Becoming a Better Manager

Harvard Business School

Program Description

Becoming a Better Manager

Harvard Business School

Master a process approach to management and move your organization forward.

Effective management is essential for all teams and organizations to accomplish their goals. But all too often, managers today just don’t have the tools or processes to get the job done efficiently.

Becoming a Better Manager is designed to elevate your managerial skills through a distinctive, hands-on approach to management. In the course, you’ll learn to identify, analyze, design, and influence critical organizational processes as a means of getting work done and achieving results. Working through real-world challenges faced by managers across a variety of industries, you’ll focus on four of the essential processes for managers: decision-making, implementation, organizational learning, and change management.

Whether you’re new to management, a seasoned manager, or somewhere in-between, you’ll come away with tangible tools and techniques that you can readily apply in your organization to deliver on time, on a budget, and at the highest quality.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the myths and realities of management
  • Recognize the advantages of taking a “process perspective” towards managerial work
  • Influence the context and environment in which decisions get made
  • Implement strategies, plans, projects, and initiatives more effectively
  • Lead learning initiatives so that your organization can improve and innovate
  • Manage and lead change in organizations of varying sizes
  • Design, direct and shape various organizational processes to your advantage

Program Structure

Becoming a Better Manager consists of 30 to 35 hours of material delivered over an eight-week period with a flexible program structure. There is no set time to log in. You complete the coursework on your own time while meeting regular deadlines. All course material is delivered through the innovative HBX online platform.

The HBX Learning Model centers around the Harvard Business School case method, featuring interviews with business leaders and executives from companies around the world who candidly discuss challenges they've faced or obstacles they've overcome. We ask you to step into their shoes and engage with your peers to work through these real-world business scenarios.

The case protagonists in Becoming a Better Manager represent some of the best and brightest from the worlds of technology, pharma, the government, and more. Topics covered in the program include:

  • Adopting a Process Perspective in Management
  • Shaping the Decision-Making Process
  • Implementing for the Present
  • Learning for the Future
  • Managing and Leading Change

Upcoming Cohorts

January 2019

  • Program Length: 8 weeks
  • Program Dates: 1/9/19 - 3/6/19
  • Cost: $1,500
  • Application Deadline: December 31

March 2019

  • Program Length: 8 weeks
  • Program Dates: 3/20/19 - 5/15/19
  • Cost: $1,500
  • Application Deadline: March 11

May 2019

  • Program Length: 8 weeks
  • Program Dates: 5/29/19 - 7/24/19
  • Cost: $1,500
  • Application Deadline: May 20

Who Would Benefit?

Becoming a Better Manager is intended for individuals at all stages of their careers who would like to gain the tools and techniques necessary to become an effective manager. While people management experience is not necessary, experience with complex organizational projects and activities involving groups or teams (e.g., project management, product management, new product development) is expected.

Admissions

It is free to apply and applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, so early application is encouraged. As noted above, while people management experience is not necessary, experience with complex organizational projects and activities involving groups or teams (e.g., project management, product management, new product development) is expected. Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential.

Successful applicants will have an undergraduate degree, exposure to complex organizational processes as outlined above and demonstrate a desire to contribute to the vibrant HBX learning community.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 10, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
Jan. 10, 2019
Mar. 21, 2019
Duration
Duration
8 weeks
Part time
Price
Price
1,500 USD
Information
Deadline
Jan. 1, 2019
for January start
Locations
USA - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Start date : Jan. 10, 2019
Application deadline Jan. 1, 2019
for January start
End date Mar. 7, 2019
Start date : Mar. 21, 2019
Application deadline Mar. 12, 2019
for March start
End date May 16, 2019
Dates
Jan. 10, 2019
USA - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Application deadline Jan. 1, 2019
for January start
End date Mar. 7, 2019
Mar. 21, 2019
USA - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Application deadline Mar. 12, 2019
for March start
End date May 16, 2019