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CAS Big Data & Supply Chain

Business Analytics, Operations and Supply Chain & Sales and Distribution

No matter which type of career function you work in, you require a basic understanding of business analytics, sales, distribution management and operations as well as supply chain management. Join our international Executive MBA for select classes within the CAS Big Data & Supply Chain and learn to analyze and extract value from data, use it to create new business models and adapt production and distribution to meet business and customer needs.


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Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in General Management
University of Bern, Switzerland
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Course start
October 13, 2023
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Bern/Thun, Switzerland
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Selected Weekends
Fri and Sat (Oct - Jan)
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3 months
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Application Deadline
August 31, 2023
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Program Language
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Program Fees
CHF 12,400

Your Benefits

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Well-aligned Curriculum

Gain insights on improving customer centricity, operational efficiency, and financial results with courses in Business Analytics, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Sales and Distribution Management to bring increased value to your organization.

International Excellence

In the World for Finance

Financial Times 2020

In the World for Economics

Financial Times 2020

Study Modules

Module 1 Operations & Supply Chain Management

Operations & Supply Chain Management is at the core of any organization when it comes to designing, producing and delivering products and services that satisfy external and internal customer needs. Throughout the course, you will develop an understanding of the complex and crucial interactions between operations and other functions, particularly marketing and finance. You will identify effective measures to improve operational performance and show how this in turn improves the organization’s financial results.

Module 2 Business Analytics

Data has become an essential asset for companies to be able to operate and compete effectively. In fact, four of the six top companies in market valuation – Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, and Alibaba – base their business models exclusively on the use of data to optimize advertising. Moreover, SMEs are starting to benefit substantially from analyzing data about their operations, finances, clients, and employees. It is therefore essential that business managers understand data as a production factor and know how to extract the value it contains. Therefore, this course introduces data as a production factor, explains its unique attributes (what makes this factor of production different from others), and examines how data can transform existing organizations and give rise to new business models. Once students understand data as a production factor, this course shows them how to generate insights and gain value from it by means of various analytical and graphic tools.

Module 3 Sales & Distribution Management

This course is designed with the objective of understanding distribution channels and how organizations can leverage them to create value, differentiate themselves in their markets, and gain a competitive advantage. Product proliferation, media fragmentation, intermediary power, e-commerce, omnichannel strategy, among other things, have converged to place a premium on effective channel design and management. The success of Apple, Alibaba, Amazon, Coupang, Mercado Libre, Rakuten, Reliance, Walmart, BlaBlaCar, Uber, Grab, Airbnb, Expedia, etc., indicates that careful attention to distribution can be tremendously rewarding. The course covers channel issues that are internal (salesforce management, account management, sales-marketing-organization interface) and external (retailing, wholesaling, trade relationships, channel conflict, channel coordination) to a firm. The contexts used to explore these issues are a mix of B2B and B2C settings. At the end of the course, you will be able to appreciate the complexity and central role of the sales and distribution functions and the vital part they play in implementing the marketing strategy.

Program Details

Goals & Benefits

Extract key insights from data to improve operational performance and profitability with courses in Business Analytics, Operations and Supply Chain Management and Sales and Distribution Management.

You will benefit from renowned academics from different business schools, as well as exchanges with established business leaders. If desired, you may complete additional courses after the CAS Big Data & Supply Chain to obtain a DAS in General Management or the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA.

Modules, Dates & Professors
Operations & Supply Chain Management
13.10. – 28.10.2023
Robert Boute
Professor Robert Boute
Vlerick Management School, Belgium
Business Analytics
27.10. – 11.11.2023
José Parra-Moyano
Professor José Parra-Moyano
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Sales & Distribution Management
26.01. – 10.02.2024

Please note that courses and dates can be subject to change.

Applied Assignments

You will receive a grade for each of the three courses in the certificate program. The professor will measure your performance through individual online exams, group homework and case studies, individual written assignments, and class participation.

Target Audience/Requirements

Classes are made up of executives and managers whose backgrounds include finance, manufacturing, business administration, IT, engineering, law, medicine, and other fields.

To qualify for the program, we require:

  • A university degree (or equivalent) and at least five years of management experience (as a project or line manager)
    Over ten years of high-level managerial and leadership experience in lieu of academic qualifications
  • Middle or senior management experience with the potential for taking on increased responsibilities within the organization
  • A convincing character and the ability to work in a team
  • The ability to set priorities to successfully balance your job, studies, and personal life
  • Fluency in English
Program Fees

Program fees amount to CHF 12,400 (in one installment). The price includes tuition, materials, lunches and refreshments on regular class days, university registration, and exam fees. The fees do not include accommodation in Bern or Thun.

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Step 1
Online Application

Please complete the online application form for your respective program choice and upload it onto the application tool. We require you to submit the following and tick all confirmation boxes in the tool:

  • Two recommendation forms
  • Statement of company approval
  • CV/resume
  • Official diploma and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation
  • Portrait photo
  • Copy of passport or ID card
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Step 2
Personal Interview

If you meet the admissions requirements, a member of our recruitment team will contact you to set up a personal conversation. We let you know of our decision within one week after your personal interview.

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Step 3
Payment & Preparation for the Program

Upon acceptance to the program, we will send you a letter of acceptance and ask you to pay the fee of CHF 12,400. Once we receive the payment, we will send you further information to help you prepare for the program start.

Class Statistics

In our classes, we seek to combine a diversity of profiles to provide you with the most beneficial classroom experience and professional network possible. Here you can find the statistics of a typical class.


Functional Background

Industry Background

(female students)
Work Experience
Management Experience
23% 39 16 9

Next Info Sessions and Open Days

Modular EMBA

To provide you with additional flexibility, we offer a modular version of our EMBA. You have the option of beginning with a Certificate or Diploma of Advanced Studies (CAS or DAS) and pursuing the rest of the EMBA within five years. It is also possible to complete a certificate or diploma without continuing further EMBA studies.
Asia Experience
1 week
DAS in General
8 months

DAS in General Management

After successfully completing the general management portion of the program (CAS Business Transformation, CAS Big Data & Supply Chain and Asia Experience), you will be awarded a DAS in General Management with focus Business Agility.

Executive MBA
16 months

Executive MBA

The Rochester-Bern EMBA begins in February and runs for a period of 16 months. For additional flexibility, you may split your studies into three parts over five years: two Diplomas of Advanced Studies (DAS in Finance or DAS in General Management) and a subsequent residency at the University of Rochester.

DAS in Finance
6 months

DAS in Finance

Once you successfully complete the foundational courses in finance and economics (CAS Finance Boost and CAS Economics & Statistics), you will receive a DAS in Finance with focus Business Analysis.

CAS Business
CAS Big Data
& Supply Chain
Rochester U.S.
4 weeks
CAS Economics
& Statistics
CAS Finance

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