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University of Wisconsin - Madison


Business Process Improvement Using Lean Six Sigma and Performance Metrics


http://exed.wisc.edu/Courses/Business-Process-Improvement-Using-Lean-Six-Sigma-and-Performance-Metrics
Are complex problems bogging down your business? Are redundant and inaccurate data systems making life miserable for you and your customers? Take the first step toward an integrated approach to complex business problem solving. This foundation course in Six Sigma uses a data-driven, scientific method-based, step-by-step approach that can create dramatic performance improvements for your organization. After completing this course and its exam, you will be Six Sigma Yellow Belt certified. You’ll learn to:

  • Use Six Sigma tools to achieve breakthroughs in quality and cost reduction

  • Reduce or eliminate time-based inefficiencies in transactional processes

  • Achieve both bottom-line and “soft” cost savings

  • Gain a full understanding of what Six Sigma is and how to implement it through the DMAIC model

  • Learn methods to break down difficult processes and rebuild them with less variance and waste

  • Learn how to integrate Six Sigma with waste elimination, the basis of Lean models

  • Communicate the value of your Six Sigma process improvements to gain buy-in from both upper management and staff

  • Overcome the barriers to process optimization


Program Dates: March 25-27, 2013; June 24-26, 2013; September 11-13, 2013

Program Tuition: $1,895 USD

Contact Number: 608-441-7357
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Creating a Culture of Innovation


http://exed.wisc.edu/Courses/Creating-a-Culture-of-Innovation
Adapt to changing realities in order to thrive! This course defines skills required for diagnosing individual and organizational responsiveness to change, and explores innovativeness in product development and customer value delivery. The course takes a unique layered approach to innovation. It starts with a personal self-examination of your own creativity and leadership as inputs into a culture of innovation. Next, it progresses to tools for innovating customer value. Finally, it ends with insights into building and sustaining organizational innovation.



This course will teach you how to:

  • Remove the filters that block your creativity

  • Maximize your role in driving innovation

  • Broaden voice-of-the-customer sources

  • Reshape the product innovation process

  • Overcome strategic inertia

  • Design agile structures and methods


Program Dates: March 27-29, 2013; September 25-27, 2013

Program Tuition: $1,795 USD

Contact Number: 608-441-7357

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Defining and Managing Business Requirements


http://exed.wisc.edu/Courses/Defining-and-Managing-Business-Requirements

This course focuses on a requirements management process that contributes to project success. Using a real case for a workshop exercise, you will practice defining the real problem, assessing the impact on the business, and identifying and managing stakeholders’ expectations. We will practice using various elicitation tools and techniques to discover real requirements that contribute to deliverable solutions, solutions that produce desired business outcomes. You will learn how to develop itemized deliverable lists and how to discover overlooked requirements. We will discuss requirements verification, traceability, and change management. Finally, you will realize how to prioritize and select the best requirements solutions and present those solutions in a business case format.

You'll learn how to:


  • Utilize an enterprise requirements management processes and improve project success

  • Use a Plan-Build-Test-Deploy requirements management model

  • Identify project stakeholders, and discover and define their real problems

  • Realize and uncover real requirements using various methods and tools

  • Create great questions to ask in surveys, interviews, shadowing users, and JAD

  • Discover functional requirements that deliver value to business requirements

  • Document requirements clearly using standard formats and use cases

  • Analyze, verify, and validate requirements

  • Refine, manage, and control changes to requirements

  • Use a hierarchical solution selection process to build a foundation for future requirements

  • Conduct financial analysis of requirements solution(s) for benefits realization

  • Prioritize, select and present the best requirements solutions to problems/opportunities

  • Transfer a practical requirements management methodology back to your workplace


Program Dates: February 25-27, 2013; June 26-28, 2013; September 23-25, 2013

Program Tuition: $1,795 USD

Contact Number: 608-441-7357
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Project Management: Planning, Scheduling, and Control


http://exed.wisc.edu/Courses/Project-Management-Planning-Scheduling-and-Control
This project management course teaches techniques that will help you plan, implement, and complete projects with desired results…on time and within budget. Learn how to use project management systems and tools to create clear project missions and goals. Learn to accurately estimate project time and costs, employ project quality management, schedule and allocate time-critical resources, and establish feedback systems for project control.

You will learn to:



  • Use a step-by-step process for completing successful multiple projects and tasks on time

  • Improve estimation of project costs, resources, and time

  • Improve your overall project management tracking

  • Control projects through special methods, tools, and techniques

  • Assess and improve your current project management system

  • Immediately apply project management principles back at work

  • Effectively initiate, plan, execute, control, and close out projects

  • Apply or customize the UW framework for project management to your organizational needs

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of any successful project manager and review the Project Management Institute‘s (PMI) body of knowledge (PMBOK)



Interested in an online course? If you appreciate the peer and instructor interaction from the in-person course but wish to divide the absorption of the information learned over smaller increments of time, check out our online virtual classroom version of this course.


