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Doing Business Globally: Leading in a Matrix Organization

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Mar 3—6, 2020
4 days
New York, New York, United States
USD 5300
USD 1325 per day


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About the course

Making the Matrix Work

Operating in a matrix is a challenging task. Complex geographical structures, cultural barriers, functional divides and conflicting priorities abound. As a leader, it’s your task to respond.

Learn how to better operate in matrix organizations and don’t let complexity impede performance and obstruct growth.

Key Benefits

  • Gain a competitive edge by sharpening your awareness of differing cultural, administrative, geographic and economic vantage points
  • Improve your global leadership skills and cultural intelligence to enhance your performance in a matrix organization
  • Develop a leadership agenda to boost efficiency in a matrix context


The “Doing Business Globally: Leading in a Matrix Organization” program is structured in four days around the following topics:


  • Gain a greater understanding of the latest economic trends around the world and their impact on international firms.
  • Assess the complexity inherent in the global marketplace and specific challenges that arise in matrix organizations.


  • Evaluate the impact of national culture on business operations and acquire tools to boost your leadership capacity in cross-cultural contexts.
  • Discover core tools to manage across time and space, as well as a framework to implement them.


  • Analyze the challenges of developing strategy at different levels of complex matrix structures.
  • Identify organizational elements that hinder project execution in matrix structures and expand your understanding of the role of personal networks.


  • Exploration of participants’ specific leadership challenges.
  • Design and develop a personal agenda to bolster your ability to lead across the matrix.


During the “Doing Business Globally: Leading in a Matrix Organization” program and over four intense days, participants gather from around the world to increase their global cultural competencies and learn alongside high-caliber peers.

Interactive and highly dynamic, the program combines a variety of learning methods, including best-practice case studies, group discussions and sessions with global leadership experts.

Who should attend

The “Doing Business Globally: Leading in a Matrix Organization” program is designed for managers with responsibilities in matrix organizations, including regional and country vice presidents, leaders of global business units, heads of global functional areas and directors of client-facing organizations. It is also ideal for managers of matrix organizations who are preparing to take on positions of greater responsibility.

Trust the experts

Pedro Videla

Areas of Interest Macroeconomics International economics Emerging economies Pedro Videla is professor in the Economics Department at IESE Business School. He holds a Ph.D. and an MA in economics, both from the University of Chicago, and a commercial engineering degree in economics from the Un...


Mike Rosenberg

Areas of Interest Long term strategy Scenario planning Climate change and alternative energy Automotive industry Leadership and decision making Mike Rosenberg is Assistant Professor of strategic management at IESE Business School. He teaches long-term strategy, scenario planning and analysis ...


John Almandoz

Areas of Interest Institutional logics Social entrepreneurship Corporate governance Business ethics Leadership John Almandoz is an associate professor in the department of Managing People in Organizations. His background includes experience in actuarial consulting, corporate banking, and the ...


Carlos García Pont

Areas of Interest Strategic management: business development and strategic assets Building dynamic organizations Strategic alliances International management Carlos García Pont is professor in the Marketing Department and director of the MBA Program. His work places special emphasis on the im...


Josep Valor Sabatier

Areas of Interest Strategies in the management of IT resources: cloud computing, outsourcing and alliances Competitive strategy and IT/IS New businesses based on IT/IS Management of healthcare institutions The telecommunications industry Media and entertainment Josep Valor-Sabatier is profess...


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