Harvard Business School To Examine HR-Executive Suite Collaboration In New Executive Education Program

Career Climbers / 6th April 2017

Harvard Business School (HBS) Executive Education will launch The HR–Executive Suite Connection on the HBS campus in Boston from July 16–19, 2017. This new program will examine the important role human resources executives must play in designing business strategy as well as how to align with senior leadership to address core business challenges and opportunities.

Collaborating with senior leadership to bring human capital insights into strategic discussions is critical to driving business success. This program will introduce HR executives to current and former CEOs who will provide an inside look at issues that typically arise in executive committee meetings. Participants will expand their ability to analyze issues and collaborate with peers and CEOs, and will return to work with an action plan designed to apply key takeaways in their organizations.

“The most successful businesses manage their human capital as carefully as their financial capital,” said Frances Frei, UPS Foundation Professor of Service Management and Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at Harvard Business School. “Human resources executives who are prepared to anticipate strategic needs and recommend bold moves alongside other senior leaders can be one of their firm’s most valuable assets. This program sets HR executives on a path to future success.”

The program curriculum establishes the foundation for assuming a more central role in important business decisions and strengthening leadership and teamwork capabilities. Participants will learn through case study analysis, faculty presentations, simulations, small group discussions, and close interactions with guest CEOs. Topics of study include the challenges of expansion, assessing and improving operations and service, and creating an effective senior management team.

“Business leaders are increasingly asking human resources executives to join in the strategic decision-making process, and it is important to be prepared to fill that seat at the senior leadership table,” said Mark Maletz, Senior Fellow, Executive Education and faculty chair of The HR–Executive Suite Connection. “This program helps HR executives become more effective leaders who are able to anticipate, diagnose, and mitigate issues in collaboration with senior leaders. With new perspectives, skills, and insights, participants will return to work better equipped to contribute to their firm’s success.”             

The HR–Executive Suite Connection is designed for chief human resources officers and other senior HR executives, or senior executives who are on track to become heads of HR for medium-to-large companies from any industry or country. The ideal participant is an HR executive who reports directly to the CEO, but the program creates value for HR leaders in any reporting structure.

As with other HBS Executive Education offerings, The HR–Executive Suite Connection will rely on research from leading HBS faculty, discussions with industry peers, and learnings from real-world case studies from successful global companies.  

Program Details:

The HR–Executive Suite Connection will take place from July 16–19, 2017 on the Harvard Business School campus. Please visit https://www.exed.hbs.edu/programs/hrcx/ for complete curriculum and to apply.


Bharat N. Anand, Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration.

Frances X. Frei, UPS Foundation Professor of Service Management; Senior Associate Dean, Executive Education.

David G. Fubini, Senior Lecturer, Henry B. Arthur Fellow.

Mark Maletz, Senior Fellow, Executive Education and faculty chair of The HR–Executive Suite Connection.

Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Andreas Andresen Professor of Business Administration; Senior Associate Dean and Chair of the MBA Program.

About Harvard Business School:

Harvard Business School Executive Education, a division of Harvard Business School, is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston, Massachusetts. In fiscal year 2016, HBS faculty developed and delivered 64 open-enrollment Executive Education programs and 59 custom programs for leading organizations worldwide. More than 10,000 business executives attended programs held on campus in Boston as well as classrooms in Mumbai and Shanghai. With global research centers in eight key regions, HBS faculty continue to develop groundbreaking research, forge powerful alliances with global organizations, and fulfill the mission of educating leaders who shape the practice of business and innovation. Learn more at www.exed.hbs.edu.

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