Christine Thioux, Director ATH and Associates share her experience at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management’s Executive Programme in Management and Philosophies that helps develop the ability to question our points of view and our managerial practices to overcome them and make better decisions. The programme is created by the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in partnership with the non-profit organisation Philosophies & Management, the Management School of the University of Liège - HEC and the Louvain School of Management (UCL).

About the programme 

This original and innovative approach is beneficial to managers from both a personal and professional point of view. It provides new "tools" and concepts to decipher situations in the professional environment, but also to develop a personal attitude of retreat from a problematic situation and to approach it from new angles.

Why executive programme in management & philosophies

My job pushes me to continually question myself. My clients are multinational executives and small business owners. For many years I have observed that more and more people are searching for meaning. They want to know how useful they are and how they can make businesses, the world, evolve more positively.
The great wealth of the Executive Programme in Management and Philosophies is to bring together top managers recognised often not available and renowned philosophers and have them debate on topics and that help us answer many questions that we often provide a new approach to problem-solving.
Because a few hours are not enough to capture the full philosophical contribution to modern managerial challenges, the Executive Programme in Management & Philosophies focuses on key issues and takes the time to share, confront and deepen them. Specific issues of the company are approached from a managerial and operational point of view. The contribution of philosophy favours a more appropriate way of thinking to help solve these problems.
The approach goes through different fields of philosophy (moral philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysics). If philosophy consists essentially in the systematic exercise of thought and reflection, it does not give itself a single goal and no more a particular object of study. The choice of different philosophers involved in this programme has been made so to sensitize participants to the plural nature of philosophy, to the multiplicity of its fields, and to mobilize them according to the different practice.
Beyond philosophical tools in the strict sense, other areas of human sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology) and exact sciences (neuroscience, complexity sciences are mobilized by the Executive Programme in Management & Philosophies.

The outcome of the programme

The Programme helps you develop professionally, personally and ethically, and give you the means to (re) find and convey meaning in your projects and decisions. It helps rediscover what you have internally as a power of creation, imagination and change, in the role and function you occupy in the company. You seek to better understand what the philosophical approach is and strengthen the consideration of responsible development, which allows you to reconnect with a positive long-term project for the company and society in general.

Finally, In my opinion, this is the first training that combines the profound questions of philosophy, those of ethics, the meaning of life with those of management and pure economic issues, to invite us to rethink our practices and to make ourselves more creative. Beyond the year of study, it is a dynamic of constructive and continuous critical thought that is triggered. It is a unique programme, very pragmatic, intimately connected to the reality of the field.