The KEDGE International Summer School: Marseille

A Flexible Summer Programme on the Mediterranean Coast of Southern France!

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    2023 Summer School

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Courses of the International Summer School in Marseille

Admission level


4 programme packages comprised of 8 different courses; (June 5 - July 21, 2023)

Admission level:

Advanced Bachelor
Master's degree


Certificate & Official Transcripts

4 programme packages comprised of 8 different courses; (June 5 - July 21, 2023)

Our Marseille programme runs for a total of 7 weeks. You can take just 1 course or as many as 7 total courses during that time – or mix & match courses from our different Summer School packages, either in Marseille or on another Kedge campus in Bordeaux or Paris!

Admission level :
Advanced Bachelor Master's degree
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PACKAGE 1: Sports Marketing, Communication & Strategic Management

Package 1: June 5 - 16

Level: Advanced Bachelor & Master 

8 ECTS, 48 hours

Course 1: Strategic Management & Advanced Marketing for Sports Organisations

Course Format: 3 hrs per day over 2 weeks; from June 5 - 16.

This course presents a model for using a resource-based approach to develop strategic event management action plans in a sports business context 

"There is no separation between sports and entertainment… merge them together and create something unique ». Robert Johnson (Owner Charlotte Bobcats)" 

The main goal of this course is to give a “sensemaking” approach to create, develop and maintain sustainable performance in sports event organizations.  

The course content has relevance to students pursuing different career goals in virtually any type of organisation linked to sports or leisure activities with a strong sport dimension.  

After a review of "strategic assets identification" (sponsoring, reputation, relational and physical resources and specific dynamic capabilities), various case analyses are discussed in the context of international sports events. 

You can have a glance following this link 

More specifically, by the end of this course students will: 

  • Develop an understanding of the strategic role of marketing in sports business firms and the importance of appropriate decision making 
  • Develop the skills necessary to utilise the course’s tools and frameworks, designed to identify revenue opportunities, and make strategic sports marketing decisions 
  • Develop responsible leadership and strategic skills in the context of the sports marketing businesses 
  • The course consists of lectures, exercises, article discussions, groupwork, presentations and a brand project.
Course 2: Sports Marketing & Communication

Course Format: 3 hrs per day over 2-weeks; from June 5 -16.

This course is designed to provide students with a systematic means to analyse and develop communication and marketing strategies, using concepts and theories from general marketing, and apply them in a sports business context. 

With the aim of improving the students’ understanding of strategic and brand management concepts, and thereafter assessing the effectiveness of corresponding communication strategies, the students will work on business plans and models for sports organisations in order to innovate and construct strong commercial brands. 

Marketing decisions on brands and the deployment of communication supports will be at the heart of entrepreneurial choices to create sustainable performance for professional sport organisations. Students will use both logic and creativity to arrive at effective solutions. 

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Analyse opportunities and alternatives in sports businesses in an open, honest manner 
  • Identify the customer and market segments that they have chosen and to be competitive in the sports business area 
  • Demonstrate causal relationships between the attributes of products and/or services, including their organisational image/ reputation. 
  • Reach conclusions based on demonstrable evidence and analysis

Package 2: Design Thinking & Managing the Creative Process

Package 2: June 12 - June 23

Level: Advanced Bachelor & Master

8 ECTS, 48 hours

Course 1: Managing the Creative Process

Course Format: 6 hrs per day over 1 week; from June 12- 16

In an ever changing socio-economic landscape, businesses must innovate in order to survive. In that sense, creativity is a company asset that should be carefully nurtured. During this course, participants will discover that creativity is anything except magical: it can be analysed, improved and managed in order to generate new business opportunities. 

The course is designed to help participants: discover and understand the different tools and methods used by creative teams to enhance their creative process, gain confidence in the frequently encountered “creative chaos”, analyse the methods and reasoning behind a creative mind, find creative ways to manage creative teams, and find ways to encourage and facilitate creative thinking in a non-creative friendly environment.

On completion of this module, students will be able to: 

  • Develop & implement a creative process to tackle different types problems
  • Pitch the value of creative & divergent thinking in an organisation
  • Gain confidence in a creative environment
  • Be a bit more creative themselves


Course 2: Design Thinking

Course Format: 6 hrs per day over 1-week; from June 19 - June 23

This course is designed to help participants: understand a complex or ill-defined situation, empathize with the different stakeholders of a problem environment in order to gain a broader understanding of the situation, use visualisation, creative and prototyping tools to help in their ideation process and test their solution to gain feedback and assess the pertinence of a proposition.

The increasing complexity of our world and the ever growing number of variables (social, economic, political, ethical, technical …) that have to be taken in consideration by design professionals when tackling a problem makes their job nearly impossible to achieve.

In the late 60s, the design theorist Horst Rittel first described the situation and named it “Wicked Problems”. Nevertheless, designers continue to excel and their methods, widely described now, are the reason behind their success. 

The Design Thinking theory and tools are but one of the many attempts to make sense out of a designer’s approach to “wicked problem solving”. It is now widely accepted and used in businesses worldwide as a powerful tool for innovation.

