In a multibusiness organization, long-term success depends on the ability to align the parent company with the strategies and needs of its diverse operating units. In this corporate strategy program, you will dive deep into the complex challenges of leading transformation within a long-established business. You will emerge a stronger and more visionary leader—ready to make the tough strategic choices that drive change and growth across the organization.

What You Can Expect

Engaged in a dynamic exchange with world-renowned HBS faculty and an elite group of senior executives, you will delve into the fundamentals of finance and the "radical recombination" of portfolio elements that spur growth in a well-established organization. Through new global case studies, you will learn how to create and lead an organization that facilitates intrapreneurship and builds competitive advantage over time.

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Engaged in a dynamic exchange with world-renowned HBS faculty and an elite group of senior executives, you will delve into the fundamentals of finance and the "radical recombination" of portfolio elements that spur growth in a well-established organization. Through new global case studies, you will learn how to create and lead an organization that facilitates intrapreneurship and builds competitive advantage over time.

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Your Course of Study

Taking on the role of chief decision-maker in fast-moving case discussions, you will explore the strategies of successful multibusiness firms—from resource allocation and vertical integration to mergers and acquisitions to roll-ups and restructuring. You will return to your organization better prepared to optimize the value of your corporate headquarters, counter the impact of activist investors, manage maturing business lines, and lead new enterprise development.

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Taking on the role of chief decision-maker in fast-moving case discussions, you will explore the strategies of successful multibusiness firms—from resource allocation and vertical integration to mergers and acquisitions to roll-ups and restructuring. You will return to your organization better prepared to optimize the value of your corporate headquarters, counter the impact of activist investors, manage maturing business lines, and lead new enterprise development.

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Who Is Right for the Program

Corporate Level Strategy is designed for senior executives and others who are responsible for designing and disseminating strategy in a multibusiness firm with annual sales of at least $50 million. Executives preparing to take on cross-business unit responsibilities also will benefit. Because the program aims to create value across multiple businesses or operating units, teams of executives are encouraged to apply.

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Corporate Level Strategy is designed for senior executives and others who are responsible for designing and disseminating strategy in a multibusiness firm with annual sales of at least $50 million. Executives preparing to take on cross-business unit responsibilities also will benefit. Because the program aims to create value across multiple businesses or operating units, teams of executives are encouraged to apply.

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Faculty Chair
Thomas Henry Carroll Ford Foundation Adjunct Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Strategy Unit; and faculty chair of "Corporate Level Strategy" and faculty cochair of "Global Strategic Management." Read Full Bio

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

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Faculty Chair
Thomas Henry Carroll Ford Foundation Adjunct Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Strategy Unit; and faculty chair of "Corporate Level Strategy" and faculty cochair of "Global Strategic Management."

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Admissions

Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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