Harbir Singh, PhD

Mack Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Vice Dean, Global Initiatives

Research Interests:

Corporate governance, corporate restructuring, management buyouts, strategies for corporate acquisitions

About Harbir:

Harbir Singh has served as past Chairperson of the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management and Chairperson of Wharton’s Management Department. He has served on the editorial boards of several leading management journals. His research on the role of cultural distance in explaining the choice of entry mode by multinationals won the “JIBS Decade Award”, presented by the Journal of International Business Studies. He has also received the Strategic Management Society’s Award for Outstanding Research. He is a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society, the premier professional body for research in Strategy, and was named its Dean in 2015. Harbir has taught extensively in Wharton’s multiple degree programs. He is on the Academic Advisory Board of the Indian School of Business, and has been a Visiting Professor at the London Business School and Bocconi University, Italy. He has worked with companies such as Glaxo Smithkline, Verizon, Cisco, and the Aditya Birla Group on issues relating to strategy, alliances, and acquisitions.

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Executive Education Programs Taught:

Advanced Management Program

Technology, globalization, and constant change have made the job of leading a business more exciting, complex, and demanding. If you are leading, or are in line to lead your firm, Wharton’s flagship program empowers you to define and act on your purpose as a leader and strengthen your strategic prowess. Receive alumni status.

Boards That Lead: Corporate Governance That Builds Value

Based on the book Boards That Lead, this executive education program provides the latest thinking from some of the world’s most knowledgeable boardroom veterans on how directors can make a leadership difference.

CEO Academy®

Developed through a partnership between Wharton Executive Education and the CEO Academy®, this program provides CEOs with an unparalleled opportunity to connect with peers in a dynamic setting and enhance their leadership and strategic decision-making skills.

Creating and Implementing Strategy for Competitive Advantage

Academic Director

Learn to accurately assess the competition, design a compelling strategy, leverage your firm’s capabilities to full advantage, and obtain necessary resources through alliances, acquisitions, and internal corporate ventures.

Driving Growth through Strategic Partnerships

Academic Director

Build mastery in formulating, negotiating, managing, and evaluating alliances. Adopt practical tools for establishing a global strategic position, even with limited time and resources, and for overcoming many of the obstacles inherent in new market expansion and new product development.

Effective Execution of Organizational Strategy

Explore the most important factors involved in implementation, including leadership, talent management, and organizational design. Learn a logical approach to execution that will help you overcome even the most challenging obstacles.

Executive Development Program

Transitioning from functional, unit, or regional management to general management requires knowledge in areas such as finance, marketing, leadership, and strategy. This program prepares you for the complexities of organizational dynamics, communication, and leadership.

Global CEO Program: A Transformational Journey

This program meets on three non-consecutive weeks in three different countries – CEIBS in Shanghai, China; the Wharton School in Philadelphia; and IESE in Barcelona, Spain. Strengthen your knowledge of new markets, reflect on pressing issues, and broaden your skills as a senior leader.

Global Resilient Leadership

Manage your global strategy in a rapidly changing business environment, while building the confidence and skills that will help you lead change initiatives. (JAPAN)

Global Strategic Leadership

Academic Director

Discover how you can formulate a global strategy for your organization and learn how to execute it with speed and agility. Explore ways of serving customers and leading across borders. Expand your organization’s visionary capacity to inspire greater possibilities for your collective future.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Our interdisciplinary faculty and industry speakers help you select, assess, and evaluate potential opportunities. Examine acquisition strategy, valuation techniques, tax issues, due diligence, and post-acquisition integration.

Strategic Thinking and Leadership – India

Discover sources of competitive advantage and drivers of sustainability. Strengthen your ability to think and act strategically; create a leader’s checklist to guide your execution of the strategy; and prepare yourself, your team, and your organization to compete, grow, and succeed. (INDIA)

Strategic Thinking and Leadership – Middle East

Discover sources of competitive advantage and drivers of sustainability. Strengthen your ability to think and act strategically; create a leader’s checklist to guide your execution of the strategy; and prepare yourself, your team, and your organization to compete, grow, and succeed. (MIDDLE EAST)