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Professor Harbir Singh on the value of strategic partnerships

Custom Programs for Your Team

Succeeding in today’s globally competitive environment requires the ability to manage and influence change for optimal growth. While strategies and ideas may look good on paper, effectively implementing them in your specific business scenario is the key to this success.

Custom strategy and innovation programs at Wharton Executive Education provide your team with the precise strategies, tactics, and tools that will improve decision making and accelerate strategy implementation throughout your organization. Your executives will gain valuable insight into new opportunities, while mastering the strategic thinking and execution skills necessary to put your company in the lead.

The distinguished faculty and program directors at Wharton bring a deep knowledge built on proven success in a myriad of industries. Our collaborative approach will drive results because of our dedication to your individual business objectives and in-depth understanding of the markets you serve.

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Strategic Focus

The challenges your organization faces are unique — your solutions should be, too. By customizing our programs to your business scenario, Wharton provides your team with the technology, insight, and implementation skills to bring your company to the forefront. In addition to providing you with a competitive advantage, your Wharton partners will become the trusted advisors you turn to year after year.

At Wharton, you will learn how to:

  • Create action plans that target current growth and innovation challenges
  • Develop long-term strategies to maintain competitive advantage
  • Build powerful and persuasive leadership and negotiation skills

Thought Leadership and Solutions

We have partnered with a range of world-class companies and organizations to create transformative executive education experiences. Resulting programs leverage the vast resources, such as the research centers of the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania, to showcase powerful thought leadership, and provide solutions that can be implemented immediately.

Below are examples of custom executive education solutions:


Philips partnered with Wharton to develop customized tools and practices to improve its “innovation DNA” and establish an approach for implementing a culture of innovation. The goals of the program were to equip senior leadership with innovation skills, instill a new leadership mindset to promote innovation, and create a cohesive pool of like-minded leaders to fill the succession pipeline.

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Becoming a Strategic Partner

To elevate finance leaders’ business acumen, strategic thinking, and communications skills, we offer a comprehensive five-day program called The CFO: Becoming a Strategic Partner.

Wharton has delivered a customized version of the program to major oil and gas, consumer goods, manufacturing, and aerospace and defense firms. Over a three-year period, more than 100 finance managers from French energy company Schlumberger have completed the program, gaining:

  • Financial tools and techniques to enhance their financial acumen
  • Enhanced understanding of underlying business drivers
  • Frameworks and tools to enhance decision making
  • Insights to elevate themselves into more effective strategic business partners

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Faculty Perspective

We’ve developed a process called an Innovation Tournament that you can start using immediately, and teach to others in your organization. Once you have it in place, everyone who has a great idea can move it forward.”

Christian Terwiesch, Andrew M. Heller Professor; Co-Director, William and Phyllis Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

Christian Terwiesch


  • 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

  • Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD

    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 choicesSee Faculty Bio

  • 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 acquisitionsSee Faculty Bio

  • Christian Terwiesch, PhD

    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 managementSee Faculty Bio

  • Karl Ulrich, ScD

    CIBC Endowed Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Professor of Management; Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    Research Interests: Environmental issues, product design and development, innovationSee Faculty Bio

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