Advanced Management Program 2x2

Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School


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Who should attend

The Advanced Management Program is designed for senior- and upper-level executives with a minimum of 15 years of managerial experience, responsibility, and professional success who seek an even greater level of achievement through the exploration of new ideas, perspectives, theories, and realities. Executives who come to the program have a wealth of knowledge and successes that make up their professional experience. They also have a curiosity about themselves, are willing to view their strongest convictions with humility, and believe in continuous learning and progress to discover what else they can do for their organization and who else they can become in the future.

About the course

Senior executives must solve complex problems, create opportunity, and make a powerful impact consistently – especially in unpredictable conditions. The Advanced Management Program at Columbia Business School helps executives respond to evolving leadership challenges and create a vision to lead their companies to success.

The first two weeks of the Advanced Management Program 2x2 take place in the spring, concurrent with the consecutive four week program. Executives return to work after two weeks, and then continue the program during the second two weeks in the fall.

Between the two sessions, executive participants start implementing their learning, receive coaching on their progress, and continue to develop designated personal and business projects. Via a virtual component, the class connection and community is maintained, and executives are able to share learnings, reflections, and progress.

The 2x2 option allows participants to receive immediate feedback from colleagues, managers, and direct reports while back at work in between program sessions which they will leverage to further their progress with their program cohort, personal coaches, and faculty members upon return.

At the end of the program, executive participants emerge stronger and more focused leaders, better able to develop and communicate their strategy and execute change.

About the Advanced Management Program

This transformational program designed specifically for global senior-level executives weaves together more than 50 lectures led by Columbia Business School faculty, industry experts, and influencers with experiential learning sessions, personal assessments, and individual and group coaching.

The program’s four-week curriculum is highly integrated and designed to maximize linkages across three key themes:

LEADING Authentically

Become the leader you want to be.

  • Examine, reflect on, and strengthen the building blocks of your personal leadership abilities.
  • Identify and analyze your leadership strengths and weaknesses, targeting areas to develop or change through Columbia’s proprietary 360-degree leadership survey.
  • Develop your Leadership Credo by identifying and honing your personal beliefs about leadership, guided by Columbia Business School executive coaches.
  • Cement your growth mindset, the belief that talents can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and input from others, resulting in a more empowered and committed self and better support for collaboration and innovation within your organization.

THINKING Strategically

Lead your organization to success.

  • Hone your strategic thinking to successfully manage the different business challenges among your business units and drive results.
  • Understand how innovation happens by developing a proven framework that enables you to effectively use strategic tools and methods.
  • Create and maintain your winning proposition by examining the actions and ideas that will enhance your business’s competitive advantage at every level in your organization.
  • Address your Living Case, a unique opportunity to present and work through an organizational challenge you are currently facing, obtaining new perspectives from world-renowned faculty and your global peer set.

EXECUTING Decisively

Make a lasting impact.

  • Learn mission-critical coaching and persuasion techniques to achieve buy-in to support your goals.
  • Acquire new methods to harness the power of aligned teams to get the results and outcomes needed to drive success.
  • Create a conceptual model for change implementation to execute organizational initiatives.
  • Examine the key challenges of implementing strategic visions, and identify best practices for successful execution.

Individual ROI

  • Return to your organization with an action plan for your Living Case, a business challenge you are currently facing that you work on throughout the program.
  • Strengthen your critical role in your organization by learning how to lead authentically, examine your leadership talents, and address areas for development.
  • Deliver critical leadership messages that are consistent in demanding and unpredictable situations with the help of our strategic decision-making sessions.
  • Execute decisively by learning how to align the levers of the organization to coach and persuade for support around your goals.
  • Become more effective at negotiations by learning how to determine the optimal persuasive style for your target audience. Develop a higher self-awareness of your default persuasive style.
  • Overcome adversity and complexity by developing your own tools for harnessing the intrepidity you need to be agile and adapt to uncertainty.
  • With the 2x2 option, immediately apply program takeaways in between sessions, allowing you to put learnings into action in real time.

Organizational ROI

  • Get empowered to solve organizational problems immediately by setting learning directly into practice upon return to your organization.
  • Apply bulletproof methods to build culture and develop high-performing teams in pursuit of company goals and objectives.
  • Drive company performance while effectively managing internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop your strategic thinking to move your company strategy forward, allowing you to focus resources and efforts on responding to complexity and change.
  • Bring innovation to the organization by developing a growth mindset that enables you to use tools and methods in a proven framework for increased competitive advantage.
  • Formulate and address organizational questions by converting data into insights and action and learn how to use proven frameworks that enhance decision-making in times of uncertainty.
  • With the 2x2 option, return to your organization after the first part of the program to collect feedback from colleagues, managers, and direct reports, allowing you to act on their observations during the second half of the program.

