03 Apr 2014

Sir Alex Ferguson To Teach In Harvard Business School's Executive Education Programs


BOSTON— Sir Alex Ferguson, the former manager of Manchester United, the English football (soccer) club, has been appointed to a long-term teaching position in Executive Education by Harvard Business School. His role starts this spring when he will lecture to senior executives from around the world as part of the new “The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports” program. Ferguson recently retired following 26 years of tenure at Manchester United. He is the most successful manager in the history of British football, winning 49 trophies in 39 years.

In 2012, Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse had a unique opportunity to examine Ferguson’s management approach and develop an HBS case study called "Sir Alex Ferguson: Managing Manchester United." Since then she and Ferguson have collaborated on an analysis of his enormously successful methods, resulting in a popular Harvard Business Review article in October of 2013, and he has participated a number of Elberse’s classes. Ferguson’s partnership with HBS will enhance and extend the School’s portfolio of Executive Education offerings, thus furthering the HBS mission of educating leaders who make a difference in the world.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity and privilege to contribute to such a respected center of excellence,” noted Ferguson. “The time I have already spent at Harvard has been a stimulating experience, and I look forward to developing my relationship and activities with the students, faculty and friends of the Harvard Business School community.”

“We look forward to welcoming Sir Alex Ferguson on the HBS campus to share his remarkable leadership journey and contribute to our Executive Education participants’ ability to make a profound difference in the world,” said Professor Elberse. The program on “The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports” will take place from May 7-10, 2014.

About Harvard Business School Executive Education:
Harvard Business School Executive Education, a division of Harvard Business School, is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston, Massachusetts. HBS faculty develop and deliver over 80 open-enrollment Executive Education programs and more than 60 custom programs for leading organizations worldwide. Last year, more than 9,700 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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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.