Advanced Management Program 2x2

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	Yoon  Lee
Yoon Lee
Director, Learning Solutions
+1 212-854-3390
New York City

Learn more in this video.

This session consists of two modules with program support between modules.

"With the 2x2 option, the Advanced Management Program is really 130 days long, when you include the time in between sessions. Returning to work in between sessions provided a great opportunity to reflect on what I learned in the first half of the program. When I came back for the second half, I cemented my knowledge."
Past Participant Ahmed Elsheikh, General Manager at PepsiCo

Hear from three past participants on their Return on Learning at the Advanced Management Program.

Senior executives must solve complex problems, create opportunity, and make a powerful impact consistently – especially in unpredictable conditions. The Advanced Management Program at Columbia Business School helps executives respond to evolving leadership challenges and create a vision to lead their companies to success.

The 2x2 Option

The first two weeks of the Advanced Management Program 2x2 take place in the spring, concurrent with the consecutive four week program. Executives return to work after two weeks, and then continue the program during the second two weeks in the fall.

Between the two sessions, executive participants start implementing their learning, receive coaching on their progress, and continue to develop designated personal and business projects. Via a virtual component, the class connection and community is maintained, and executives are able to share learnings, reflections, and progress.

The 2x2 option allows participants to receive immediate feedback from colleagues, managers, and direct reports while back at work in between program sessions which they will leverage to further their progress with their program cohort, personal coaches, and faculty members upon return.

At the end of the program, executive participants emerge stronger and more focused leaders, better able to develop and communicate their strategy and execute change.

About the Advanced Management Program

This transformational program designed specifically for global senior-level executives weaves together more than 50 lectures led by Columbia Business School faculty, industry experts, and influencers with experiential learning sessions, personal assessments, and individual and group coaching.

The program’s four-week curriculum is highly integrated and designed to maximize linkages across three key themes:


LEADING Authentically

Become the leader you want to be.

  • Examine, reflect on, and strengthen the building blocks of your personal leadership abilities.
  • Identify and analyze your leadership strengths and weaknesses, targeting areas to develop or change through Columbia’s proprietary 360-degree leadership survey.
  • Develop your Leadership Credo by identifying and honing your personal beliefs about leadership, guided by Columbia Business School executive coaches.
  • Cement your growth mindset, the belief that talents can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and input from others, resulting in a more empowered and committed self and better support for collaboration and innovation within your organization.

THINKING Strategically

Lead your organization to success.

  • Hone your strategic thinking to successfully manage the different business challenges among your business units and drive results.
  • Understand how innovation happens by developing a proven framework that enables you to effectively use strategic tools and methods.
  • Create and maintain your winning proposition by examining the actions and ideas that will enhance your business’s competitive advantage at every level in your organization.
  • Address your Living Case, a unique opportunity to present and work through an organizational challenge you are currently facing, obtaining new perspectives from world-renowned faculty and your global peer set. Learn more about the Living Case in our program information downloads.

EXECUTING Decisively

Make a lasting impact.

  • Learn mission-critical coaching and persuasion techniques to achieve buy-in to support your goals.
  • Acquire new methods to harness the power of aligned teams to get the results and outcomes needed to drive success.
  • Create a conceptual model for change implementation to execute organizational initiatives.
  • Examine the key challenges of implementing strategic visions, and identify best practices for successful execution.


For more about the program, download the program agenda, listen to the faculty and program directors speak about the experience, and hear about the return on investment from past participants.


The Advanced Management Program equips executives to face the rapidly changing environment of today's economy with cutting-edge tools, frameworks, and insights from Columbia Business School faculty, practitioners, and coaches. During each session throughout the four weeks, participants address issues pertinent to current conditions while providing a long-term perspective essential to developing your effective leadership abilities and style to drive your organization’s success.

Our focus is the same as yours — return on investment. You can expect the following:

Individual ROI

  • Return to your organization with an action plan for your Living Case, a business challenge you are currently facing that you work on throughout the program. Learn more about the Living Case in our program information downloads.
  • Strengthen your critical role in your organization by learning how to lead authentically, examine your leadership talents, and address areas for development.
  • Deliver critical leadership messages that are consistent in demanding and unpredictable situations with the help of our strategic decision-making sessions.
  • Execute decisively by learning how to align the levers of the organization to coach and persuade for support around your goals.
  • Become more effective at negotiations by learning how to determine the optimal persuasive style for your target audience. Develop a higher self-awareness of your default persuasive style.
  • Overcome adversity and complexity by developing your own tools for harnessing the intrepidity you need to be agile and adapt to uncertainty.
  • With the 2x2 option, immediately apply program takeaways in between sessions, allowing you to put learnings into action in real time.

