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  • About the Business Perspectives program

    Developed by Yale School of Management and AIGA, “Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders” uses case studies, lectures, guest speakers and study groups to give creative leaders a more complete understanding of business and design through the eyes of business executives (i.e., clients), giving participants a truly unique curriculum, tailored to their needs.

    The program is taught by a team of Yale School of Management faculty who are regarded as among the world's most experienced business scholars and teachers. Participants stay in a local hotel and eat together on campus, offering both privacy and ready access to colleagues, as Yale's guiding principle is that executives learn best from one another in an atmosphere that stimulates teamwork and collaboration. "Studying Case Studies" by Yale School of Management provides an understanding of how to approach the case study method.

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    There are six underlying modules to the AIGA Yale executive education program.

    1. Strategy: Participants learn how to think strategically, drawing on critical frameworks to better analyze the environment and make more informed decisions about how to best align the organization with that external environment.
    2. Marketing: Divided into three sessions, the marketing module first provides a rigorous understanding of several of marketing's key concepts: marketing segmentation, targeting and positioning. The second session elucidates how strong brands are defined, built and managed. The third session provides insight into managing customer profitability.
    3. Operations: Relying on simulations, cases and lecture, the operations module helps participants understand how the structuring of tasks impacts organizational effectiveness.
    4. Financial: The financial accounting module increases participants' ability to read and understand annual reports and, in the process, better communicate with those who conceive of an organization primarily as a financial instrument for generating greater cash flows.
    5. Legal: The legal module demonstrates how firms can use intellectual property protection (i.e., copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade secrets) to differentiate their products, create barriers to entry and generate licensing revenues.
    6. Leadership: Designers often have different leadership approaches and styles than their clients, and sometimes these differences in style can lead to miscommunication. In this module, diagnostic information is collected about participants' leadership style and considered in a more systematic way how that might relate to clients, with a discussion of the implications for communication.

    Following these six modules there is approximately a half-day of material focused on trying to integrate many of the ideas and themes developed throughout the week. One session presents a particularly rich and complex case that provides the opportunity to work through some of the interconnections among the ideas previously explored. A second session discusses some of the organizational and social psychological issues involved in C-level communication.

    About the Yale School of Management

    The mission of the Yale School of Management is to educate leaders for business and society. This mission reflects the vision and expectation that the creative leaders are inspiring pioneers who own and solve hard problems that matter. The Yale Management approach is designed to accomplish two goals: first, to instill a general competency in meeting the challenges of management; and second, to facilitate the creative leaders development of their own personal career aspirations. Instead of teaching management topics in separate, single-subject courses, Yale teaches core subjects in an integrated way, providing frameworks and concepts in a richer, more relevant context.

    Non-discrimination policy

    Yale is committed to a policy against discrimination based upon age, color, handicap or disability, ethnic or national origin, race, religion, religious creed, gender (including discrimination taking the form of sexual harassment), marital, parental or veteran status, sexual orientation, or the prejudice of clients. All employers using the school's placement services are required to abide by this policy.

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