Wharton AMP becomes a defining moment in one's career, — our AMP alumni call it life changing. Senior leaders who attend AMP should expect to sharpen their critical thinking skills and hone their leadership capabilities for immediate impact to their businesses upon their return. Upon completion of AMP, participants are better prepared to:
- Authentically lead their organization and inspire a higher level of performance
- Align resources with strategy to create a more resilient and agile organization
- Formulate a corporate vision and set a new direction for the organization
- Create greater shareholder value
- Accept, seek, and integrate learning from stretch experiences
- Replace binary thinking with more critically-integrated design thinking
- Persuade, influence, and negotiate expertly
- Create a “personal board of directors” including mentors, coaches, and trusted colleagues
- Balance corporate social responsibility with fiduciary realities
Curriculum and Approach
The core curriculum — management, marketing, finance, strategy, and organizational dynamics — comes to life through experiential learning. The rigor and diversity of the AMP experience strengthens the bonds between multicultural peers, between ideas and implementation, and between Wharton and its alumni around the world.
AMP offers a comprehensive curriculum and experiential approach that creates an invaluable, reflective pause from routine. Skills introduced in the classroom are put to the test in experiences that demand critical thinking, decision making, and high-performance teamwork. Participants leave the program with a tremendous reserve of strategies, practices, and global and self-awareness that can be put to immediate use and mobilized for virtually any contingency. They experience:
- World-renowned faculty who are the sought-after, trusted advisors of corporations and governments worldwide.
- Innovative and continually fine-tuned curriculum that weaves together lessons from business, arts, and sciences.
- Stretch experiences that create dynamic opportunities to acquire and test knowledge and skills.
- New frameworks, models, and practices for managing the increasing speed of change in a volatile global environment.
More than Business Acumen
Research shows that learning is accelerated and memory retention enhanced through exposure to multiple methods of learning. AMP is designed on this principle, with five key components that set it far apart from competitive programs:
- Peer mentoring. Learn with and from other senior executives from around the world to forge a new and expanding professional network.
- Real-time context. Go beyond historical case studies to explore conditions that can affect business today and into the future
- Guided practice and reflection. Gain multiple perspectives on a situation then intuiting and reflecting, prompting personal and professional growth.
- Intimate group size. About 60 participants bring diverse perspectives from various countries, vertical industries, business disciplines and cultural backgrounds, yet preserve intimate dialogue with faculty and each other.
- Executive coaching. Each participant is provided with personalized coaching offered by a senior executive coach who works extensively with the Wharton Leadership Program.
Who Attends This Program
Although AMP participants come from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, they share key qualities:
- Role: A senior executive within three reporting relationships of the CEO or managing director.
- Reference: Nominated by the CEO, division president, or senior corporate human resources officer.
- Language: High level of English proficiency to actively engage in group discussions and reading assignments [Scores for the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), taken within the past two years, must be 800 or higher]*
*If you have less than one year of experience working in an English-speaking environment, or if you are unsure about your current level of English, please contact us immediately at email@example.com. We will schedule an appointment for you to speak with one of our language specialists about our business English language programs. The Admissions Committee may also require an interview by phone.
For a list of companies that have leveraged Wharton AMP for their senior executives’ business education, please download our AMP Brochure.
A Global, Lifelong Network
Upon completing AMP, participants become Wharton alumni, part of one of the largest and most distinguished business school alumni organizations in the world — with more than 92,000 members in more than 130 nations, and supported by 77 U.S. and international clubs and annual forums.
The interactive and intensive nature of AMP allows participants get to work closely with some of the finest minds and thought leaders in the world of business. Following is a partial list of participating Wharton faculty. (Faculty for specific programs may change.)
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: Corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision making, and governanceSee Faculty Bio
David Bell, PhD
Xinmei Zhang and Yongge Dai Professor, Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School
Research Interests: E-commerce, traditional retail, consumer shopping behavior See Faculty Bio
Sigal Barsade, PhD
Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor of Management, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Emotional intelligence, organizational culture, team dynamicsSee Faculty Bio
Mauro Guillén, PhD
Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management, The Wharton School; Director, Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Globalization, international political economy, multinational managementSee Faculty Bio
Witold Henisz, PhD
Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management, in Honor of Russell E. Palmer, former Managing Partner; The Wharton School
Research Interests: Stakeholder engagement, political and economic reform, project managementSee Faculty Bio
Martin Ihrig, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Knowledge, InnovationSee Faculty Bio
Richard Lambert, PhD
Miller-Sherrerd Professor, Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Financial reporting, cost analysis, incentive compensation plansSee Faculty Bio
Ian MacMillan, DBA
The Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Professor of Management; Director, Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Entrepreneurship, new venture management, strategic managementSee Faculty Bio
Richard C. Marston, PhD
James R.F. Guy Professor of Finance, Professor of Economics; Director, Weiss Center for International Financial Research, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Foreign exchange risk management, international asset pricing, international investmentsSee Faculty Bio
Nancy Rothbard, PhD
David Pottruck Professor of Management, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Emotion and identity, work motivation and engagement, work-life and career developmentSee Faculty Bio
Christian Terwiesch, PhD
Andrew M. Heller Professor, Senior Fellow Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Analyzing operational performance, innovation management, R&D managementSee Faculty Bio
Tuition for Philadelphia programs includes lodging and most meals. Prices are subject to change. Contact a member of the Wharton Executive Education Client Relations team for more information on course specifics and to discuss how this program can meet your professional development needs. Please contact them by e-mail or by phone at +1.215.898.1776.
