Transform Your Executives—and Your Organization
The Learning Model
Your custom program leverages the hallmarks of the HBS learning experience—the proven HBS case method, participant-centered learning, on-campus living groups that forge stronger relationships among your team, and dynamic interaction with HBS faculty and peers.
Learning at HBS is a powerful, interactive process of discussion, discovery, and knowledge application. Executives develop their knowledge and skill individually and in groups, through processes of analysis and collaboration that reflect the challenges of business decision making and leadership.
Executives have a valuable opportunity to step back from their daily responsibilities and reflect, rethink, and reassess critical issues in their industry and their organization. They are also encouraged to reflect on personal accomplishments, goals, and obstacles—and evolve their own approach to leadership. This self-reflection is part of the growth process—and is one of the reasons many participants call HBS custom programs a life-changing and career-altering experience.
The Case Method—The Gold Standard of Business Learning
Harvard Business School pioneered the use of cases in teaching business knowledge, skill, and perspective—and brings that same proven method to your custom program. Cases are carefully chosen to emphasize the issues, approaches, and tools most relevant to your company’s learning objectives. As participants study each case—individually, in small groups, and in the classroom—they engage in a stimulating and collaborative process of identifying relevant issues, putting themselves in the shoes of case protagonists, debating courses of action, and applying lessons to your organization.
Because the faculty who lead case discussions are often the case authors as well, they can provide first-hand insights into the challenges facing companies and executives—an insider's perspective that no other business school can offer.
As part of your program design, we can work with your organization to develop a custom case that provides an opportunity for participants to explore and debate approaches for dealing with a specific challenge in your organization.
Peer Interaction—Fostering Empathy, Teamwork, and Leadership
One important element of your custom program is the opportunity for executives to interact with peers from across the organization. Through formal and informal interactions throughout the program, participants develop a shared understanding of your corporate mission, values, challenges, and opportunities.
During on-campus programs, participants sleep and study in our Executive Education residences, in living groups of 7-8 individuals who span functional areas, business lines, and geographies. Single bedrooms are arranged around a common living area, maximizing opportunity for informal interaction and group meetings. Bringing together diverse perspectives, living groups expand horizons, develop skills in teamwork and leadership, and maximize learning for each participant.
Both within the living groups and across the broader cohort, your custom program builds camaraderie and strengthens professional and personal relationships based on trust, communication, and collaboration, fostering more effective teamwork across your organization.
Your Custom Curriculum
Your HBS team works closely with your organization to select program topics and construct a curriculum that will address your specific business needs. Each program day mixes diverse elements, including case study analysis and interactive lectures in our state-of-the-art amphitheater-style classrooms, small group discussions, dynamic group exercises, and individual preparation, along with opportunities for more informal engagement with faculty and peers. Programs could also include business simulations and other hands-on exercises designed to build practical skills.
Throughout the program, participants are given projects and tools designed to help them apply the lessons in thinking about their own challenges and also to develop practical plans for putting the lessons to work. Projects may include competitor analysis, the development of change recommendations, or the creation of action plans.