Manufacturing & Industrials


Manufacturing firms today face multiple challenges: the frenetic pace of global business, rapid and potentially disruptive technological change, new and more aggressive competition, and ever more empowered customers. Preparing the next generation of leaders is essential in order to grow strategically in the face of market challenges. At Wharton Executive Education, we design custom education solutions that align precisely with your company’s strategies. Our programs address manufacturing issues such us process improvement and cost management while helping your top people hone their leadership skills and develop knowledge for immediate impact.


Wharton faculty is leading the research that impacts business today and in the future. Our faculty members are globally-recognized business thought leaders who distill their experience and insight into impactful knowledge in every custom engagement. In addition to essential topics such as productivity, pricing, labor relations, and operational efficiencies, we often work with manufacturing and industrial firms like yours on specific business challenges. Our custom educational solutions integrate best practices in education with action learning projects, experiential events, and other high-impact learning methodologies.

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

  • Scenario Thinking and Planning
  • Corporate Value Creation
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances
  • B2B and Industrial Marketing
  • Customer Centricity
  • Innovation
  • Strategy Execution
  • Leading and Changing Corporate Culture
  • Talent Management
  • 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 »

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, and not the goods themselves, that add value to the consumer. Visit the Center's website »

Center for Leadership and Change Management

Increasingly, organizations worldwide are confronting turbulent markets, demanding shareholders, and discerning customers, and many firms are 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 »

Wharton Faculty Research Initiatives in China

Through the generosity of Chinatrust Bank (U.S.A.), the Wharton School established the Chinatrust Research Fund on Greater China in 2006. This fund provides for a wide variety of activities that support Wharton's faculty research in Greater China. Wharton also works with Chinatrust to develop and deliver training programs for the firm's senior executives, through the School's Aresty Institute of Executive Education. Visit the Center's website »

Tools & Solutions

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

Manufacturing Solution

SCG Cement Co., Ltd., one of the largest cement exporters in the worldhas partnered with Wharton Executive Education for more than 20 years to deliver an executive education program that builds strong business management skills, provides a global perspective, and prepares high-potential leaders for general management roles.

The six-month multi-module program, delivered in Thailand, is designed for cohorts of 40 high-potential middle managers who represent all lines of business and geographies. Three key themes — learning, execution, and value creation — are emphasized throughout. A highlight is the team-based action learning project that generates innovative solutions to organizational challenges.

Siam Cement sees substantial business impact from its executive education program. At least eight new business projects are designed and managed each year by participants, and additional innovative new projects receive funding and are incorporated into an SCG business unit. The program has also strengthened its talent pipeline; succession planning is far easier now that SCG has a like-minded group of strategic leaders in the talent pool. Project solutions have generated considerable cost savings for the company.


  • Peter Cappelli, DPhil

    George W. Taylor, 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

  • Saikat Chaudhuri, DBA

    Adjunct Associate Professor of Management; Executive Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Mergers and acquisitions, organizational adaptation, outsourcing, technological innovationSee 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

  • Christian Terwiesch, PhD

    Andrew M. Heller Professor; Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics; Co-Director, William and Phyllis Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Analyzing operational performance, innovation management, R&D managementSee Faculty Bio