By: Michelle Massa Posted: Jun 4th, 2015

You are surveying the top advanced management programs, trying to decipher which one is the best fit for you. All the top business schools have great thought leaders–faculty who literally write the books that shape tomorrow’s management practice. So what makes Tuck different?

Tuck is distinctive among the world's top business schools by combining thought leadership with passionate teaching–in an environment that inspires interaction, reflection, and change. These thought leaders thrive on engaging with MBA students and executives. They challenge, listen and—in the Dartmouth tradition—they love teaching. And that’s what participants get in the Tuck Executive Program (TEP) – engaged faculty who care about seeing you achieve your leadership goals – along with powerful peer learning that happens naturally at Tuck. 

TEP is Tuck’s flagship general management offering for executives. In three-weeks, TEP immerses senior managers in a broad, strategic general management experience with an emphasis on personal leadership transformation. TEP expands participants’ knowledge base across all core functional areas and helps broaden the critical skills and vision necessary to help lead the organization toward growth, innovation and change. Read an excerpt from the Wall Street Journal's survey of top advanced management programs.

Below is a sample of the type of thought leadership and strategic thinking that showcases TEP as an executive program worth considering.

Dean Matthew Slaughter is known for his political and global research on economics.  In his weekly collaborative series penned with Matthew Rees of Geonomica, he recently discussed growth prospects in China.

"The Key to China’s Future: Kelly at Juicy J’s" Slaughter & Rees Report, May 4, 2015

Innovation Professor Ron Adner's research focuses around a phrase he’s coined,"innovation ecosystems". Based on the frameworks from his book, The Wide Lens, Adner discusses the opportunity Tesla has to revamp the electric car industry in this HBR blog:

"What Tesla and Apple Both Know About Entering New Markets" Ron Adner, HBR Blog, May 12, 2015

Professor Sydney Finkelstein focuses on strategy and leadership, in particular the skills required for achieving success–and avoiding bad decisions. His book, Why Smart Executives Fail is a #1 bestseller and translated into 11 languages.  In this article, author and Integrate CEO Jeremy Bloom draws on Professor Finkelstein's research around "failure" and how leaders can overcome it.

"This Is What It Means to Embrace Failure" Jeremy Bloom,; May 14, 2015

"The Trouble with Being Too Confident" Sydney Finkelstein, BBC Capital, May 27, 2015

Adjunct Professor and Executive Coach Marshall Goldsmith is recognized globally around his work on leadership and teamwork. This past year, Marshall shared a weekly Thinkers50 video blog featuring advice for leaders in the office and at home. Marshall has been teaching at Tuck for over 15 years. During TEP, Marshall spends a day working with participants to improve their leadership self-awareness while helping them achieve positive, measurable changes in behavior for themselves, their people, and their teams.

"Leadership Is a Contact Sport" Marshall Goldsmith and Howard Morgan, strategy + business, Fall 2004

Video: Marshall Goldsmith on Why it's Different at Tuck

More about TEP Faculty

Syd Finkelstein teaches leadership and strategy in several Tuck Executive Education programs, and is Faculty Director of the Tuck Executive Program.  Applications are still being accepted for the 2015 summer session. Andersen Corporation CEO and Chairman, Jay Lund, reflects on his 2009 TEP experience – and how the degree of faculty engagement helped create a transformative experience for him.

Matthew Slaughter will lead an evening fireside chat during the 2015 Tuck Executive Program.

Ron Adner is faculty director for Leading Innovation: From Idea to Impact and teaches in the Tuck Executive Program.

Marshall Goldsmith will teach several sessions on leadership and teamwork during the Tuck Executive Program.

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A Day in the Life: Tuck Executive Program

Curious what it's like to attend a top advanced management program? Read journal entries from three participants who attended the Tuck Executive Program, as reported in the Wall Street Journal's series: A Day in the Life.

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