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Harbir Singh

Harbir Singh, PhD

Mack Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Wharton School Faculty Director for the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, The Wharton School

Research Interests:Corporate governance, corporate restructuring, management buyouts, strategies for corporate acquisitions

About Harbir

Harbir Singh is the Mack Professor of Management; co-director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; and faculty director of the Huntsman Program for International Studies and Business at the Wharton School. Committed to global business research and education, he has served as vice dean for Global Initiatives at the Wharton School. He focuses on the development of world-class capabilities and of sustainable competitive advantage. His main interests in research and teaching lie in three areas: strategic leadership, growth and innovation via alliances and acquisitions, and the evolution of competitive strategy.

Harbir has won multiple awards for outstanding research in strategic management at the Academy of Management in addition to awards for teaching. He received the Academy of International Business Decade Award for his co-authored work on determinants of modes of entry by multinational firms into new country markets. He was chair of the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management and is the former dean of the fellows of the Strategic Management Society. He is the author of several books on strategy and leadership in a global setting.

Harbir received his PhD at the University of Michigan. He is the academic director for several of Wharton’s open enrollment executive programs, including Creating and Implementing Strategy for Competitive Advantage and Driving Growth through Strategic Partnerships, and is a lead faculty member in the Mergers and Acquisitions program. Additionally, he teaches and directs numerous customized programs for companies and associations around the world.

Harbir has been a visiting faculty member at London Business School; Bocconi University in Milan; and the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, as well as a founding faculty member of the Indian School of Business. He has also conducted executive seminars on competitive advantage, globalization, acquisitions, and alliances for many companies including IBM Corporation, Pfizer, Verizon, AT&T, and Daimler.

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Executive Education Programs Taught

Advanced Management Program

Wharton’s flagship leadership program is a transformational and immersive program for senior executives who are at the peak of their careers. This intellectually rigorous and highly experiential program will define you as a leader and strengthen your strategic prowess. Upon completion, you will be granted highly sought-after Wharton 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 and dynamic boardroom leaders 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.

Driving Growth through Strategic Partnerships

Academic Director

Capitalize on maximum growth opportunities by mastering the skill set required to formulate, negotiate, manage, and evaluate strategic alliances. Elevate your organization to a preferred alliance “partner of choice” status while leveraging a multi-partner alliance ecosystem and successfully mitigating the effects of enterprise risks.

Effective Execution of Organizational Strategy

Advance your ability to expertly orchestrate the critical execution of your company’s strategies. Work alongside your global peers while building structured, actionable plans — specific to your organization’s culture — to achieve buy-in, create powerful incentives, and overcome your most challenging execution obstacles.

Global Strategic Leadership

Academic Director

Lead your organization through the shifting global marketplace by building strategies that outmaneuver unpredictable trends and outperform the competition. Gain the insight necessary to predict future scenarios and create the global advantages required to drive success.

Leadership and Management Certificate Program

This four-course online certificate program will help leaders across the organization reach new levels of success. Both individuals and larger teams can access cutting-edge management concepts from nine world-class Wharton faculty. With flexible start dates, each fully online course runs 4–6 weeks in duration.

Leading with Business Analytics

Become a more skillful data-driven leader for your organization and discover new ways to accelerate and enhance your organizational influence as an analytics executive.

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 – 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.

Strategy and Management for Competitive Advantage

Academic Director

Create and sustain competitive advantages that propel your company forward during the most challenging times. Learn to make the crucial hard choices and tradeoffs that position your company for success while strengthening your customer relationships.