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As global business challenges become more complex, companies are turning to exceptional general managers who can take on greater cross-functional responsibilities and contribute to corporate growth on a more strategic level. Moving beyond your field of expertise, however, can take years of on-the-job training. The General Management Program (GMP) at Harvard Business School (HBS) is designed to help you accelerate this leadership transformation and play a greater and more strategic role in your company's success. Through a unique modular format that blends personalized learning on campus with practical application on the job, GMP minimizes your time away from work and maximizes your learning investment. Working with the HBS faculty, a diverse group of senior executives, and a personal leadership coach, you will expand your leadership skills, mindset, and network—and emerge with a personal action plan for taking your career and your company to a new level of performance.

What You Can Expect

Unlike most executive programs, GMP is composed of two on-campus and two distance-learning modules presented over four months, with seven weeks of study on the HBS campus. This highly integrated format enables rapidly growing organizations to prepare leaders for the challenges ahead while maintaining business momentum. Between modules, you'll apply what you've learned, work on your customized case study, and engage in interactive online sessions. In the process, you'll build a multidisciplinary perspective that enables you to analyze key value drivers, build strong cross-functional teams, and capitalize on emerging opportunities.

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Unlike most executive programs, GMP is composed of two on-campus and two distance-learning modules presented over four months, with seven weeks of study on the HBS campus. This highly integrated format enables rapidly growing organizations to prepare leaders for the challenges ahead while maintaining business momentum. Between modules, you'll apply what you've learned, work on your customized case study, and engage in interactive online sessions. In the process, you'll build a multidisciplinary perspective that enables you to analyze key value drivers, build strong cross-functional teams, and capitalize on emerging opportunities.

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Your Course of Study

Taking part in fast-paced discussions, real-world simulations, and 360-degree leadership assessments, you'll explore what it takes to set the strategy, align the organization, and drive the results. The Cultural Intelligence Assessment, Emotional Intelligence Survey, personal strategy statement, and customized case study exercise are designed to accelerate your growth as an individual leader. A special “acceleration day” will inspire you and your peers to outline your personal goals and expectations. In between modules, you'll test out new approaches to the specific challenges that you face at work. During GMP, you also will have access to Harvard Manage Mentor®. This self-directed learning resource includes 44 modules that address critical management issues and empower you to build, broaden, and refresh your leadership skills.

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Taking part in fast-paced discussions, real-world simulations, and 360-degree leadership assessments, you'll explore what it takes to set the strategy, align the organization, and drive the results. The Cultural Intelligence Assessment, Emotional Intelligence Survey, personal strategy statement, and customized case study exercise are designed to accelerate your growth as an individual leader. A special “acceleration day” will inspire you and your peers to outline your personal goals and expectations. In between modules, you'll test out new approaches to the specific challenges that you face at work. During GMP, you also will have access to Harvard Manage Mentor®. This self-directed learning resource includes 44 modules that address critical management issues and empower you to build, broaden, and refresh your leadership skills.

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Who Is Right for the Program

This business management program is designed for executives with recently acquired or significantly expanded general management responsibilities. It also is appropriate for experienced functional leaders who have important cross-functional or cross-organizational responsibilities, who need a broader perspective on company operations, or who will soon become business-unit, divisional, or regional leaders. Executives who need to develop a more comprehensive, integrated perspective and to sharpen strategic, financial, and leadership skills will benefit most from this program. Most participants come from organizations with annual revenues in excess of $100 million, and have at least 15 to 20 years of work experience.

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This business management program is designed for executives with recently acquired or significantly expanded general management responsibilities. It also is appropriate for experienced functional leaders who have important cross-functional or cross-organizational responsibilities, who need a broader perspective on company operations, or who will soon become business-unit, divisional, or regional leaders. Executives who need to develop a more comprehensive, integrated perspective and to sharpen strategic, financial, and leadership skills will benefit most from this program. Most participants come from organizations with annual revenues in excess of $100 million, and have at least 15 to 20 years of work experience.

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Alumni Status

Upon completing GMP, you will become a lifetime member of the HBS alumni community. You will gain exclusive access to our vast global alumni network and an array of resources and support tools that facilitate lifelong learning, growth, and success.

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Upon completing GMP, you will become a lifetime member of the HBS alumni community. You will gain exclusive access to our vast global alumni network and an array of resources and support tools that facilitate lifelong learning, growth, and success.

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Investment in the Future

Immersed in an accelerated journey of personal and professional growth, you will build the cross-functional and analytical skills to identify, frame, and solve complex business problems that advance your path to leadership and your company's long-term performance. GMP empowers you with the leadership confidence and strategic skills to make complex business decisions, build cooperation among disciplines, and drive fundamental change across the entire organization.

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Immersed in an accelerated journey of personal and professional growth, you will build the cross-functional and analytical skills to identify, frame, and solve complex business problems that advance your path to leadership and your company's long-term performance. GMP empowers you with the leadership confidence and strategic skills to make complex business decisions, build cooperation among disciplines, and drive fundamental change across the entire organization.

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HBS Executive Education programs are taught by full-time faculty from Harvard Business School whose business expertise and field-based research create the enduring concepts that reshape global best practices and reinvent the practice of management.

At GMP, you will meet recognized thought leaders, skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, active corporate board members, and award-winning authors. They will empower you to become the visionary leader your career, your organization, and the global economy demand.

Faculty Chair
Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Marketing Unit; faculty chair of the "General Management Program" and the "GMP Alumni Program: Accelerating Your Leadership Growth"; and faculty cochair of "Driving Digital Strategies." Read Full Bio

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HBS Executive Education programs are taught by full-time faculty from Harvard Business School whose business expertise and field-based research create the enduring concepts that reshape global best practices and reinvent the practice of management.

At GMP, you will meet recognized thought leaders, skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, active corporate board members, and award-winning authors. They will empower you to become the visionary leader your career, your organization, and the global economy demand.

Sunil Gupta

Faculty Chair
Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Marketing Unit; faculty chair of the "General Management Program" and the "GMP Alumni Program: Accelerating Your Leadership Growth"; and faculty cochair of "Driving Digital Strategies."

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Comprehensive Leadership Programs Summary

Compare the key features of Harvard Business School's four comprehensive leadership programs—the Owner/President Management program, the Advanced Management Program, the General Management Program, and the Program for Leadership Development.

A limited amount of partial scholarship funding may be available for qualified applicants from not-for-profit organizations. To be considered, you must complete and submit your application and include a request for funding. For more information, please contact Ms. Vicki Good, Portfolio Director.

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Compare the key features of Harvard Business School's four comprehensive leadership programs—the Owner/President Management program, the Advanced Management Program, the General Management Program, and the Program for Leadership Development.

A limited amount of partial scholarship funding may be available for qualified applicants from not-for-profit organizations. To be considered, you must complete and submit your application and include a request for funding. For more information, please contact Ms. Vicki Good, Portfolio Director.

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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. 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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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. 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.

In accordance with Harvard University policy, Harvard Business School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.

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