Growing a business can be a complex challenge that touches every area of the firm, presenting obstacles that test even highly experienced leaders. Scaling Ventures: Developing the Playbook for Profitable Growth takes a holistic view of the process, incorporating strategy, finance, and leadership. These three pivotal elements, and how they work together to create a viable plan for growth, form the foundation of the program.
Scaling Ventures offers solutions to the critical challenges faced by growing companies, and will show you how to put your learning directly into practice. By the end of the program, you will know how to determine which approach to growth is most viable for your organization, transition for that growth, and be able to communicate an action plan that addresses strategic, financial, and leadership concerns.
Academic Director Gad Allon says Scaling Ventures: Developing the Playbook for Profitable Growth provides solutions to the critical challenges faced by growing companies.
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The Playbook for Growth: This program will help you determine whether the timing is right for your organization to grow.
In Scaling Ventures you will:
Scaling Ventures takes you from start to finish as you explore whether the timing is right for your organization and then determine how to move forward by creating an actionable plan. Through this program you will discover the key challenges firms face when trying to scale, including the relationship between people and processes, and move from tactical, short-term opportunistic thinking to a long-term focused vision.
Scaling Ventures, which contains some curriculum from Wharton’s internationally recognized Scale School Workshop, will enable participants to tackle both sides of the growth coin — people and processes. Specifically, this program will help participants assess their firm’s current organizational structure and determine how to resolve the common tension that exists in growing companies between hiring people for skills or for cultural fit. This program will also reveal what type of organizational culture a company needs to have to grow and how to define the role of the company’s founder or owner/operator as the firm embarks on this new phase of growth.
People and Processes: This program will help participants assess their firm’s organizational structure.
The program’s cross-functional approach brings together the strategic, financial, and leadership concerns of expanding a business operations. You will consider whether your current strategy is scalable from both the execution and financial viewpoints, and also examine the risks inherent to your plan and analyze how to build the right portfolio of processes, assets, and people to address those risks.
Through case studies, a business simulation, and breakout sessions, you will analyze your organization and apply new tools during each day of the program. Then in small discussion groups, you will develop an actionable plan to scale your organization.
Session topics include:
This program is ideally suited for company founders, C-suite executives, and other senior leaders who are responsible for accelerating growth. Participants may come from:
Potential job titles and roles include:
The program’s content is relevant across numerous industries. Executives in the following industries will find the program’s content particularly valuable:
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.
Gad Allon, PhDSee Faculty Bio
Jeffrey A. Keswin Professor; Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions; Director of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Operations management and operations strategy
Ethan Mollick, PhDSee Faculty Bio
Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Entrepreneurial strategy, entrepreneurship in innovative industries
Karl Ulrich, ScDSee Faculty Bio
CIBC Endowed Professor; Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions; Professor of Management; Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Environmental issues, product design and development, innovation
David Wessels, PhDSee Faculty Bio
Adjunct Professor of Finance, The Wharton School
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Tuition does not include accommodations. Prices are subject to change. This program starts on Sunday.
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