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Agenda - Executive Leadership Program - China


Upcoming Sessions:

Status: Accepting Applications

The program fee covers tuition, books, case materials, accommodations, and most meals.


  • 15 JUL–05 OCT 2024 — Module 1 (Virtual, Self-Paced)

  • 06–18 OCT 2024 — Module 2 (Usild Campus)

  • 19 OCT 2024–18 JAN 2025 — Module 3 (Virtual, Self-Paced)

  • 19–31 JAN 2025 — Module 4 (Usild Campus)

  • Dates: 15 JUL 2024–31 JAN 2025

  • Format: Blended

  • Location: Virtual and Usild Campus

  • Fee: $11,000


Executive Leadership Program- China Curriculum

Economic and political turbulence have prompted speculation that the world is already deglobalizing. But the evidence suggests that global integration is here to stay, connected by global flows of goods, services, capital, people, data, and ideas. Global value chains have been built on these flows, creating a more prosperous world. However, in light of the pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and years of rising tensions between the United States and China, some have speculated that the world is already deglobalizing. New MGI analysis finds a more nuanced reality. The world remains deeply interconnected, and flows have proved remarkably resilient during the most recent turbulence. No region is self-sufficient. Participants will learn and provided skills of how to take advantage of the current trends and harness the benefits of interconnection while political leaders managing the risks and downsides of dependency—particularly where products are concentrated in their places of origin. Whether or not you produce and sell goods internationally, global business impacts every organization. “Everybody has to care about macroeconomics and the global economy,” says Harvard Business School Professor Forest Reinhardt at Usild Global Business. This statement aligns to the reasons why corporate leaders are having greatest concerns today. The innovative and comprehensive curriculum of the Senior Executive Leadership Program—China focuses on providing tools to address these challenges. The unique format maximizes learning and the development of a global perspective, while minimizing consecutive days away from home and work.

A series of intensive learning modules—in the United States and in China. These series include faculty presentations, case discussions, and skill-building exercises. You will examine the practices of successful business leaders around the world and assess your own leadership approach. As you try out new approaches in your workplace, you will reflect on your experience, receive feedback from your boss and colleagues, and bring new insights back to the classroom.

Prior to attending module 1 of the program, it is advised that participants to spend approximately 20 hours on self-paced case preparation. Case materials will be made available approximately 10 days prior to program start.

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Key Benefits

Positioning your company for success

Expand your ability to consider your company as a whole in the context of the local, regional, and global business environments. Diving quickly into the case method of learning, you will gain new insights into leading organizational change.

  • Assessing the competition and boosting your firm's competitive edge

  • Creating differentiation through innovative products and brands

  • Transitioning from labor-cost advantage to premium products

  • Succeeding in a slower-growth environment by streamlining your organization and optimizing your supply chain

  • Recognizing and selecting the best opportunities in both developed and emerging markets

  • Evaluating your leadership style with guidance from faculty, peers, and your professional coach

Creating a high-performance culture in your organization

Explore proven ways to create an innovation-driven, high-performance culture. This experience will help you lead and manage your teams effectively to ensure alignment between business goals and company direction.

  • Mastering the essentials of finance for senior executives, including global investing, capital markets, and risk management

  • Creating corporate value by strengthening financial management

  • Managing the tensions among profit, growth, and control

  • Translating mission and strategy into a comprehensive set of performance targets and measures

  • Choosing organizational structures and management systems that promote high-performance cultures

  • Understanding the roles of the board of directors, capital market institutions, investors, and independent auditors

  • Creating and leading an innovative organization and taking advantage of disruptive technologies and open innovation

Creating customer value and strategic advantage

Dive into the nature of market strategy and examine how companies build competitive advantage by focusing on specific markets and delivering what customers truly value.

  • Rethinking brand strategy in light of changing markets and consumer behavior

  • Recognizing the new opportunities and challenges created by digital technology

  • Determining whether to operate locally, regionally, or globally—and how large your organization must be to thrive

  • Executing successful mergers and acquisitions and building effective partnerships

  • Formulating strategic objectives and implementing strategies to create competitive advantage and stakeholder value

  • Fostering a culture of customer centricity to optimize the customer experience

  • Identifying actionable market segments, implementing segment-specific strategies, and assessing customer lifetime value

  • Developing and leveraging advantage through service excellence and operational capabilities

Becoming a transformational leader

Examine how to improve your personal performance as a leader and how to manage yourself, your team, and your larger organization. Focusing on a key executive skill—negotiation—you will engage in hands-on exercises that improve your ability to drive optimal outcomes. As you pull program themes together, you will emerge better prepared to build an agile company that can sustain success.

  • Launching and managing products, product portfolios, and brands

  • Investing in talent and leading and managing teams

  • Examining how digital technologies and big data affect business models in all industries, enabling new value creation and value capture approaches

  • Closing deals and resolving disputes in a manner that creates value for all parties

  • Managing situations in which much of the real action takes place away from the negotiating table

  • Understanding and driving the changes that align your organization to achieve its strategic goals

  • Shaping innovation, learning, and change by cultivating your leadership style and behavior

  • Building ambidextrous organizations that can both innovate and execute strategy

Special Program Feature

Living/learning group work

A multi-module program creates the opportunity to build close, trusting relationships with a small, diverse group of peer executives who can understand your challenges—but are not part of your organization. Throughout the program, you will work with a small group of peers who will stimulate your learning as you:

  • Absorb global insights by working with executives from different countries, cultures, and professional backgrounds

  • Share diverse perspectives as you discuss cases and assignments

  • Complete small-group exercises and projects as a team

  • Give and receive feedback and advice—personal and professional—in a safe environment

While on the HBS campus in Boston, you will share living quarters with your learning group, forging relationships that serve as a valuable source of peer feedback, support, and advice.

Professional coaching

Each living group works with a professional coach to optimize group dynamics and maximize the value of the group learning experience.

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