EY Darden programme

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Amongst the specific benefits you can expect by attending this programme are the following:

  • understanding the global and New Zealand economic environment - trends, competition and strategic intent
  • understanding the way leaders of private and public organisations are managing their businesses
  • introducing techniques, knowledge and concepts leading to sustained improvements in performance
  • improving communication and decision-making skills at board and executive management level
  • building capabilities and confidence for the customer servicing and leadership challenges predicted in the next decade
  • sharing the ideas and experiences of a diverse group of participants

The programme comprises four major topics: 

Strategy, Leadership, Change

- Strategic thinking
- Building competitive advantage
- Industry analysis
- Forecasting environmental trends
- Strategy identification and evaluation
- Creating and sustaining the high performance organisation
- Building strategic capabilities
- Service excellence
- Supplier relationships


- Leading strategic change
- Principle-centred leadership
- Strategic implementation

Global political economy

- International and New Zealand trends
- Global economy
- National and industry competitive advantage
- International competitiveness
- Global strategy and leadership
- Corporate culture as a source of competitive advantage
- Global competition and strategic intentEntrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial thinking and mind-set

- What makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial?
- Entrepreneurship and firm growth
- Entrepreneurship and regional development
- Leading entrepreneurially
- Entrepreneurship and change

Who should attend?

This programme is designed for outstanding individuals who demonstrate a keen interest in self-development and who possess a a strong desire to assume positions of higher responsibility.

Participants should have:

  • attained, or be about to attain, a position as general manager or functional division head, involved with general management issues
  • demonstrated significant managerial achievement and potential for further development
  • endorsement from senior management within their organisation to attend the programme

EY reserves the right to approve applications after taking into consideration the above criteria and the need to balance participation from all sectors of the economy.