The Learning Model
Philosophy – Every HBS Executive Education leadership development experience is shaped by the School's cross-functional approach to general management, innovative teaching methodologies, and residential learning environment that promotes teamwork and collaboration. Participants are exposed to an in-depth education that goes beyond frameworks and theories—and prepares them to exercise their enhanced leadership skills to build sustainable competitive advantage for their companies.
Case Method – Pioneered by HBS, 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 situations and companies. Cases provide an opportunity to study general managers—in action—and to apply frameworks and theories in the context of practice. At Harvard Business School, Executive Education participants benefit from an added dimension that no other school can offer: the opportunity to be taught by many of 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, providing ready access to colleagues and fostering peer-to-peer engagement. The intellectual stimulation of learning in the company of peers is one of the most rewarding aspects of the program experience, and most participants establish a network of friendships and business contacts that lasts a lifetime.
The Learning Commitment – Residency on campus is required, and classes are held six days a week. Active involvement in all classroom sessions, case discussions, and other program activities is expected. Participants devote considerable time and intellect 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. 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 resource. HBS encourages all managers to maintain good health and fitness habits, providing access to the School's health club at Shad Hall. This private fitness center on the HBS campus includes an indoor elevated walking/jogging track; three basketball courts; racquetball and squash courts; four outdoor tennis courts and three gymnasium courts; table tennis; an indoor golf net; two aerobics studios with classes ranging from spinning to yoga to kickboxing; an extensive fitness equipment area; and fully equipped men's and women's locker rooms, complete with whirlpool, steam, and sauna rooms.
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 program provided a comprehensive vision of corporate dynamics by integrating theory, practice, and real-life complexities, and was enriched by the leadership of top-class professors and peers from around the globe. This transformational experience enabled me to create value at my company and on my career path."
Gastón Wainstein [Sr. Director Real Estate Development], Walmart Argentina, Argentina
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Justin Rakestraw [Assistant General Manager, HR], SCR Medical Transportation, U.S.