To succeed amid today's competitive landscape, privately held companies need multitalented senior executives with the capacity to drive corporate performance. In this Executive Education program, you'll learn how to sustain competitive advantage, monitor company performance in relation to established goals, and develop a unified business strategy that drives innovation and growth.

What You Can Expect

During this leadership development program, you'll learn how to design and implement forward-looking strategies that build and sustain competitive advantage. You'll also acquire the cross-functional skills to collaborate effectively with fellow executives, manage individuals and teams, measure organizational performance, and capitalize on market opportunities.

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During this leadership development program, you'll learn how to design and implement forward-looking strategies that build and sustain competitive advantage. You'll also acquire the cross-functional skills to collaborate effectively with fellow executives, manage individuals and teams, measure organizational performance, and capitalize on market opportunities.

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Your Course of Study

The two-week curriculum delves into the essentials of small business management: leadership, strategy and marketing, control, and innovation. With a deeper understanding of how these interrelated activities align, you'll be better equipped to improve organization-wide communication, anticipate and manage change, and realize your company's vision.

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The two-week curriculum delves into the essentials of small business management: leadership, strategy and marketing, control, and innovation. With a deeper understanding of how these interrelated activities align, you'll be better equipped to improve organization-wide communication, anticipate and manage change, and realize your company's vision.

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Who Is Right for the Program

Designed for senior executives in privately held companies, this program is appropriate for chief executive officers, chief operating officers, presidents, and managing directors of companies with annual sales of at least $5 million from a broad range of functional backgrounds, industries, countries, and cultures.

Designed for senior executives in privately held companies, this program is appropriate for chief executive officers, chief operating officers, presidents, and managing directors of companies with annual sales of at least $5 million from a broad range of functional backgrounds, industries, countries, and cultures.

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
Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Entrepreneurial Management and General Management Units; faculty chair of "Owner/President Management Portfolio," "Owner/President Management," and "Key Executives Program." 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.

Lynda M. Applegate

Faculty Chair
Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Entrepreneurial Management and General Management Units; faculty chair of "Owner/President Management Portfolio," "Owner/President Management," and "Key Executives Program."

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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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