Harvard Business School to Host Global Energy Seminar
Seminar will teach executives how to navigate the current regulatory and environmental issues affecting the energy industry
“By exploring the relationships between geopolitical factors, various regulatory climates, new technologies and environmental concerns, we’re able to step back and see how these issues interact with one another to drive public policy, consumer perceptions, and can ultimately help determine the best paths forward for established energy companies.”
As energy consumption and environmental vigilance become increasingly important for both consumers and industry stakeholders, the Global Energy Seminar will gather a wide variety of HBS faculty and global participants to discuss the critical and continuously changing energy sector.
“This Seminar is completely redesigned each year based on new faculty research, emerging trends and challenges facing energy development and distribution,” said Das Narayandas, senior associate dean and chair of Executive Education and Publishing. “With energy usage and production at forefront of public debate, HBS is looking forward to gathering participants for another year of the Seminar to address the sector’s primary obstacles and opportunities.”
This year's Global Energy Seminar will focus on several key themes including cross-border negotiation, navigating business-government relations, the challenges associated with state-controlled markets, the effects of market consolidation and fragmentation, risk management, and technological innovations that are reshaping how energy is being produced and consumed.
“Heightened environmental awareness is now leading to increased government oversight and energy providers need to understand the present risks and opportunities in order to maintain profitability.” said Rawi Abdelal, Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration and faculty cochair of Global Energy Seminar. “What the Global Energy Seminar looks to accomplish is arming energy executives with the latest research and real-world perspectives to allow them to devise new ways to address new challenges.”
This year’s seminar will be taught by a roster of seven HBS faculty as well as Barney Frank, former U.S. Congressman and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. This year’s unique faculty lineup represents a collection of renowned experts with real-world experience in politics and government, the private sector, environmental management and emerging market development.
“This Seminar really takes a macro look at the host of factors impacting energy development and distribution,” said Noel Maurer, Associate Professor of Business Administration and faculty cochair of Global Energy Seminar. “By exploring the relationships between geopolitical factors, various regulatory climates, new technologies and environmental concerns, we’re able to step back and see how these issues interact with one another to drive public policy, consumer perceptions, and can ultimately help determine the best paths forward for established energy companies.”
The Global Energy Seminar is designed for executives of large companies who are responsible for the exploration, management, development, and delivery of energy sources and services, including those in the areas of innovation and strategic planning. Typical participants include senior decision makers within organizations that are classified as energy developers, technology providers, financiers, utilities, or distributors.
"I think one of the main values provided by the Seminar is the breadth of experiences and backgrounds present in the classroom," said Forest L. Reinhardt, John D. Black Professor of Business Administration and faculty cochair of Global Energy Seminar. "Each year, the Seminar attracts executives from a variety of industries, including oil, gas, electric generation, and distribution, and it includes executives from both developed and emerging economies. Providing these executives the opportunity to learn from one another using cases about the industry’s current developments gives them a unique experience they may not otherwise access in the business world."
As with other HBS executive education offerings, Global Energy Seminar will feature a combination of group discussions and faculty lectures coupled with HBS’s renowned case study method. This year’s seminar will feature cases on intriguing firms in the energy sector, providing insights into the solutions to longstanding and newly emerging energy issues.
Global Energy Seminar will run from November 2–5, 2014 and will take place at Harvard Business School. Please visit http://www.exed.hbs.edu/programs/enr/ complete curriculum details and to apply.
Global Energy Seminar
(November 2–5, 2014, Harvard Business School)
Rawi Abdelal, Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management and faculty cochair of the Global Energy Seminar.
Barney Frank, U.S. Congressman (D-MA4) from 1981 to 2013 and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007 to 2011.
Rebecca M. Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor.
Shon R. Hiatt, Assistant Professor of Business Administration.
Joseph B. Lassiter III, Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice in Environmental Management.
Noel Maurer, Associate Professor of Business Administration and faculty cochair of the Global Energy Seminar.
Forest L. Reinhardt, John D. Black Professor of Business Administration and faculty cochair of the Global Energy Seminar.
Richard H.K. Vietor, Paul Whiton Cherington Professor of Business Administration.
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