Influencing is how we obtain what we want by affecting the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of others over whom we may have limited or no authority but who are able to make decisions that affect ourselves and our organisation. It is about understanding how managers deal with other managers upwards and sideways in their own organisation and in other organisations. Influence or be influenced, that is the iron law for working with other people.

This elective explains how people are influenced, how to exert influence, how to develop relationships with those around us to achieve personal and organisational goals and how to recognise influencing games played by other managers. These are essential skills for anybody wishing to put into practice the outputs of all the other courses in the EBS MBA.

Topics covered

  • The need for influence.
  • What is influencing?.
  • Building relationships.
  • The currencies of influence.
  • GAME.
  • Influencing for results.
  • Power and influence.
  • Retrospection.
  • You read on distance and can take the exam at another location in the world.
  • You will receive an international certificate from one of the world's leading universities.
  • You get a solid material.
  • You get strong support through the web.
  • You turn knowledge directly into “business in practice”.
  • You get academic credits and the benefit of the wider international studies (MBA, MSc and DBA).



MBA education has been very stimulating and gave me the tools to apply the knowledge practically in the workplace. The flexibility to learn on distance fits perfectly with a job that involves lots of travelling.

Marie Lobéus, MBA, CFO, Hoist Technology AB


This training has far exceeded my expectations. Hugely inspirational speakers, good material, combined with a demanding level of education means that I can really recommend this MBA.

Henrik Jonsson, MBA Commercial Manager The Phone Hourse AB


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Manager and key persons


Level 7 (according to the EU framework)


About 200 hours. You will receive an international certificate from one of the world's leading universities, Heriot-Watt University. 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) Credits.

Entry condition

Bachelor degree or equivalent.


Distance learning starts individually.

  • SEK 13.000 excl VAT.
  • Examination fee is not included.