Strategy

Overview

Strategy & Management

Companies in all industries continually face strategic decisions: Grow organically or through acquisition. Integrate a new division or location for maximum impact. Respond to market threats while creating opportunities. Facilitate technology transfer to develop new markets.

Wharton Executive Education works with your leaders, helping them understand ways to gain competitive advantage for your organization. They learn to innovate more effectively and to improve negotiation and decision-making process and outcomes. They gain tools for formulating and implementing strategy, creating more opportunities for your organization.

Our programs are both strategic and tactical, providing insights into effective ways to manage or influence change. We help executives become more savvy in devising strategic plans that work, not just on paper but in the real world — and for your organization.

Expertise

Partnering with Wharton can be a competitive advantage, as we work with your executives to build strategic plans for your organization that work both on paper and in the real world.

We bring to bear the full resources of Wharton, led by distinguished faculty and program directors. Together they create an experience for your executives that is meaningful and achieves results.

Our collaborative approach in designing programs, our dedication to your unique business and organizational objectives, and our deep knowledge of the industry and markets you serve, gives you the benefit of a trusted advisor you can turn to year after year.

With our technology expertise as the foundation, we design programs that focus on:

  • Scenario Thinking and Planning
  • Corporate Value Creation
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances
  • Strategy Execution
  • Leading and Changing Corporate Culture
  • Talent Management
  • Collaborating Across Organizational Silos

Thought Leadership

In creating a custom engagement, we may draw on Wharton resources such as:

Mack Institute for Innovation Management

The Mack Institute creates and provides research-based guidance on managing the risks and rewards of technological innovations that offer new value for customers and firms. The Institute sponsors research by Wharton faculty; presents four to five insight-building conferences and workshops each year; produces research reports, books and articles; administers Ford Foundation technology grants to MBA students; and co-sponsors student-run events. The Mack Institute functions as a learning network for business leaders, academic researchers, students, and any others who share common interests in the field of technological innovation. Visit the Institute's website »

Center for Leadership and Change Management

Increasingly, organizations worldwide must confront turbulent markets, demanding shareholders, and discerning customers, with many firms restructuring to meet these challenges. Their success depends largely on the quality of leadership that exists at all levels of management. Dedicated to building a basic and practical understanding of leadership and change, the Center explores and communicates effective strategies for restructuring. Visit the Center's website »

Center for Human Resources

The Center for Human Resources is a dynamic hub for academics and practitioners who specialize in human resources. Through this unique partnership, faculty share their latest research with our corporate members, who, in turn, benefit from numerous opportunities to network with fellow HR executives from across the country and around the world, allowing them access to the most current thinking on such topics as talent management, labor relations, workforce training and education, and diversity. Visit the Center's website »

Tools & Solutions

We have worked with several world-class companies and organizations to create transformative education experiences.

Customized Strategy Solution

To elevate finance leaders' business acumen, strategic thinking, and communications skills, we offer a comprehensive five-day program called The CFO: Becoming a Strategic Partner.

Wharton has delivered a customized version of the program to major oil and gas, consumer goods, manufacturing, and aerospace and defense firms. During the past three years, more than 100 finance managers from French energy company Schlumberger have completed the program, gaining:

  • Financial tools and techniques to enhance their financial acumen
  • Enhanced understanding of underlying business drivers
  • Frameworks and tools to enhance decision making
  • Insights to elevate themselves into more effective strategic business partners

Read more about this successful client engagement.

Faculty

  • Sigal Barsade, PhD

    Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor, Professor of Management, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Emotional intelligence, organizational culture, team dynamicsSee Faculty Bio

  • Peter Cappelli, DPhil

    George W. Taylor Professor of Management, Professor of Management; Director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Human resource practices, public policy related to employment, talent and performance managementSee Faculty Bio

  • Ian MacMillan, DBA

    The Dhirubhai Ambani Professor, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Director, Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Entrepreneurship, new venture management, strategic managementSee Faculty Bio

  • Harbir Singh, PhD

    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 acquisitionsSee Faculty Bio

  • 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, governanceSee Faculty Bio