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Business Management Course: From Management to Leadership

Expand your business acumen to reach your full potential as a manager and leader within your organization.

  • Date

    October 28, 2024

  • Time

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET

  • Length

    5 consecutive days

  • Format

    On Campus

  • Cost

    Programs fill quickly — free cancellation up to 14 days prior

  • Registration Deadline

    October 20, 2024

Overview for Business Management Course: From Management to Leadership

Mastering the fundamentals of business management is critical to success in any industry, but in today’s global economy, these skills are more important than ever.  As organizations face disruption, intensified competition and profit challenges, leaders need core business management skills to tackle these problems that cut across traditional boundaries.

This business management certificate program will teach you a range of essential skills needed to advance your career, including leading transitions, improving your financial acumen, understanding market dynamics, developing operational command of your business, and designing and executing business strategy.  Participants will engage in an MBA-inspired curriculum focused on skills that drive business success.

Through highly interactive lectures, case discussions, exercises, and workshops, you will return to work as an empowered leader equipped to manage across the organization.

Benefits of a Business Management Course

By participating in this business management course, you will:

  • Navigate leadership transitions and refine your leadership brand
  • Improve your ability to influence across the organization and shape culture
  • Advance your financial acumen to drive profits and deliver value
  • Cultivate a customer-centric mindset: create value for and from your customers
  • Learn to build and sustain operational excellence
  • Gain insight into strategy and how to build a competitive advantage
  • Apply concepts learned in a team workshop and receive peer feedback
  • Collaborate with peer business leaders and enjoy multiple networking opportunities
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Who Should Take This Business Management Course

This business management course is designed for managers across industries and functional areas who are making or recently made a transition to a higher level of business leadership or management. Working professionals who are starting a business, human resource professionals, consultants, and business administrators may find this program particularly useful.

New or aspiring managers with less than 7 years of experience looking for a comprehensive leadership program would be well served by our Essential Management Skills for Emerging Leaders program.

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Rising business managers: Download and edit this request letter to convince your supervisor that attending this program will make you a better leader for your team and your organization.

How You’ll Learn

Business Management: From Management to Leadership is hosted in-person on Harvard University’s campus.

The five-day course will be taught in an interactive classroom setting where participants will have the opportunity to network and collaborate with each other and with their knowledgeable and experienced instructors.

Enrolling in the Business Management Program

Registration is open until one week before the program begins, and seats are limited.  Secure your spot before the class fills.

You may cancel free of charge until 14 days prior to the start of the program. After that you may apply your tuition to any future program within one year.

For more details, visit our FAQ page.


Business Management: From Management to Leadership is a five-day program in our state-of-the-art classroom space in the heart of historic Harvard University. Program tuition is $6,150 plus the cost of travel for this program.

The On-Campus program fee covers:

  • All Instruction
  • All program materials and Harvard notebook and pen
  • Full breakfast
  • Full lunch
  • Coffee and snack breaks
  • Cocktail and Networking reception
  • Tour of Harvard Yard
  • Certificate of Completion

Visit our FAQ page for more information about cost and payment.

October Schedule

Day 1: Leading Strategically

  • Business Leadership
  • Personal Leadership
  • Strategic Relationship
  • Organizational Leadership

Day 2: Developing Business Insights through Financial Acumen

  • Revenues
  • Costs and Returns
  • Value Models
  • Blind Spots and Biases

Day 3: Creating & Capturing Customer Value through Marketing

  • Growth Strategy
  • Customer Value
  • Customer Centricity
  • Creating Value

Day 4: Achieving Operational Command of the Business

  • Costs in the Value Chain
  • Complexities of Operations – revenue management and demand uncertainty
  • Capacity Planning – inventory management and decision trees
  • Supply Chain Tradeoffs

Day 5: Creating & Sustaining Strategic Business Advantage

  • Business Strategy – business models and competitive advantage
  • Business Leadership – strategic vision, review of tools, and capstone exercise


  • Jon_Fay_Headshots_2023

    Jon Fay

    Jon is an Instructor in Harvard's Division of Continuing Education, where he teaches both Professional & Executive Development programs and graduate degree courses. He has twenty-five years' experience as a business strategy consultant and served as Vice President of executive development and head of the corporate university for a leading technology company.
  • Laura Downing.

    Laura M. Downing

    Laura M. Downing has over 25 years of experience providing strategic management advice and executive coaching to global organizations. She is a highly rated instructor at Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education where she teaches leadership, strategic management, power and influence, and executive presence.
  • Patricia Hambrick.

    Patricia L. Hambrick

    Patricia Hambrick comes to Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education with over 20 years of global marketing experience and 15 years of teaching higher ed. Patricia has created and taught MBA and EMBA level courses in Branding, Marketing Management, Design Thinking and Global Marketing consistently being rated by students as one of the highest performing faculty.
  • Shannon Pettiford Headshot

    Shannon Pettiford

    Shannon Pettiford, M.S., PMP, PMI-ACP, specializes in program and project management, business process improvement, and operations management. He has successfully managed global projects and programs focused on digital marketing, information technology, human resources, finance, and strategic initiatives. Shannon also teaches graduate-level courses in project management at Harvard Extension School, Northeastern University, and the University of Kansas.


Why is business management a valuable skill to have?

Business management is a valuable skill because it contributes to the success of an organization. It helps leaders make efficient decisions, fosters leadership, and enables businesses to adapt and thrive in a dynamic environment.

How do I know if this Business Management course is right for me?

Ideal participants are motivated to enhance their leadership skills, accomplish organizational goals, build effectiveness, and gain a greater strategic perspective.

How will the Business Management program help me improve my career or company?

Business Management: From Management to Leadership will help you improve your career or company by developing and refining your leadership skills and decision-making, advancing your financial acumen, and teaching you techniques to create customer value, build operational excellence, and design and implement a competitive strategy.

Participants will gain up-to-date knowledge from working professionals in the industry and have the opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs and both current and aspiring business leaders.

Upon completion of the program, participants will earn a Certificate of Completion from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education.