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Posted on Monday, August 29, 2016

A US-based B-school has launched an accelerated development programme for experienced executives in India. Ruchi Chopda reports

University of Chicago Booth School of Business has launched a programme for senior executives in the sub-continent. The Chicago Booth Accelerated Development Programme - India (ADP - India) is a 10-month executive programme leading to a Certificate of Participation. Initiated in partnership with Northwest Executive Education, it builds on ADP London and Singapore. It is aimed at exposing students to key business concepts and strategies in an intensive format. It is for South Asians who wish to develop a critical understanding of business and leadership skills.

Elaborates Renu Kulkarni, associate dean for executive education at the B-school, “A number of executives in India and the rest of South Asia are responsible for key organisational activities but they need to develop a wider general management perspective outside their traditional area of control and expertise. The programme aims to accelerate the growth of business leaders, building functional as well as strategic and leadership skills and impart knowledge that creates transformation in organisations. It will provide a forum to share business problems and craft solutions, to learn the necessary skills to address whatever issue may arise.” 

The curriculum is general-management-oriented, using the framework of finance, strategy and leadership as the approach to solve problems. It includes inter-module learning through industry workshops and seminars in which senior Chicago Booth alumni and industry experts will share their experience with participants. Enrolees will be required to take an active role in uncovering the ideas and facts that can lead to new solutions. 

Adds Kulkarni, “We have tried to customise the curriculum to address business situations unique to India while retaining the broader global relevance and philosophy of the London and Singapore programmes. For instance, we have added online learning and inter-module workshops which include industry practitioners’ perspectives for India.” 

Starting in December 2016, it will comprise three, four-day in-class modules at the university’s campuses in Delhi, Hong Kong, and Chicago; three workshop sessions; three online foundation programmes; and several peer-assisted learning exercises including group case studies and seminars.

The in-class sessions will be taught by the same Chicago Booth faculty that teach the EMBA degree programme and focus on:

  • Module 1: Building blocks -- key concepts to manage your business (December 5- 9, 2016; Delhi)
  • Module 2: Business core -- core financial and leadership skills (May 15-19, 2017; Hong Kong)
  • Module 3: Protect and grow -- innovation mindset, influence and risk management skills (October 9-13, 2017; Chicago)

On completion of the programme, participants will become a part of the global ADP network.

Duration: 10 months 

Course begins: December 2016 

Eligibility: Indian citizens resident in India and citizens of other countries in South Asia with a minimum of 10 years of work experience

Application and course fees: US$ 250 and US$ 25,000 

Application deadline: September 24, 2016 


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