Over the past two decades, India has emerged as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. To seize growth opportunities in this promising economy and sustain success under shifting global business conditions, companies need executives who are exceptional leaders—confident decision-makers, skilled strategists, global thinkers, and effective change agents. The new Senior Executive Leadership Program—India from Harvard Business School (HBS) accelerates the transformation of experienced senior executives into leaders well suited to drive the region's high-growth businesses. Taught in a series of modules offered in Boston and Mumbai, this new program is designed to take your leadership skills, your career, and your contribution to the next level. You will become a stronger leader who is able to design competitive strategies that deliver real value in a global context, promote continuous innovation, and build accountable, high-performance organizations.

What You Can Expect

You will be immersed in an intensive leadership development experience that will improve your ability to help your organization sustain success in a complex global economy. Structured to maximize learning and minimize time away from work, the program's format enables rapidly growing organizations to prepare leaders for the challenges ahead while maintaining business momentum.

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You will be immersed in an intensive leadership development experience that will improve your ability to help your organization sustain success in a complex global economy. Structured to maximize learning and minimize time away from work, the program's format enables rapidly growing organizations to prepare leaders for the challenges ahead while maintaining business momentum.

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Your Course of Study

Four intensive in-class modules—two in Boston and two in Mumbai—will include faculty presentations, case discussions, guest speakers, personal coaching, and skill-building exercises. Between modules, you will apply what you've learned, work on an individual strategy project, and sharpen your leadership skills as you take advantage of interactive sessions using the cutting-edge HBX Live virtual classroom.

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Four intensive in-class modules—two in Boston and two in Mumbai—will include faculty presentations, case discussions, guest speakers, personal coaching, and skill-building exercises. Between modules, you will apply what you've learned, work on an individual strategy project, and sharpen your leadership skills as you take advantage of interactive sessions using the cutting-edge HBX Live virtual classroom.

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Who Is Right for the Program

This program is designed for experienced senior executives from any function, industry, or country. Although two of the program's modules take place in India, the program content is global in nature, making it suitable for participants from any part of the world.

Participants typically will have at least 15 to 20 years of work experience and represent diverse growth-focused organizations, including large, established companies; new ventures; family businesses; or growing arms of multinational firms. Appropriate for both general managers and functional leaders, the program is ideal for executives who want to improve their leadership skills and take advantage of new growth opportunities.

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This program is designed for experienced senior executives from any function, industry, or country. Although two of the program's modules take place in India, the program content is global in nature, making it suitable for participants from any part of the world.

Participants typically will have at least 15 to 20 years of work experience and represent diverse growth-focused organizations, including large, established companies; new ventures; family businesses; or growing arms of multinational firms. Appropriate for both general managers and functional leaders, the program is ideal for executives who want to improve their leadership skills and take advantage of new growth opportunities.

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Alumni Status

Upon completion of the program, you will become a lifetime member of the HBS community, having earned Harvard Business School alumni status. You will gain exclusive access to our vast global alumni network and a wide array of valuable resources that facilitate lifelong learning, growth, and success. These include alumni clubs and associations, research services and resources, discounts on Executive Education programs and publications, career services, and much more.

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Upon completion of the program, you will become a lifetime member of the HBS community, having earned Harvard Business School alumni status. You will gain exclusive access to our vast global alumni network and a wide array of valuable resources that facilitate lifelong learning, growth, and success. These include alumni clubs and associations, research services and resources, discounts on Executive Education programs and publications, career services, and much more.

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Harvard Business School in India

As part of Harvard's mission to build a truly global university, HBS has been cultivating stronger and deeper connections with India's business community for more than a decade. We began by conducting case studies on companies operating in India. Over time, our commitment has expanded to include development initiatives for faculty in India, specialized education programs, analysis of local business challenges through the India Research Center, and a state-of-the-art classroom at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai. Now, more than ever, HBS is dedicated to fostering a worldwide exchange of knowledge that will drive economic growth in India and around the world.

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As part of Harvard's mission to build a truly global university, HBS has been cultivating stronger and deeper connections with India's business community for more than a decade. We began by conducting case studies on companies operating in India. Over time, our commitment has expanded to include development initiatives for faculty in India, specialized education programs, analysis of local business challenges through the India Research Center, and a state-of-the-art classroom at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai. Now, more than ever, HBS is dedicated to fostering a worldwide exchange of knowledge that will drive economic growth in India and around the world.

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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
Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration, Senior Advisor to Harvard's President on Global Strategy. Member of the Accounting and Management and the General Management Units; and faculty chair of "Senior Executive Leadership Program—India"; and faculty cochair of the "Global CEO Program for China" and "Leading Global Businesses." Read Full Bio
James J. Hill Professor of Business Administration. Senior Associate Dean for HBS Publishing. Member of the Marketing Unit; and faculty cochair of "Law Firm Leadership and Management—China." 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.

Krishna G. Palepu

Faculty Chair
Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration, Senior Advisor to Harvard's President on Global Strategy. Member of the Accounting and Management and the General Management Units; and faculty chair of "Senior Executive Leadership Program—India"; and faculty cochair of the "Global CEO Program for China" and "Leading Global Businesses."

Das Narayandas

James J. Hill Professor of Business Administration. Senior Associate Dean for HBS Publishing. Member of the Marketing Unit; and faculty cochair of "Law Firm Leadership and Management—China."

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Admissions

Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. We will begin reviewing applications four months before the program starts. To ensure that we consider your application, you and your sponsoring organization should submit your materials as soon as possible, but no later than four weeks before the program start date. Your sponsor will be required to complete a reference statement that will become part of your application. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement, organizational responsibility, and quality of work experience overall. Although there are no specific educational requirements, applicants must demonstrate commitment to learning and be proficient in written and spoken English. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of participants and 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.

Potential candidates may apply through the HBS Executive Education website. Harvard Business School Executive Education also works with Eruditus Executive Education as a program recruitment partner for the Senior Executive Leadership Program—India.

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Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. We will begin reviewing applications four months before the program starts. To ensure that we consider your application, you and your sponsoring organization should submit your materials as soon as possible, but no later than four weeks before the program start date. Your sponsor will be required to complete a reference statement that will become part of your application. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement, organizational responsibility, and quality of work experience overall. Although there are no specific educational requirements, applicants must demonstrate commitment to learning and be proficient in written and spoken English. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of participants and 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.

Potential candidates may apply through the HBS Executive Education website. Harvard Business School Executive Education also works with Eruditus Executive Education as a program recruitment partner for the Senior Executive Leadership Program—India.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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