Harvard offers executive education programme in India

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New Delhi, Sep 18 (UNI) In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Harvard Business School (HBS) has announced plans to offer its executive education programme in India in February 2008, with its focus on the major challenges of building a global enterprise in the country.

''Building a Global Enterprise in India'' will be taught by HBS senior faculty, in conjunction with the Harvard Business School India Research Center (IRC), in Hyderabad and is specially designed for senior executives from India and around the region.

The programme is based on ten years of extensive, on-the-ground HBS research in India. It uses cases tailored to the specific needs of companies operating in India and incorporates examples from companies in the region that have addressed similar challenges facing Indian companies today.

''The programme was designed to address emerging challenges in the Indian business landscape as companies seek to manage and sustain growth in India,'' said Prof David Yoffie, Senior Associate Dean and Chair of Harvard Business School Executive Education programmes.

''Participants will focus on the major challenges of building a global enterprise in India, such as developing leadership talent, employing innovation-based growth models, and identifying strategic advantages to drive growth,'' he said.

Prof Yoffie said the programme meets the objective of enhancing business practices in India and fulfilling Harvard Business School's mission of educating leaders who make a difference in the world The new programme will replicate the world-renowned HBS learning experience with classes taught by members of the School's senior faculty using the HBS case method, which requires participants to make decisions about real business situations.

It will also provide participants with the opportunity to meet and discuss business issues with a diverse and dynamic group of C-suite peers from India and around the world.

''This programme is a distinct offering built on a decade's worth of research conducted by HBS faculty in India and developed into tailored teaching materials,'' said Prof Krishna Palepu, Senior Associate Dean for International Development.

''While the programme demonstrates Harvard Business School's commitment to India, it also allows us to learn from the Indian companies we've worked with over the years as we continue to enhance our global curriculum.'' 'Building a Global Enterprise in India' will run from February 10-15, 2008, and will take place at the Hyderabad International Convention Center.

Applications, due by January 14, can be downloaded from the website www.exed.hus.edu/programs/bgei.

HBS Faculty for the programme will comprise Thomas J DeLong, Professor of Management Practice; Amy C Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management; Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor; and Krishna G Palepu, Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for International Development.


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