Program Dates: February 18-20, 2013; March 11-13, 2013; May 6-8, 2013; July 15-17, 2013;

August 5-7, 2013; September 9-11, 2013; October 7-9, 2013; November 11-13,2013

On-Line Dates: January 23-March 13, 2013

Program Tuition: $1,795 USD

Contact Number: 608-441-7357
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Project Portfolio Management


http://exed.wisc.edu/Courses/Project-Portfolio-Management
During the course, you will learn about using appropriate project selection criteria, prioritizing projects, preventing "problem projects" from making it into a program or portfolio and determining when to terminate an existing project from either a program or a portfolio. You will learn about managing stakeholder expectations, coordinating multiple project managers working within a program or portfolio and manage resource conflicts among projects. You will learn how to prepare and communicate executive briefs on the performance of projects at the program or portfolio level and to define, track and report benefits for deliverables.



What are the benefits of this course to your organization?

  • Achievement of strategic business objectives through selecting the right projects at the right time

  • Better throughput across all projects due to clear priorities, a clear understanding of resource capacity and the right staging of projects within a program and or a portfolio

  • Improvement of decision making about individual projects by using a project portfolio context

  • Linking projects to various financial facets and increasing focus on accountability


Program Dates: May 2-3, 2013; November 7-8, 2013

Program Tuition: $1,395 USD

Contact Number: 608-441-7357
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Wharton—University of Pennsylvania

Advanced Management Program


http://executiveeducation.wharton.upenn.edu/open-enrollment/senior-management-programs/Advanced-Management-Program.cfm
AMP is an immersive five-week program based on real-time business dynamics, economic challenges and opportunities, global trends, and market shifts. AMP faculty – expert thought leaders in the world of business – go well beyond historical case studies to explore current conditions, the latest research, and best practice. The knowledge shared is reinforced and challenged through guided practice, simulation, reflection, team coaching, and peer mentoring.

The core curriculum — management, marketing, finance, strategy, and organizational dynamics — comes to life through experiential learning. Whether rowing on the Schuylkill River to learn about high performance teams, interpreting poetry to differentiate form from content, or painting murals in inner city neighborhoods to give back to the community, these experiences strengthen the bonds between multicultural peers, between ideas and implementation, and between Wharton and alumni from around the world.

Consider your time at AMP a career refresh, with a comprehensive curriculum and experiential approach that creates an invaluable, reflective pause from your daily routine. You will complete the program with a tremendous reserve of strategies, practices, and global and self-awareness that can be put to immediate use and mobilized for virtually any contingency.

Research shows that learning is accelerated and memory-retention enhanced through multiple learning pathways. Three key components set AMP apart from competitive programs.



  • Peer mentoring: learning with and from other senior executives, forging an expanding network

  • Real time context: going beyond historical case studies to explore conditions that can affect business today and into the future

  • Guided practice and reflection: gaining multiple perspectives on a situation through intuitive and effective reflection, prompting both personal and professional growth

Expect a fresh perspective. Expect to sharpen critical thinking skills. Expect a transformational experience that has immediate application for your business

In this program, you will:



  • World-renowned faculty who are the sought-after, trusted advisors of corporations and governments worldwide

  • Innovative and continually fine-tuned curriculum that weaves together lessons from business, arts, science, and the humanities

  • Experiential learning that builds business acumen while drawing in both analytic and creative thinking skills

  • New frameworks, models, and practices for managing the increasing speed of change in a volatile global environment

  • Engaging dialogue among faculty and participants that adds dimension, insight, and new ways of thinking

  • New business relationships within a powerful network of more than 88,000 Wharton alumni around the world

Program Date: June 2 - July 5, 2013, September 29 – November 1, 2013

Program Tuition: $55,000 USD

Contact Name: Katrina S. Clark

Contact Number: 215-898-1776

Contact Email – execed@wharton.upenn.edu
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Making Strategy Work: Leading Effective Execution


http://executiveeducation.wharton.upenn.edu/open-enrollment/strategy-management-programs/making-strategy-work.cfm
We focus on looking ahead by using real-time case studies with current strategy implementation techniques. You will get a broad perspective of overall strategy formulation and implementation. You will develop clear, measurable incentives and tie them directly to strategic performance. Very few MBA courses address cross-functional issues related to implementation or the framework for thinking about implementation; this course is designed to fill that gap. Faculty will also be available to give feedback on a business plan you bring.

You will gain a framework in which to effectively develop and execute your next strategic plan. With this wider overview of strategy, you will be better prepared to ask the right questions as you build and implement future strategies.

In this program, you will:


  • Ensure that your corporate structure is in alignment with current corporate strategies.

  • Increase your organization’s ability to adapt to change.

  • Manage resistance and conflict and maximize resources.

Program Date: April 8-12, 2013, September 9-13, 2013

Program Tuition: $9,700 USD

Contact Name: Katrina S. Clark

Contact Number: 215-898-1776

Contact Email – execed@wharton.upenn.edu

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Strategic Marketing Essentials


http://executiveeducation.wharton.upenn.edu/open-enrollment/marketing-sales-programs/essentials-of-marketing.cfm
Using both quantitative and qualitative methods in lectures, case studies, and hands-on exercises, you will gain a better understanding of your customers and the role of marketing throughout the organization. The program is taught by the professors who teach the core marketing courses in Wharton’s top-ranked MBA program. In the evening, small groups work together to gain hands-on practice in applying theories and tactics discussed during the day, such as evaluating new business opportunities, forecasting, measuring consumer preferences, and discussing methods for setting pricing.

