Why do certain companies win and others fail? How can your leadership drive results that accelerate performance? What does disruption in the global economy mean for your organization? Six weeks at the Stanford Executive Program will expose you to new ways of thinking and new perspectives that will catapult your career and company to a whole new level. You’ll also develop a network of worldwide relationships and earn Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) alumni status.


Program Dates: June 25 – August 5, 2017
Application Deadlines:

Application Round

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October 28, 2016

November 9, 2016

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February 3, 2017

February 15, 2017

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April 7, 2017

April 19, 2017

Program Tuition: $67,000 USD
Executive Coaching for Individual Leadership Skills Development (Optional): $5,900 USD
Program tuition includes private accommodations, all meals, and course materials.


Overview

Leading. Innovating. Scaling. At the Stanford Executive Program, you’ll focus on all three. In six weeks of immersive, thought-provoking learning, you’ll experience cutting-edge research and Silicon Valley innovation. Discover what it means to lead by design. Strengthen business fundamentals and transform them into actionable insights. Learn what it takes to innovate as an organization and how to scale excellence. Then return to work—energized and inspired—with a plan and the tools to drive success.

For over 60 years, global business leaders have come to the Stanford Executive Program to learn from over 30 world-class GSB faculty, Silicon Valley business leaders, Stanford professors, and each other. Sharing ideas and experiences with such a diverse and dynamic group of colleagues develops connections that last a lifetime. The unique environment and amazing weather at Stanford will also energize your health with full access to Stanford athletic facilities, exercise classes every morning, yoga and meditation in the evenings, award-winning food, and enriching extracurricular activities.

Faculty Director
Core Faculty
William P. Barnett

Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Business Leadership, Strategy, and Organizations, Stanford Graduate School of Business; and Affiliated Faculty, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, focuses on competition within and among corporations and how competition affects the founding, growth, performance, survival, and innovativeness of organizations.

General Atlantic Professor of Marketing

The Economics of Technology Professor; Professor of Economics (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences; Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Business Leadership, Strategy, and Organizations; Affiliated Faculty, Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford; Codirector of the Executive Program in Strategy and Organization

Professor of Political Economy

Professor of Finance

John G. McCoy-Banc One Corporation Professor of Economics; Director of The Corporate Entreprenuer: Driving Innovation and New Ventures Executive Program

Paul E. Holden Professor of Organizational Behavior; Codirector of the Executive Leadership Development: Analysis to Action Program

STANCO 25 Professor of Economics

Adams Distinguished Professor of Management; Professor of Economics (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences

Jack Steele Parker Professor of Human Resources Management and Economics; Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Senior Fellow (by courtesy), Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Professor of Economics (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences; Coulter Family Faculty Fellow for 2014-2015

Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology; Faculty Director, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED); Codirector of the Value Chain Innovation Initiative; Director of the Strategies and Leadership in Supply Chains Executive Program; Graduate School of Business Trust Faculty Fellow for 2014-2015

Lecture

Associate Professor of Marketing; Citi Faculty Director, Behavioral Lab; Younger Family Faculty Scholar for 2014-2015

Professor of Political Economy; Professor of Political Science (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Professor of Electronic Business and Commerce, and Management; Co-director of the Value Chain Innovation Initiative

Adams Distinguished Professor of Management; Director of the Managing Teams for Innovation and Success Executive Program; Director of the Influence and Negotiation Strategies Executive Program; Codirector of the Executive Program for Women Leaders

Frank E. Buck Professor of Management; Director of the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal Executive Program

Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology; Senior Fellow (by Courtesy) Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford

Robert K. Jaedicke Professor of Accounting; Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor of Law (by courtesy), Stanford Law School; Codirector of the Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive Program

Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources; Professor of Sociology (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences; Academic Director, Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate; Director of the Managing Talent for Strategic Advantage Executive Program; Codirector of the Customer-Focused Innovation Executive Program

Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy; Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy, Hoover Institution; Professor of Political Science, School of Humanities and Sciences

Sanwa Bank, Limited, Professor of Marketing

David and Ann Barlow Professor of Political Economy; Professor of Political Science (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences

Robert A. and Elizabeth R. Jeffe Professor of Organizational Behavior; Professor of Sociology (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences; Faculty Director, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies; Susan Ford Dorsey Faculty Fellow for 2014-2015

Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior; Professor of Sociology (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences; Hank McKinnell-Pfizer Inc. Faculty Fellow for 2014-2015

Professor of Finance; Director of The Emerging CFO: Strategic Financial Leadership Executive Program; Dhirubhai Ambani Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship for 2014-2015

Jagdeep and Roshni Singh Professor of Operations, Information and Technology; Codirector of the Stanford-National University of Singapore Executive Program in International Management; Director of the Advanced Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives

Video Introduction
Stanford Executive Program: Be a Leader Who Matters
Join Faculty Director William Barnett to learn how the Stanford Executive Program will impact your career and organization in both the short and long term.

