two times a year (February, September)*
6 days
Silicon Valley
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*Due to the impact of Covid 19 on the travel situation, the next study trip is planned for May 2023.

Study Trip to Silicon Valley – Innovation & Leadership

The study week offers an exclusive selection of lectures and workshops by professors, business coaches and successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. They highlight a range of issues relating to the connection between leadership and sustainable business success.

The Role of Leadership in Entrepreneurial Success

Participants meet in San Francisco and reside downtown. The week’s program includes a variety of handpicked companies and leaders in San Francisco and the famous Silicon Valley. Our guiding question throughout the trip is: What in innovation is essential to these leaders and how do they foster innovation in their own activities?

Study Trip Silicon Valley

Insights into the ecosystem of Silicon Valley

On our field trip you learn about the area and get a taste of Route 1. The evenings are mostly free, which gives you the possibility to explore the city’s fascinating quartiers. The entire program is conducted in English, inviting you to sharpen your communication skills. In sum, the contributions of our highly qualified speakers and sorely chosen visits will leave you with lasting impressions and insights into that mysterious ecosystem of Silicon Valley.


Master’s students. Bachelor’s students and external participants with a minimum of 3 years professional business experience. Good English communication skills required.


The next study trip will take place as follows (if the Corona pandemic allows travel):

  • May 20th - May 27th, 2023 (arrival on Saturday, May 20th, departure on Saturday, May 27th) 
  • For planning safety cancellations are no longer possible after December 15th, 2022

Information on fees

  • CHF 2’700 for students from Kalaidos and partner institutions
  • CHF 3’200 for external participants
  • Included in the CAS IMD program fee.

This study trip is part of the CAS FH in Innovative Management & Development.

All participants pay for flights, accommodation, meals, visa, and travel insurance themselves.

Programme Director
Yoshija Walter

Dr. Yoshija Walter

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Artificial Intelligence | Behavioural Economics | Business Management | Business Psychology | Change Management | Corporate Culture | Corporate Governance | Cyber Security | Data Management | Digital Transformation | Digitalization | Economy | Ethics | Industrial Psychology | Innovation Management | International Management | Leadership | Neurology | Organisational Psychology | Organizational Development | Project Management | Research | Social Media | Strategic Management | Sustainability
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Romy Beer

Romy Beer

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