The program is taught by the professors who teach the core marketing courses in Wharton’s top-ranked MBA program. In the evening, small groups work together to gain hands-on practice in applying theories and tactics discussed during the day, such as evaluating new business opportunities, forecasting, measuring consumer preferences, and discussing methods for setting pricing.

In this program, you will:


  • Develop a thorough understanding of customers and what motivates their behavior.

  • Understand the value of your brands and how to build and develop that value.

  • Learn to use quantitative analysis to make — and support — marketing decisions.

Program Date: April 14-19, 2013, November 17-22, 2013

Program Tuition: $9,250 USD

Contact Name: Katrina S. Clark

Contact Number: 215-898-1776

Contact Email – execed@wharton.upenn.edu
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Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage


http://executiveeducation.wharton.upenn.edu/open-enrollment/strategy-management-programs/strategic-thinking-competitive-advantage.cfm
Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage helps you meet, head on, the challenge of building strategy. It distills and applies the latest strategic insights and approaches and helps you accurately assess the competition in your industry. You will learn to create coherent and forceful strategies for your future and get the opportunity to apply these concepts to your own strategic plan.

Leverage your firm’s capabilities to the greatest competitive advantage, obtaining necessary resources through alliances, acquisitions, or internal corporate ventures. Learn to tailor the planning process to the needs of individual business units.

In this program, you will:


  • Enhance your ability to assess the strategic impact of the moves of your competitors.

  • Gain new insights on the role of acquisitions, alliances, and divestitures in creating greater shareholder value.

  • Design implementable and operational strategic programs that can dramatically change your firm’s competitive position.

  • Realize the importance of innovation to an organization's competitiveness.


Program Date: March 18-22, 2013, June 17-21, 2013, September 16-20, 2013,

December 2-6, 2013

Program Tuition: $10,000 USD

Contact Name: Katrina S. Clark

Contact Number: 215-898-1776

Contact Email – execed@wharton.upenn.edu
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Critical Thinking: Real-World, Real-Time Decisions


http://executiveeducation.wharton.upenn.edu/open-enrollment/leadership-development-programs/critical-thinking-program.cfm
During this intensive three-day program, you will engage in key decision-making processes that you will apply throughout the program to an integrated case study. Faculty are drawn from an interdisciplinary team, including those who helped launch the formal study of decision sciences. This balance of theory and practice creates a stimulating and challenging environment.

You will learn strategies for framing problems and when to apply them in your decision-making process. Sessions on decision making and scenario planning will help you recognize when you have enough information or the right information, or when you need to do more research.

In this program, you will:


  • Learn to accurately assess the degree of uncertainty and risk in individual problems.

  • Ensure that your decision-making process addresses the right problems and involves the right people.

  • Create environments that foster feedback and learning, with tolerance for the right kinds of mistakes.

Program Date: April 22-24, 2013, September 23-25, 2013

Program Tuition: $7,600 USD

Contact Name: Katrina S. Clark

Contact Number: 215-898-1776

Contact Email – execed@wharton.upenn.edu
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Executive Development Program


http://executiveeducation.wharton.upenn.edu/open-enrollment/senior-management-programs/Executive-Development-Program.cfm
The Executive Development Program is designed to increase the business skills and leadership capabilities of managers who lead key parts of the business and form the pool of future top leadership of the organization.

Wharton's Executive Development Program uses a multidimensional approach of lectures, small/large group discussion, case study, role playing, a leadership workshop, and a strategy simulation to provide new insights and give participants opportunities to apply them. A team of faculty, experts in diverse business disciplines, provides in-depth knowledge in core business areas. Participants are encouraged to apply these insights from the program to their own organizations in daily application sessions.

During two very intense, transformative weeks, you will broaden your core business knowledge in areas such as strategy, marketing, finance, and negotiations as you benefit from the expertise of global participants from a wide variety of industries, functional areas, cultures, and geographical regions. The knowledge you gain in group discussions led by Wharton faculty, strategy simulations, the leadership workshop, and peer mentoring will have immediate relevance and impact when you are back on the job.

In this program, you will:



  • Advance your strategic decision making capabilities to think faster and more creatively about current competitive strategies and solutions.

  • Deepen understanding of organizational dynamics to improve the design and implementation of new initiatives and avoid destructive conflicts.

  • Build capabilities for leading cross-border teams across functions and countries.

  • Develop knowledge in core areas of business, including finance, marketing, management, and strategy based on current research and best practice.

  • Develop a global network of peers and experts

Program Date: March 10-22, 2013, May 5-17, 2013, September 9-20, 2013

Program Tuition: $26,000 USD

Contact Name: Katrina S. Clark

Contact Number: 215-898-1776

Contact Email – execed@wharton.upenn.edu
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