SAMPLE CUSTOM PROGRAMS
Custom Programs are just that - custom. They all tackle a specific need or challenge faced by a company. Custom Programs can vary widely in timing and content.
- A two-day seminar on negotiating skills
- A one-week program on finance and accounting fundamentals
- A two-week management development program where participants live on campus
- A six-month program meeting once each week to solve a specific business problem
THE ACTION LEARNING PROJECT
Some of our custom programs are designed to tackle a current problem faced by a company or its executives. The cornerstone of these programs is a work project designed by participants - an Action Learning Project (ALP) - in collaboration with faculty. An ALP allows participants to apply new knowledge and skills gained from University of Washington coursework to accomplish a specific goal at work or to tackle a persistent problem.
CULTIVATING BETTER MANAGERS
Some of our custom programs are broader management development programs aimed at improving executives' skills in a wide range of areas. These programs often include courses which directly address today's changing marketplace, such as leadership, financial management and creating a customer-focused organization. Some companies choose a residential program in which participants reside together for the duration of the course, often in a hotel near campus. Residential programs can contribute to the corporate agenda by encouraging networking and team building among participants.
EXAMPLE OF A TWO-WEEK MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
For over 40 years, the University of Washington has provided The Boeing Company with a custom management development program. Participants spend two weeks on the UW campus; studying systems thinking, lean manufacturing, design and production and shareholder value (among other topics). Selected faculty work closely with a design team from Boeing to ensure that each program serves the immediate needs of the company.
PARTNERSHIPS WITH INDUSTRY
At Executive Education, we are always creating new courses to serve the changing needs of the business community in Seattle, the Northwest, and the world beyond. More and more we are filling a gap in management development opportunities across an industry.