Executive Diploma in Utility Management

University of Fribourg - iimt
City, country:
Fribourg, Bern area, Switzerland
Fulltime and parttime
Dipl. (Diplom)
4 semester(s)


Turbulent times lie ahead for the domestic utility market because, one way or another, the Swiss power industry will be liberalised. Decision makers have to analyse opportunities carefully and anticipate threats arising from the new competitive market environment and diminishing territorial monopolies. Effective managerial decision making requires knowledge of the market and the application of up-to-date management tools.

iimt Executive Programmes are designed to enable the parallel pursuit of professional activity and studies. This scheme of study presents immediate practical benefits to business as well as superior prospects for individual development. It offers a flexible design of study schedules with full-time (1 year) or part-time study (2 or 3 years), or a mixture of both. This avoids clashes with the course participants’ professional activities.

Students who successfully complete a course in any of the subject areas are awarded by an iimt certificate, which may be recognised should a participant wish to register for the Executive MBA or Executive Diploma at a later date.
Petra Heumesser Head of Executive Programmes

Job description and target group

Successful candidates can write the following academic title after their names “Executive Diploma in Utility Management” after having received the internationally recognised Executive Diploma in Utility Management of the University of Fribourg.

This Executive Diploma in Utility Management is aimed at graduates with at least three years’ professional experience in the field of utility. Candidates should have a degree from a recognised University or University of Applied Sciences or may be admitted on the basis of substantial practical experience in the utility sector.


Strategy & Innovation Management:
  • Introduction to the concept of strategy
  • The tools of strategic analysis, market based and resources based
  • Achieving a competitive advantage in different industry contexts
  • Corporate strategy aspects
Marketing Management:
  • Marketing and market
  • Marketing research
  • Marketing objectives
  • Marketing strategies, etc.
Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources Management:
  • Fundamentals of human resource management (all functions)
  • Recruitement, development, deployment, motivation, layoffs, leadership
  • Organisational design
  • Change management, etc.
Management Accounting & Control:
  • Management accounting to create value
  • Traditional and activity-based costing systems
  • Strategic control: the framework
  • Budgeting to influence behaviour, etc.
Managerial Finance:
  • Valuation of financial assets
  • Risk and return of a portfolio
  • Cost of capital and capital budgeting
  • Financial statements and financial forecasting, etc.
National & International Economics:
  • Efficiency of markets
  • Competitive markets
  • Economics of competition policy
  • Regulation in the utility industry, etc.
Law & Business Ethics:
  • Competition law
  • Company law and law for public institutions
  • Energy law of EU
  • Models and rules of the energy industry for market regulation, etc.
Process & Excellence:
  • Core process identification
  • Process strategy audit and redesign
  • Processes in collaborative commerce
  • Bring the voice of the stakeholders into the organisation, etc.
Management Information Management & Decision Support:
  • IS and governance
  • Implementation of information systems
  • Decision support with descriptive and optimisation models
  • Modelling and optimising in spreadsheets, etc.
Utility Technology:
  • Business models for the energy transport
  • Assets management
  • Congestion management
  • Power flow control, etc.

Practical relevance

Course content is equally divided between the acquisition of theoretical/methodological knowledge and group discussions of case studies. These case studies comprise non-compartmentalised, interdisciplinary and factual approaches to current issues.

Faculty and participants alike benefit from extensive group work, providing opportunities for them to get to know each other, exchange ideas and build up a network of colleagues throughout the industry.

A strong iimt alumni network aims to promote social relationships, personal development and professional contacts between current and former graduates, and building contacts with key players from the utility sector.

Admission/Entrance requirements

CHF 28.000,-

Admission Requirements:

  • Candidates for the Executive Diploma require at least three years’ professional experience in a management position in the field of information and communications technology or utility and to have obtained one of the following qualifications:
    • licence (Bachelor/Master) recognised from a University or University of Applied Sciences or
    • other diploma recognised as equivalent.
  • Exceptionally, after examination of their application, candidates may be admitted to the Executive Diploma on the basis of long practical experience in information and communications technologies or utility technologies.
  • Candidates admitted to the Executive Diploma who obtain an overall grade average of 5.0 or higher in the examinations may be admitted to the Executive MBA programme.
Language of instruction:
  • For the classes, English is the sole language of instruction. Participation in iimt courses therefore requires a strong knowledge of that language.
  • Printed material distributed by the instructors is generally written in English.
  • Examination questions are in English and answers must be provided in English.
  • EMBA or Executive Diploma Project may be written in English, German, French, or Italian.

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The University of Fribourg, which was founded in 1889, is the only completely bilingual University in the whole of Europe. Both the city of Fribourg and the University represent a meeting place of two different cultures: French and German.Building upon this cultural diversity, in December 1995, the University of Fribourg established the international institute of management in technology (iimt), as part of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. Founded on the demand of the telecommunications industry, and in cooperation with the University of Fribourg, the Programme for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Management was established.

In 2005, the iimt launched a second Executive Programme in Utility Management because of the upcoming liberalisation. Originally grounded in the market of liberalisation, the iimt has accumulated a broad and long experience in knowledge transfer for liberalised network-based markets. The Executive Programmes in ICT Management have been designed specifically for managers and specialists from the ICT industry or from related fields, and place strong emphasis on the fundamentals of management of ICT companies. The institute has a wide network of contacts in over 30 Universities and other renowned institutes in Switzerland and internationally.

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