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Ivey Executive Program

Thriving in a rapidly changing environment

As a seasoned executive, you want to increase your capacity to think strategically and to enhance your leadership capabilities. The Ivey Executive Program is a learning experience that links leading-edge concepts with hands-on best practices, along with opportunities for personal coaching from faculty and peer networks. You will leave with increased self-confidence and the ability to address complex management and leadership issues.

Upcoming Sessions

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Who Should Attend?

Senior leaders who have demonstrated a progressive career path and business impact in their 12+ years of experience. 

Program ROI

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the changing environment of business and develop a more strategic way of thinking
  • Develop your abilities to drive innovation, set strategic direction, and lead change
  • Hone your capacity to lead people and help them grow and exceed their own expectations
  • Enhance your executive presence, personal impact, and influence within your organization
  • Develop practical solutions to problems and opportunities your organization is facing today

What You Learn

Strategic Thinking

  • Gain awareness of major trends affecting business today and what they mean for your organization in terms of threats and opportunities, impact and response – “What? So what? Now what?”
  • Develop insight into rapidly changing market dynamics: customer needs and preferences; competitive landscapes; and industry structures, value chains, and ecosystems
  • Assess your organization’s competitive advantage: battle test capabilities, identify resource gaps, and develop a view of what it will take to sustain success
  • Learn about growth strategies: where to look for growth, how to choose growth options wisely, and how to avoid growth options that destroy value 

Organizational Savvy 

  • Develop sophisticated knowledge of both traditional and new organizational forms
  • Navigate formal and informal networks of influence
  • Lead powerful collaboration across the matrix and in multi-unit initiatives
  • Partner externally through alliances and other forms of cooperation
  • Address the dual imperatives of alignment and agility: execute successfully today, adapt flexibly for tomorrow

Innovation, Agility, and Change

  • Develop the skills and confidence to bring an entrepreneurial mindset into an established organization to drive innovation and renewal
  • Gain insight into why even the most successful organizations are vulnerable to the problem of strategic drift – relying too heavily on past sources of success, established routines, and outmoded strategies
  • Learn how to recognize and discover new business opportunities, assess their potential, and bring them to market
  • Develop balanced brain techniques – left brain/right brain – for idea generation and structured business creativity
  • Hone your capacity to set direction and lead strategic change

Enable, Empower, and Engage People

  • Enable teams to drive innovation and value creation; develop leaders who consistently raise their teams’ capabilities
  •  Empower leaders to develop their unique qualities for exceptional performance
  • Leverage the benefits of diversity across the enterprise
  • Shape organizational culture to provide a healthy, happy workplace context
  • Influence beyond the rational and measurable by navigating unconscious power and identity dynamics

Leadership Presence and Growth

  • Develop new approaches to connect with those around you in meaningful and authentic ways
  • Stretch your vision and leadership purpose; acquire techniques to establish authority
  • Learn the power of storytelling techniques to set clear direction and to motivate others to achieve exceptional results
  • Communicate with confidence and professionalism whether it’s in boardrooms, client meetings, "virtual" connections, or large presentation halls

Optional Tutorial: Accounting & Financial Analysis

Ivey's Accounting and Financial Analysis tutorial prepares participants who have limited background and experience in the area for the more in-depth accounting and finance content covered during the Ivey Executive Program. A basic understanding of the fundamentals of accounting and financial analysis is essential to maximize the learning experience during the Ivey Executive Program.

Past Participants

 Industry

Oil and Gas/Energy: 25% Telecommunications: 9%
Finance: 25% Manufacturing: 7%
Public Sector: 14% Other: 20%


Age

55 and older: 12% 40 - 44: 20%
50 - 54: 25% 35 - 39: 20%
45 - 49: 23%  


Select Participating Organizations

AltaGas Ltd. ATCO Group
Banks DIH Limited Bell Canada
Bird Construction Group Bruce Power
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Canada Post Corporation
Capgemini Cascades Inc.
CSA Group DB Schenker
Dollarama Inc. General Dynamic Land Systems
Gran Tierra Energy Incorporated Maple Leaf Foods
Neal & Massy OMERS
Ontario Government Rogers Communications
Scotiabank  Spirit Airlines
Sun Life Financial Canada TransCanada Corporation
TD Bank Group WestJet Airlines 
   

Participant Testimonial

"The interactive learning, through roleplaying, setting up teams, and walking through the story, you really felt you were participating in the case as if you were making decisions yourself. To run through what the actual outcome was and to see how it turned out, that really stuck as far as learning material."

—Steve Renaud, General Manager, CenterLine (Windsor) Limited

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“My experience and time at Ivey has been exceptional. In three weeks, my universe has been further expanded by the simple reminder, as a professional manager, to always ask questions.”

—Carey Kostyk, Vice President, Projects, ATCO Electric Ltd.

 

“This program will challenge and stretch you to be the best leader possible. If you are looking for a program that you can coast through with little effort, then this is not that program. The faculty is some of the best that you can find anywhere and they actually care. The case study method is a refreshing way to learn. Real companies and real leaders in real situations! Wow! You get to analyze, debate and fully discuss all options available in the situation and then determine the best course of action. Be warned, there are twists and turns along the way! I highly recommend IEP. It will give context to your leadership journey.”

—Paulette Jones, Advertising Manager, The Nation Publishing Co. Limited

Faculty

T.S. (Tony) Frost

Faculty Director
T.S. (Tony) Frost

Tony Frost is an associate professor of international business, and the former MBA Program Director at the Ivey Business School. Frost received his Ph.D. from MIT's Sloan School of Management. His thesis "The Geographic Sources of Innovation in the Multinational Enterprise" received the inaugural Gunnar Hedlund Award for the best doctoral dissertation in international business. Before earning his Ph.D., Frost completed the first year of Sloan's MBA program and worked as an intern at Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Washington. His undergraduate degree (BComm) is from the University of British Columbia.

Frost's research interests revolve around strategy and competition in a global context. The main focus of his research is on the capacity of foreign subsidiaries to assimilate, utilize and transfer geographically localized knowledge during the process of technological innovation. Papers from this research stream have been presented at various academic conferences and published in leading academic journals. More recently, Frost has embarked on a research project looking at competitive dynamics between multinationals and local firms in emerging markets. A paper from this project, co-authored with Ivey's Niraj Dawar, was recently published in Harvard Business Review. Frost's research has been funded by various organizations including Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Center for European Studies at Harvard University, Industrial Performance Center at MIT, and Carnegie Bosch Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Martha Maznevski

Faculty Director
Martha Maznevski

Martha Maznevski is Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Faculty Director for Executive Education at Ivey. She is an expert in global teams, global leadership, culture and identity, and empowering individual differences. She has published widely on these topics in academic and management arenas, and also works closely with leaders and their companies around the world on innovative approaches to leadership at all levels in today’s highly complex global environment.

Dr. Maznevski completed her Ph.D. at Ivey with research on multicultural teams, and has expanded that research stream throughout her career. She publishes the popular textbook International Management Behavior, now in its 7th edition, with Ivey professors emeriti H. Lane and J. DiStefano. Her research has been published in leading journals including Journal of International Business Studies and Strategic Management Journal. Her current research unlocks the performance dynamics of lateral teams – teams that coordinate across multi-unit organizations such as global key account teams or matrixed product or function groups. 

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Lawrence  Plummer

Lawrence Plummer

Assistant Professor
Jana Seijts

Jana Seijts

Lecturer

Where You Learn

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

London, Ontario, Canada

Housed in a Georgian manor situated on 30 beautifully landscaped acres of parkland, Ivey’s residential executive centre is minutes from Western University and the Ivey Business School.