Professional Services

Professional Services

Custom Programs for Your Team

Gaining an edge in today’s competitive marketplace requires professional-service firms to focus on employee development, exceptional client service, and a strong corporate culture. These firms recognize that their people are their most valued asset.

Customized professional-services programs at Wharton Executive Education are highly dynamic learning engagements that address your organization and industry’s specific business, leadership, and competitive priorities. Your executives will gain valuable insight into their organization’s strengths and learn how to leverage their talent, while mastering the strategic thinking and plan-execution skills necessary to put your firm in the lead.

The multidisciplinary faculty at Wharton brings a deep knowledge built on proven success in the professional-services arena, whether your field is consulting and accounting, marketing, law, or another discipline.

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Strategic Focus

The challenges facing your organization are unique — especially since the “product” offered is intangible. Wharton’s customized approach gives you a strategic framework specific to your firm’s focus. In addition to providing you with a competitive advantage, your Wharton partners will become the trusted advisors you turn to as you grow and develop the next generation of leaders.

At Wharton, you will learn how to:

  • Develop leadership capacity throughout your team with a talent-management mindset
  • Strengthen the applied knowledge across your firm
  • Capitalize on the expertise already existing inside your organization

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 a custom executive education solution:


Wharton Executive Education led one of the world’s leading advertising groups through a five-year program designed to build and accelerate the critical capabilities of the firm’s high-potential global talent. Topics addressed included innovation, convergence in retail marketing, new technology trends (including the role of social media in retailing), branding, and consumer insights/retention. The program used a variety of learning approaches, including simulations, experiential learning sessions, innovation sessions aligned with changing participant roles, field visits to support retailing content, business-connected action learning projects, and individual-learning integration points throughout the program. Based on evaluations, participants would recommend this to other employees in their company. One participant commented that the program “left us with great thoughts to take back to work, and the ability to explore new ways of thinking.”

Consulting and Accounting

Recognizing that the rapidly changing economic environment is forcing insurers to constantly revisit the way they do business, KPMG has worked with Wharton Executive Education for more than ten years trying to anticipate changes. This custom program is delivered on a global scale and is designed to assist senior, client-facing practitioners from across the firm (audit, tax, and advisory services) in addressing client concerns from a cross-functional perspective. A recent program addressed macro-topics, such as the economy and risk transformation, as well as specific industry issues, including microinsurance, regulation, and governance. The program is taught by a blend of faculty experts and industry practitioners. Participants cited “the benefits of having a third-party/academic perspective” and “the value add we take back to our clients” among the reasons they would recommend the program to others in the organization.

Human-Capital Management

One of the leading global providers of senior-level executive search and assessment chose Wharton Executive Education to develop the next generation of leaders within the firm. The focus of the program was on driving accountability for the leadership agenda within the current leadership ranks. A secondary goal was to instill a talent-management mindset. Participants in the program were charged with translating the firm’s strategy into action in their individual business sectors. The participants were diverse according to geography, nationality, sector, and industry focus. Participants were extremely pleased with the program, noting that it was “highly relevant to our business” and “fast moving.”

One participant described the program as “a perfect mix of listening and practice/brainstorming that opened the room up to the issues that we face,” while another participant noted that the Wharton faculty director was “very connected to the audience, thanks to a solid prep in understanding our specific industry components.”

Client Perspective

When you just focus on one topic and can tap into faculty who have decades of experience, the learning is powerful.”

Randy Breitman President, SEB Realty


Peter Cappelli

Peter Cappelli, DPhilSee Faculty Bio

George W. Taylor Professor of Management; Director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Human-resource practices, public policy related to employment, talent and performance management

Richard G. Shell

G. Richard Shell, JDSee Faculty Bio

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

Nicolaj Siggelkow

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

John Zhang

Z. John Zhang, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Tsai Wan-Tsai Professor; Professor of Marketing; Director, Penn Wharton China Center

Research Interests: Channel and retail management, pricing strategies

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