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Thank you for your interest in this program. The October 2017 session currently is near capacity. You may wish to consider applying soon.

In fast-changing business environments, successful companies constantly adapt their strategies and innovate to maintain a competitive edge. Firms that stick blindly to their old strategies, even when all the data suggest that change is necessary, often find themselves collapsing when a crisis suddenly arises. This program provides the frameworks to help your company assess and boost its strategic intelligence, identify and overcome inertia, and drive and sustain superior performance. You will improve your ability to lead a smarter organization that can quickly adapt to change and thrive in a highly competitive landscape.

What You Can Expect

Focused on diagnosis and action, this program is designed to help you identify the way your company responds to change, including the underlying causes and immediate and long-term impact. Through dynamic case studies, interactive lectures, small group discussions, and individual exercises, the program provides a diagnostic framework for overcoming sources of strategic, structural, and human inertia. You will emerge ready to build and lead a smarter, faster, and more profitable organization.

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Focused on diagnosis and action, this program is designed to help you identify the way your company responds to change, including the underlying causes and immediate and long-term impact. Through dynamic case studies, interactive lectures, small group discussions, and individual exercises, the program provides a diagnostic framework for overcoming sources of strategic, structural, and human inertia. You will emerge ready to build and lead a smarter, faster, and more profitable organization.

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Your Course of Study

By studying smart companies that have continually evolved—and companies that failed by adhering to inflexible strategies—you will gain critical insights into ways to anticipate change, adapt to new realities, and thrive over the long term. Through interactive lectures, case studies, small group discussions, and individual exercises, you will boost your strategic IQ and your company's ability to capitalize on new opportunities while sustaining success.

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By studying smart companies that have continually evolved—and companies that failed by adhering to inflexible strategies—you will gain critical insights into ways to anticipate change, adapt to new realities, and thrive over the long term. Through interactive lectures, case studies, small group discussions, and individual exercises, you will boost your strategic IQ and your company's ability to capitalize on new opportunities while sustaining success.

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Who Is Right for the Program

This leadership development program is designed for senior executives in both large and small companies who significantly influence the firm's strategic direction, organizational design, or human-capital development. It is ideally suited for chief executive officers, chief operating officers, chief financial officers, group or sector vice presidents, human resource directors, and other senior executives who are in a position to influence strategic direction and organizational structure.

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This leadership development program is designed for senior executives in both large and small companies who significantly influence the firm's strategic direction, organizational design, or human-capital development. It is ideally suited for chief executive officers, chief operating officers, chief financial officers, group or sector vice presidents, human resource directors, and other senior executives who are in a position to influence strategic direction and organizational structure.

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Certificate of Management Excellence

This program counts as credit toward the HBS Certificate of Management Excellence (CME), a new offering that helps business leaders broaden their capabilities in three core areas. To earn the certificate, participants must complete three select open-enrollment programs in 36 months.

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This program counts as credit toward the HBS Certificate of Management Excellence (CME), a new offering that helps business leaders broaden their capabilities in three core areas. To earn the certificate, participants must complete three select open-enrollment programs in 36 months.

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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
Professor of Management Practice. Member of the Strategy Unit; and faculty chair of "Strategic IQ: Creating Smarter Corporations" and "Retail Forum for Senior Leaders." 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.

John R. Wells

Faculty Chair
Professor of Management Practice. Member of the Strategy Unit; and faculty chair of "Strategic IQ: Creating Smarter Corporations" and "Retail Forum for Senior Leaders."

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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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