The Learning Model
Philosophy – Every HBS Executive Education experience is shaped by the School's cross-functional approach to general management, its innovative teaching methodologies, and a unique residential learning environment that promotes teamwork and collaboration.
Case Method – Pioneered by Harvard Business School, the case method is one of the most effective tools for teaching general management and leadership—especially to practicing managers. Case studies offer multiple levels of learning, compelling participants to identify relevant issues and to apply practical business lessons to their own companies. Cases often are complemented by videotaped interviews or in-class visits by case protagonists. At HBS, Executive Education participants benefit from an added dimension that no other school can offer: the opportunity to be taught by the faculty who wrote the cases, who know the case protagonists, and who have personal knowledge of the problems encountered, alternatives considered, and solutions presented.
Interaction – Every facet of an HBS Executive Education program—from participant selection…to amphitheater classroom seating…to learning group design…to social activities—is carefully crafted to promote dynamic interchange and shared learning among accomplished peers from diverse companies, industries, and countries. To reinforce the School's extraordinary sense of community, Executive Education participants live on campus in suites of single, private rooms arranged around a common area. This provides ready access to colleagues, while fostering peer-to-peer engagement. For many participants, this is one of the most rewarding aspects of the HBS experience.
The Learning Commitment – Residency on campus is required, and classes are held six days a week. The faculty expects active involvement in all classroom sessions, case discussions, and other program activities. Participants devote considerable time and energy to the learning experience, putting in long days and nights. Therefore, they must be free of outside responsibilities during their stay at HBS. Except during specified breaks and at the end of the program, spouses and other family members should not plan to visit participants in Boston.
Technology – Program participants benefit from an on-campus environment that is powerfully enriched by state-of-the-art technology infrastructure. The range of hands-on tools spans computer simulations, webcasts, and videoconferencing in class; a personal computer equipped with all the necessary software in each participant's room; and immediate access to extensive databases and proprietary resources exclusive to the HBS community. The result is an innovative, on-campus environment that is supported comprehensively by shared resources and learning.
Health and Fitness – A leader is an irreplaceable corporate asset. As part of the curriculum, the General Management Program offers classes on stress management and work-life balance. In addition, GMP participants enjoy full access to the extensive fitness facilities at Harvard Business School.
Why HBS? – With more than 60 years of experience in executive education, Harvard Business School is the leading provider of advanced learning opportunities that strengthen the leadership capacity of both individuals and their organizations. Unlike any other, the HBS Executive Education learning model immerses the world's most promising managers in a transformational experience that transcends the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and tools—and fosters professional, intellectual, and personal development. Every program challenges executives to grow as leaders, to shape powerful ideas into decisive action plans, and to think and manage differently in a changing business world.
"The General Management Program inspired confidence and delivered a new way of thinking. It's a great transition to executive management—I left with a toolbox of techniques and approaches that I could apply immediately. More importantly, I began viewing situations with a new mindset and a multifaceted lens."
August de los Reyes [Senior Director], Microsoft, USA