Early career success often comes through mastery of a function or domain, and the transition to greater responsibility calls for a more comprehensive, broader perspective that can be difficult to navigate. Volatile markets and fast-paced change require managers who quickly adapt to new expectations and responsibilities, and the Accelerated Development Program is designed to help participants sharpen their enterprise leadership skills, build financial acumen, and gain a deeper understanding of strategy and execution. This exclusive program combines facilitated learning, leadership assessments, action planning, and executive coaching to prepare participants to accelerate their performance. The program consists of two one-week sessions separated by an inter-modular break.

Who Should Attend
Individuals with seven or more years of experience in a managerial role or technical leadership track benefit most from the program. We encourage applicants with diverse backgrounds who are motivated to join a rigorous and interactive two-week educational experience.

Upcoming Dates: Spring- Week 1: February 12-17, 2017 and Week 2: March 12-17, 2017; Fall- Week 1: September 10-15, 2017 and Week 2: October 15-20, 2017

Tuition: $15,000; Tuition includes class materials, and daily breakfast and lunch. It is expected that applicants have their own health insurance valid in the United States. The university is not responsible for medical expenses incurred by participants during the program.

Learning Methods

The Accelerated Development Program provides a unique bridge between current business research and practical, real world skills. To optimize the learning that each participant gains, the program incorporates a variety of activities, including a series of preparatory assignments, full days of class projects, two weekend sessions, evening events, and coaching. The learning experiences in the ADP are also designed to combine individualized, one-on-one instruction with collaborative, group learning experiences. These experiences include:

  • Pre-program personal assessments
  • Pre-program readings on key program topics
  • In-class analyses of real world cases
  • In-class discussions of the latest research and approaches to problem solving
  • In-class group learning activities
  • A simulation on change management
  • Executive coaching and feedback from professional leadership coaches

Week 1: Individual Leader to Corporate Strategist

Leadership and the Characteristics of High-Performing General Managers

The program begins with a focus on developing personal leadership, the managing of others, and leading high performance teams. All leaders face challenges as they transition to higher level positions with expanded scope and accountability. The program's first modules will focus on broadening the individual focus of participants from technical or functional areas to general management.

Managing Talent, Coaching, and Leading High-Performing Teams

Although general management comprises a complex set of leadership responsibilities, our research, based on an extensive study of multinational companies, suggests that, increasingly, organizations are emphasizing the importance of talent development. Whether talent development is focused on succession planning or building a competent and capable senior team, both activities are critical to the long-term success of a business. In these modules, the program focuses on the process of talent development, including:

  • assessing people’s strengths and development needs
  • coaching for performance improvement,
  • adapting to changing environmental realities,
  • preparing high-potentials for succession, and,
  • managing a collaborative and aligned senior team.
  • Senior teams are responsible for making high-stakes decisions. This module explores the role of the leader in creating a context or environment to facilitate senior team decision-making.

Strategy Formulation

This module will familiarize general managers with core principles and concepts in strategic management. This will help participants understand the underlying drivers of success in any business, and develop their skills to create strategies to achieve sustainable competitive advantage and growth in their own business or company. The module will focus on key elements of strategy at both the business and corporate level. In doing so, the program will build participants’ ability to evaluate, develop, and implement value-creating strategies at each level by using strategy concepts, techniques and frameworks that will be discussed in class.

Week 2: Financial Acumen and Driving Execution

Financial Accounting

This day-long module focuses on developing an understanding of the significance of information in financial reports. This will help participants learn about the content of various accounting statements and the meaning of key terms and data in these statements. The goal of this overview is to enable general managers to use financial accounting information to make sound business decisions.

Corporate Finance and Financial Markets

In this day-long module, ADP participants will learn a set of quantitative tools for making investment decisions under uncertainty. The main focus is on the financial valuation of companies and projects for managerial decision-making. The goal is to create a common language for discussing value creation, financial planning, capital budgeting, and financial performance.

Strategic Alignment and Change Management in a Complex Environment

Business units constantly face the challenge of adapting business processes, management objectives, and employee behaviors to support changing strategic initiatives. In this module, we examine the process of creating alignment between strategic initiatives and employee behavior by focusing on the organization as a system of interrelated elements (strategy, structure, process and people). We also focus on the dynamics of the change management process as it relates to new initiatives and unfreezing deeply entrenched patterns of work.


Cancellation Policy
Attendance at a Rice University Executive Education program requires significant advance preparation. Written notice of cancellation must be received more than 30 days prior to the program start date to be eligible for a full refund less a 6% administrative fee. At Rice University Executive Education’s discretion, qualified substitutes for confirmed registrations may be accommodated prior to the program start date with written notice and will incur no fee for substitution. Notice given after 30 days prior to the program will not be eligible for a refund.

Jonathan Harvey

Jonathan Harvey

Executive Director, Executive Education

D. Brent Smith Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education, Associate Professor of Management and Psychology (Organizational Behavior)

Prashant Kale

Associate Professor of Strategic Management & Head of Health Care Industry Initiatives

Vikas Mittal

J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Management (Marketing)

Brian Rountree

Associate Professor of Accounting

Barbara Ostdiek

Senior Associate Dean of Degree Programs, Associate Professor of Finance and Statistics

James P. Weston

Harmon Whittington Professor of Finance