For executives looking for a more direct and interactive learning experience, the following list of educational programs represent some of the most highly-regarded executive education programs available in North America. In choosing each program, we’ve made an effort to include leading programs from the Northeast, Midwest, and Westcoast. The list is certainly not comprehensive in that there are a number of other well-respected Executive Education programs within North America and elsewhere across the globe.
|Harvard Business School Executive Education – Cambridge, MA
Global Strategic Management
Strategy – Building and Sustaining Competitive Advantage
Designing and Executing Strategy
With the accelerating pace of competition and innovation, cutting-edge companies are defined by innovative strategies. Harvard Business School’s Strategy — Building and Sustaining Competitive Advantage program yields insight into how real-life companies have turned strategy into success and provides executives with the opportunity to formulate their own corporate action plans for sustainable competitive advantage.
Created as a resource for leadership teams charged with company business strategy, this leadership development program gives participants the opportunity to work with faculty and peers to develop and evaluate competitive strategies, lay the groundwork for change, and put action plans to work. Conducted with strict confidentiality, the program offers actionable frameworks for competitive strategy development supported by state-of-the-art strategic concepts, current research findings, and best practice examples.
Similarly, Harvard Business School’s Global Strategic Management program takes a cross-functional approach to global business management, and prepares you to respond quickly to a challenging economic environment, take advantage of emerging opportunities, and put in place processes, people, and systems around the world that will deliver optimal results. Balancing strategic insight with proven management frameworks, the program examines competitive advantage, government and economic changes, global reach, and strategic agility from the perspective of successful business leaders. You will return to your organization ready to accurately assess a situation, skillfully tackle new challenges, and identify risks worth taking.
In contrast, HBS’ Corporate Level Strategy program focuses on the multibusiness organization and the requisite ability to align the parent company with the strategies and needs of its diverse operating units. To help companies address this complex challenge, the Corporate Level Strategy program provides the cross-business perspective and strategic foundation you need to create long-term value for both the corporation and its individual operating units. Learning alongside a select group of peers, you will gain a better understanding of how to develop and manage a successful portfolio of businesses. You will return to your company better prepared to apply the assets and capabilities of each operating unit in ways that build sustainable competitive advantage.
|Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education – Stanford, CA
Executive Program in Strategy and Organization
In the high stakes game of today’s global marketplace, business leaders must successfully navigate a constantly changing and complex environment to ensure their organization’s survival. How do you recognize the unique challenges and opportunities your organization faces and craft strategies to effectively leverage your corporation’s competencies? How do you instill your organization with the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit needed to continuously evolve and to sustain competitive advantage? Stanford’s Executive Program in Strategy and Organization will enable you to resolve the challenges you face each day and ultimately finish the game with the winning hand.
The Executive Program in Strategy and Organization enables executives to apply the results of pioneering research in strategic management and organizational theory to their specific business situations. Participants explore how their own organization’s competencies and shortcomings translate into strategic challenges and opportunities and build appropriate action plans. The program provides a fundamental understanding of (i) analysis of global business strategy from both market-focused and non-market perspectives, providing comprehensive frameworks for managing organizations and accomplishing strategic objectives; (ii) how to gain alignment between a firm’s strategy, the way in which it is organized, and the environment in which it competes; the analytical tools for identifying and evaluating a firm’s strategy and its position in the industry; and (iii) Applicable frameworks for executing change management initiatives effectively.
|Wharton School of Business Executive Education – Philadelphia, PA
Implementing Strategy: Leading Effective Execution
Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage
Leading Organizational Change
Implementing Strategy gives you a broad view of implementation and a thorough understanding of each piece of the implementation process so you can make more informed decisions on efficiency and effectiveness. You will learn how to properly align corporate structure with corporate strategies and how to integrate strategy formulation and implementation by focusing on five core areas: (1) Strategy Implementation Model: Equip your organization to adapt to change by developing a model of appropriate structures, objectives, controls, integration mechanisms, and incentives for implementing your strategy; (2) Strategic Change: Understand the stages of implementation, forces for and against change, and ways to overcome resistance to change; and develop structures and tactics to implement change; (3) Human Resources and Strategy Implementation: Integrate HR policies with strategy implementation needs; (4) Strategy and Structure: Understand how strategy affects structure and how the choice of structure affects efficiency and effectiveness; and (5) Incentives and Controls: Discuss ways to motivate and control performance, including methods to achieve effective coordination.
Similarly, Wharton’s Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage helps you meet, head on, the challenge of building strategy. It distills and applies the latest strategic insights and approaches and helps you accurately assess the competition in your industry. You will learn to create coherent and forceful strategies for your future and get the opportunity to apply these concepts to your own strategic plan. Designed specifically to broaden your perspective on how to make organizations more competitive, Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage examines a variety of options for growth, including alliances, acquisitions, and internal corporate ventures. You will learn how to accurately assess the competition in your industry. Through lectures and case analyses, both in the classroom and within smaller work groups, you will examine how other companies have created competitive advantage.
Leading Organizational Change is a response to the fact that, while change is vital to organizational growth and survival, change is very difficult to do well. While change initiatives take many forms, they share one thing in common: a dismal record of success. How can you improve the odds for your own change initiatives? Leading Organizational Change is a hands-on workshop that offers the best insights from research and practice focused on addressing your specific change initiatives. The program offers frameworks, models, and perspectives on leading change that participants immediately apply to their own projects. You’ll understand the factors that trip up promising organizational transformations and the strategies that can make them more successful. You’ll gain a better grasp of the complex interpersonal and strategic issues involved to become a more effective change agent in your organization.
|MIT Sloan Executive Education – Cambridge, MA
Reinventing Your Business Strategy
MIT’s Corporate Strategy program presents the latest methodologies for developing and implementing strategies that work. Drawing from relevant conceptual frameworks and real-life examples, participants in the program learn to integrate corporate strategy and culture with organizational structure, develop corporate, business, and functional strategies, and manage the interface of strategy and technology. Corporate Strategy gives business leaders the rare opportunity to share experiences with peers from other organizations and industries — forming a network of lifelong colleagues in the process.
Within MIT’s Reinventing Your Business Strategy, the Business School argues that traditional competitive approaches that rely on product differentiation do not produce optimal results, nor do they take advantage of new sources of profitability that the connectivity of a networked economy offers. Too often, they focus your attention in the wrong place. To survive and prosper today, MIT suggests create a business plan based on a powerful business model that reflects the many new ways to compete in the current economy. Called the Delta Model, MIT explains that it offers senior managers a fresh and pragmatic approach to critical strategic business thinking. This new, integrative, strategic framework allows managers to do exciting, bold, creative and innovative things within your firm. In Reinventing Your Business Strategy, you’ll learn how to use the Delta Model to identify new sources of profitability, develop new strategic approaches that fit your firm, establish new directions for the organization, and implement a revised strategic agenda.
|Chicago Booth School of Business Executive Education – Chicago, IL
Executive Program in Corporate Strategy
Top-level executives must possess the latest information on strategy formulation and implementation. The Chicago Booth School of Business program presents a broad survey of strategy elements so that today’s managers leave the course well equipped to make key strategic decisions. Participants will learn techniques to analyze the industry and organizational dynamics to establish competitive advantage and leverage capabilities and strategic assets. The program is designed for upper-middle through senior-level managers who are now or will be deeply involved in the development of strategy at the corporate, business or functional level in their organizations. Appropriate titles would include vice presidents, general managers, strategic planners, consultants, corporate and business planners, and functional directors in areas like marketing, finance, operations and other managers involved in the formulation and implementation of a company’s or business unit’s strategy.