Michael Useem, PhD

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest; Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests:

Catastrophic and enterprise risk management, corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision making, governance

About Michael:

Michael Useem is the William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management and director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His university teaching includes MBA and executive-MBA courses on management and leadership, and he offers programs on leadership and governance for managers in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He works on leadership development with many companies and organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He is the author of The Leader’s Checklist; The Leadership Moment; Executive Defense, Investor Capitalism, Leading Up, and The Go Point. He is also co-author and co-editor of Learning from Catastrophes; co-author of The India Way and Leadership Dispatches; and co-author of the forthcoming Catastrophic Risk: How Corporate America Copes with Disruption (Oxford University Press). Mike is also co-anchor of the weekly program “Leadership in Action” on SiriusXM Business Radio.

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Executive Education Programs Taught

ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking Program
An educational partnership between Wharton and the American Bankers Association, this three-year program will arm you with the necessary leadership skill training to effectively recognize and handle high-level management issues.

Advanced Management Program
Faculty Chair
Technology, globalization, and constant change have made the job of leading a business more exciting, complex, and demanding. If you are leading, or are in line to lead your firm, Wharton’s flagship program empowers you to define and act on your purpose as a leader and strengthen your strategic prowess. Receive alumni status.

Boards that Lead: Corporate Governance that Builds Value
Academic Director
Based on the book Boards that Lead, this executive education program provides the latest thinking from some of the world’s most knowledgeable boardroom veterans on how directors can make a leadership difference.

CEIBS/Wharton Joint Programme: Corporate Governance and Board of Directors
Academic Director
This program is customized to reflect the current realities of corporate governance practices in China, essential to senior executives and board members of Chinese enterprises in understanding and managing their long-term sustainable development challenges.

CEO Academy
Developed through a partnership between Wharton Executive Education and the CEO Academy, this program provides CEOs with an unparalleled opportunity to connect with peers in a dynamic setting and enhance their leadership and strategic decision-making skills.

Creating and Implementing Strategy for Competitive Advantage
Learn to accurately assess the competition, design a compelling strategy, leverage your firm’s capabilities to full advantage, and obtain necessary resources through alliances, acquisitions, and internal corporate ventures.

Global Resilient Leadership
Manage your global strategy in a rapidly changing business environment, while building the confidence and skills that will help you lead change initiatives. (JAPAN)

Global Strategic Leadership
Discover how you can formulate a global strategy for your organization and learn how to execute it with speed and agility. Explore ways of serving customers and leading across borders. Expand your organization’s visionary capacity to inspire greater possibilities for your collective future.

Links@Wharton
This highly customized Wharton Executive Education and Leadership in the Knowledge Society program will help you better address the current global concerns and strategic leadership challenges facing you and your organization.

Physician Leadership Academy
Physician Leadership Academy, offered in partnership with Deloitte Consulting, will facilitate the journey from physician leader to enterprise leader. This program consisting of three non-consecutive modules combines in-person learning with individual feedback and coaching, mentoring from successful physician leaders, and peer support.

Strategic Thinking and Leadership — India
Discover sources of competitive advantage and drivers of sustainability. Strengthen your ability to think and act strategically; create a leader's checklist to guide your execution of the strategy; and prepare yourself, your team, and your organization to compete, grow, and succeed. (INDIA)

The Leadership Journey: Reimagine Your Leadership
Academic Director
Ensure your competence as a leader and examine the timeliness of your strategic vision. You will learn from the decision-making processes of great leaders and discuss challenges with a network of global peers.

Wharton/ASIS Program for Security Executives
Academic Director
This program covers the core concepts of business to broaden your managerial and strategic perspectives, enhance your business instincts, and sharpen your ability to tackle management challenges. It will help you work more effectively with other leaders in your organization and communicate the bottom-line impact of security decisions.