Advancing to the next level of senior leadership requires a dramatic shift in thinking, acting, and leading—a demanding process that can take years of on-the-job training. The General Management Program (GMP) at Harvard Business School (HBS) accelerates this personal and professional transformation by providing a multifunctional view of business, leadership, and the organization. You will emerge from GMP with the holistic mindset and strategic vision to build a competitive advantage for your organization and your career.

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. GMP is composed of two on-campus and three off-campus modules that are presented over four months, with seven weeks of study on the HBS campus. You will return to your company 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. GMP is composed of two on-campus and three off-campus modules that are presented over four months, with seven weeks of study on the HBS campus. You will return to your company 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, Cultural Intelligence Assessment, personal strategy statement, and customized case study exercise accelerate your growth as an individual leader. The off-campus modules provide the opportunity for you to apply new strategic insights to the specific challenges you face at work. During GMP, you also will have access to Harvard Manage Mentor®—an exclusive, one-destination, enterprise learning resource that helps you address critical management and leadership issues in the context of your business. This powerful solution delivers on-demand performance support, enhances formal learning, and scales peer-to-peer feedback—across all areas of the organization.

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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, Cultural Intelligence Assessment, personal strategy statement, and customized case study exercise accelerate your growth as an individual leader. The off-campus modules provide the opportunity for you to apply new strategic insights to the specific challenges you face at work. During GMP, you also will have access to Harvard Manage Mentor®—an exclusive, one-destination, enterprise learning resource that helps you address critical management and leadership issues in the context of your business. This powerful solution delivers on-demand performance support, enhances formal learning, and scales peer-to-peer feedback—across all areas of the organization.

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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 experienced functional leaders who have important cross-functional or cross-organizational responsibilities, who need a broader perspective on company operations, or who will soon become business unit, divisional, or regional leaders. Executives who want to develop a more comprehensive, integrated perspective and sharpen their strategic, financial, and leadership skills will benefit most from this program. Most participants come from organizations with annual revenues in excess of $100 million, and have at least 15 to 20 years of work experience.

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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 experienced functional leaders who have important cross-functional or cross-organizational responsibilities, who need a broader perspective on company operations, or who will soon become business unit, divisional, or regional leaders. Executives who want to develop a more comprehensive, integrated perspective and sharpen their strategic, financial, and leadership skills will benefit most from this program. Most participants come from organizations with annual revenues in excess of $100 million, and have at least 15 to 20 years of work experience.

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Alumni Status

Upon completing GMP, you become a lifetime member of the HBS alumni community. You will 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 become a lifetime member of the HBS alumni community. You will 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 four comprehensive leadership programs—Owner/President Management, 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 four comprehensive leadership programs—Owner/President Management, 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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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 the "GMP Alumni Program: Accelerating Your Leadership Growth"; and faculty cochair of "Driving Digital and Social Strategy." 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
Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration. Head of the Marketing Unit; faculty chair of the "General Management Program" and the "GMP Alumni Program: Accelerating Your Leadership Growth"; and faculty cochair of "Driving Digital and Social Strategy."

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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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