We Bring Proof *

  • 100 percent of participants said the Advanced Management Program 2x2 helped them develop new ways of thinking.
  • 98 percent of participants said the knowledge gained in the program was immediately applicable to their professional goals.

  • Numbers in this section are based on program evaluations from Advanced Management Program participants in 2015 and 2016


Upon completion of the program, executives earn Columbia Business School alumni status with the following benefits:

  • A 25 percent tuition benefit for themselves and up to four colleagues each year for programs lasting up to seven days.
  • Global Columbia Business School alumni networking opportunities
  • Access to Columbia Business School Alumni Career Services resources
  • Lifetime Columbia Business School e-mail address
  • Subscriptions to all Columbia Business School alumni publications
  • Eligibility to join a Columbia Business School alumni club

Program Structure


The Advanced Management Program 2x2 option consists of two, 2-week modules with program support in between. The first module takes place in the spring, the second in the fall. The program is also available in a consecutive four-week format. In both formats, accommodations are provided and included in the program tuition.

Uniquely designed to take place in two distinct locations in the greater New York area, the program brings together executives from around the world and across sectors and industries to learn in an immersive and productive environment.

The first half of the program takes place at a full-service conference center on the outskirts of New York City where executives, faculty, and program managers reside throughout the first two weeks of the program for a fully immersive learning experience that only this retreat-like setting can provide.

For the second half of the program, participants stay in a five-star hotel in Manhattan. The program sessions for part two take place on the Columbia University campus and throughout Manhattan, immersing participants in the business capital of the world. The city becomes an integral part of the learning experience as we take you to inventive, inspiring, and informative locations throughout New York in a variety of program sessions.

Program Curriculum

Weaving together more than 50 unique program sessions over the course of four weeks, the Advanced Management Program combines lectures, workshops, and discussions with a variety of experiential learning opportunities that take you outside of the conventional academic environment.

It’s this carefully curated and diverse curriculum that executives who have completed the Advanced Management Program have called "eye-opening," "empowering," and "transformational." The 2x2 option offers the same amazing curriculum, simply in a scheduling format that might better meet your demands.


At the Advanced Management Program, your journey of intellectual, personal, and professional growth begins long before you arrive in New York and doesn’t end with the last day of the program. A team of faculty and staff members is single-mindedly dedicated to creating an overarching learning experience for you that extends beyond the four weeks of the program.

From connecting with the program director and members of your executive cohort prior to the program start date to help you identify the organizational challenge you’d like to bring to the program to address, to working with the program director then again after you’ve returned to your organization, we’re committed to giving you professional development with a lasting impact.


In preparation for your arrival, Program Director Bruce Craven will reach out to set the foundation for your learning by helping you with:

  • Setting your personal and organizational goals
  • Identifying and preparing your Living Case
  • Completing your 360-degree feedback assessments
  • You’ll also hear from various faculty, get connected to members of your incoming cohort, and begin to exchange ideas and objectives.


Throughout the program, more than 50 faculty members and practitioners led by Faculty Director Paul Ingram share their subject-matter areas of expertise to inspire and guide your journey to authentic leadership, strategic thinking, and decisive execution.

Dynamic and engaging sessions challenge executives’ existing ideas and frameworks. Concepts are absorbed, internalized, and actualized to create immediate and lasting change for executives and their organizations.

In-Between Sessions

With the 2x2 option, participants start implementing their learning between the two sessions and receive coaching on their progress. They continue to develop designated personal and business projects and maintain the class connection and community via a virtual component.


After the program concludes, Program Director Bruce Craven consults with executives to maintain the trajectory of their work and help them progress as leaders. Executives also have access to various virtual learning opportunities and are encouraged to leverage their Columbia Business School alumni benefits including the invitation to attend alumni events.


The Advanced Management Program offers diverse and carefully curated sessions * to help participants create more organizational and professional value. Many of these sessions take advantage of our unique location, New York City, as a laboratory to study innovation, improvisation, and robust organizations. From Columbia University, we bring the finest, relevant, cutting-edge research so participants can engage promising ideas on improving performance before they become widely diffused. Below is just a sampling of what you will experience.

Delivering the Right Message with Impact

Great leaders have presence. Working with Columbia’s voice coach, Andrea Haring, who has taught great actors like Al Pacino, participants have the chance develop their own presence by diagnosing and practicing effective communication. Communication also goes beyond the literal message. The program includes a session on how to leverage symbolic communication, a great tool for leading an organization’s culture. For this, we engage with curators from some of New York’s world-renowned art museums, who use their collections as examples of how a message can be shaped with symbols. The class then applies the lessons to their own organizations.

