Management Essentials Course
Harvard Business School Online
11 Mar 2024
Earliest start date
20 Mar 2024
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
The HBS Online Advantage
- World-class faculty
- Edge-of-your-seat online learning
- Global peer collaboration and networking
- Real-world, case-based learning
Harvard Business School Online offers a unique and highly engaging way to learn vital business concepts. Immerse yourself in real challenges faced by a diverse group of finance experts, including Rick Childs, Managing Member of 625 Ground Lessor LLC; Mike Even, former Global CIO for Citigroup Asset Management; Chris Hohn, founder of the Children’s Investment Fund; Henrik Poulsen, Chief Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer of PFA Asset Management; Dwight Scott, President of GSO Capital; Nikos Stathopoulos, Partner at BC Partners and Member of the BC Partners Executive Committee; and Matt Wilson, Co-Portfolio Manager and Managing Director of Oaktree Capital Management. Step into their shoes and wrestle with the same issues they faced, while engaging with fellow learners from around the world.
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.
Scholarships and Funding
This course is not eligible for scholarships and financial aid, but past participants do receive a 30% discount. For more information, please visit our Payment & Financial Aid page.
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
Management Essentials provides participants with key tools and techniques to become more effective managers and get things done. The course takes a process approach to managerial work and teaches managers how to artfully shape decision-making, implementation, learning and improvement, and change processes within their organizations.
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.