EMD: Entrepreneurship, Management and Developing

Humility, courage, sense of justice, self-control: let’s share our values!




EMD Ecole de Management is a non-profit organisation under the French Act of 1901, managed by business leaders. Their mutual objective is to place ethical values at the heart of the school’s programmes. Respect for others and a concern for the common good are important qualities in any effective manager, ensuring that leaders make ethically driven decisions guided by a sense of service and a determination to lead by example.


Here at EMD, we work day in day out to develop a generous, open and friendly climate, offering the right conditions for considered reflection and top-quality teaching. At EMD, students develop their thinking skills and learn to make decisions in line with the principles of Business Ethics.  


What does “Ethics” mean here at EMD?

“The term 'ethics' means “doing the right thing right”. It is primarily a practical, human-centred discipline that focuses on developing two key components: conscience (recognising what is “right”) and virtue (learning to “do things right”). 

For EMD leaders, ethics is about improving the judgement and action of people in all workplace situations – sharpening their observation skills, having the courage to reject conformism, and becoming insightful, level-headed and positive in all situations, even the most unpleasant ones” Michael Shanks, Masters of Arts and Professor of Ethics.


A service culture at all levels of study

Students at EMD take part in voluntary service projects throughout their studies.

By engaging in various practical activities, they learn that decision-making starts with listening to others and welcoming differences.

  • A sense of mutual support is something that permeates the entire ecosystem.Students develop a team spirit and willingly conduct projects to support charities and organisations, or carry out voluntary work for businesses.
  • L'ADE is a student-led association. Its purpose is to develop creativity among students, and to teach them how to design and manage a project in a field such as Culture or Sport.
  • Year 3 students act as mentors to year 2 students, helping them to prepare for their year studying abroad (help finding accommodation, methodological tips to help them complete their studies successfully, etc.). The students pass on their tips about living and studying abroad, and help year 2 students to prepare for their adventure well in advance of their departure.
  • Each year, students carry out and complete a range of Mutual Support and Solidarity projects, driven by a strong desire to support charities and organisations. Recent examples have included the development of a web marketing strategy to help La Chaîne de l'Espoir with its fund-raising efforts, the organisation of an afternoon rowing session for disabled participants (in conjunction with Avi Sourire), and the provision of educational support (for Massabielle).  

By giving their time to help the least fortunate members of our society, students gain an enriching and resolutely human experience. They also learn that good managers are people who give of themselves freely.

 “I gave French lessons to a secondary school pupil one evening a week. I was really impressed by his determination to learn and better himself. Ultimately, I learned more from our discussions than he did!” (Riwadi) 


Mentoring: personalised support

Students receive personal mentoring from a teacher or voluntary mentor throughout their time at EMD. These regular meetings help to promote discussion and provide an opportunity for the mentor to give advice about the student’s academic progress, career plan development or study techniques.

“Mentoring is a unique experience that has really helped me to pin down my career plans and has boosted my self-confidence. It’s been a constant source of support throughout my studies”  (Romain)