INSEAD launches the Strategies for a Circular Economy – Online programme in collaboration with Emeritus

By Emeritus

video-views7 February 2024

Delivered by Emeritus, the five-week programme helps business leaders and sustainability professionals create the right circular business model for their organisations to unlock value and achieve long-term growth.

FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE   INSEAD, The Business School for the World, is launching its inaugural Strategies for a Circular Economy – Online programme to prepare participants with critical skills in circular sustainability strategy and roadmap implementation. The programme is delivered by Emeritus, the global leader in making world-class professional education accessible and affordable. Enrolment is now open for a 26 March 2024 programme start.

The circular economy has the potential to deliver significant and positive business outcomes that go beyond corporate sustainability goals. According to recent research by Gartner, 60% of global enterprises will drive profitable growth through circular supply chain practices by 2026. Furthermore, 74% of supply chain leaders expect profits to increase between now and 2025 as a result of applying circular economy principles. However, the transition to circularity poses complex challenges for organisations. The Strategies for a Circular Economy – Online programme equips participants to position circularity as a value-driver for the business while mitigating roadblocks.

The programme’s application-based curriculum leverages INSEAD’s extensive experience in working closely with manufacturers to implement successful circular business models. The curriculum consists of five modules delivered via online video lectures and requires a weekly commitment of four to six hours. It enables participants to experience the circular business model from design to execution using a research-based circularity strategy framework developed by INSEAD faculty. The modules are accompanied by case studies from across industries, self-study activities, discussions and live faculty session for an enhanced learning experience. Participants will also undertake an in-depth action learning project on charting a realistic path towards circularity for their organisation. Upon completing the programme, participants are awarded a verified digital certificate by INSEAD Executive Education. 

The programme is developed and taught by award-winning INSEAD faculty member and published thought leader Atalay Atasu, Professor of Technology and Operations Management, The Bianca and James Pitt Chair in Environmental Sustainability, and Academic Director, INSEAD Sustainable Business Initiative. Professor Atasu teaches about socially and environmentally responsible operations management with topics of interest including the circular economy, extended producer responsibility and environmental regulation. 

“The circular economy represents a paradigm shift that requires innovative thinking and a departure from traditional take-make-dispose linear business models,” said Atasu. “INSEAD’s Strategies for a Circular Economy – Online programme provides a practical understanding of circular business models and the benefits offered. Participants will evaluate opportunities for circularity and identify the circularity strategy that best aligns with their organisation’s operations under the guidance of a pioneer in sustainable business education.”  

“Emeritus is delighted to collaborate with the accomplished faculty at INSEAD to provide this impactful learning experience for business leaders and sustainability professionals seeking to achieve successful outcomes from circular practices,” said Mike Malefakis, president of University Partnerships at Emeritus.

The programme is currently enrolling interested participants and the fee is €1,990. To apply or request additional information, please visit the programme page here.

About INSEAD Executive Education

As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society. Our research, teaching and partnerships reflect this global perspective and cultural diversity.  

With locations in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore), the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), and now North America (San Francisco), INSEAD’s business education and research spans four regions. Our 166 renowned Faculty members from 41 countries inspire more than 1,500 degree participants annually in our Master in Management,  MBA, Global Executive MBA, Specialised Master’s degrees (Executive Master in Finance and Executive Master in Change) and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 11,000 executives participate in INSEAD Executive Education programmes each year. 

INSEAD conducts cutting-edge research and innovates across all our programmes. We provide business leaders with the knowledge and awareness to operate anywhere. Our core values drive academic excellence and serve the global community as The Business School for the World. More information about INSEAD can be found at

About Emeritus

Emeritus is committed to teaching the skills of the future by making high-quality education accessible and affordable to individuals, organisations, and governments worldwide. It does this by collaborating with more than 80 top-tier universities across the United States, Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, India, and China. Emeritus’ short courses, degree programs, professional certificates, and senior executive programs help individuals learn new skills and transform their lives, companies, and organisations. Its unique model of state-of-the-art technology; curriculum innovation; and hands-on instruction from senior faculty, mentors, and coaches has educated more than 350,000 individuals across more than 80 countries. For more information, please visit

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