New Program

In the retail industry, the pace of change is frenetic. Even the most successful companies are continually challenged to rethink their strategic direction. To remain competitive, retailers must contend with new challenges arising from disruptive business models, big data, global marketplaces, superstores and outlet centers, rapid response supply chains, and cybercrime. In this dynamic new program, you will examine the developments that are reshaping the retail ecosystem and evaluate innovative strategies that retailers around the world are using to address them.

What You Can Expect

By exploring how leading retailers have overcome disruptive challenges through innovative reinvention, restructuring, logistics, operations, marketing, and human resource strategies, the Retail Forum for Senior Leaders will help you improve your company's ability to respond to change. Case study discussions and dynamic lectures with HBS faculty and an elite group of global retail executives will provide you with the strategic insights and practical execution guidelines you need to drive results across your organization.

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By exploring how leading retailers have overcome disruptive challenges through innovative reinvention, restructuring, logistics, operations, marketing, and human resource strategies, the Retail Forum for Senior Leaders will help you improve your company's ability to respond to change. Case study discussions and dynamic lectures with HBS faculty and an elite group of global retail executives will provide you with the strategic insights and practical execution guidelines you need to drive results across your organization.

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Your Course of Study

Alongside senior retail leaders and world-renowned faculty, you'll discuss the best practices employed by some of the world's leading online retailers, including Amazon, CarMax, ASOS, and eBay, as well as traditional retailers like Home Depot and PetSmart, who are adapting to remain competitive amid multichannel competition.

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Alongside senior retail leaders and world-renowned faculty, you'll discuss the best practices employed by some of the world's leading online retailers, including Amazon, CarMax, ASOS, and eBay, as well as traditional retailers like Home Depot and PetSmart, who are adapting to remain competitive amid multichannel competition.

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Who Is Right for the Program

This program is designed for senior executives within global or large regional retail organizations who are responsible for the execution of retail strategies. Because of the collaborative nature of this program, individuals and teams are encouraged to apply.

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This program is designed for senior executives within global or large regional retail organizations who are responsible for the execution of retail strategies. Because of the collaborative nature of this program, individuals and teams are encouraged to apply.

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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
Professor of Management Practice. Member of the Strategy Unit; and faculty chair of "Strategic IQ: Creating Smarter Corporations" and "Retail Forum for Senior Leaders." 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.

John R. Wells

Faculty Chair
Professor of Management Practice. Member of the Strategy Unit; and faculty chair of "Strategic IQ: Creating Smarter Corporations" and "Retail Forum for Senior Leaders."

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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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