Columbia Senior Executive Program 2x2 Option

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The Columbia Senior Executive Program 2x2 Option allows you the flexibility of doing the four-week program in two 2-week modules, with program work in between.

Senior executives operate in a world that is so unpredictable that reliance on traditional models is no longer the only answer. The Columbia Senior Executive Program 2x2 (CSEP 2x2) is designed to provide them the knowledge and tools that will help them to lead from a higher level and make sense of complex environments.

Please note: If you are interested in the four-week residential option for this program, please click here to learn more.

CSEP 2x2 weaves together in-depth sessions on leadership, strategy, and execution to provide this knowledge. Executives in CSEP 2x2 begin the spring session with participants of the consecutive week program for the first two weeks then return to work. Between the two sessions, executives continue work on designated personal and business projects, start implementing their learning, receive coaching on their progress, and have access to webinars with additional content. There also is a virtual component to maintain the class connection and community, and share learning and reflections that reinforce bridging theory to practice.

While back at work, executives can receive immediate feedback from colleagues, which they will be able to discuss with their CSEP peers, personal coaches, and the faculty members. At the end of the program, participants emerge stronger and more focused leaders, better able to develop and communicate their strategy and execute change.

After graduating from CSEP 2x2, participants receive select alumni benefits from Columbia Business School and access to a vital, global community of leaders. The powerful lifelong learning process, alumni activities, and continued participation maximize the individual and organizational impact of the learning experience.


Columbia Business School Dean Glenn Hubbard"The Columbia Senior Executive Program is an incomparable journey that allows executives from around the world to take a step back from their daily work and deeply focus on a strategic, leadership, or management problem. Columbia Business School's faculty members create a true collaborative learning environment and help executives bridge the latest in business theory and research with practical applications for their organizations."

–Glenn Hubbard, Dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics

For an inside look at CSEP, view "The CSEP Experience" and download the program agenda.

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"The Columbia Senior Executive Program is about leadership, and that is more important now than ever. If anything is proven in recent months, it's that our received models of macro-economics and finance don't offer us enough understanding of the economy.

"Instead of misplaced trust in complex models, in CSEP we develop leaders who can create a vision, communicate it, and motivate others, and design organizations so that information and responsibility are allocated to those who can make a difference."
–Paul Ingram, faculty director

As Paul Ingram notes, CSEP 2x2 is particularly relevant for executives facing the rapidly changing environment of today's economy. In each session, CSEP 2x2 faculty address issues pertinent to current conditions while providing a long-term perspective essential to effective leadership.

Benefits include:

  • Create and sustain competitive advantage
  • Communicate authenticity
  • Be aware of your strengths as a leader
  • Create cohesion on a team
  • Execute your vision
  • Inspire the people you lead
  • Learn which decisions to make and how to make them better
  • Understand how to keep strategy aligned with current challenges
  • Lead cross-functional areas of the organization to work together
  • Champion and drive change initiatives
  • Lead in a way that brings out the best new ideas
  • Maximize individual and team performance
  • Use data effectively to resolve problems

In addition, participants receive these select Columbia Business School alumni benefits upon completing the program:

  • Invitations to alumni events and programs around the world
  • Global networking opportunities
  • Lifetime Columbia Business School e-mail address
  • Subscriptions to alumni publications
  • Eligibility to join a Columbia Business School alumni club

For an inside look at CSEP, view "The CSEP Experience" and download the program agenda.

The Columbia Senior Executive Program 2x2 Option expands the possibilities executives see through an integrated curriculum that combines personal leadership, strategic thinking, and execution. This integrated three-level curriculum along with a rich learning environment and focus on implementing the learning between modules, creates an opportunity for a transformative experience that starts changing the way they think for immediate benefit as well as lasting impact for themselves and their organizations. Executives begin their learning during the first two-week module in an off-site conference center which allows them to step back and fully focus on their learning and network with their peers. When they return for the second two weeks, they will use New York City as their classroom, incorporating a variety of innovative sessions that offer new, challenging ways of learning.

