Energy companies today face unprecedented change. The challenges of managing uncertainty, investing in renewable energy, and managing risk are amplified in the face of shifting global regulations. Smart growth in this situation demands investment in people as well as in new technologies. Wharton Executive Education works with energy firms like yours to optimize operations, foster innovation, and create transformative educational experiences that can substantially improve your financial bottom line.


Wharton faculty members are experts in the unique challenges of large, complex, multinational energy firms. At the same time, we recognize that there is value in learning from smaller firms or bringing in examples from different industries. Each custom education solution is designed to address your firm’s specific business needs. We understand that your business is built on long-term investments: it takes time to develop new energy sources, just as it takes time to explore, drill, refine, and bring your products to the market. Your investment in executive education is also a long-term investment, one that pays off as your executives become more skilled at influencing people, navigating cultural differences, sparking innovation, and identifying new business opportunities. With our energy expertise as the foundation, we design programs that focus on:

  • Operations Management Upstream and Downstream
  • Optimizing Organizational Efficiency
  • Managing Uncertainty
  • Scenario Planning
  • Risk Assessment
  • Global Management
  • Stakeholder Communication

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 such as these:

Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL)

IGEL provides a forum for business leaders with high-level environmental responsibilities to consult together with input from Wharton/Penn faculty and selected experts on best practices, emerging environmental issues, national and international regulations, and the latest research findings on relevant topics. Visit the Center's website »

Risk Management and Decision Processes Center

Low-probability events with potentially catastrophic consequences, such as natural and technological hazards and industrial risk, are the chief concern of this Center. Through a program of descriptive research (exploring how people interact and make decisions regarding risk) and prescriptive analysis (proposing ways that people and groups can make better risk-related decisions), the Center investigates the effectiveness of incentive systems, insurance, regulation, the communication of risk information, and other strategies. Visit the Center's website »

Operations and Information Management Department

The mission of the Operations and Information Management Department is to improve the quality and productivity of enterprises by educating highly capable professionals and by discovering, developing, and validating new principles, theory, and methods. Our common approach to education and research is to blend rigor and relevance. We believe in science-based management and our work is built around models. However, we seek to reconcile theory and data, and to influence practice. Visit the Center's website »

Fishman-Davidson Center for Service and Operations Management

Through research and teaching, the Fishman-Davidson Center strives to understand the role of the service sector, the largest component of the economy in all developed countries. The Center's varied programs include a partnership with industry for sponsored research, a faculty-management forum and information exchange, and a variety of workshops that address an emerging paradigm: It is the services that physical goods provide, not the goods themselves, that add value to the consumer. Visit the Center's website »

Tools & Solutions

We have partnered with a range of global energy firms to create transformative executive education experiences.

Talent Management Solution

BP’s activities are focused on finding, developing and producing essential sources of energy, and turning these sources into products that people need. The company provides its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving, and the petrochemical products used to make everyday items such as plastic bottles.

As a global group, BP’s interests and activities are held or operated through subsidiaries, branches, joint ventures or associates established in — and subject to the laws and regulations of — many different jurisdictions. This means that the design of any companywide management program is necessarily complex. Seeking a talent development partner with experience in creating complex educational solutions, BP called on Wharton Executive Education to design a multi-modular custom program for BP’s 200 top financial leaders.

The program is a long-term investment in commercial excellence, with a short-term strategic goal of helping BP’s top financial talent become conversant in leadership and business topics beyond finance. The program includes classroom lectures, action learning projects, virtual report outs, and personal coaching by Wharton faculty; the material centered on customer centricity, influence and persuasion, finance/value creation, and strategic decision making. Participants are grouped into teams, with each team focused on a real-world business challenge or a new energy opportunity. At the end, participants are prepared to foster, incubate, and manage innovative ideas; lead a team through the venture creation process; and create new, sustainable value for the company.


  • Witold Henisz, PhD

    Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management in Honor of Russell E. Palmer, former Managing Partner; The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Stakeholder engagement, political and economic reform, project 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

  • David Wessels, PhD

    Adjunct Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

    See Faculty Bio