Organizational ROI

  • Get empowered to solve organizational problems immediately by setting learning directly into practice upon return to your organization.
  • Apply bulletproof methods to build culture and develop high-performing teams in pursuit of company goals and objectives.
  • Drive company performance while effectively managing internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop your strategic thinking to move your company strategy forward, allowing you to focus resources and efforts on responding to complexity and change.
  • Bring innovation to the organization by developing a growth mindset that enables you to use tools and methods in a proven framework for increased competitive advantage.
  • Formulate and address organizational questions by converting data into insights and action and learn how to use proven frameworks that enhance decision-making in times of uncertainty.
  • With the 2x2 option, return to your organization after the first part of the program to collect feedback from colleagues, managers, and direct reports, allowing you to act on their observations during the second half of the program.

We Bring Proof*

  • 96% say the concepts taught at the Advanced Management Program are pertinent to today’s rapidly-changing business climate
  • 100% say Columbia Business School Executive Education prepared them to address their business challenges.
  • 96% say the New York City location of Columbia Business School Executive Education contributed to a unique learning experience.

*2018 Global Past Participant Survey



Upon completion of the program, executives earn the following select Columbia Business School alumni benefits:

  • A 25 percent tuition benefit for themselves and up to four colleagues each year for full-price Executive Education in-person programs lasting up to seven days and all full-price online programs
  • Global Columbia Business School alumni networking opportunities
  • Access to Columbia Business School Alumni Career Services resources, including access to unique career content, a job board, an online networking platform, the alumni directory, and more. Download the full list of resources
  • Lifetime Columbia Business School forwarding email address
  • Subscriptions to the Columbia Business alumni magazine
  • Eligibility to join a Columbia Business School alumni club. View the alumni clubs list



The Advanced Management Program 2x2 option consists of two, 2-week modules with program support in between. The first module takes place in the spring, the second in the fall. The program is also available in a consecutive four-week format. In both formats, accommodations are provided and included in the program tuition.

Uniquely designed to take place in two distinct locations in the greater New York area, the program brings together executives from around the world and across sectors and industries to learn in an immersive and productive environment.

For the first half of the program, Columbia Business School Executive Education has partnered with GE’s Corporate Leadership Center, located in Crotonville, NY on an iconic 71-acre campus. Participants stay at this top-class business facility — with accommodation, conference rooms, and dining all conveniently situated — allowing them to focus on learning, collaborating, and networking during the first two weeks of the program.

For the second half of the program, participants stay in a five-star hotel in Manhattan. The program sessions for part two take place on the Columbia University campus and throughout Manhattan, immersing participants in the business capital of the world. The city becomes an integral part of the learning experience as we take you to inventive, inspiring, and informative locations throughout New York in a variety of program sessions. Take an inside look at the program experience.



Weaving together more than 50 unique program sessions over the course of four weeks, the Advanced Management Program combines lectures, workshops, and discussions with a variety of experiential learning opportunities that take you outside of the conventional academic environment.

Learn more about experiential learning in the program from the faculty director:

It’s this carefully curated and diverse curriculum that executives who have completed the Advanced Management Program have called "eye-opening," "empowering," and "transformational." The 2x2 option offers the same amazing curriculum, simply in a scheduling format that might better meet your demands.

For an inside look at the Advanced Management Program 2x2 curriculum, download the program agenda.



At the Advanced Management Program, your journey of intellectual, personal, and professional growth begins long before you arrive in New York and spans well beyond the last day of the program. From connecting with the program director and members of your executive cohort prior to the program start date to help you identify the organizational challenge you’d like to bring to the program to address, to multiple executive coaching sessions after you’ve returned to your organization, we’re committed to giving you professional development with a lasting impact.

Pre Program

Onboarding Call
In preparation for your arrival, Program Director Bruce Craven, adjunct associate professor of Business at Columbia Business School, will reach out to set the foundation for your learning by helping you with:

Bridging Theory to Practice Exercise
Through this short and impactful online exercise, you'll begin considering factors that may influence your return on learning from the program.

Building Your New Network
You’ll start to hear from various faculty, get connected to members of your incoming cohort before meeting them in person, and begin to exchange ideas and objectives.


Throughout the program, more than 50 faculty members, practitioners, and executive coaches led by Faculty Director Paul Ingram share their subject-matter areas of expertise to inspire and guide your journey to authentic leadership, strategic thinking, and decisive execution.

Dynamic and engaging sessions challenge executives’ existing ideas and frameworks. Concepts are absorbed, internalized, and actualized to create immediate and lasting change for executives and their organizations.

