Executive Development Program

Program Overview

In today’s complex, fast-paced, competitive environment, executives must be adept at moving quickly to build new leadership capabilities. Wharton's Executive Development Program (EDP) prepares fast-track leaders to move from mastery of one focused area to success in a broader role, priming them for greater leadership responsibility in large companies and organizations.

During two intense, transformative weeks, participants will expand their business acumen in key areas while benefiting from the expertise of global participants from a wide variety of industries, functional areas, cultures, and geographical regions.

Academic Director Peter Fader says the Executive Development Program will challenge your notions about how a leader should act.

Program Experience

Program Highlights & Benefits

In the Executive Development Program (EDP), you will:

  • Build capabilities for leading cross-border teams across functions and countries
  • Strengthen business acumen in core areas such as finance, marketing, management, and strategy
  • Put your knowledge to the test in a realistic business strategy simulation that requires leadership and teamwork
  • Work with an executive coach to develop your leadership skills through the simulation team experience

Experience & Impact

The Executive Development Program (EDP) is designed to increase the business skills and leadership capabilities of managers who lead key divisions of their companies and aspire to be among top leadership in their organizations. EDP takes a multidimensional approach to learning, combining lectures, small/large group discussion, case study, role playing, campus networking opportunities, and strategy simulation to provide new insights and give you opportunities to apply them. During this two-week program you will:

  • Advance your strategic decision-making capabilities to think faster and more creatively about current competitive strategies and solutions
  • Deepen your understanding of organizational dynamics to improve the design and implementation of new initiatives and avoid destructive conflicts
  • Develop knowledge in core areas of business, including finance, marketing, management, and strategy based on current research and best practices
  • Develop a global network of peers and experts
  • Create a plan to implement the lessons of EDP when you return to work
  • Work with an executive coach through individual and group coaching sessions to develop leadership skills during the program and transfer these skills to the workplace

A team of faculty and experts, from diverse business disciplines, provides in-depth knowledge in core business areas including finance, strategy, leadership, marketing, organizational dynamics, and globalization. Class sessions capture the years of experience in the room. Learning groups provide opportunities for exploring issues across business and cultural boundaries, and social activities promote a spirited camaraderie that leads to deep and lasting connections.

Session Topics:

  • Valuing Strategic Decisions
  • Operations Management and Link to Financial Performance
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Managing Global Policy Risks
  • Creating and Sustaining a Competitive Advantage
  • The Power of Corporate Culture and How to Harness It
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Executive Negotiation Workshop
  • Leadership and Integrity
  • Team Dynamics
  • Leading through Emotional Intelligence

Executive Coaching: Leadership, Coaching, and Teamwork

A distinguishing highlight of Wharton’s EDP is the executive coaching included in the learning experience. Wharton’s EDP, recognizing the importance of coaching to support individual learning and development, offers an intensive in-depth coaching experience focused on behavioral improvement grounded in feedback. It includes three individual sessions — two held during the program and one held after its conclusion — as well as two group sessions.

Your executive coach will have two areas of input to draw from: a 360-degree leadership assessment that you complete before your arrival in the program, and observations of you and your team during an intense business simulation. The 360 tool gathers vertical and horizontal feedback on leadership competencies such as influence, emotional intelligence, and teamwork. During the simulation, the executive coach will be able to observe your ability to lead, to collaborate, to negotiate, and to be an effective team member. Armed with this data, individual coaching sessions will focus on your development as a leader, using the simulation to work on specific skills through the team experience.

In short, the structure of the EDP, and the coaching provided, allows EDP participants to make connections between their behaviors and their effectiveness very quickly and gain powerful new insights into their leadership opportunities. Moreover, the extension of coaching past the program is focused on implementing key learnings from the program with the participant’s organization to create value and lasting impact from the EDP experience.

Who Should Attend

Wharton's Executive Development Program is designed for successful functional, country, or unit managers preparing to take on broader responsibilities that require leading outside their areas of education and experience.

Participants represent many cultures and regions, and more than half are typically from outside the United States. They include leaders from across all disciplines, including marketing and sales, research and development, accounting and finance, supply chain and logistics, manufacturing and engineering, human resources, and information technology. Likewise, they come from a variety of industry vertical groups, such as pharmaceuticals and health care, financial services, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, and high technology.

Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required for participation in Wharton Executive Education programs unless otherwise indicated.

Group Enrollment

To further leverage the value and impact of this program, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants.

