As global business challenges become more complex, companies are turning to cross-functional leaders who can drive change across the organization. The General Management Program (GMP) at Harvard Business School (HBS) is designed to help you accelerate your leadership growth and play a greater role in your company’s success. Through a unique modular format that blends personalized learning on campus with practical application on the job, GMP minimizes your time away from work and maximizes your learning investment. Working with the HBS faculty, an elite and diverse group of senior executives, as well as a strategy consultant and personal leadership coach, you’ll expand your leadership skills, mindset, and network. You’ll emerge with a personal action plan for taking your career and your company to a new level of performance.


Unlike most executive programs, GMP is composed of two in-class and three off-site modules presented over four months, with seven weeks of study on the HBS campus. This tightly integrated format enables rapidly growing organizations to prepare leaders for the challenges ahead while maintaining business momentum. Between modules, you’ll apply what you’ve learned, work on your personal case study, and engage in interactive online sessions. In the process, you’ll build a multidisciplinary perspective that enables you to analyze key value drivers, build strong cross-functional teams, and capitalize on emerging opportunities.

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Taking part in fast-paced discussions, real-world simulations, and 360 leadership assessments, you’ll explore what it takes to set the strategy, align the organization, and drive the results. The Emotional Intelligence Survey, Cultural Intelligence Assessment, personal strategy statement, and customized case study exercise are designed to accelerate your growth as an individual leader. In between modules, you’ll test out new approaches to the specific challenges that you face at work. During GMP, you also will have access to Harvard Manage Mentor®—an exclusive, one-destination, enterprise learning resource that helps you address critical management and leadership issues in the context of your business. This powerful solution delivers on-demand performance support, enhances formal learning, and scales peer-to-peer feedback—across all areas of the organization.

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This leadership development program is designed for executives with recently acquired or significantly expanded general management responsibilities. It also is appropriate for experienced functional leaders who have important cross-functional or cross-organizational responsibilities, who need a broader perspective on company operations, or who will soon become business unit, divisional, or regional leaders. Executives who want to develop a more comprehensive, integrated perspective and sharpen their strategic, financial, and leadership skills will benefit most from this program. Most participants come from organizations with annual revenues in excess of $100 million, and have at least 15 to 20 years of work experience.

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Upon completing GMP, you become a lifetime member of the HBS alumni community. You will gain exclusive access to our vast global alumni network and an array of resources that facilitate lifelong learning, growth, and success.

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Immersed in the best practices of general management, you’ll build the cross-functional and analytical skills to identify, frame, and solve complex business problems that impact your company’s long-term performance. GMP empowers you with the leadership confidence and strategic skills to make complex business decisions, build cooperation among disciplines, and drive fundamental change across the entire organization.

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Compare the key features of Harvard Business School’s four comprehensive leadership programs—Owner/President Management, the Advanced Management Program, the General Management Program, and the Program for Leadership Development.

A limited amount of partial scholarship funding may be available for qualified applicants from not-for-profit organizations. To be considered, you must complete and submit your application and include a request for funding. For more information, please contact Ms. Vicki Good, Portfolio Director.

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants’ thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

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Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration. Head of the Marketing Unit; faculty chair of the “General Management Program” and the “GMP Alumni Program: Accelerating Your Leadership Growth”; and faculty cochair of “Driving Digital and Social Strategy.” Read Full Bio

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Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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