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.
Management Essentials 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
Management Essentials 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 our innovative online platform.
Our 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 featured experts in Management Essentials 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
Who Would Benefit?
Management Essentials 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.
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 our vibrant learning community.
About the School
Harvard Business School Online teaches vital business concepts in a unique and highly engaging way that enables committed learners to transform their careers, their organizations, and their lives.