Ivey is the first and only Canadian partner with ExecOnline, a subscription-based, online provider of executive education that works exclusively with top-tier business schools. Through the partnership, Ivey and ExecOnline will create four co-branded online programs called “experiences” that will have four to five modules per experience. The first series of four one-week online learning experiences will launch in June and focus on leading inclusive teams.
ExecOnline works with some of the world’s top business schools – including Berkeley-Haas, Chicago Booth, Columbia, IMD, MIT-Sloan, Wharton, and Yale – to create asynchronous professional development programs. Since 2012, ExecOnline has delivered transformational learning experiences to more than 25,000 Fortune 500 and Global 2000 corporate leaders.
“As the pioneer of online leadership development learning experiences, ExecOnline is uniquely positioned to not only educate future leaders on the importance of inclusive workplaces, but further set them on a path to make a difference in how we treat and welcome employees,” said Ivey Dean Sharon Hodgson. “I am pleased that Ivey is ExecOnline’s exclusive Canadian partner. By working with ExecOnline, Ivey will extend its reach and impact in leadership development.”
ExecOnline is interested in leveraging Ivey’s strength in providing high-quality business-to-business (B2B) corporate learning and development. The Financial Times has ranked Ivey as the number one executive education provider in Canada. ExecOnline is also interested in sharing the expertise of Ivey faculty on leading diverse teams for performance.
“Today’s rapidly changing business environment requires a new approach to leadership development – one that positions diversity, equity, and inclusion as an imperative of workplace culture and as a strategic business advantage,” said ExecOnline Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Julia F. Alexander. “Expanding our international reach and partnering with the esteemed faculty at Ivey School of Business reinforces our commitment to transforming how global businesses invest in the development of future-ready, agile, and empathetic leaders.”
Martha Maznevski, PhD ’94, a professor of Organizational Behaviour and faculty director for executive education at Ivey, is the lead faculty member of the new offering, which will teach leaders the particular sets of behaviours and attitudes that enable diverse teams to thrive. Maznevski said diverse teams have great potential for success, but proper leadership training is essential to ensure these teams perform as well as they should.
Each of the one-week learning experiences includes video lectures, interactive learning opportunities, and an action learning project. Participants will emerge from the experiences with knowledge they can immediately apply to impact their organizations’ performance.