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Global Strategic Leadership

Program Overview

The rapid changes reshaping business today require leaders who stay ahead of the speed of change. Global Strategic Leadership helps executives understand global leadership dynamics and gain a new mindset and tools to create a clear global business strategy.

Wharton faculty help participants anticipate the future and stay ahead of the economic forces shaping global business with strategic thinking and leadership skills. The program enables you to identify early signals of change in your business, industry, and geography and connect the dots. You gain greater agility to transform your current international business strategy and vision into a compelling story that inspires growth in your organization.

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Global Strategic Leadership Program Highlights & Benefits

  • Increase your capacity to formulate and execute global strategy
  • Build capabilities for leading and serving customers across national and international boundaries
  • Generate counterintuitive ideas around changing geopolitical realities
  • Engage in best-case/worst-case scenario planning to map out future situations that could affect your industry or organization

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October 10 - 12, 2017$7,500


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Experience & Impact

Executives today need to know how to prime themselves early to pick up early signals of change — in their business, in their industry, and in their geography. Only then can they begin to connect the dots. Global Strategic Leadership is designed to help you evaluate your current strategy, and provide you with the tools to create and implement new strategies.

Wharton faculty, led by Harbir Singh, co-director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, apply their latest strategic insights to help you broaden your perspective on how to make your organization more competitive.

Emphasizing the importance of strategic leadership in a global setting, this program presents a comprehensive approach to strategy development that stresses the importance of scenario planning for the future, enhancing your ability to develop and execute a global strategy. Scenario planning significantly increases the chances of developing a fuller picture of what the future might bring. This proven methodology requires open-mindedness, agility, and creativity — all qualities critical to growing your visionary abilities.  

In sum, this program provides senior executives with well-tested tools and frameworks that will clarify and enhance their strategic thinking and ability to create and communicate a sustainable future vision for their company.

Global Strategic Leadership will examine how companies have created competitive advantage in a global context. Overall, you will learn how to:

  • Gain deeper insight into the global business environment and how to lead your organization across geographic boundaries
  • Understand the  economic, business, and other drivers that create and sustain competitive advantage
  • Scenario plan to anticipate the future and develop a compelling vision to drive your organization forward

Participant Profile

Participants by Industry

Global Strategic Leadership participants by industry

Participants by Job Function

Global Strategic Leadership participants by job function

Participants by Region

Global Strategic Leadership participants by region 

Who Should Attend

Global Strategic Leadership is designed for highly accomplished senior executives who cross a variety of industry verticals and business disciplines and are regionally and culturally diverse. They have included presidents, chief executive officers, and other senior executives, as well as entrepreneurs, media executives, and leaders of nonprofit organizations.

Participants leave the program with an expanded peer network, plus specific tools and frameworks they can use to make a meaningful strategic impact within their companies or organizations.

Group Enrollment

To further leverage the value and impact of this program, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants.

Plan Your Stay


Harbir Singh, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Mack Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate governance, corporate restructuring, management buyouts, strategies for corporate acquisitions

George Day, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor Emeritus, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Competitive strategies in global markets, strategic planning processes

Mauro Guillén, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Dr. Felix Zandman Professor, Professor of International Management, The Wharton School; Director, The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Globalization, international political economy, multinational management

Joseph Ryan, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Founder and President, True North Advisory Group

G. Richard Shell, JD   See Faculty Bio

Thomas Gerrity Professor; Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics and Management; Chairperson, Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School

Michael Useem, PhD   See Faculty Bio

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


Wharton’s Global Strategic Leadership program helped me think through some of the dynamics of leading both emerging and established countries. It was very relevant to my job since I’m responsible for both Canada and Latin America countries for Zoetis. Wharton shared a great example of what global automaker Ford went through when it produced the Ford Focus for the India market. I learned the importance of staying with your core but adapting to a global culture.”

My biggest take-away from Global Strategic Leadership was learning about my position as a promoter and how to leverage this aspect of my personality for the benefit of my organization and building my own social capital.”

Shelly Reinagel

Program Director, United Soybean Board

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