Pursuing sustainable, profitable growth is one of the most vexing challenges your organization faces. You know that many fast-growing companies have stumbled. Some have trouble scaling their organizational and business models. Others struggle to escape saturated, mature markets. Still others find their cultures cannot evolve to deal with greater scale and complexity.

This business growth strategy program focuses on how leaders of mid-size and large organizations can build and run companies capable of sustaining profitable growth. It focuses on three key questions leaders need to ask and answer to drive profitable growth: What is your company's strategic imperative for growth? How will you achieve growth? How can you maintain organizational health through the stages of business growth?

What You Can Expect

Focusing on business expansion and organizational growth strategy, this program explores each of these fundamental questions in depth, building your understanding of the variables, challenges, and decision points of successful growth, and your toolkit for achieving it. You will leave the program with clear ideas about the benefits and potential pitfalls of pursuing various paths to growth, and proven techniques for managing the growth curve.

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Focusing on business expansion and organizational growth strategy, this program explores each of these fundamental questions in depth, building your understanding of the variables, challenges, and decision points of successful growth, and your toolkit for achieving it. You will leave the program with clear ideas about the benefits and potential pitfalls of pursuing various paths to growth, and proven techniques for managing the growth curve.

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Your Course of Study

Driving Profitable Growth provides a deep dive into the strategies and methods of successful expansion strategy and business growth. The intensive, three-day program draws on salient case studies, current research, interactive sessions, and group discussions—focused on real growth challenges each participant's organization faces—to provide a 360-degree view of the opportunities and challenges your enterprise will face on its path to growth. The program exposes participants to a broad range of functional issues: technology and innovation, operations, corporate and business strategy, financing, culture, and talent management.

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Driving Profitable Growth provides a deep dive into the strategies and methods of successful expansion strategy and business growth. The intensive, three-day program draws on salient case studies, current research, interactive sessions, and group discussions—focused on real growth challenges each participant's organization faces—to provide a 360-degree view of the opportunities and challenges your enterprise will face on its path to growth. The program exposes participants to a broad range of functional issues: technology and innovation, operations, corporate and business strategy, financing, culture, and talent management.

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Who Is Right for the Program

The program is designed for CEOs, general managers, and senior executives of established, mid-sized and large enterprises, and division heads whose responsibilities include strategy, new business acquisition, and operations management. It's also for those managing a post-merger integration or tasked with heading up a new business unit where growth is expected.

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The program is designed for CEOs, general managers, and senior executives of established, mid-sized and large enterprises, and division heads whose responsibilities include strategy, new business acquisition, and operations management. It's also for those managing a post-merger integration or tasked with heading up a new business unit where growth is expected.

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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 Cochair
Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit; and faculty cochair of "Behavioral Economics: Understanding and Shaping Customer and Employee Behavior" and "Driving Profitable Growth." Read Full Bio
Faculty Cochair
Harry E. Figgie, Jr. Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Technology and Operations Management Unit and faculty cochair of "Driving Profitable Growth." 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.

Francesca Gino

Faculty Cochair
Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit; and faculty cochair of "Behavioral Economics: Understanding and Shaping Customer and Employee Behavior" and "Driving Profitable Growth."

Gary P. Pisano

Faculty Cochair
Harry E. Figgie, Jr. Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Technology and Operations Management Unit and faculty cochair of "Driving Profitable Growth."

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Admissions

The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. 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.

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The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. 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.

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

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