This program draws on the real-world experiences of over 400 managers cited in Wharton professor Larry Hrebiniak’s book Making Strategy Work. As academic director of this program, he identifies six factors on which successful strategic implementation depends, and this program shows participants how to address each one. It also provides a model for integrating those factors in an organization-wide effort.
This highly practical, hands-on program uses a blend of relevant case studies infused with current strategy implementation techniques, group discussion, and exercises to give you a broad perspective of strategy formulation and implementation. You will strengthen your leadership capabilities and improve your ability to influence and get buy-in across your organization. Making Strategy Work is beneficial even if you have an MBA, as it tackles cross-functional and silo-busting issues related to strategy implementation.
Session topics include:
- Culture and Strategy Implementation
- Leadership and Execution
- Stakeholder Analysis and Implementation
- Strategic Change
- Strategy, Structure, and Organizational Performance
- Talent Management
The Implementation Audit
A highlight of this program is the Implementation Audit. Designed by Professor Hrebiniak, the audit is a highly personalized exercise that focuses on participants’ specific execution issues. This critical first step in solving those issues helps participants rate and rank them, analyzing the obstacles that could get in the way of successful integration. Participants then create a plan for overcoming those issues. Finally, they present their organization’s particular strategy challenge for immediate feedback from a group of peers and from Wharton faculty.
Who Attends This Program
Making Strategy Work attracts a diverse group of participants, including global executives in manufacturing, medicine, financial services, and law. The program is best suited for executives who have some experience in formulating strategy. 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 implementing 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.
To further leverage the value and impact of Making Strategy Work, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants to this program.
Our faculty draws from their immersion in the field as researchers, teachers, and consultants.
John (Jack) Hershey, PhD
Anheuser-Busch Professor Emeritus of Management Science, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Decision processes, emergency preparedness, operations management researchSee Faculty Bio
Kathy Pearson, PhD
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania; President, Enterprise Learning Solutions
See Faculty Bio
Tuition for Philadelphia programs includes lodging and meals. Prices are subject to change. Contact Wharton Client Relations for more information by email or by phone at +1.215.898.1776.
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