THE SEP EXPERIENCE

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A Taste of Executive Education
    A Taste of Executive Education
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Stanford's Executive Women: You Deserve This
    Stanford's Executive Women: You Deserve This
  • A Global Community
    Collaborate with a diverse peer group to solve tough problems
  • How SEP Can Impact Your Career
    How SEP Can Impact Your Career
 

Guest Speakers

 
 
 
 
Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice
Professor of Political Economy, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy, Hoover Institution; Professor of Political Science, School of Humanities and Sciences; Director of the Center for Global Business and the Economy; Former U.S. Secretary of State
A. Michael Spence
A. Michael Spence
Recipient, 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Former Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business
SEP has more than lived up to my expectations. The professors are the foremost thinkers in their fields and my fellow students brought tremendous experience from a wide range of industries. The robust nature of the coursework, activities, study groups, and individual conversations along the way allowed me to push myself both personally and professionally, maximizing my future contributions in the workplace.
– Tom Andriola
Vice President and General Manager
Royal Philips Electronics N.V.
SEP gave me tremendous exposure to executives in diverse industries from all around the globe allowing me to learn from them within Stanford's rigorous academic setting and in compelling discussions outside the classroom.
– Sanjay Mehrotra
President and Chief Executive Officer
SanDisk Corporation
SEP really helps put a career in focus. All of us left with ideas that have powered us through the year, and will last for years ahead. And most important, we formed a lasting bond. The rule in our class is that if you travel to the vicinity of a classmate, you've got to give him or her a call, and get together for lunch, dinner, or a drink.
– Alan S. Murray
Deputy Managing Editor, the Wall Street Journal
Executive Editor, the Wall Street Journal Online
The Stanford experience allowed me to step outside my role as a scientist and to see the business environment in a new light. The faculty are true artists that combine their expertise with a wonderful ability to set the stage for maximum learning.
– Ludger Dinkelborg
Head of Molecular Imaging
Bayer Schering Pharma AG
I left SEP with confidence and exuberance. I gained a new global perspective that was not only induced by the highly qualified and seasoned faculty, but also was expanded by the interaction I had with my classmates, who came into the program after already achieving much success in their careers. SEP is truly a professional and personal growth experience—an opportunity to step out of your day-to-day life and focus on learning, networking, and expanding your horizon.
– Gail Coury
Vice President, Risk Management
Oracle Corporation
When you come to Stanford, you have to be willing to have your traditional way of thinking challenged. An open mind and enthusiasm to participate will lead you to a truly transformational experience.
– Paul Umbrazunas
COO and Head of Business Development
Credit Suisse Australia
At Stanford, I found an environment that fosters collaboration and provides an opportunity to really engage with your fellow participants and discuss and learn from each other's challenges. The diverse background of the participants makes for a richer experience.
– Kimberly S. Bowers
Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President
CST
I was impressed by the unique Stanford experience created by the professors, the program content, and my fellow participants. The insights and new approaches I have acquired will be of great value as I develop a new global vision for my organization.
– Javier González-Soria
Managing Director, Google Travel Spain
Google, Inc.
Key Benefits

The Stanford Executive Program will help you:

  • Lead by design, with authenticity, power, and a deeper understanding of human behavior
  • Create and scale an organizational culture where innovation and excellence thrives
  • Turn financial, marketing, customer and economic data into breakthrough insights that drive global success
  • Act strategically and proactively to navigate market and beyond-market forces
  • Return to work with strategic action plans and the leadership skills to effectively implement them
  • Gain new perspectives and collaborate with a global network of highly-qualified, and diverse change agents
  • Network with fellow GSB alumni by earning GSB alumni status and a lifetime membership in the GSB Alumni Association
 
 
 
 
 
 

Curriculum Highlights

Expose yourself to the latest thinking on business excellence and leadership—from design thinking and big data to negotiation, financial engineering, and strategic management. Then, put learning into action with weekly sessions designed to help you apply new insights to the specific challenges of your organization.

