Professional Education

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Our programs are:

Innovative
Incorporate the latest thinking in management education
Contextual
Consider the local environment, including opportunities and constraints
Practical
Empower learners to put tools and frameworks into practice

Overview

WDI partners with universities and training organizations in low- and middle-income countries to offer open and custom programs on a full range of managerial topics, including strategy, sales management, marketing, finance, operations, entrepreneurship, leadership, HR, negotiations, and our flagship mini-MBA program.

WDI works with world-class instructors from leading universities—including our home at the University of Michigan—to develop and deliver programs. Through our rich faculty network, cultivated over the past 25-plus years, we deploy experts with both deep subject matter expertise and relevant regional experience. WDI professional education programs are powered by our proprietary learning management system, ExtendEd, designed specifically for working adult learners. All participants received a co-branded certificate of completion.

Custom Programs

Contact us to explore ways we can work together to craft a cutting-edge management training program for your organization.

Open Programs

Our open programs address a range of management topics in countries around the world. Participants benefit by learning alongside other managers from a variety of organizations and industries. The following programs are open for enrollment. Click the buttons for more information, including registration information.

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E-Commerce Strategy

May 9–10, 2019

Columbia

May 6–7, 2019

Chile

 

This program, offered in partnership with Seminarium International, is designed to quip managers and executives with the insights needed to improve e-commerce performance in their organizations. The course is based on the premise that an understanding of consumer buying processes and associated data is the key is successful digital operations, and as such will address the practical usages of customer journey mapping, database marketing and conversion rate optimization. The course will encourage participants to consider the user experience of their existing customers and develop action plans that can be implemented in association with sales and web teams.

 

May 6–7, 2019 | Chile | Registration Information

 

May 9–10, 2019 | Columbia | Registration Information

 

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Strategic Management Program

May 13–24, 2019

Riga, Latvia

 

WDI’s flagship 10-day mini-MBA certificate program, delivered in partnership with the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga), offers a broad, cross-functional approach to general management. Students learn the latest, best practices in the areas of finance, marketing, strategy, organizational management, and strategic HR management. The program incorporates lectures, case studies, small-group presentations and class discussions. Participants from a variety of industries engage in a lively exchange of ideas and insights. Students leave the program with an improved skill set and fresh ideas for approaching critical business issues. The program is conducted in English and taught by award-winning faculty. For more information, please watch the video or read about past participant experiences.

 

May 13–24, 2019 | Registration Information

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Decision Making

May 30–31, 2019

Riga, Latvia

 

This program is designed to help managers understand the obstacles to and develop the tools for sound decision-making in business settings. It features interactive demonstrations of biases/heuristics, showing how people fall prey to anchoring and adjustment, overconfidence in judgments about other people, and it has a direct application to negotiations. It also covers: anecdotal ideas about when intuition works, how the mind simplifies perception: selective perception; automaticity/mindlessness; heuristics/biases with clear business implications tied back to the demonstrations (e.g. hiring, negotiations, and persuasion). It also covers group decision-making pitfalls and best practices. The program will show participants when and why fast decisions can be accurate and how to “educate your intuition” and put it to the test. Ultimately, it will show individuals and companies how to improve decisions through these methods. It utilizes reflection exercises and surveys to provide individual feedback on decision-making styles, which participants discuss and compare within the class.

 

May 30–31, 2019 | Registration Information

 

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Advanced Negotiations

June 5–6, 2019

Riga, Latvia

 

As managers advance in their careers, the ability to negotiate well becomes essential. Often managers have a basic grasp of negotiations skills, but do not have the sophisticated approaches needed to negotiate successfully in challenging situations. This programme equips managers with the skills and confidence needed to be a master negotiator. Participants will learn research-based, managerially tested concepts. Concepts will then be put into practice through role plays and experiential exercises. Participants will learn many new tools to take back to the workplace.

 

June 5–6, 2019 | Registration Information

 

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Supply Chain and Logistics Managment

June 6–7, 2019

Riga, Latvia

 

This program introduces cutting-edge models and practical tools for effective supply chain design and management. Topics include: effective inventory control; distribution and logistics management; utilizing e-business; partnering with suppliers and customers to reduce costs and increase service levels. This program is designed for senior- and middle-level managers with responsibilities in supply chain management, distribution management, inventory control, e-business, and procurement. It is also valuable for consultants or general managers who would like a broader understanding of how different parts of supply chains fit together and managers responsible for implementation of new information, decision support, and enterprise resource planning.

 

June 6–7, 2019 | Registration Information

 

Contact Us

For more information on this and other programs please submit the contact form or email us at wdi-education@umich.edu.

Grievance Policy: Any student wishing to report a violation of the Proprietary Schools Act 148 of 1943 as amended in P.A. 212 of 2009 may file a complaint with the State of Michigan.

Nondiscriminatory Policy: WDI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and other school-administered programs.

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