Harvard Club of Australia

2019 Annual Program for Leaders



Leadership & Culture: DNA for an Age of Disruption

presented by harvard business school professors JOSHUA MARGOLIS and RYAN RAFFAELLI

Sunday 4 - Friday 9 august 2019


Please scroll down for further information or email programs@harvardclub.org.au or contact: Dr Melinda Muth, Program Director 0419 277 376.



Now in its 22nd year, the Harvard Club Australia Program for Leaders is an annual five-day residential executive education program for senior management, presented by Harvard Business School Professors using the famous Harvard Business School case study method.

Step back from your day-to-day responsibilities and reassess your situation with world-class faculty in a diverse network of accomplished executive peers. Immerse yourself in this proven learning experience, and develop a broader perspective on the challenges facing your organization and your leadership capabilities.

The program is designed to suit a range of executive positions, including:

  • Company Directors

  • Director Generals

  • CEOs

  • Executive Managers

  • General Managers

  • Senior Managers

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2019 program for Leaders

Leadership & Culture:

DNA for an Age of Disruption

Program Overview & Focus

What is the work of leadership when the business landscape seems to pose so many challenges and require ongoing adaptation?

How can leaders build and run organizations that can not only sustain themselves through turbulent times but even thrive in those conditions? 

In the 2019 HCA program, we will explore the roles leaders must play – beacon, architect, change agent – and the core capabilities they need to develop to navigate their organizations through disruptive times. But we will also look deeply at organizations themselves to understand how to create cultures that can fuel innovation, disruption, and exceptional performance.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for senior executives with responsibility for strategy, leadership, and organisational performance and will be presented by Professors Joshua Margolis and second Professor to be confirmed.


In the 2019 HCA program, we will explore the roles leaders must play – beacon, architect, change agent – and the core capabilities they need to develop to navigate their organizations through disruptive times. But we will also look deeply at organizations themselves to understand how to create cultures that can fuel innovation, disruption, and exceptional performance.

The program will feature written and video cases, interactive lectures, group exercises, and personal reflection, all designed to equip you with the capacity to lead more effectively in the contemporary business climate.

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Joshua D. Margolis

Faculty lead Joshua Margolis is the James Dinan and Elizabeth Miller Professor of Business Administration in the Organizational Behavior unit, Faculty Chair of the Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning, and course-head for the required first-year MBA course, Leadership and Organizational Behavior.

He has taught in over 30 executive education programs, for everyone from high potential leaders to senior executives, and for organizations ranging from the Fortune 50 to global NGOs, across a wide array of industries from energy to high technology, athletic apparel to pharmaceuticals, healthcare to high technology.

Professor Margolis’ research focuses on leading in complex, perform-or-else situations involving tradeoffs. He received his B.A. from Yale University summa cum laude and his A.M. (Sociology) and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University, where he was also a Fellow in the Program in Ethics and the Professions. Joshua joined the HBS faculty in 2000 after three years on the faculty at the University of Michigan as a Fellow in the Society of Scholars.

Professor Margolis has received the Student Association Faculty Award for teaching excellence, the Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching, the Robert F. Greenhill Award, and the Academy of Management award for Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior.


Ryan L. Raffaelli

Ryan Raffaelli is an assistant professor in the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. He created and teaches the MBA elective course "Leadership Execution and Action Planning" (LEAP) and serves on the faculty of several executive education programs, including Leading and Building a Culture of Innovation and the High Potentials Leadership Program. 

Professor Raffaelli examines how innovations transform industries, organizational reinvention, and leading change. His research introduces the concept of "technology reemergence," a process whereby mature organizations and industries faced with technological change reinvent themselves. He also studies how leaders infuse values and meaning into institutions during periods of instability.

Professor Raffaelli's research has received several awards, including the "Giarratani Rising Star" and "Best Paper" Awards from the Industry Studies Association, the Best Dissertation Award from the Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division of the Academy of Management, the INFORMS Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Best Dissertation, and the Grigor McClelland Dissertation Award from the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), the Journal of Management Studies (JMS), and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS). In recognition for his research at the intersection of leadership, strategy, and technology studies, he was awarded the Richard Hodgson Fellowship at Harvard Business School.

Professor Raffaelli earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and studied corporate strategy at Oxford University. He holds master’s degrees in business and government relations and in business ethics from Harvard University. He received a Ph.D. in management and an MS in organization science from Boston College.  

Before his academic career, Professor Raffaelli was an executive in Accenture’s strategy management consulting practice, advising Fortune 500 firms, global nonprofits, and various U.S. government agencies. He also served briefly as a White House liaison to NASA.


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Our fully residential program includes:

  • An action-packed program of case study discussions and lectures with leadership experts and senior executive guest speakers

  • Program instruction materials – all available prior to the course

  • Networking opportunities with other attendees

  • All meals

  • Five nights’ accommodation and use of leisure facilities

  • Complimentary on-site parking

Fee: $10,750 plus GST per person. Discounts available for EarlyBird bookings prior to 1 April; teams of 4+. $2750 deposit required at registration.


The entire program was excellent. The classroom case study format was very well run. Attendees were of a great diversity and the background which added to the overall experience. Overall the week exceeded my expectations and I learnt so much. Thank you for one amazing experience.
— Ben Hughes, National Marketing Manager Retail, Dexus
The HCA program for leaders was an excellent investment for me. There are few opportunities locally in Australia to access such a high quality program – informative, challenging and exceptionally well presented. The opportunity to learn and share with such a diversity community of participants is also real value added. My thanks to the HBS Professors and the HCA team.
— Harvey Collins, Director, Navitas Limited
This was a great experience, especially the excellent presentations from the Harvard professors. I left better equipped to deal with changes and challenges in the workplace. I also valued greatly the opportunity to expand my professional network and to discuss case studies with leaders from various backgrounds As a senior mentor within DFAT, this will enable me to better advance the objectives of the DFAT’s Women in Leadership agenda. I was grateful for the opportunity to participate, through the Chief Executive Woman (CEW) scholarship and I highly recommend this program.
— Majell Hind, Consul-General, Australian Embassy Jakarta


Our program has been recognised as the leading one of its kind in Australia. Over the years we’re thrilled to have seen representation from some of Australia’s most respected companies and organisations, including:


A unique opportunity today, could see you Achieve the next level of executive success tomorrow.

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