Today's global economy calls for multifaceted leaders who are exceptional strategists, confident decision makers, and inspiring team builders. Providing a broader and more comprehensive view of business operations, the General Management Program (GMP) accelerates your transition from functional specialist to outstanding general manager. You will emerge with a better understanding of your industry, your company's competitive position—and how to turn unexpected threats into strategic advantage.

What You Can Expect

GMP is designed to help you build a business-wide perspective beyond your area of expertise and contribute to your company's growth at a more strategic level. Through a tightly integrated, five-phase learning model, you will expand your leadership confidence, management perspective, and strategic frameworks. You will emerge from GMP with a deeper understanding of how to analyze key value drivers, build strong cross-functional teams, and capitalize on opportunities that emerge in any economic climate.

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GMP is designed to help you build a business-wide perspective beyond your area of expertise and contribute to your company's growth at a more strategic level. Through a tightly integrated, five-phase learning model, you will expand your leadership confidence, management perspective, and strategic frameworks. You will emerge from GMP with a deeper understanding of how to analyze key value drivers, build strong cross-functional teams, and capitalize on opportunities that emerge in any economic climate.

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Your Course of Study

Focused on diagnosis and action, GMP tackles the complex challenges of general management—setting the strategy, building the organization, and driving the results. A rigorous and action-oriented curriculum spurs peer-to-peer collaboration, while the Emotional Intelligence Survey and Your Strategy/Your Case Study exercises accelerate your growth as an individual leader. During the off-campus modules, you will have the opportunity to apply new strategic insights to the specific challenges you face at work.

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Focused on diagnosis and action, GMP tackles the complex challenges of general management—setting the strategy, building the organization, and driving the results. A rigorous and action-oriented curriculum spurs peer-to-peer collaboration, while the Emotional Intelligence Survey and Your Strategy/Your Case Study exercises accelerate your growth as an individual leader. During the off-campus modules, you will have the opportunity to apply new strategic insights to the specific challenges you face at work.

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Who Is Right for the Program

This leadership development program is designed for executives with recently acquired or significantly expanded general management responsibilities. It also is appropriate for senior functional managers who need a broader perspective on company operations, or who will soon become business unit, divisional, or regional leaders. Most participants have 15 to 20 years of work experience and come from organizations with annual revenues in excess of $100 million.

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This leadership development program is designed for executives with recently acquired or significantly expanded general management responsibilities. It also is appropriate for senior functional managers who need a broader perspective on company operations, or who will soon become business unit, divisional, or regional leaders. Most participants have 15 to 20 years of work experience and come from organizations with annual revenues in excess of $100 million.

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Alumni Status

Upon completing GMP, you are granted HBS alumni status and gain exclusive access to our vast global alumni network and an array of resources that facilitate lifelong learning, growth, and success.

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Upon completing GMP, you are granted HBS alumni status and gain exclusive access to our vast global alumni network and an array of resources that facilitate lifelong learning, growth, and success.

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Investment in the Future

By absorbing the practice of general management, you'll gain the analytical skills to identify, frame, and solve complex business problems. GMP empowers you with the confidence to make complex business decisions and with the leadership skills to drive fundamental change across your organization.

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By absorbing the practice of general management, you'll gain the analytical skills to identify, frame, and solve complex business problems. GMP empowers you with the confidence to make complex business decisions and with the leadership skills to drive fundamental change across your organization.

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Comprehensive Leadership Programs Summary

Compare the key features of Harvard Business School's three comprehensive leadership programs—the Advanced Management Program, the General Management Program, and the Program for Leadership Development.

A limited amount of partial scholarship funding may be available for qualified applicants from not-for-profit organizations. To be considered, you must complete and submit your application and include a request for funding. FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Ms. Vicki Good, Portfolio Director.

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Compare the key features of Harvard Business School's three comprehensive leadership programs—the Advanced Management Program, the General Management Program, and the Program for Leadership Development.

A limited amount of partial scholarship funding may be available for qualified applicants from not-for-profit organizations. To be considered, you must complete and submit your application and include a request for funding. FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Ms. Vicki Good, Portfolio Director.

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Faculty

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
Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration. Head of the Marketing Unit; faculty chair of the "General Management Program" and "Driving Digital and Social Strategy," and faculty cochair "Competing on Business Analytics and Big Data." 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.

Sunil Gupta

Faculty Chair
Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration. Head of the Marketing Unit; faculty chair of the "General Management Program" and "Driving Digital and Social Strategy," and faculty cochair "Competing on Business Analytics and Big Data."

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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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