2018 Program for Non-Profit Leaders, 25-27 July - OPEN for Bookings Now

To request a Brochure please contact:

Suzie Ruse, Program Manager
0424 243 369

HCA program for NON-PROFIT LEADERS 2018
The Future of work in the digital age: Winning through talent, technology and improved productivity.
Wednesday 25 - Friday 27 July, 2018

at Sydney conference & training Centre, Ingleside.

Program Description

This course is designed for senior executives with responsibility for strategy, leadership, and organisational performance.  It will be presented by Professor Felix Oberholzer-Gee.

Digital technology and the resulting flood of data promise to re-make service design and client relationships as we know them. But what about the organisation’s relationship with its employees, staff and volunteers? How does people management evolve as a result of technological advances?

This program will focus on the ways leading organisations use technology and data to improve the productivity of their workforce and their social impact. The traditional organisation chart provides less and less insight into the ways in which employees actually accomplish their work. Executives who measure and manage worker productivity in old-fashioned ways risk missing key drivers of performance.

testimonials from past participants

This is modern professional learning at its best – rich case studies, powerful straight- forward tools, direct linkage to our organisational context and the opportunity to learn from an outstanding cohort of peers. In 2 days I was able to build my repertoire of practical tools whilst reflecting strategically. It has taken our organisation forward.
— Ingrid Sealey, Program Director, Fogarty EDvance
The opportunity to attend a Harvard course was a dream come true. Our Professor from the Harvard Business School had first-hand experience in the sector taking us through strategy, scalability, funding models, board structure and social impact to name a few. We reviewed and worked through real life case studies of charities, with the Professor guiding us and encouraging us to think more laterally. We could relate our own charities back to the case studies and seek feedback which was invaluable. It was a remarkable experience and one I highly recommend.
— Ralph Kelly, Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation, Founder, Director & CEO



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Felix Oberholzer-Gee

Felix Oberholzer-Gee is the Andreas Andresen Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. A member of the faculty since 2003, Professor Oberholzer-Gee received his Masters degree, summa cum laude, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Zurich. His first faculty position was at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He currently teaches competitive strategy in executive education programs such as the Program for Leadership Development, the Senior Executive Program for China, and in a program for media executives titled Effective Strategies for Media Companies. His course Strategies Beyond the Market is a popular elective class for second-year MBA students.

Professor Oberholzer-Gee won numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including the Harvard Business School Class of 2006 Faculty Teaching Award for best teacher in the core curriculum, and the 2002 Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award for best teacher in the Wharton MBA program. Prior to his academic career, Professor Oberholzer-Gee served as managing director of Symo Electronics, a Swiss-based process control company.

Professor Oberholzer-Gee’s research and consulting are centered on competitive strategy, international competition, and non-market strategy, a branch of strategic management that studies how companies best work with government and non-governmental groups. In recent work, he studied how entertainment companies can successfully manage the digital transition. His work has been profiled by media outlets around the world, including ABC Nightly News, Financial Times, Guardian, Le Figaro, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, New York Times, Singapore Straits Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

INDICATIVE CASES and program content *

The course has three focus areas:

First, we ask how world-class organisations gain visibility into patterns of communication and collaboration among employees, and how senior executives use these insights to foster teamwork and design environments
in which talent can thrive. We will pay close attention to workplace transparency – how does the behaviour of employees change as we begin to observe them and what are the new ways of organising work. In many
sectors, digital technology will shift the boundaries of organisations and influence which activities take place inside the organisation and which ones reside in loose networks.

Second, we will ask how data allows us to become more effective in our own work. What data do we generate (often without even thinking about it) and what insight might we gain from analysing it? Are there gaps that we might be able to close easily? Using sample data, we will discuss different approaches to becoming more effective with the help of feedback from data.

The final focus area is concerned with the future of work more generally. What does the rise of artificial intelligence imply for employees and organisations? How do leaders think about the role of human workers in
organisations? In which ways are they critical for our success? Where does technology really have an edge? This part of the course will build on the (early) insights of a major HBS research initiative that explores the future of work.

* Subject to change.

Program inclusions

Our fully residential program includes:

  • An engaging, informative program featuring case study discussions and lectures with a leading strategy expert
  • Networking opportunities with fellow attendees, all non-profit leaders
  • All meals prepared by on-site chef
  • Two nights’ four star accommodation & use of leisure facilities
  • Complimentary on-site parking
  • Plus, to simulate the same learning environment as the Harvard Business School, we will also be building a customised, two-level "U" shaped lecture theatre in the main conference room

Cost: $2200 + GST per person; a $550 deposit is payable upon registration.


Our program for leaders is aimed at CEOs and senior leaders of charitable not-for-profit organisations or social enterprises. The organisations they lead must, in the opinion of Harvard Club of Australia, generally fit one or more of the following criteria:

  1. They offer a charitable, community-public benefit or poverty relief purpose, as indicated by whether the NFP has Australian Tax Office TCC and/or DGR status, or “registered charity” status.
  2. They are a social enterprise or business (organisations using a business model to provide a social benefit) and which may not have TCC/DGR.
  3. They are an organisation with a community or public benefit purpose (generally evidenced by a “formal” governance structure, voluntary participation by members and independence from government).


Places are strictly limited to just 50 attendees!

For more information on our program for non-profit leaders, please complete your details below and a program supervisor will call you back.

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