Academic Institutions


Wharton Executive Education partners with the world’s top universities and business schools to create custom executive education programs that develop successful leaders with global perspectives.

Our research-based, practical executive education programs allow participants to develop their leadership and analytical skills under the guidance of Wharton’s world-class professors. Participants spend one or two weeks immersed in innovation, management, or specialized business topics to gain a richer, deeper understanding of global business and American business practices.


Wharton Executive Education has experience working with other business schools and universities to bring executive level participants to the United States for short, immersive business experiences. Our expertise includes:

Collaborative Program Design

We partner with institutions to identify the capabilities they wish to add to their executive education offerings. Through a collaborative process, we design programs that supplement the learning provided by the host institution via action learning projects, site visits, industry panels, or faculty research.

Management and Leadership Education

We partner with other institutions of higher learning both in the U.S. and abroad to provide executive education to their participants or existing corporate clients. Because we deliver our own executive education programs internationally, we are familiar with the challenges and opportunities presented by dual school programs. At Wharton, we can design a program that complements another institution’s existing programs and that will fit seamlessly with their teaching philosophy. For example, participants might spend a week at Wharton to learn about finance from a world expert, or they might learn management and sustainability principles from innovators in the field.

Thought Leadership

Just as today’s successful businesses collaborate, so do today’s successful schools. Wharton Executive Education specializes in creating business education that can augment and enhance the educational experience offered by other institutions that seek us out for our expertise and experience. One example of this collaboration is our certificate program with the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

We offer two different certificates: the Wharton Business and Law Certificate, offered exclusively for students enrolled in Penn Law’s Master of Laws degree program, and the Wharton Certificate in Management for Juris Doctor students to manage and lead in a wide array of contexts — from government to non-profits to large firms and businesses.

About the University of Pennsylvania Law School

James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, framer of the Constitution and member of the first U.S. Supreme Court, in 1790 delivered the University of Pennsylvania’s first lectures in law to President George Washington and all the members of his Cabinet. Penn began offering a full-time program in law in 1850, under the leadership of George Sharswood, an innovator in legal education. Since that time, Penn Law has been at the forefront of cross-disciplinary legal education in the U.S. and across the globe. Visit the Penn Law website.

Tools & Solutions

We have partnered with some of the world’s leading schools to create a range of transformative executive education experiences. Some examples of our collaboration with other business schools include:

Wharton — ESADE Business School Advanced Management Program

The ESADE Advanced Management Program has partnered with Wharton Executive Education for more than five years to provide ESADE participants with a one-week immersion at Wharton to study global business strategy. Executives with at least 15 years of experience demonstrate their high level of commitment to their organizations and the desire for personal development by working closely with Wharton faculty to study best practices and develop specific competencies necessary for executives who wish to gain global perspectives. The ESADE-Wharton program emphasizes innovative content, sophisticated teaching methods, and world-class faculty.

Nanyang Business School

The Nanyang Business School and Wharton Executive Education have partnered to create a global leadership program for top leaders: the Nanyang-Wharton Senior Leaders Program. This intensive 10-day program conducted in Philadelphia that began in 2009. It is designed for highly successful executives who have joined Nanyang’s renowned MBA for executives who want to learn how to challenge their assumptions and transform their organizations into innovative, results-driven enterprises.

China Europe International Business School

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania have joined academic forces to design, develop, and deliver the Corporate Governance and Board of Directors program. This program is customized to reflect the current realities of corporate governance practices in China, essential to senior executives and board members of Chinese enterprises in understanding and managing their long-term sustainable development challenges.


  • Mauro Guillén, PhD

    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 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

  • Ethan Mollick, PhD

    Edward B. and Shirley R. Shils Assistant Professor,  Assistant Professor of Management, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Entrepreneurial strategy, entrepreneurship in innovative industriesSee 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

  • Arthur Van Benthem, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Energy economics, environmental economics, public economicsSee Faculty Bio