Alignment: Getting Everyone to Pull Together

Even the best strategy will fail if an organization isn’t capable of executing it. We bring the latest ideas, from both expected and unexpected sources, on building an effective organization. For example, we bring research evidence from Columbia’s Global Leadership Matrix project ( on how networks can be used to create flexible and responsive organizations. Participants then use that information to analyze their own relational capabilities, and those of their organizations.

We also look to sports and music for ideas on how to organize in the field. Olympic rowers take participants on the water to illustrate how to create cohesion. There, the class can truly feel the impact of alignment. In the same spirit, we sit in with a symphony orchestra, as the conductor demonstrates different leadership styles and the players explain where they look for direction and what they do when they can’t find it.

Organizing to Innovate

While it’s important for an organization to execute a strategy, there also must be space to be inventive. In the classroom, we meet with thought leaders, such as Rita McGrath and Bill Duggan, to discuss strategic innovation. We also examine innovation up close, allowing participants to practice the leadership and interaction patterns that encourage new ideas.

Innovation requires risk-taking, and sometimes failures occur. Jazz musicians know this as well as anyone, since they innovate constantly. We bring in world-renowned musicians so participants can see (and hear) what success in this realm really means.

We then take these lessons to a session that employs improvisational actors as coaches. The actors show participants how to listen to and encourage others to express ideas, and how to combine these ideas into a successful product.

Leadership: From One into Many

At Columbia, we see leadership as helping others to do better. To do that, though, one also has to lead oneself. So to help participants impact their organizations, we also help them impact themselves. Sheena Iyengar, author of The Art of Choosing, and Hitendra Wadhwa, director of the Institute for Personal Leadership, help us weave this theme into classroom sessions.

This work also extends outside the class, with one-on-one coaching, both on leadership practices and on the values that guide one’s choices (Almeida in the Financial Times). We introduce a process of daily reflection, which helps participants absorb and prioritize what they’ve learned and allows them to better manage their time, priorities, and focus back at work. And participants work with some of the city’s best young actors on drawing from one’s own life story to connect with others.

Executive Performance as a Function of Well-Being

To lead requires focus and energy, so one’s health and well-being is essential. Executive Well-Being is a comprehensive model that teaches you how to manage your energy at the program and to develop long-term positive health practices through daily sessions. The connection between the physical self and successful leadership is made in other parts of the program as well.

*The selection of sessions may vary from iteration to iteration and are subject to change.


Rita McGrath

Rita Gunther McGrath, a Professor at Columbia Business School, is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on strategy and innovation with particular emphasis on developing sound strategy in uncertain and volatile environments. Her ideas are widely used by leading organizations throughout the w...

Paul Ingram

Biography Paul Ingram is the Kravis Professor Business at the Columbia Business School, and Faculty Director of the Columbia Advanced Management Program, Columbia’s flagship residential program for senior executives from around the globe.  His PhD is from Cornell University, and he was on the fac...

Bruce Craven

Biography As director of the Advanced Management Program, Bruce partners with the faculty director and the on-site and off-site Columbia teams, working with visiting faculty and conference center staff to deliver a transformational educational opportunity for the global classes of senior executiv...

Oded Netzer

Biography Professor Netzer's research centers on one of the major business challenges of the data-rich environment of the 21st century: developing quantitative methods that leverage data to gain a deeper understanding of customer behavior and guide firms' decisions. He focuses primarily on buildi...

Doron Nissim

Biography Professor Nissim earned his PhD in Accounting at the University of California, Berkeley, and joined Columbia Business School in 1997. In 2014, he was reappointed as the Chair of the Accounting Division, after previously serving as the chair from 2006 to 2009. Professor Nissim’s researc...

Tano Santos

Biography Professor Santos' research focuses on two distinct areas. A first interest is the field of asset pricing with a particular emphasis on theoretical and empirical models that can account for the predictability of returns, both in the time series and the cross section. A second interest of...

Miklos Sarvary

Biography Miklos Sarvary is the Carson Family Professor of Business and the faculty lead for the Media and Technology Program at Columbia Business School. Miklos' broad research agenda focuses on media and information marketing. His most recent papers are studying agenda setting, user-generated c...

Raymond Horton

Biography A lawyer and political scientist, Professor Horton teaches the popular elective course Modern Political Economy. A member of the Columbia Business School faculty since 1970, he served two years while on leave from the School as Executive Director of the Temporary Commission on City Fina...

William Pietersen

Willie Pietersen was raised in South Africa, and received a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. After practicing law, he embarked on an international business career. Over a period of twenty years he served as the CEO of multibillion-dollar businesses such as Lever Foods, Seagram USA, Tropic...

Modupe Akinola

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