23 Sep 2009

Harvard Business School Launches First Program For Global Energy Executives

New program to explore fundamental changes in the energy industry caused by market forces, geo-politics and emerging technologies

BOSTON — Harvard Business School (HBS) today announced a four-day executive education program focused on the geopolitical transitions and market influences affecting the energy industry and its leaders. Against the backdrop of transformational changes in the energy sector, the Global Energy Seminar, to be held from December 6-9, will examine recent trends, innovations, and dynamic forces that impact how energy is produced and distributed.

The Global Energy Seminar is the first HBS executive education program focused on the energy sector, bringing world-class faculty, new global research, and the renowned HBS case method approach to one of the new economy's most strategically important sectors.

"With shifts in energy supply and demand occurring globally, this is a critically important time for executives to think analytically with other industry leaders about the future of the energy sector, firms' strategies for growth, and the broader economic and political impacts of the changes ahead," said Forest Reinhardt, John D. Black Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and faculty co-chair of the Global Energy Seminar.

"Our system of energy production and distribution is changing due to technological innovation and shifts in customers' preferences," said Reinhardt. "The goal of the seminar is to provide energy executives with the integrated knowledge and broad perspectives required to lead their organizations through the global energy landscape of today and tomorrow."

Designed for energy industry executives who are responsible for the exploration, management, development, and delivery of energy sources and services, the Global Energy Seminar will provide a new perspective on the future of the global energy industry by examining how market volatility, uneven globalization, and complex regulations continue to challenge business leaders charged with managing value chains and delivering energy services.

"To succeed in this competitive marketplace, both emerging players and established companies must evaluate political and economic risks as they respond to consumer needs," said Rawi Abdelal, Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and faculty cochair of the Global Energy Seminar. "There are important strategic issues - the role of national energy companies, the changing geopolitical landscape and the potential of emerging technologies - which executives must consider as they look to the future."

"This is an important new program for Harvard Business School," said Professor David Yoffie, Senior Associate Dean and Chair of Harvard Business School Executive Education programs. "The energy industry is a sector of remarkable global economic and political significance, and HBS is uniquely positioned to address the factors that affect how energy companies operate in a changing business environment."

Through a combination of HBS case studies, interactive classroom discussions, and guest lectures, participants will learn how energy companies are positioning themselves for long-term success. Through the HBS case method, the curriculum will explore the vital issues confronting energy companies-globalization, business-government relations, geopolitics, risk management, emerging business models, and technological innovation.

Global Energy Seminar faculty include:

For further information on the HBS Global Energy Seminar, please visit http://www.exed.hbs.edu/programs/enr/ for complete curriculum details and to apply.

About Harvard Business School

Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 250 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and PhD degrees, as well as more than 175 Executive Education programs, and Harvard Business School Online, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching, to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will go on to shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.