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Making Strategy Work: Leading Effective Execution

Apr 11, 2016 - Apr 15, 2016Philadelphia, PA$10,250
Sep 19, 2016 - Sep 23, 2016Philadelphia, PA$10,250

Program Overview

It is said that the “devil is in the details.” It can also be said that implementing a successful strategy requires an understanding of the “big picture,” including the interaction and integration of the key decisions and actions required to make strategy work. Making Strategy Work: Leading Effective Execution gives you both a broad view of implementation and a deep understanding of each step in the implementation process, so you can make more informed decisions.

In this program, you will learn how to execute strategies and integrate strategy formulation with implementation. Program participants do this by focusing on five key areas:

  1. Strategy Implementation Model: Equip your organization to adapt to execution success and change by developing a model of appropriate structures, objectives, controls, integration mechanisms, and incentives for implementing your strategy.
  2. Strategic Change: Understand the stages of implementation, forces for and against change, and ways to overcome resistance to change; and develop structures and tactics to implement change.
  3. Human Resources and Strategy Implementation: Integrate HR policies and talent management with strategy implementation needs.
  4. Strategy and Structure: Understand how strategy affects structure and how the choice of structure affects efficiency and effectiveness and the achievement of execution-related goals.
  5. Incentives and Controls: Discuss ways to motivate and control performance, including methods to achieve effective coordination.

Impact & Experience

Through the use of relevant case studies infused with current strategy implementation techniques, you will get a broad perspective of strategy formulation and implementation. This program is beneficial to you, even if you have an MBA, as it tackles cross-functional and silo-busting issues related to strategy implementation.

A highlight of the program is the implementation audit. Participants analyze and rate key execution factors in their own organizations. They then present their company’s or organization’s particular strategy challenge to a group of peers for immediate feedback from the group as well as Wharton faculty.

Session topics include:

  • Managing Strategic Change
  • Strategy, Structure and Organizational Performance
  • Integrating Short- and Long-Term Operating Objectives
  • Talent Management
  • Culture and Strategy Implementation
  • Leadership and Execution

Who Attends This Program

Participants in Making Strategy Work are a diverse group. 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.

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.

Program Logistics

Tuition for Philadelphia programs includes lodging and 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 email or by phone at +1.215.898.1776.

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Ekaterina Golovchenko

“A big benefit of Wharton is the network. The diversity of people that these classes attract and the way we all interact and share our issues was truly an amazing experience.”
Ekaterina Golovchenko, TE Connectivity



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