Elevate Your Managerial Approach

Management Essentials, formerly known as Becoming a Better Manager, provides the real-world tools and strategies needed to excel in decision-making, implementation, organizational learning, and change management.

Management Essentials

Management Essentials

Elevate Your Managerial Approach

Management Essentials, formerly known as Becoming a Better Manager, provides the real-world tools and strategies needed to excel in decision-making, implementation, organizational learning, and change management.

What You'll Learn

  • Design, direct, and shape organizational processes to your advantage
  • Influence the context and environment in which decisions get made
  • Implement strategies, plans, and projects on time, on budget, and at the highest quality
  • Spearhead learning initiatives that enable your organization to improve and innovate
  • Manage and lead change in organizations of varying sizes

About the Professors

Joseph Fuller is a Professor of Management Practice in General Management and co-leads the Harvard Business School initiative Managing the Future of Work. He was a founder and first employee of the global consulting firm Monitor Group, now Monitor-Deloitte. He is currently researching the evolution of the roles of CEOs and the C-suite in public companies.

David Garvin was the C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration and an influential and prolific scholar whose distinguished career at Harvard Business School spanned nearly four decades. His research focused on business and management processes, the principles of organizational learning, and the design and leadership of large, complex organizations. He authored or co-authored 10 books and 37 articles over the course of his career.

Who Will Benefit

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Newly Appointed Managers

Whether you're managing people, products, or projects, gain the skills you need to succeed from day one.

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Seasoned Managers

Elevate your management skills by applying insights from Harvard Business School faculty and expert practitioners.

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Aspiring Managers

Start preparing for a future managerial role through access to best-in-class tools and frameworks.

Program Structure

Management Essentials consists of 35 to 45 hours of material delivered over an eight-week period. You can complete the coursework on your own time while meeting regular deadlines. Three group exercises, including two decision-making simulations and a capstone assignment, are required for course completion.

August 2020

Course Start Date: 5th August

Length: 8 Weeks

Regular price $1,600

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

October 2020

Course Start Date: 14th October

Length: 8 Weeks

Regular price $1,600

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

January 2021

Course Start Date: 13th January

Length: 8 Weeks

Regular price $1,600

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

Syllabus

Management Essentials provides participants with key tools and techniques to become more effective managers and get things done. The course takes a process approach to managerial work and teaches managers how to artfully shape decisionmaking, implementation, learning and improvement, and change processes within their organizations.

Learning requirements: In order to earn a Certificate of Completion, participants must thoughtfully complete all 4 modules by stated deadlines.

Syllabus

Management Essentials provides participants with key tools and techniques to become more effective managers and get things done. The course takes a process approach to managerial work and teaches managers how to artfully shape decisionmaking, implementation, learning and improvement, and change processes within their organizations.

Learning requirements: In order to earn a Certificate of Completion, participants must thoughtfully complete all 4 modules by stated deadlines.

Modules Case Studies Takeaways Key Exercises
Module 1: A Process Perspective on Management
  • Mount Everest - 1996
  • Columbia's Final Mission
  • Leading Change at Fuerte Construction
  • Differentiate between the myths and realities of management
  • Adopt a process perspective towards managerial work
  • Leverage processes to your advantage
  • Small Group Process Analysis
  • Peer Feedback Exercise
Module 2: Shaping the Decision-Making Process
  • The Bay of Pigs
  • Trouble at Talk of the Town Designs
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Analyze the decision-making process and diagnose potential pitfalls
  • Identify the key drivers that enhance your chance at making a good decision
  • Utilize a range of different managerial levers to improve individual and group decision-making
  • Small Group Decision-Making Simulation
  • 1-on-1 Decision-Making Simulation
  • Peer Feedback Exercise
Module 3: Implementing for the Present and Learning for the Future
  • Healthcare.gov: The Crash and the Fix
  • The 2010 Chilean Mining Rescue
  • The U.S. Army's After-Action Reviews
  • Detect and diagnose common causes of poor implementation of plans and projects
  • Identify the stages of implementation and what you must do in each to get the job done
  • Recognize the role that learning plays in organizational performance, improvement, and innovation
  • Giving Feedback Exercise
  • Giving and Receiving Advice Exercise
  • Delegation Exercise
  • Conduct Your Own Review
  • Peer Feedback Exercise
Module 4: Managing and Leading Change
  • Scaling Up N12 Technologies
  • Growing Pains at Stroz Friedberg
  • Paul Levy: Turning Around the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)
  • Recognize the drivers of organizational change
  • Identify the common stages of most successful change processes
  • Manage change in growing businesses
  • Lead change in large organizations
  • Small Group Consulting Simulation
  • Peer Feedback Exercise

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