18 Nov – 22 Nov Competing & coaching, BPC Case Competition
5 25 Nov – 29 Nov Competing & coaching
6 02 Dec – 06 Dec Competing & coaching / exam, final presentations
7 09 Dec – 13 Dec                 Company visit, competing & coaching / portfolio
8 16 Dec – 20 Dec Portfolio and resits; outro / events
Farewell dinner + handing over certificates


An indication of the subjects you can expect

Location Kralingse Zoom

Where you can find us
Foto van locatie Location Kralingse Zoom

Kralingse Zoom

Kralingse Zoom 91 3063 ND Rotterdam

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