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Who should attend
Wharton's Executive Development Program is designed for successful functional, country, or unit managers preparing to take on broader responsibilities that require leading outside their areas of education and experience.
Participants represent many cultures and regions, and more than half are typically from outside the United States. They include leaders from across all disciplines, including marketing and sales, research and development, accounting and finance, supply chain and logistics, manufacturing and engineering, human resources, and information technology. Likewise, they come from a variety of industry vertical groups, such as pharmaceuticals and health care, financial services, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, and high technology.
About the course
In today’s economy, business leaders are being tested in unimaginable ways. Preparing for the challenges ahead requires gaining new business acumen, updating leadership skills, and cultivating a different mindset that embraces uncertainty and rapid change. Wharton’s Executive Development Program (EDP) prepares rising executives to move from mastery of one focused area to success in a role with greater responsibility, readying them to lead their organizations through the massive disruption happening in industries everywhere.
In EDP, participants will expand their business acumen in key areas such as finance, marketing, and strategy. Taught by Wharton’s world-renowned faculty, the program, which is now offered as a live virtual program, also includes intensive executive coaching by Wharton-trained coaches and entry to a cohort of global peers from a wide variety of industries and job functions.
Program Highlights & Benefits
In the Executive Development Program (EDP), you will:
- Build capabilities for leading cross-border teams across functions and countries
- Strengthen business acumen in core areas such as finance, marketing, operations, management, and strategy
- Test and improve your leadership, resilience, agility and critical-thinking skills through a realistic business strategy simulation
- Network and forge new business relationships with global peers from around the world
- Work with an executive coach to develop your leadership skills one-on-one and through the simulation team experience
Experience & Impact
The Executive Development Program (EDP) is designed to increase the business skills and leadership capabilities of managers who aspire to be among top leadership in their organizations. EDP takes a multidimensional approach to learning, combining lectures, small/large group discussion, case study, role playing, networking opportunities, executive coaching, and an immersive strategy simulation to provide new insights and give participants opportunities to apply them. During this multi-week program you will:
- Advance your strategic decision-making capabilities to think faster and more creatively about current challenges, opportunities, and solutions
- Deepen your understanding of organizational dynamics to improve the design and implementation of new initiatives and avoid destructive conflicts
- Gain knowledge in core areas of business, including finance, marketing, operations, management, and strategy based on current research and best practices
In EDP, there will be several structured and focused opportunities to engage with a cohort of seasoned business leaders, and build your professional network. The intensity of class sessions reflect the experience in the group, with teamwork providing opportunities for each participant to both share and benefit from the vast expertise in the classroom. Small-group work on the simulation and group projects plus optional after-hours meetings promote a spirited camaraderie that leads to deep and lasting connections.
- Value-Based Decision Making
- Operational Excellence and the Link to Financial Performance
- Marketing Strategy: How to Compete in an Age of Disruption
- Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage
- Strategic Considerations in Mergers and Acquisitions: From Decision Making to Implementation
- Executive Negotiation Workshop
- Leading with Character and Integrity
- The Leader’s Brain
- Scaling for Profitable Growth
Consistently listed as one of Wharton’s top professors in BusinessWeek’s bi-annual “Guide to the Best Business Schools,” Richard’s expertise covers negotiations, persuasion and strategy. He has taught and consulted for more than 100 businesses and nonprofits including Google, Johnson & Johnso...
Education: PhD, Harvard University; MA, Harvard University; BS, University of Michigan. Academic Appointment: William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management, 1997. Director, Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management, 1996. Recent Consulting: Numerous programs on leadership, decision m...
Mauro F. Guillén is the Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at Penn, a researchandteaching program on management and international relations. He holds the Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professorship in International Management at the Wharton School and a secondary appointment as Professor of S...
Research Interests: People analytics, judgment under uncertainty, organizational behavior Cade Massey is a Practice Professor in the Wharton School’s Operations, Information and Decisions Department. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago, and taught at Duke University and Yale Unive...
Christian Terwiesch is the Andrew M. Heller Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Professor in Wharton’s Operations, Information and Decisions department, codirector of Penn’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management, and also holds a faculty appointment In Pe...
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...
Barbara E. Kahn returned to The Wharton School in January 2011 to serve as the Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor of Marketing and the Director of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center. Prior to rejoining Wharton, Barbara served for three and a half years as the Dean and Schein Family Chair Professor o...
Gad Allon is a Professor of managerial economics, decision science, and operations management at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He received his PhD in Management Science from Columbia Business School in New York and holds a Bachelor and a Master degree from the Israe...
Emilie R. Feldman is an Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where she studied Economics and French Literature, and she received her MBA and DBA in Strategy from the Harvard Business School. ...
The former CTO and Vice President of Customer Operations for SMG Strategic Management Group, Todd specializes in business strategy simulation. Todd is the designer of the business simulations in Wharton’s Executive Development Program and has facilitated them since 1996. He has designed, produced...
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