Chair of HBS Executive Education & Publishing to Present Global Perspectives on Executive Development at Shanghai Event

Presentation will highlight proactive approaches to executive development based on employee needs

Business Wire


Harvard Business School Executive Education and Publishing Chair Das Narayandas will present Global Perspectives on Executive Development, showcasing recent findings on executive development in the global marketplace, to a group of alumni and clients at the Harvard Center Shanghai on 16 July 2014.

Today’s global business environment is “operating on steroids,” according to Professor Narayandas, fueled by new technology, market uncertainty, increasingly informed consumers, rapid commoditization and hyper-competitiveness. To keep up with this increasing complexity, both business leaders and employees must be continually evolving professionally in order to stay competitive. Executives must now make a fundamental shift from being reactive to being proactive in thinking about talent development in order to thrive.

“A company’s most precious asset is its human capital,” said Professor Narayandas. “Particularly as the nature of today’s economy becomes more frantic and complex, business leaders need to understand that the better you nurture your talent, the better their ability to change and adapt. That’s what you do when you invest in people. Once you realize you want people to work smarter and not harder, it makes sense to give them the tools to do that.”

In his presentation, Professor Narayandas, the James J. Hill Professor of Business Administration, Senior Associate Dean and Chair of Executive Education and Publishing, will focus on the trends impacting leadership training today, ranging from constraints on internal program development and support to external pressures like government-mandated spending on education and training. Professor Narayandas will also highlight the range of executive development options that business leaders need a keen awareness of in order to build successful, integrated global enterprises.

“Learning is a lifelong experience, not an intervention,” said Professor Narayandas. “It’s important for executives to take time off to reflect on their approach and business perspectives in order to nurture that lifelong learning experience. This presentation explores why that’s important and offers research and insights on what works best for companies and individuals based on their particular needs and business regions.”

In addition to the complimentary Global Perspectives on Executive Development event, Professor Narayandas will also be teaching Harvard Business School’s Growing and Leading Professional Service Firm - China executive education program, taking place at the Harvard Center Shanghai from 13–18 July 2014.

Global Perspectives on Executive Development will be followed by a networking reception hosted by HBS Executive Education and Harvard Business Publishing.

Program Details:

Global Perspectives on Executive Development will take place 6:00 pm CST on 16 July, 2014 at the Harvard Center Shanghai.

About Harvard Business School:

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, nearly 10,000 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

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