The Global Executive Academy (GEA) program is a transformative learning experience designed to fit the time and language constraints of experienced executives from a wide variety of industries and countries. A new frontier in executive education, it extends MIT content to the non-English speaking world through a multilingual experience. Program topics include: general management, leadership, innovation, marketing, communications, finance, negotiations and innovation. Translated materials and simultaneous interpretation into Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish are offered. Other languages may also be considered. Upon completing the program, participants will earn an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership.

Key Benefits

  • A “big picture” understanding of the global economic environment
  • Familiarization with MIT’s 4 Capabilities Leadership Model and a template for charting your own organization’s strengths and opportunities for improvement
  • A clearer vision of a personal brand, your company’s value proposition, and ways to strengthen your competitive position
  • Inisght into leading organization-wide innovation
  • Financial tools and acumen critical for executive-level decision making
  • Negotiating techniques and multi-cultural negotiating experience
  • An expanded network of talented executives from a variety of industries and countries

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Participant Profiles

  • Experienced executives who want to advance or refresh their leadership capabilities and global perspective
  • Senior executives from small and mid-sized organizations around the world
  • Mid- to senior-level executives from large, multinational organizations
  • High-potential technical or business leaders who want to advance general business acumen or gain international experience
  • Leaders seeking a condensed, global program as a substitute for or refresher to an international MBA
  • Executives from general management, finance and planning, engineering, business or product development, customer service, human resources, legal, marketing, and procurement

Program Curriculum

    • Leadership Presence
    • What Leadership Means to You
    • MIT’s 4 Capabilities Leadership Model
    • 4 Capabilities Model – Personal Takeaways
    • Global Economic Overview
    • Introduction to Systems Thinking
    • Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner
    • Finance
    • Perspectives on Organizational Change
    • The Psychology of Getting Things Done
    • System Dynamics & Innovation
    • Improvisational Leadership
    • Negotiations
    • Innovation Ecosystems
    • Tour: Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
    • Marketing (Branding)
    • Social Media Management
    • Putting Learning Into Action
Note: The list of topics is not exhaustive and is subject to change.

Faculty Director

  • Ben Shields

    Ben Shields

    Senior Lecturer, Managerial Communication

    Ben Shields is a Lecturer in Managerial Communication at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

    Ben Shields teaches Communication for Leaders, Advanced Leadership Communication, and Social Media Management: Persuasion in Networked Culture.

    Shields’s research focuses on the intersection of social media technologies, data analytics, and audience behavior in the sports, media, and entertainment industries. He has written three books: The Sports Strategist: Developing Leaders for a High-Performance Industry (Oxford University Press, 2015), The Elusive Fan: Reinventing Sports in a Crowded Marketplace (McGraw-Hill, 2006), and just released Social Media Management: Persuasion in Networked Culture in December 2016. He has also written numerous articles and book chapters on sports media and marketing communications.

    Shields served previously as the Director of Social Media and Marketing at ESPN.

    Shields holds a BS and MA in communication studies and a PhD in media, technology, and society, all from Northwestern University.


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