As you grow, how do you balance the need for business discipline with the desire to stay entrepreneurial? How do you handle pressure for growth from equity partners? And how do you scale management systems? These are the questions that rapidly growing companies face every day. These are the questions explored in the Executive Program for Growing Companies. It’s two intense weeks, packed with thought-provoking curriculum, real business challenges, and a focus on the strategic leadership skills needed to drive and sustain growth.

Program tuition includes private accommodations, all meals, and course materials.


Grow faster. Grow stronger. Grow sustainably. It's what every rapidly growing company needs to do to survive and thrive in today's dynamic global marketplace. New strategies are needed. New thinking is required. Strong leadership is demanded. And that's exactly what the Executive Program for Growing Companies delivers.

This two-week, comprehensive, general management program is solely focused on the needs, challenges, and opportunities of growing companies. You’ll learn how to create and execute strategies in order to move faster, operate more efficiently, and expand into new markets. You'll focus on the management systems that need to be put in place to sustain growth. You'll gain exposure to leading research happening at Stanford's world-renowned Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and identify engines that can drive or inhibit growth. And through case studies, guest speakers, and peer interactions you'll share stories of success and failure.

Faculty Director
Other Faculty
George Foster

Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Management; Director of the Executive Program for Growing Companies, conducts research on the management of new enterprises, the globalization strategies of growing companies, and the performance of venture-backed entrepreneurial companies. He is actively involved in the Silicon Valley business community and serves on the boards of directors of a venture capital firm and several start-up companies.

General Atlantic Professor of Marketing

Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Business Leadership, Strategy, and Organizations; Affiliated Faculty, Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford; Codirector of the Executive Program in Strategy and Organization

Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Management; Executive Director of the Stanford Executive Program; Director of The Indispensable CTO: Strategic Leadership of Technology and Innovation Executive Program

Professor of Political Economy

Antonio Dávila

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Accounting and Control, IESE Business School, Universidad de Navarra; Head of IESE's Department of Entrepreneurship

Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology; Faculty Director, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED); Codirector of the Value Chain Innovation Initiative; Director of the Strategies and Leadership in Supply Chains Executive Program; Graduate School of Business Trust Faculty Fellow for 2014-2015

Frank E. Buck Professor of Management; Director of the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal Executive Program

Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance, Emeritus; Faculty Director of the Stanford MSx Program; Codirector of the Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive Program

Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior

Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources; Professor of Sociology (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences; Academic Director, Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate; Director of the Managing Talent for Strategic Advantage Executive Program; Codirector of the Customer-Focused Innovation Executive Program

Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy; Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy, Hoover Institution; Professor of Political Science, School of Humanities and Sciences

Sanwa Bank, Limited, Professor of Marketing; Director of the Strategic Marketing Management Executive Program; Director of The Innovative CIO Executive Program

Professor of Finance; Director of The Emerging CFO: Strategic Financial Leadership Executive Program; Dhirubhai Ambani Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship for 2014-2015

Video Introdution
"Our aim is to help you build a stronger company structure to support growth and to increase your aspirations so you can grow faster, grow stronger, and grow in a more sustained way." — George Foster

Join faculty director George Foster and past participants to hear how Stanford's Executive Program for Growing Companies can change the way you think about and handle rapid growth in your company.
Key Benefits

The Executive Program for Growing Companies will help you:

  • Explore interdisciplinary frameworks for analyzing and managing growth and identify growth accelerators and inhibitors
  • Build tools to foster and sustain an entrepreneurial organizational culture
  • Learn how to put senior-level managers in place to handle operations, so you can focus on higher-level vision and strategy
  • Understand a leader's role and responsibilities in facilitating a company's growth
  • Align your company's growth strategy with your organization's culture and environment

Program Highlights

Before the program begins, you are encouraged to submit a growth-related strategic challenge you're facing for discussion during the program. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, groups of participants from non-competitive industries apply their experience and new learning to propose solutions to each business challenge.

This set of sessions takes the perspective of the general manager and is concerned with strategic leadership of growing companies in highly dynamic environments. The major purpose of the sessions is to sharpen your capacity for strategic thinking and to provide frameworks to help company leaders set strategic direction and lead the strategy-making process in sometimes turbulent environments.

