Effective Execution of Organizational Strategy

The Wharton School

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  • 5 days
  • in person

The Wharton School

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Who should attend

Effective Execution attracts a diverse group of participants, including global executives in manufacturing, medicine, financial services, and law. The program is best suited for individuals involved with implementing strategies and strategic initiatives. Some experience in formulating strategy is helpful, but individuals moving into a position that requires strategic planning may also benefit because they will have the opportunity to consider the full process of formulating and executing strategy through this program.

Participants leave the program with an expanded network of global peers, a set of actionable goals, and specific tools and skills they can use to better execute strategies within their organizations.

About the course

Research shows that a large number of organizations fail to execute their strategies successfully, and even smaller initiatives aren’t immune. The problem often isn’t with planning — many strategies are well developed — but with execution.

Effective Execution of Organizational Strategy focuses on the most important factors involved in implementation, including leadership, culture, organizational design, capabilities, and incentives. This program explores those factors as they apply at every level, from individual to team to organization. It provides a well-structured approach to implementation for managers who face execution challenges. Participants will leave with an actionable plan for executing a specific strategy or initiative, and a new set of tools and approaches for overcoming even their most challenging execution obstacles.

Program Highlights and Benefits

In Effective Execution of Organizational Strategy, you will learn how to:

  • Consider strategy execution from a range of lenses including leadership, organizational culture, talent management, and capabilities
  • Create a plan for dealing with your organization’s most critical execution issues
  • Understand how to get buy-in, clarify responsibility and accountability, and create proper incentives
  • Develop and access the necessary resources for implementation regardless of whether they are located inside or outside the organization

Experience & Impact

Effective Execution leverages the research and thought leadership of Wharton faculty who teach in the school’s MBA and Executive Education programs. Faculty will share highly actionable tools and frameworks from a variety of perspectives and provide feedback on your own execution challenges. A highlight of the program is an intensive Strategy Execution Workshop that will help you integrate the week’s learnings and create a plan to implement when you get back to work.

Highly practical and hands-on, this program uses a blend of relevant case studies infused with current strategy-implementation techniques, group discussion, and exercises to help you strengthen your leadership capabilities and improve your ability to influence and get buy-in across your organization. Effective Execution is beneficial even if you have an MBA, as it tackles cross-functional and silo-busting issues related to strategy implementation.

Session topics include:

  • The Impact of Culture on Implementation
  • Barriers to Organizational Change
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Implementing through Teams
  • Cognitive Biases Affecting Implementation
  • Organizational Design
  • Accessing Resources from Outside the Organization

Experts

Sigal Barsade

Education PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, 1994; BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1986 Recent Consulting Research and consulting involve the influence of emotions and emotional intelligence on work behavior, organizational culture and organizational cult...

Harbir Singh

Education PhD, University of Michigan, 1984; MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1978; BTech, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 1975 Academic Positions Held Wharton: 1984present (Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, 2008present; Acting Chairperson, Management Department, 20072008; n...

Nicolaj Siggelkow

Nicolaj Siggelkow is the David M. Knott Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a CoDirector of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at Wharton. He studied Economics at Stanford University and earned an M.A. in Economics from Harvard University. He received a Ph...

Matthew Bidwell

Matthew Bidwell's research examines new patterns in work and employment, focusing in particular the causes and effects of more shortterm, market oriented employment relationships. He has conducted detailed research on the contracting workforce in information technology, publishing papers on how t...

Iwan Barankay

Education PhD, University of Warwick, 2004; MSc, University of Warwick, 1999; BSc, University of Lausanne, 1998 Recent Consulting Workplace Incentives for a broad range of industries Academic Positions Held Wharton: 2008present. Previous apointments: Essex University; University of Warwick Profes...

Martine Haas

Professor Martine Haas received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University, an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University, and a B.A. in Human Sciences from Oxford University. She is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Schoo...

Saikat Chaudhuri

Research Interests: Mergers and acquisitions, organizational adaptation, outsourcing, technological innovation About Saikat: Saikat Chaudhuri serves on the faculty at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also executive director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Manage...

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