Personal Leadership

Great leadership starts with true self-awareness. In order to lead well outwardly, executives must be good personal leaders. Personal leadership starts with understanding and controlling ones internal thoughts, motivations, goals, and mindsets. Executives will come to better understand their current level of awareness and learn ways to develop their personal leadership more completely in order for them to lead others. Knowing one's core values helps better align day-to-day behaviors with one's overall goals and priorities and leads to more effective leadership.

Strategic Thinking

One of the greatest challenges leaders face is creating strategic initiatives especially during times of change. Pulling from faculty members' research and experience, executives will better analyze the competitive market and identify opportunities, knowing more about how competitive advantage is derived. Participants will apply learning to their own organizations, balancing risk and innovation and be better prepared to address external and internal change.


Executives in CSEP 2x2 are already proven leaders when they enter the program but through questioning their assumptions and reflecting on the learning, they can uncover concrete steps for themselves to lead more effectively. Much of the focus on execution revolves around how to help identify steps you need to take to create a vision and implement change.

Course Preparation

Program Director Bruce Craven consults with participants as part of the pre-program preparation to set the foundation as they start their learning.

  • Initial contact with participants before CSEP 2x2 to discuss goals and objectives.
  • Participants prepare their personal cases and their 360-degree feedback assessments.
  • A CSEP 2x2 program consultant provides personal attention for each participant.

In Session

Throughout the program, faculty members and practitioners purposefully weave the three key concepts of personal leadership, strategic thinking and execution through the program.

  • Faculty Director Paul Ingram leads a team of faculty members who guide participants through sessions on personal leadership, strategic thinking, and execution.
  • Dynamic and engaging sessions challenge executives' existing ideas and frameworks.
  • Concepts are absorbed and internalized to create immediate and lasting change for executives and their organizations.

Between Modules

Learning Journals
Each executive attending CSEP 2x2 receives a journal in which they're expected to reflect upon their learning while in the program. They're allowed to write about anything they wish in any manner they choose — journaling, prose, or even creating artwork. Between the sessions, they will continue to use this teaching tool to develop the skill of reflection and understand how it helps them process their learning.

One-On-One Coaching
In addition to coaching executives receive in the first two weeks of the program, participants who enroll in CSEP 2x2 are offered additional intensive coaching during the break. The additional insight helps executives continue their leadership challenge and improve an aspect of their leadership style that they want to change.

Virtual Learning Groups
All CSEP 2x2 participants will work on their own personal case. After they return to work between the modules, they will continue to meet in a virtual setting to maintain the support they first experienced while at the program. This opportunity is an enormous benefit for executives to go forward with the advice from their group through the execution of the case.

Program Follow-up

After the program concludes, Program Director Bruce Craven consults with participants to maintain the trajectory of their work and help them progress as leaders. Participants also have access to various learning opportunities such as webinars. Upon completion of the program participants earn select Columbia Business School alumni benefits including the opportunity to attend alumni events.

To view a detailed outline of the program and review sample session titles, please download the program agenda.

The Columbia Senior Executive Program 2x2 is designed for senior executives with a minimum of 15 years of managerial experience, responsibility, and professional success who seek an even greater level of achievement through the exploration of new ideas, perspectives, theories, and realities. The high-caliber global participants attending the program reinforce and strengthen the learning environment. Each session of the program consists of global senior-level executives representing diverse industries and experiences. The 2x2 Option format was launched to offer flexibility for those who find being out of the office for four consecutive weeks too much of a barrier for enrolling in the program.

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Typical Participant Mix


Finance and Accounting: 23%
Technology: 13%
Entertainment: 7%
Retail: 7%
Oil and Gas/Energy: 3%
Real Estate: 3%

Government: 16%
Manufacturing: 10%
Shipping and Transportation: 7%
Insurance: 7%
Education: 3%
Other: 13%

Geographic Location

North America: 53%
Asia: 10%
Australia / New Zealand: 7%

Europe: 20%
South America: 7%
Africa: 3%


50 or older: 30%
45-49: 20%

40-44: 20%
35-39: 20%

Representative Companies and Organizations

Ferrari North America
TIM Celular
Harleysville Insurance Group
Softline AG
Credit Suisse
EXL Service
Iskenderun Energy
Thai Government
EcoProcessors International
Deutsche Bank AG
Urban Development Bank of Nigeria Plc

