Global Manufacturing Leadership Program

Drive manufacturing excellence. Lead business growth.
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What You Will Learn

  • Develop and implement effective strategies for sustainable growth in the manufacturing sector 

  • Optimize manufacturing operations to achieve world-class standards in efficiency, quality, and cost-effectiveness 

  • Cultivate an agile mindset to respond effectively to rapid changes in technology, market conditions, and consumer demands 

  • Assess and adopt emerging technologies, including Industry 4.0, digital twins, and artificial intelligence (AI) for improved efficiency and competitiveness 

  • Enhance system resilience to navigate global disruptions, including pandemics, geopolitical events, and natural disasters 

  • Foster a culture of creativity within the organization to enhance manufacturing processes and products 

  • Cultivate effective leadership skills to inspire and motivate teams toward common goals 

  • Lead organizational change initiatives effectively, addressing resistance and ensuring a smooth transition

Program Modules

The Global Manufacturing Leadership Program is a flexible learning journey designed to prepare senior manufacturing and operations executives for leadership roles in their organizations. You will learn through online and live online sessions and guest lectures led by MIT faculty and global industry leaders. Through a blend of cutting-edge core modules, short courses, topical case studies, and a capstone project, the program will prepare you to navigate the future of manufacturing.

Short Courses | Asynchronous Online

Note:

  • The program duration of nine months includes break weeks between modules.

  • The list of topics and live session schedule are subject to change.

Networking Event | (2 Days | In Person)

The program concludes with an optional two-day in-person networking event on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, during which you’ll get the opportunity to interact and network with your peers and program faculty.

John Carrier, PhD

John Carrier, PhD

Faculty Director; Senior Lecturer of System Dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management
MIT xPRO’s Global Manufacturing Leadership Program is tailored to manufacturing leaders and is designed to empower them in making strategic decisions by effectively leveraging technology. Our goal is to help senior leaders navigate the changing manufacturing landscape efficiently and guide them towards operational excellence, yet never losing focus on their most important role – leading people.
MIT xPRO’s Global Manufacturing Leadership Program is tailored to manufacturing leaders and is designed to empower them in making strategic decisions by effectively leveraging technology. Our goal is to help senior leaders navigate the changing manufacturing landscape efficiently and guide them towards operational excellence, yet never losing focus on their most important role – leading people.

Who Is It For?

The Global Manufacturing Leadership Program is ideal for current or aspiring C-suite or senior leaders involved in manufacturing, operations, and supply chain management. The program equips them with effective strategy, technology, and people skills in the age of Industry 4.0 to excel in leadership positions in their organizations.

The program is particularly beneficial for:

  • Current C-suite and senior manufacturing leaders who are looking to build people skills and strategic capabilities by leveraging technology and drive change within the organization
  • Aspiring senior manufacturing leaders who are keen to build on their technical expertise with business, executive decision making, and communication skills and step up to a leadership role

Participants are required to have:

  • Minimum 10 years of work experience
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

This program is suitable for senior leaders from a diverse range of industries and job functions.

Note: The list of industries and job functions is only indicative and not exhaustive.

Key Program Features

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Core Curriculum

Kick-start your program journey with 9 months of in-depth sessions on strategic thinking, leadership, and the future of manufacturing.

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Live Sessions

Experience live online and in-person sessions with faculty, the cohort success coach, and guest speakers.

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Networking Event

Connect with high-achieving peers at a two-day in-person networking event on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Expert Faculty

Learn from MIT faculty who are experts in manufacturing strategy, leadership, and technology.

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Cohort Success Coach

Craft your learning journey through regular check-in sessions and live office hours with a success coach assigned to your cohort.

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Capstone Project

Develop a capstone project to apply program learnings to an organizational challenge with immediate on-the-job impact.

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Self-Paced Learning

Access recorded faculty sessions that provide the flexibility to learn at your own pace with a weekly commitment of three to five hours.

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Case Studies

Gain insights on industry best practices from real-life examples of problem-solving and innovation in manufacturing related to AstraZeneca and Nissan.

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Frameworks and Methodologies

Approach complex organizational aspects with a creative vision through proven frameworks related to manufacturing.

Explore Industry Frameworks

The program will explore frameworks and methodologies that will allow you to approach complex organizational systems and end-to-end processes creatively. It will also enable you to effectively diagnose issues in your systems and improve its efficiency and sustainability with traditional methods, new technical tools, and resiliency measures that protect organizations from exposure to major disruptions.

Capstone Project

The capstone project presents an opportunity for you to synthesize the diagnostic, technical, and leadership skills gained throughout the program and apply them directly to a real-world organizational challenge. Through a systematic approach, you will leverage the program's learnings to develop a strategic plan that can be implemented in your role. This hands-on experience enables you to translate theory into practice and drive sustainability, productivity, efficiency, and creativity across your organization.

Meet the Faculty

The Global Manufacturing Leadership Program has been developed by MIT LGO program faculty members on the same ethos that makes LGO graduates among the most sought after on the job market by enabling you to reskill on the latest developments in manufacturing and leadership as you step into senior leadership roles.

Faculty Director

John Carrier, PhD
John Carrier, PhD

Faculty Director; Senior Lecturer of System Dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management

John Carrier’s research focuses on strategic marketing and new business development in high technology, specialty chemicals, and service segments. He has more than 15 years of...

LGO Faculty

Retsef Levi, PhD
Retsef Levi, PhD

Management Faculty Co-Director, LGO Program; J. Spencer Standish (1945) Professor of Management; Professor of Operations Management, MIT Sloan School of Management

Thomas Roemer, PhD
Thomas Roemer, PhD

Executive Director, LGO Program; Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Duane S. Boning, PhD
Duane S. Boning, PhD

Engineering Faculty Co-Director, LGO Program; Clarence J. LeBel Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

Other Faculty

Maria Jesús Saénz, PhD
Maria Jesús Saénz, PhD

Executive Director, MIT SCM Masters Programs, Director, MIT Digital Supply Chain Transformation

Martin Culpepper, PhD
Martin Culpepper, PhD

Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT

Guest Speakers

Faez Ahmad, PhD
Faez Ahmad, PhD

Assistant Professor, MIT

Elazer Edelman, PhD
Elazer Edelman, PhD

Assistant Professor, MIT

Amos Winter, PhD
Amos Winter, PhD

Ratan N. Tata Career Development Professor; Associate Professor

John Hart, PhD
John Hart, PhD

Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP); MechE Maker Czar

Note: Faculty and guest speaker list are subject to change .

Certificate

Certificate

Upon successful completion of this program, MIT xPRO grants a verified digital certificate of completion to participants.

FAQs

Connect with a Program Advisor for a 1:1 Session

Our program advisors have helped senior executives across the world choose the right program for their career goals. Schedule a one-on-one to get a deeper understanding on why the Global Manufacturing Leadership Program is the right fit for you.

Email: mit_gmlp@emeritus.org

Phone: +1 646 713 0918 (U.S.) / +44 1156 471388 (U.K.) / +971 80 00321209 (U.A.E.) / +52 55930 20507 (LATAM)

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Flexible payment options available.

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