Thunderbird partners for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise global executive leadership program

August 18, 2011

Elite global leadership course to take place in New Zealand, China and the United States

Thunderbird School of Global Management has teamed with the University of Auckland, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and the ICEHOUSE to offer a one-of a kind custom global leadership program for New Zealand’s top-level executives. The 12-month program, which begins Aug. 24, 2011, will take participants to Auckland, Beijing, Shanghai and Silicon Valley.

“There is no other executive program in the world that has this blend of business consulting and professional coaching in addition to in-market activities in both emerging and mature markets,” said Thunderbird strategy consultant Giuseppe Carella, who led the project from its inception. “This is not a program where executives will just sit down and be lectured by a professor. Instead, they will work with our consultants at developing a strong growth plan, be coached on the skills they need to improve and introduced to key industry players, such as global manufacturers in China and venture capitalists in San Francisco. Thunderbird’s integrated learning platform will make sure they’ll leave with a growth strategy plan, the skills they’ll need to accomplish it, and a portfolio full of contacts.”

Scale, geographic distance and the complexity of the world marketplace present special challenges for New Zealand businesses that want to excel globally. The New Zealand government came to Thunderbird in early 2010 after conducting research that showed domestic business leaders had difficulty adopting the management mindset needed to succeed internationally. They sought a program targeting top-level executives, owners and directors of large New Zealand-based firms who are already doing business overseas and exporting globally.

“Management and leadership capability affect the productivity of businesses operating internationally,” said Gerry Brownlee, New Zealand’s Minister for Economic Development. “If we are to improve productivity, and therefore economic growth, we need to improve the capability of New Zealand managers and executives doing business overseas.”

A select group of participants will take part in the inaugural program, which is designed to help managers adopt a global mindset and realize their organizations’ international growth potential. It emphasizes a collaborative, cross-border curriculum that takes participants into markets that are shaping the global economy. In addition to coaching, mentoring with a business adviser and small group exercises, participants will visit local businesses in each market and hear from regional experts.

This is the first Thunderbird program to take place in New Zealand. Thunderbird professors Mary Teagarden, Ph.D., Karen S. Walch, Ph.D. and Deborrah Himsel and will teach in coordination with University of Auckland Business School professors Darl Kolb, Ph.D., and Deborah Shepherd, Ph.D., and ICE Bridge and ICE Network Director Liz Wotherspoon.

Thunderbird is recognized as one of the world’s top 10 providers of executive education by the Financial Times in their 2011 Executive Education ranking. The publication places Thunderbird No. 9 in the overall executive education ranking and No. 2 for Open Enrollment Programs. Thunderbird’s Custom Programs are noted as No. 1 in the world for international clients.

For more information on the Global Executive Leadership Programme, please see:

Giuseppe Carella
Principal Consultant, Thunderbird Corporate Learning
Tel: +1-602-978-7666