Participant Profile

Participants by Industry

Executive Development Program participants by industry

Participants by Job Function

Executive Development Program participants by job function

Participants by Region

Executive Development Program participants by region


Peter Fader, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Frances and Pei-Yuan Chia Professor; Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Lifetime value of the customer, sales forecasting for new products, behavioral data

Emilie Feldman, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate governance, corporate strategy, diversification, divestitures, firm scope, spinoffs

Witold Henisz, PhDSee Faculty Bio

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

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

Barbara Kahn, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor; Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Brand loyalty, consumer choice, customer-relationship management

Todd NorrisSee Faculty Bio

Simulation Consultant

Michael Roberts, PhDSee Faculty Bio

William H. Lawrence Professor; Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Applied econometrics, corporate investment, capital structure

G. Richard Shell, JDSee Faculty Bio

Thomas Gerrity Professor; Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School

Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David M. Knott Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Competitive strategy, firms as systems of interconnected choices

Harbir Singh, PhDSee Faculty Bio

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

Christian Terwiesch, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Andrew M. Heller Professor at the Wharton School; Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions; Professor of Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine; Co-Director, Mack Institute of Innovation Management

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

Michael Useem, PhDSee Faculty Bio

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Professor of Management; Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management; Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest

Research Interests: Catastrophic and enterprise risk management, corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision making, governance

Martine Haas, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Global collaboration, teamwork, knowledge sharing, information-technology use, human and intellectual capital


I’ve worked in the family company for the last 20 years. I graduated as a mechanical engineer and chose Wharton to build up my management skills as I prepare to be named CEO. My father is the founder and he will step down by the end of this year. My biggest challenge as a second-generation family business leader is how to continue my father’s legacy and, since Brazil is in a recession, ensure that our business is prepared for when the market picks up.

Wharton’s program was great and well worth the investment. For me, the biggest learning experience was the simulation, which focused on how to market a new medical injection device. We had to all take the time to listen and not talk over each other. Working as a group and bringing the best of each other’s backgrounds to the same point in the discussion was critical. Out of all the technical things we talked about, the biggest learning for me was how to you to create a high-performance team.

My family’s core business is the rental of tanks or containers for transport of dangerous goods or other chemicals or liquids. We have three companies — one in the chemical area, one serving offshore oil rigs and a third that rents modular disassembled canvass-covered warehouses. Since I oversee three managers for each of our companies, understanding how to bring out the best in a high-performance team was something I can use right away. I came to realize that if we don’t have the right person doing the job, the person with the most knowledge for that particular assignment, we are not going to get where we need to go. Focusing on high-performance teams will make a great difference."

Braulio SteffaneloDirector, Rentank, São Paulo, Brazil

Kevin PatrickVP, Energy Company

The learning we experienced during the two intense weeks of EDP was immense. The program was well defined, covering all major facets of management in an industry context, and supported with case studies. One especially outstanding facet of the program was the opportunity to form a 'virtual company' and to play the role of an expert from a specific discipline, contributing the appropriate strategy to the company’s success. Thanks for the superb hospitality and for memories that I will cherish for years to come."

Vijay BatraManaging Director, Teva API India, Ltd

Geraldine EkkersMarketing & Communications, Manufacturing Company, Italy

The Executive Development Program (EDP) was the only program I looked at that addresses soft skills along with the hard ones, and it was the soft skills that I knew would help me perform better. To be a leader, you need to engage with employees, build a strong team, do cross-border business, report to a board, and communicate your vision and strategy to your team. You can read theories about how to do that in a book, but to really learn you need to practice. Wharton’s EDP is the only program that teaches you how, and then gives you the time and space to practice. It was by far the best executive education program I have done."

Tim AelenSenior Vice President, ABN AMRO, The Netherlands

Andrew EllisExecutive VP, Supply Chain & Logistics

The program was a great experience! As a senior executive, I don’t usually get the time to reflect on my role or receive the kind of feedback that I got from my peers in this program. I greatly appreciated having real-world professors and speakers — people like us who are living in the business world, not just basing their insights on theoretical or book knowledge."

Hong (Margaret) ChenDirector, Asia, Telefonica

Roy HallidayCEO, Insurance Company

The Wharton EDP experience exceeded my expectations. The instructors, team simulation, programming, and facilities were all world-class and at the leading edge of business education. Importantly, the truly international and cross-industry make-up of the class enriched the diversity of thinking, requiring a global approach to problem solving. I was able to implement the new learning on day one when I returned to my job."

Matthew V. PetronioEVP and Chief Operating Office, Just Born, Inc., Bethlehem, PA – US

Dates, Cost, & Location

March 10 - 22, 2019Philadelphia, PA$27,850

September 15 - 27, 2019Philadelphia, PA$27,850

November 10 - 22, 2019Philadelphia, PA$27,850

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