Plan Your Stay
“Wharton’s AMP is not for executives who just want to tick the education box. You have to want to make a change in your career, either by stepping up to a higher level or going somewhere else. It opens your eyes to what is possible. If you go through the program and you’re not able to enact the kinds of changes you are inspired to lead, you will be frustrated. That is where I was, and AMP came at the right time for me.”
— Martin Cass, CEO at MDC Media Partners and Assembly, a New York City-based marketing and advertising firm.
Responses among participants in the Authentic Leadership sessions in AMP have been outstanding. The sessions have received some of the highest AMP program scores in participant evaluations. In the following testimonials, participants relate how the sessions have had a transformative effect not only upon their leadership development, but in aspects of their personal life as well.
"AMP 56 was one of the most profound experiences of my life. The experience was analogous with peeling away the layers of an onion. This forced deep introspection (something that I hadn't done for a very long time) which created an unbelievable level of renewed self-awareness. For me the programme design helped surface the 'real me.' Whilst these onion layers were being peeled away I realized how outdated many of the tools that I used in business had become. Some needed replacing and others needed sharpening. Most importantly, in this exposed state, we developed meaningful friendships and an extended community that nurtured each of us, helping us rebuild ourselves. I left a far more complete and better human being than when I arrived."
—Doug Leather, REAP Consulting Ltd.
"My main experience has been as a commercial director for Heineken in the Congo for the last four years. The Congo is an extreme business environment. On the one side, you have to hit your numbers, you have to make your plans, you have to brief your agencies — you're just behaving as if you are running any other big fast-moving consumer operation. But you're in a bizarre business environment. The Congo — the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) is rock-bottom from any perspective. If you take the United Nations Human Development Index, Congo is in the bottom five for poverty, and the top five for corruption. It is the worst place in the world to do business according to the IFC/World Bank. And being relatively young to the position in such an environment has been an incredible stretch for me. It has been an incredible learning and development experience whereby I learned more than how to drive business.
The most striking moments have been where I have had to make decisions that went further than business. These were literally about life and death. I've been in a situation where some people tried to hijack or arrest me, probably for ransom, and where I had to fight to get free, physically breaking loose to get away. Besides, I have been responsible for our people and brewery at a moment of great instability, when serious fighting erupted in the center of Kinshasa very close to the brewery. At such moments you are called upon to make very tough choices and decisions that normally would not be within the scope of a manager of a FMCG firm.
Through this Authentic Leadership (AL) experience, I realized that what I've been doing in the Congo is my real purpose — to lead with wisdom. That's something I realized thanks to the AL sessions. Somewhere deep down, you know your purpose. You feel it. But you're not able to articulate it. In these sessions, in a surprisingly short timeframe — within two days, with complete strangers, you are able to articulate your purpose. So, it has been a fantastic experience. And it's already helped me during the Advanced Management Program, and I'm sure it's going to help me by making me much more articulate and conscious about my purpose. It will help me in making the choices I make while in my current job, and in making choices about what kind of position I will strive for in the future and how I will perform in that new position."
—Dolf van den Brink, Bralima S.A.R.L. /Heineken N.V.
"My experience at the AMP program has been the best educational experience I have ever had. I would never have imagined the impact that Wharton has made in my life, company, and within the security industry. In these difficult economic times, my company business has been booming with new growth and I have no problems getting credit. I really believe that all of this has been because of Wharton. I put Wharton learning into action with my company, and that has been the key for me."
—Kent Moyer, CEO/President, The World Protection Group, Inc.
"Without doubt, the Advanced Management Program was the most stimulating educational experience I have had. It made me think deeply about the impact of global competition on my industry and how the lessons from other industries can be applied. The human dimension was particularly valuable and helped me reflect on my role and my future career. The whole experience was first-rate."
—Valerie Gooding, BUPA
"When I joined Unilever Turkey, I was the only foreigner on the board. Wharton's Advanced Management Program focused on how to manage a transnational organization in a fast-moving environment. I did things I probably wouldn't have done before, like taking the high ground and staying there as long as possible. From the program, I have a personal toolkit that I refer to quite often."
—Philippe Barthen, Unilever