The program’s six-week curriculum is highly integrated and designed to maximize linkages across three key themes.

Leading organizations: Creating systems, building a culture where excellence thrives and scales

  • - Winning Through Innovation
  • - Scaling Excellence
  • - Alternative Growth Strategies
  • - Leading by Design
  • - Big Data: Discoveries and Innovation

Leading change: Strategically addressing market and beyond-market forces for competitive advantage

  • - Political Institutions
  • - Economics and Public Policy
  • - What Every Leader Should Know about Macroeconomics
  • - Strategy Beyond Markets
  • - Strategic Crisis Management

Leading people: Understanding human behavior, developing models and mindsets for innovation

  • - Getting (More of) What You Want
  • - Decision Making and Communication
  • - The Effective Use of Power
  • - Design Thinking
  • - Power and Influence

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Who Should Attend?

The Stanford Executive Program is not about specific titles or years of experience. It’s about bringing together a diverse group of senior executives. It’s designed for:

  • Senior-level leaders at large companies who are inspired to innovate
  • Senior-level leaders at growth companies who are challenged to scale
  • Seasoned and influential executives who will use this opportunity to make an even greater difference in their organization’s future
SAMPLE Participant Mix
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COACHING FOLLOW-UP SUPPORT TO TURN YOUR INTENTIONS INTO IMPACT

To help you put your learning into action once you return to work, you have the option to purchase executive coaching. This optional component gives you the support of coaches who are expert in field application and behavioral execution and will help you develop and execute on a Coaching Action Plan to achieve your desired objectives.

Family Resource Specialist

New for 2016: Receive information and advice about family accommodations and programming options. Please call with your questions: +1.650.725.9042.

Contact

Linda Pifer
Associate Director, Programs
Phone: +1.650.498.8441
Email: sep@gsb.stanford.edu

The Stanford Difference

The Place: Immerse yourself in innovation.
The Experience: Transform your thinking, your career, your company.
The Approach: Challenge yourself with research-based learning and real-world experience.

Facilities

 
 
 
 
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Stanford University
The Stanford campus is world renowned for its natural beauty, Spanish mission-style architecture, and temperate climate. With more than 8,180 acres (3,310 hectares), Stanford's campus ranks as one of the largest in the United States. Participants in Stanford's Executive Programs become part of a quintessential university setting, residing together, walking or biking to classes, and enjoying access to Stanford University facilities.
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The Knight Management Center
Opened in spring 2011, the Knight Management Center has transformed the Stanford Graduate School of Business into a vibrant and unified indoor-outdoor, living and learning community. Participants will take classes at this new state-of-the-art campus, which features tiered classrooms with extensive floor-to-ceiling glass, the latest in audiovisual technology, numerous breakout and study rooms, outdoor seating areas to encourage informal discussion, and an open collaboration lab that employs hands-on and design thinking techniques.
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Schwab Residential Center
Designed by renowned Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta, the Schwab Residential Center gives residents ample privacy while promoting collegial interaction through shared lounges, outdoor meeting areas, a library, and an exercise room.

Exploring the San Francisco Bay Area

 
 
 
 
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The San Francisco Bay Area
The Stanford campus is located at the center of a wealth of local attractions, which participants can explore on weekends and during the mid-program break. The city of San Francisco lies less than an hour to the north by car or rail, with the world-famous vineyards of Napa Valley just beyond. To the south lie the scenic Pacific beach towns of Santa Cruz, Pebble Beach, Monterey, and Carmel.
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Practicing a Healthy Lifestyle
All participants are encouraged to take part in the optional physical health component of the Stanford Executive Program. Based on strong evidence that a healthier lifestyle benefits executives in many ways, the program features daily outdoor morning exercise sessions administered by a team of professional fitness instructors.
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Staying Close to Family and Loved Ones
For many participants, attending the Stanford Executive Program entails a difficult personal choice as they must spend time away from a spouse, partner, child, or other loved ones. Recognizing the gravity of this commitment, the directors of the program incorporate several family-friendly aspects into its design.