During the last decade, the very essence of the professional service firm has been dramatically transformed. Entry barriers are disappearing, and a constant onslaught of competition is reshaping the business landscape. To help firms and organizations of all sizes navigate these new challenges and opportunities, the faculty at Harvard Business School has totally revamped the Leading Professional Service Firms (LPSF) program. Whether you're new to the program or returning to campus, you'll discover what it means to run a myriad of firms, from law firms and accountancies to hospitals and consulting firms—from managing talent to meeting client demands to driving performance across your enterprise and redefining your industry.

What You Can Expect

Focused on the future, the highly integrated and expanded curriculum features all-new global case studies, an extra module on client service, and a special half-day session on marketing. Other highlights include a first-time simulation focused on communicating globally through greater understanding, an examination of big data analytics in recruiting and managing talent, discussions with multidisciplinary faculty on current topics related to professional service firms, and a brand-new client panel that explores how to break down the barriers between client and adviser.

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Focused on the future, the highly integrated and expanded curriculum features all-new global case studies, an extra module on client service, and a special half-day session on marketing. Other highlights include a first-time simulation focused on communicating globally through greater understanding, an examination of big data analytics in recruiting and managing talent, discussions with multidisciplinary faculty on current topics related to professional service firms, and a brand-new client panel that explores how to break down the barriers between client and adviser.

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Your Course of Study

Through new global case studies, the program brings to life the best management practices for developing, governing, and growing a profitable service firm. You will emerge fully prepared to build an intimate and flexible corporate culture that can differentiate itself by adapting to new competitors and market trends.

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Through new global case studies, the program brings to life the best management practices for developing, governing, and growing a profitable service firm. You will emerge fully prepared to build an intimate and flexible corporate culture that can differentiate itself by adapting to new competitors and market trends.

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Who Is Right for the Program

This highly integrated and expanded program is designed to meet the needs of leaders in firms and organizations of all sizes that provide services in areas such as consulting, legal, accounting, architecture and engineering, marketing and advertising, venture capital, investment banking, computer software development, technology systems integration, hospitals, and universities.

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This highly integrated and expanded program is designed to meet the needs of leaders in firms and organizations of all sizes that provide services in areas such as consulting, legal, accounting, architecture and engineering, marketing and advertising, venture capital, investment banking, computer software development, technology systems integration, hospitals, and universities.

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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
Senior Fellow and former Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice. Member of the Organizational Behavior Unit; course head for the required MBA course on Leadership and Organizational Behavior; faculty cochair of "Leading Professional Service Firms" and "Authentic Leader Development." Read Full Bio
Faculty Cochair
Senior Lecturer, Henry B. Arthur Fellow. Member of General Management Unit; and faculty cochair of "Leading Professional Service Firms." 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.

Thomas J. DeLong

Faculty Cochair
Senior Fellow and former Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice. Member of the Organizational Behavior Unit; course head for the required MBA course on Leadership and Organizational Behavior; faculty cochair of "Leading Professional Service Firms" and "Authentic Leader Development."

David G. Fubini

Faculty Cochair
Senior Lecturer, Henry B. Arthur Fellow. Member of General Management Unit; and faculty cochair of "Leading Professional Service Firms."

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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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