IOOF Holdings
CSR Building Products ltd
Morningside Entertainment
CNA Insurance
Quaker Chemical Corporation
Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
BRQ It Services
Amerlux LLC
Nordic Investment Bank


Paul Ingram, Faculty Director
Kravis Professor of Business Management

Paul Ingram is the Kravis Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School and faculty director of the Advanced Management Program. His PhD is from Cornell University, and he was on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University before coming to Columbia. He has held visiting professorships at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Toronto. The courses he teaches on management and strategy benefit from his research on organizations in the United States, Canada, Scotland, China and Australia, and his research has been published in more than forty articles, book chapters, and books. Ingram's current research projects examine the influence of intergovernmental organizations on bilateral trade and democratization, the structure and efficacy of managers’ professional networks in China and the United States, and the effects of networks and institutions on the evolution of the Glasgow shipbuilding industry.

He has served as a consulting editor for the American Journal of Sociology, as a senior editor for Organization Science, as an associate editor for Management Science, and on the editorial boards of Administrative Science Quarterly and Strategic Organization. He recently completed a term as president of the College of Organization Science of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS).

Ingram’s undergraduate degree is from Brock University, where he received the Governor General’s Award as the top graduating student. In 2004 he received the Distinguished Graduate Award from Brock’s Faculty of Business, and in 2007 he won the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Columbia Business School. He has consulted on issues of organizational design and strategy to leading companies in the finance, health care, and consumer products industries.

Bruce Craven, Program Director
Adjunct Associate Professor, Executive Education

As Director of CSEP, Bruce partners with the Faculty Director and the on-site and off-site Columbia teams and works with visiting faculty and conference center staff to deliver a transformational educational opportunity for the executive participants. He also has responsibility in the leadership of the pre- and post-program effort of the CSEP executive education team, including serving as a coach to CSEP graduates.

Concurrent with his work in executive education, he has pursued a career as a writer; his credits include a published novel and produced screenplay. He sits on the boards of Roy’s Desert Resource Center and Family Services of the Desert; both organizations offer food, shelter, resources and guidance to individuals and families in need. In the summer of 2012, he launched a Columbia M.B.A. elective course titled “Leadership through Fiction”. The course uses novels, plays and feature films as the source material to study issues of leadership.

He received a B.A. in Politics and Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University. He lives with his wife and two sons in Desert Hot Springs, California.

More than 50 Columbia Business School faculty and industry experts contribute to and teach in the program.

Executive Well-Being Program

The Columbia Senior Executive Program helps you find a healthy balance between your professional life and personal growth. To promote better work-life balance, participants in the program are offered the opportunity to attend Executive Well-Being sessions that address physical and mental needs and help develop positive lifestyle practices.

Spouse/Partner Program

Attending CSEP requires a generous time commitment, and returning to "real" life is an important transition. At the close of the program, you are invited to bring your spouse/partner or a guest to CSEP. Guests attend some sessions with you, and they also engage in programming designed exclusively for them. Through presentations focusing on life after the program and the graduation ceremony, your guest becomes an integral part of your CSEP experience. For an inside look, download the program agenda.

Week in New York City

The second two weeks of CSEP 2x2 are spent in New York City for an exciting roster of events and academic sessions. Participants experience the vibrant living laboratory that is New York and benefit from a wide array of learning opportunities. Between sessions on the Columbia University campus and at Manhattan venues, participants have the opportunity to explore the city that never sleeps. For an inside look download the program agenda.

Week in New York City Session Examples:

Frick Collection
Professor Paul Ingram believes that art can reinforce important business concepts. An inspiring session takes place at the Frick Collection, one of New York's most beloved cultural treasures. Frick Curator Colin Bailey collaborates with Professor Paul Ingram to use highlights of the collection to help senior executives think about the power of symbols in communication.

Leadership Jazz
An evening of live music and stimulating Q&A at a jazz club in New York City led by Columbia Business School Professor of Management Grant Ackerman, "Leadership Jazz" demonstrates the relationship of jazz to leadership and management techniques.

Shakespeare Power Plays with James Shapiro
James Shapiro walks through Shakespeare's great plays at Circle in the Square Theatre to expose lessons on building coalition and exercising power.

For an inside look at CSEP, view "The CSEP Experience" and download the program agenda.