The IBS worked with Harvard Business School for the eighth year in a row to present an executive education program for banking and finance executives in the GCC region. This year’s program title was “Leading Strategy Execution in Financial Services” and it consisted of two integrated themes: ‘Strategic Management’ and ‘Leadership’. It was held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman during the week of January 28 – February 2, 2017 for six consecutive days, aimed at upper middle executives and department heads.
This customized program is a continuation of the first program that was organized in 2009-2010 in Kuwait exclusively for the Kuwaiti banks who are members in the IBS. After the tremendous success of that program, and with Harvard Business School and GCC Banking Institutes showing interest in a GCC-level event, the program was planned to be conducted for the GCC banking and financial sectors and to move the venue every year to one of the GCC capitals.
The same main themes, “Strategy” and “Leadership” were presented. These had been selected considering that in today’s competitive, turbulent and rapidly changing environments, managers and employees alike look to the top of their organizations for two things: a clear strategy and effective leadership. Business success depends on both.
The Harvard Business School Executive Education programs offered in collaboration with the IBS adhere to the School’s high standards thus ensuring that participants and their organizations receive the same quality of learning experience for which the school is so well known. Participants receive a Harvard Business School certificate, verifying that they have completed the program.
Both Harvard Business School Executive Education and the IBS are keen on continuing their collaboration in the year 2017-2018; the ninth program is scheduled to take place during January 27 – February 1, 2018 in Dubai, UAE. This collaboration remains the first of its kind at the GCC level.