On completion of this module, students will be able to: 

  • Define a complex problem and identify insights that could potentially bring to innovations
  • Generate ideas using designers methods and tools
  • Prototype solutions from early stages cardboard models to well defined 3D printed prototypes
  • Test, observe and improve propositions through iterations

Package 3: Corporate Finance & International Business: A Mediterranean Perspective

Package 3: June 26 - July 7

Level:  Advanced Bachelor & Master

8 ECTS, 48 hours

Course 1:Finance & decision making

Course Format: 3 hrs per day over 2-weeks; from June 26 - July 7

This course aims to give the students the capacity to understand the theory and apply, in real world situations, the techniques that have been developed in corporate finance to analyze a business, a company, a corporation.



The course provides students a balanced and comprehensive framework to enable them to acquire basic knowledge and skills to appraise current practice critically. To this end, it gives the 'keys' to explain the nature of items within published financial statements.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

-analyze the structure and content of published financial statements

-comment critically on the information included in published financial statements (including ESG scoring)





Corporate finance is best learned through application and in real time, there is no better way to learn the subject than to try out everything we do in class on a real company in real time.




At the end of the project, students will be able to:


-apply the principles of corporate finance to the companies they have chosen,


-evaluate the Corporate Governance and stockholder analysis of the company


-measure the Performance of the company and its ESG score

-pitch the project to the class and make recommendation on investment criteria

Course 2: International Business: A Mediterranean Perspective

Course Format: 3 hrs per day over 2-weeks; from June 27 - July 8

This course will focus on developing an understanding of international business, taking a closer look at the environment in the Mediterranean region – and more specifically the countries in southern Europe and northern Africa. During the two-week course, we will examine key success factors for creating and sustaining trans-national and multi-national business ventures, and help students develop a practical, hands-on approach for optimising the conditions necessary for healthy business performance.

The Mediterranean is celebrated for being arguably the world’s oldest centre of ‘international’ trade and commerce. For centuries, this area of the world has been (and continues to be) a crossroads of cultures, bringing together the populations of Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Today, this region remains both a highly relevant, and economically significant cradle of trans-national and multi-national business. 

Moreover, given the current highly complex geopolitical context, addressing the region’s economic stability and development remains one of the critical challenges for both national governments, as well as organisations such as the European Union. Specific financing structures, EU subventions and complex international trade agreements have been developed to foster development and promote growth. However, the challenges of managing multiple stakeholders, conflictual interests, and even corruption continue to be present. 

On completion of this module, students will be able to:     

  • Better understand the Mediterranean region’s geopolitical context and financial structures
  • Develop an enhanced appreciation for the region’s multiple stakeholders and interests
  • Articulate how international businesses can answer key questions related to: where they should invest, what are their markets, who are their clients, and how to both mitigate risk and create favourable conditions for success
  • Conduct and present a limited-scale feasibility study     

Package 4: Ethics & sustainability in business

Package 4: July 10 - 21

Level:  Advanced Bachelor & Master

8 ECTS, 48 hours

Course 1: Ethics in business and society

Course Format: 3 hrs per day over 2-weeks; from July 10 - 21

More than a study of management techniques, this course is an introspection into who we are as employees, managers and human beings, and what impact can we have (or do we want to have) in our respective organisations. 

Corporate Social Responsibility is a large umbrella under which one must consider many elements, not least of which are the concepts of “Diversity and Inclusion”; how companies engage with, manage, and otherwise consider the human beings impacted by its activities – i.e. stakeholders.    This course will take a closer look into the direct and indirect implications of D&I.   

We will begin the course by defining the different aspects of diversity and take a closer look at discrimination and unconscious dynamics in the workplace. We will also explore unconscious bias and how it shapes organisations and our decision making.   

In an ever increasing, diverse and complex workplace environment, managers are facing challenges to maintain a sense of teamwork and cohesion amongst staff members, and providing meaningful objectives is taking on ever increasing importance.

An even more diverse and international customer base adds to the highly demanding challenges confronting modern companies, and necessitate tailored services and approaches to meet their clients' needs. 

In such a context, the questions must be asked:

  • How do organisations attract talent in different forms?
  • Does increasing the diversity amongst staff always equate to good performance? 
  • What is a "Great Place to Work"?
  • Can all employees be happy? 
Course 2: Changes towards sustainability

Course Format: 3 hrs per day over 2-weeks; from July 10 - 21

Sustainable Development will not be achieved without the private sector. In recent years, corporate (un-)sustainability has become headline news. Accidents such as the BP Deepwater Horizon or the Fukushima incident received global media attention; Volkswagen is still dealing with the fallout from its “Dieselgate” scandal. At the same time, Unilever help to create rural entrepreneurs in India; Pfizer have improved access to prescription medicine in Sub-Saharan Africa; Daimler actively support the fight against HIV/AIDS in the same world region; and numerous companies publicly address the widespread problem of corruption throughout their operations.

In this module, we will explore why and how companies have started to integrate sustainability objectives into their core business activities, and critically discuss strengths and limitations of these approaches. Along the way, we will be using case studies and interactive elements to explore underlying theoretical perspectives, actual outcomes of corporate sustainability activities and the opportunities and challenges we are facing in the transition to sustainability. As part of this, we will also explore your own roles in this transformation, be it as consumers, citizens, activists, or future entrepreneurs and employees.