In-Between Sessions

With the 2x2 option, participants start implementing their learning between the two sessions and receive coaching on their progress. They continue to develop designated personal and business projects and maintain the class connection and community via a virtual component. They are also invited to participate in an online program on Globalization, led by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, and world-renowned economist Bruce Greenwald.

Post Program

3-, 6-, and 12-Month Virtual Coaching Sessions
Three complimentary one-hour sessions with your Executive Coach support your success after your return to your organization. Learn more about executive coaching at the program in our program information downloads.

Post-Program Call
Reconnect with the Program Director to help you maintain the trajectory of your work and help your progress as a leader.

Leveraging Your Network
Access various virtual learning opportunities and leverage your Columbia Business School alumni benefits including the invitation to attend alumni events.


The Advanced Management Program offers diverse and carefully curated sessions* to help participants create more organizational and professional value. Many of these sessions take advantage of our unique location, New York City, as a laboratory to study innovation, improvisation, and robust organizations. From Columbia University, we bring the finest, relevant, cutting-edge research so participants can engage promising ideas on improving performance before they become widely diffused. Below is just a sampling of what you will experience.

The Living Case

The Living Case is a cornerstone of the program, and an opportunity for senior executives to begin to apply program insights directly to the business challenges they currently face in their organization. Through group work and one-on-one sessions with Columbia Business School faculty and coaches, executives will collaborate as “consultants” on each other’s cases by both providing and receiving practical advice, honest feedback, and inspiring ideas for dealing with the challenges they’re facing. At the end of the program, each participant will walk away with an action plan they can immediately implement upon return to their organization. Learn more about the Living Case from the faculty director in this video:

Learn more about the Living Case from the faculty director:

Delivering the Right Message with Impact

Great leaders have presence. Working with Columbia’s voice coach, Andrea Haring, who has taught great actors like Al Pacino, participants have the chance develop their own presence by diagnosing and practicing effective communication. Communication also goes beyond the literal message. The program includes a session on how to leverage symbolic communication, a great tool for leading an organization’s culture. For this, we engage with curators from some of New York’s world-renowned art museums, who use their collections as examples of how a message can be shaped with symbols. The class then applies the lessons to their own organizations.

Alignment: Getting Everyone to Pull Together

Even the best strategy will fail if an organization isn’t capable of executing it. We bring the latest ideas, from both expected and unexpected sources, on building an effective organization. For example, we bring research evidence from Columbia’s Global Leadership Matrix project ( on how networks can be used to create flexible and responsive organizations. Participants then use that information to analyze their own relational capabilities, and those of their organizations.

We also look to sports and music for ideas on how to organize in the field. Olympic rowers take participants on the water to illustrate how to create cohesion. There, the class can truly feel the impact of alignment. In the same spirit, we sit in with a symphony orchestra, as the conductor demonstrates different leadership styles and the players explain where they look for direction and what they do when they can’t find it.

Organizing to Innovate

While it’s important for an organization to execute a strategy, there also must be space to be inventive. In the classroom, we meet with thought leaders, such as Rita McGrath and Bill Duggan, to discuss strategic innovation. We also examine innovation up close, allowing participants to practice the leadership and interaction patterns that encourage new ideas.

Innovation requires risk-taking, and sometimes failures occur. Jazz musicians know this as well as anyone, since they innovate constantly. We bring in world-renowned musicians so participants can see (and hear) what success in this realm really means.

We then take these lessons to a session that employs improvisational actors as coaches. The actors show participants how to listen to and encourage others to express ideas, and how to combine these ideas into a successful product.

Leadership: From One into Many

At Columbia, we see leadership as helping others to do better. To do that, though, one also has to lead oneself. So to help participants impact their organizations, we also help them impact themselves. Sheena Iyengar, author of The Art of Choosing, and Hitendra Wadhwa, director of Mentora, help us weave this theme into classroom sessions.

This work also extends outside the class, with one-on-one coaching, both on leadership practices and on the values that guide one’s choices (Almeida in the Financial Times). We introduce a process of daily reflection, which helps participants absorb and prioritize what they’ve learned and allows them to better manage their time, priorities, and focus back at work. And participants work with some of the city’s best young actors on drawing from one’s own life story to connect with others.

Executive Performance as a Function of Well-Being

To lead requires focus and energy, so one’s health and well-being is essential. Executive Well-Being is a comprehensive model that teaches you how to manage your energy at the program and to develop long-term positive health practices through daily sessions. The connection between the physical self and successful leadership is made in other parts of the program as well.


For an inside look at the Advanced Management Program, download the program agenda.

*The selection of sessions may vary from iteration to iteration and are subject to change.