Why do industry leaders often lose their innovative edge, and how can they retain it?  Based on research and consulting over the past ten years, it appears that short-term success may actually increase the chances of long-term failure. To avoid this “success syndrome” managers must be effective at managing incremental change and leading revolutionary or discontinuous change.

The purpose of this set of sessions is to explore how managers can balance this tension and use the cultures in their organizations as a potential competitive advantage. The emphasis will be on thinking about culture as a social control system defined by norms that are linked to critical strategic objectives and can be managed through executive leadership. This session will develop a framework for diagnosing and understanding both the statics and dynamics of organizational change.

Who Should Attend?

The Executive Program for Growing Companies will help you determine what's next for your growing company. It's specifically designed for:

  • CEOs and top executives at small to medium-sized companies
  • Division or business unit leaders within larger organizations
  • Executives with at least 10 years of management experience—from any company, industry, or country
SAMPLE Participant Mix
The program has been very helpful to me in framing dialogs with the rest of our management team to think through the various options and actions strategically, and optimally. As a result, instead of simply stating a strategic goal, we are identifying the key success factors that will ensure that we actually achieve the goal.
– Robert L. Dunn, CMA
Chief Financial Officer
Mocana Corporation
EPGC was one of the best experiences I've had. The class sessions were great, the professors very knowledgeable and talented and the class was full of brilliant people, many successful serial entrepreneurs indeed… Currently I'm doing business with two different classmates and I have projects for the near future with at least other two.
– Fermin Ezquer-Matallana
Executive Director/Owner
Think Creative Biznets
I gained specific tools for sharpening my organization's strategic focus. Robert Burgelman's presentations alone and their impact on my thought processes were worth the price of the program. The quality of the program in all areas―faculty, lectures, accommodations, food, staff, etc.―far exceeded my expectations. I will definitely consider these 14 days one of the best investments I have ever made!
– Timothy W. Attebery
Chief Executive Officer
South Carolina Heart Center, P.A.
EPGC provides insight into management of people through culture rather than through control mechanisms. For two weeks, we studied a superb array of cases of how other companies succeeded or failed and why. The Stanford faculty is not only on the cutting edge of new learnings but has the teaching skill to impart that learning to me and my colleagues.
– Stephen Schneider
President and COO
Alexza Molecular Delivery Corporation
The strategic frameworks were very timely and I will be able to use them to improve the execution of our strategy at Memec. In general, EPGC stimulated many new ideas and methodologies that will prove useful for both leadership and management upon my return to the office.
– Greg Provenzano
CEO Americas
Excellent! The insight of leading management theories combined with practical cases was very helpful. The interaction among the participants was invaluable.
– Eugene H. S. Wong
Principal Head of Singapore
Crimson Ventures
Stanford's Executive Program for Growing Companies has been an empowering experience. The excellent faculty and curriculum, quality minds from varying disciplines and countries, and the business networks will benefit me for the future. The program overall has been rejuvenating, enlightening, and invigorating.
– Bill Ten Pas
Vice President
ODS Health Plans


Stanford University
The Stanford campus is world renowned for its natural beauty, Spanish mission-style architecture, and temperate climate. With more than 8,180 acres (3,310 hectares), Stanford's campus ranks as one of the largest in the United States. Participants in Stanford's Executive Programs become part of a quintessential university setting, residing together, walking or biking to classes, and enjoying access to Stanford University facilities.
The Knight Management Center
Opened in spring 2011, the Knight Management Center has transformed the Stanford Graduate School of Business into a vibrant and unified indoor-outdoor, living and learning community. Participants will take classes at this new state-of-the-art campus, which features tiered classrooms with extensive floor-to-ceiling glass, the latest in audiovisual technology, numerous breakout and study rooms, outdoor seating areas to encourage informal discussion, and an open collaboration lab that employs hands-on and design thinking techniques.
Schwab Residential Center
Designed by renowned Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta, the Schwab Residential Center gives residents ample privacy while promoting collegial interaction through shared lounges, outdoor meeting areas, a library, and an exercise room.


James Perkins
Associate Director, Programs and Marketing
Phone: +1.650.724.3350

The Stanford Difference

The Place: Immerse yourself in innovation.
The Experience: Transform your thinking, your career, your company.
The Approach: Challenge yourself with research-based learning and real-world experience.