Global Executive Academy (multi-language)

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This program is a transformative learning experience designed to fit the time and language constraints of mid-level, global executives and high-potential leaders. A new frontier in executive education, it brings MIT content to the non-English speaking world through a multilingual education experience. Redesigned for 2016, the program offers a broad cross-section of content spanning leadership, innovation, organizational strategy, systems thinking, marketing, communications, finance and more. The program offers translation and simultaneous interpretation into Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish, provided there are a minimum of 10 participants per language. Other languages may also be considered. Upon completing the program, participants will earn an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership.

Language selections will be finalized on May 31, 2016. The application deadline is June 10, 2016.

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Global Executive Academy (multi-language)
Certificate Track: Management and Leadership
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Tuition: $14,900 (excluding accommodations)
Program Days (for certificate credit): 8

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MIT Sloan’s Global Executive Academy is a two-week program for high-potential, mid-level executives from a variety of backgrounds and cultures who seek an international experience and a global viewpoint on leadership and business practices. The idea behind the Academy is to bring MIT content to the non-English speaking world by offering a multilingual educational experience that provides executives around the world with access to the same MIT education that is currently available to their English-speaking counterparts. It also affords them unique benefits such as a multicultural environment, diversity of perspectives and cross-border networking.


This unique, multilingual program is delivered “United Nations-style” with simultaneous interpretation into Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish.* Executives and managers from different geographies, industries, companies and functions will learn together and draw on each other for their assigned projects and discussions. There will also be social activities designed for networking and to bridge any language barriers.


Program content draws upon topics from some of our most popular Executive Education Open Enrollment programs, which is then customized for the Academy audience.


Leadership-focused sessions will introduce MIT’s Four Capabilities Leadership Framework, a powerful tool for understanding and integrating four critical components of leadership—sense-making, relating, visioning, and inventing. Participants will also learn the art of storytelling, a highly effective tool for leaders to illustrate personal values, bring vision to life, and create meaning and purpose for an organization.


Innovation-focused sessions will explore the various elements of innovation and outline steps needed to implement and manage a culture of innovation. It will explore the reasons why some organizations achieve exceptional levels of performance that put their rivals to shame, and unveil the secret to their success. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore the innovation ecosystem embodied within MIT and Kendall Square.


Organizational strategy is discussed in the context of managing change, understanding the effects of transformation and globalization on economies and business, and ways to implement sustainable business strategies.


Systems thinking and system dynamics are concepts used at MIT Sloan to train students how to better understand context, anticipate consequences, and engage stakeholders in finding solutions with lasting value for business and society. This program will explore smart work design, creative problem solving, continuous knowledge sharing, and ways to develop discovery skills within organizations. Participants will also partake in a World Climate Exercise that focuses on sustainability.


Marketing and communications sessions will teach the art of branding, social media management, effective communications and persuasion techniques. Students will also explore the complementary principles of improvisation and influence to effectively respond to adapt, respond and extemporize, making them more persuasive and effective leaders.


Negotiation for executives offers fundamental principles and a holistic view of negotiation as a relationship building technique. It includes multicultural negotiation exercises that will test participants’ skills at the bargaining table.


Finance training will reinforce knowledge of financial concepts, strategies and tools, while delving real-time into the financial reports of influential companies across the globe. Participants will gain insights into performance metrics and how business decisions impact investors’ viewpoints.


Participants in the Academy will earn a MIT Sloan Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership. It is an ideal option for executives and high potential leaders seeking to enhance their general management skills in order to become effective leaders in a dynamic, global business world. The entire program must be completed to earn the certificate.


*Note: Languages are subject to change or cancellation. Also, we will consider adding another language to the program if at least 10 participants can be confirmed. Please contact us at execacademy@mit.edu if you would like to discuss.

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Participant Testimonial

"It is one of the best executive programs Sloan has to offer. Whilst I have not attended many in the same school, it is pertinent to mention that the areas covered in the course are essentially managerial and leadership biased. It helps to tone up my alder of creativity from courses on innovation,product development and marketing; expanded my sense of passion and delivery from courses on HR and people management; and also rebranded my strategic insights from courses on leadership and technology, in summary. It has also helped to establish relationship with eminent executives beyond the shores of my country, thus impacting positively on my flair for a second international language and my views on globalization. GEA is one in a million program at all times!" —ADEKUNLE A.


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