Columbia Business School’s Executive Development Program: Leading Into the Future first provides a solid foundation on the fundamentals of business: economics, strategy, finance, marketing, operations, and leadership. Then, the program takes a deeper dive allowing participants the opportunity to get immersed in the critical issues and topics of today whose understanding is paramount to future success (e.g. the future of work, climate, blockchain, and cybersecurity). Get in-depth and research-led analysis from faculty at the forefront of these dynamic areas — who are also world-leaders in their field — while also hearing from expert practitioners that Columbia Business School is able to access because of our unique networks and location in New York City.
“The future is happening now. What previously worked for executives in the past may not work tomorrow. This dynamic program is a wakeup call. It provides the tools they’ll need to tackle those complicated, uncertain, difficult problems that are coming their way. By understanding the unknown, they’ll be able to deal productively with the future. This program prepares our students to really future-proof their strategy for the business decisions that they're having now. Once completed, participants won’t be able to stay still. They’ll be inspired and can immediately put into practice what they’ve learned.”
The program’s Faculty Co-Director, Stephan MeierJames P. Gorman Professor of Business at Columbia Business School
5 days, 3 hours each
- Program Introduction and Economic Outlook
- Strategy and Finance
|Module One||From October 24 to 28, 2022|
|Module Two||From November 14 to 18, 2022|
|Module Three||From January 16 to 20, 2023|
|Module Four||From February 27 to March 9, 2023|
|Coaching Sessions||Between October 2022 and March 2023|
“New York City is really something we try to integrate into our program. One of the reasons why I live and work in New York is because I'm exposed to new ideas, new problems, and new challenges every day. I find that inspiring. The kinds of issues business leaders everywhere are going to deal with appear in New York City first. We’ve specifically designed Leading Into the Future to take advantage of that. We’re not just conveying information but, instead, having students experience it with practitioners that will walk in the door and speak to them, allowing our students to put that knowledge into practice at their companies the next day.”
The program’s Faculty Co-Director, Dan WangAssociate Professor of Business at Columbia Business School
James P. Gorman Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
Professor Meier holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich, was previously a senior economist at the Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision Making at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and taught courses on strategic interactions and economic policy at Harvard University and the University of Zurich.
His research interest is in behavioral strategy. He investigates the impact of psychology and economics on human decision making and its implications for public policy and company strategy. Current research topics include how non-selfish behavior affect organizations or the effect of borrower's decision-making on financial institutions' strategy.
Associate Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
Dan Wang is Associate Professor of Business and (by courtesy) Sociology at Columbia Business School, where he is also the incoming Faculty Co-Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise. His research examines how social networks drive social and economic transformation through the analysis of global migration, social movements, organizational innovation, and entrepreneurship. He teaches the core MBA Strategy Formulation course, an elective MBA course on Technology Strategy, a PhD seminar on Organizational Theory. He also teaches in several Executive Education programs on Social Networks and Technology Strategy. He earned his BA from Columbia University (Columbia College) and PhD from Stanford University.
He received the 2020 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Core and the 2018 Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom, Columbia Business School’s top teaching honor conferred by the graduating MBA class. He was also named to Poets and Quants’ 2018 list of “Best 40 Business School Professors under 40.” In 2021, he received the Robert W. Lear Service Award, given by the graduating class for his commitment to the MBA student body.
Wang’s research lies at the intersection of business and society with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. One of his main research streams focuses on the global migration of high-skilled individuals. Specifically, Wang studies “reverse brain drain”, or how the return migration of skilled professionals spreads ideas, technologies, and new ventures to different parts of the world. Another research area focuses on how social protest and activism create an interface between business and society. In this work, Wang has analyzed collaboration networks across social movements to predict innovation, knowledge sharing, strategic choices, and protest scope across activist groups. Finally, in on-going work on entrepreneurship, he has analyzed the implications of different network structures of venture capital syndication for the innovation output and financial performance of start-ups.
His work has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology, Journal of Applied Psychology, Social Forces, Social Networks, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Theory and Society. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Strategic Management Journal and Special Issue Editor for Organization Science and has served as a Consulting Editor for The American Journal of Sociology. He is co-editor of the book series, Elements in the Structural Analysis of Culture, Social Organization, and History with Cambridge University Press. His work has been cited in The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR and has been recognized with multiple awards from the Academy of Management. He has also been awarded both the Dissertation (2012) and Junior Faculty Fellowship (2017) from the Kauffman Foundation. He has also contributed to practitioner-oriented publications such as Strategy+Business, and written Op-Eds for CNN.
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