The Advanced Management Program is designed for senior- and upper-level 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. Executives who come to the program have a wealth of knowledge and successes that make up their professional experience. They also have a curiosity about themselves, are willing to view their strongest convictions with humility, and believe in continuous learning and progress to discover what else they can do for their organization and who else they can become in the future.

Hear more about your program cohort from the faculty and program directors:

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.

Typical Participant Mix

Geographic Spread

Years of Management Experience

Job Function



Representative Companies and Organizations

African Export-Import Bank
BlueCross BlueShield
Credit Suisse AG
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
EcoOils Ltd

Kimberly Clark
King Abdullah Economic City
Meridian Capital
PetSmart, Inc.
Sallie Mae
Standard Bank
University of Melbourne


Paul Ingram, Faculty Director
Kravis Professor of Business

Paul Ingram is the Kravis Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School, and Faculty Director of the Columbia Advanced Management Program, Columbia’s flagship residential program for senior executives from around the globe. 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 Tel Aviv University, 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, Israel, Scotland, China, Korea and Australia. His research has been published in more than sixty articles, book chapters and books. His publications have received numerous distinctions, including Gould Prize, and best paper awards in the areas of Organization and Management Theory, and Collective Behavior and Social Movements. Ingram's current research examines the intersection between culture and social networks. Recent papers investigate questions such as the role of value similarity to foster business networks, determinants and outcomes of individuals’ fit in organizational cultures, and influences on ethical decision making.

He has served as President of the College of Organization Science of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS). He is currently an Associate Editor for Academy of Management Discoveries, and has served as a consulting editor for the American Journal of Sociology, a senior editor for Organization Science, an Associate Editor for Management Science and on the editorial boards of Administrative Science Quarterly and Strategic Organization. Paul’s undergraduate degree is from Brock University where 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.

At the Columbia Business School, Paul has received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, won the Commitment to Excellence Award, voted by graduating EMBA students five times, and thrice been chosen by graduating EMBA students to deliver the keynote speech at their commencement ceremony. He has consulted on issues of organizational design and strategy to leading companies in the finance, health care, insurance, energy, and consumer products industries. Paul was born in Canada to immigrant parents and was the first in his family to attend college.

Hear about the role of the faculty director from Paul Ingram:

Bruce Craven, Program Director
Faculty, Columbia Business School Executive Education
Adjunct Associate Professor, Executive Education

As director of the Advanced Management Program, Bruce partners with the faculty director and the on-site and off-site Columbia teams, working with visiting faculty and conference center staff to deliver a transformational educational opportunity for the executive participants.

At the program, Bruce teaches sessions on leadership, focusing on communication, defining purpose, flexible learning, effective messaging and the power of writing as a tool to face future challenges. In addition to his teaching and leadership roles, he has responsibility for the pre- and postprogram effort of the executive education team, including serving as an executive coach.

Over the years he has taught and had a leadership role in a number of open enrollment and custom programs in the Executive Education portfolio. He has also been a visiting professor at the WHU Business School in Germany in 2013-2014 and the faculty director in 2016 of the one-week leadership program of WHU at the Columbia Business School.

Concurrent with his work in executive education, his writing credits include a published novel, a produced screenplay, and a business case on the credit function of a building supply company for Columbia Case-Works.

Hear about the role of the program director from Paul Ingram:

Along with Professors Ingram and Craven, more than 50 Columbia Business School faculty members and industry experts contribute to and teach in the program. Faculty members who have taught in the program include:

Glenn HubbardGlenn Hubbard
Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics


Oded NetzerOded Netzer
Associate Professor of Business, Marketing Division


Adam GalinskyAdam Galinsky
Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business; Chair of Management Division


Doron NissimDoron Nissim
Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting and Finance; Chair of Accounting Division


Raymond HortonRaymond Horton
Frank R. Lautenberg Professor of Ethics and Corporate Governance, Management Division;
Faculty Director of Social Enterprise programs, Executive Education


Katherine PhillipsKatherine Phillips
Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character


Sheena S. IyengarSheena S. Iyengar
S. T. Lee Professor of Business, Management Division;
Faculty Director, The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center


Willie PietersenWillie Pietersen
Professor of The Practice of Management, Management Division


Modupe AkinolaModupe Akinola
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics


Tano SantosTano Santos
David L. and Elsie M. Dodd Professor of Finance, Finance Division;
Co-Director, Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing


Rita McGrathRita McGrath
Faculty of Columbia Business School Executive Education;
World-Renowned Strategist


Miklos SarvaryMiklos Sarvary
Carson Family Professor of Business, Marketing Division;
Co-Faculty Director, Media Program



Along with the above listed faculty, additional Columbia Business School faculty may contribute to and teach in the program. Faculty lineup is subject to change.