Aerospace & Defense


Expanding a company internationally while managing complex security regulations. Scenario planning for a world that could become very different overnight, depending on who wins a war or an election. These are only two of the various types of challenges that Wharton Executive Education might explore in a learning and development partnership with an aerospace and defense firm like yours.


To confront the changing nature of the aerospace and defense marketplace, many leading defense companies are aggressively focused on becoming more agile by driving transformational enterprise-wide change. At Wharton Executive Education, we help A&D firms like yours to grow by developing learning solutions linked to your company’s strategic business goals and competency models. For example, if you are an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) firm looking to manage the uncertainty of sequestration, we might collaborate around a learning program that helps your top talent become more nimble in order to focus less on contracts and more on commercialization. From monetizing new technologies to shifting corporate culture, we help A&D firms take advantage of their strong resources and core competencies.

Examples of topic areas include: 

  • Scenario Planning
  • Integration of Strategy and Finance
  • Corporate Value Creation
  • Strategy Execution
  • Translating Military or Engineering Leadership Skills into Corporate Success
  • Leading and Changing Corporate Culture
  • Collaborating Across Organizational Silos

Thought Leadership

Wharton Executive Education creates educational experiences that will transform the way your firm does business. In creating a custom engagement, we may draw on Wharton resources like these:

Mack Institute for Innovation Management

The Mack Institute for Innovation Management is an exclusive network that connects business leaders, researchers, world-class Wharton faculty, and students. At the Institute, thought leaders from across academic disciplines and industries come together to explore how companies survive, compete, and thrive through innovation management. The Institute’s multidisciplinary faculty and researchers develop practical approaches to managing innovation and share this knowledge through thought-provoking conferences, workshops, and publications. Visit the Institute's website »

Tools & Solutions

We have partnered with a range of world-class aerospace and defense firms to create transformative executive education experiences. Some examples of tools and solutions we have used in custom education engagements include:

Leadership Development Solution

Wharton Executive Education partnered with ITT Exelis, a diversified top-tier global aerospace, defense and information solutions company, to create a leadership development program designed to strengthen the company’s leadership pipeline. The residential program, which was led by Wharton faculty, featured business acumen and leadership content explicitly linked to Exelis’ core competencies. The program included a business simulation, experiential sessions, incorporation of individual coaching sessions into the larger program, and integration of Exelis' leaders in teaching roles. Enterprise-wide action learning projects were C-suite sponsored and coached by Wharton faculty. Participants left the program with actionable plans designed to improve efficiency and directly affect Exelis’ bottom line.


  • 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