Cambridge University’s Judge business school in the UK is to start building its portfolio of executive short programmes with the launch of a course for senior managers in November.

The Advanced Leadership Programme will be three weeks in length and will be targeted at those managers in their forties and early fifties who are poised for board level appointments.

The programme will be three weeks in length, which, says Peter Williamson, visiting professor of international management at the Judge, “is about as long as a senior manager can take away.” The more traditional AMP (Advanced Management Programme) tends to be considerably longer - at Harvard Business School, for example, the AMP is eight weeks in length. In order to run the programme in just three weeks, the school will “assume the people who come have a strong foundation in business disciplines,” says Prof Williamson.

As well as the more traditional business teaching, the 15 to 20 participants will also be taught by professors from other departments in the university, such as engineering or economics. In addition some of the college masters - such as Sir Richard Dearlove, head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) until May 2004 and now Master of Pembroke College - and local entrepreneurs - Hermann Hauser, founder of Acorn, for example, will be involved.

As well as traditional lectures, it is intended that the Cambridge boat crew and an orchestra - the Britten Sinfonia - will also be integral to the programme. Participants will also have access to executive coaching and health management.

It is expected that the programme will run twice a year.

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