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Global Shared Value Leadership

Linking Company and Community Prosperity through Shared Value

Thank you for your interest in the Global Shared Valued Leadership (GSVL) Program. Applications for the August 18 - August 29, 2014 program are being accepted. The deadline for applications is July 18, 2014 at 5pm EST. Click here to apply.

Program Overview

Harvard Professors Michael Porter and Mark Kramer's cutting-edge action research, deeply rooted in the shared value community-driven approach, inspires the ten-day program that is designed to equip participants with the mindset, skills, expertise, tools, and networks to create innovative solutions to emergent social problems. Such solutions include reconceiving products and markets based on the needs of customers, redefining productivity in the value chain, and building supportive industry clusters at company locations.  

Selected participants are placed together in a Cohort compromised of 24 participants -- eight senior executives, eight NGO leaders, and eight government leaders. The trusting environment created affords participants the opportunity to build positive work relationships that they can draw on long after they have left the program.  

Program topic areas include:

  • The Roots of Shared Value
  • How Shared Value is Created
  • The Leaders We Need for Shared Value Creation
  • How to Identify Points of Intersection Between Business, Government, and Society
  • Selecting Social Issues to Address
  • Mobilizing for Collective Action and Creating Shared Value
  • The "How" of Stakeholder Engagement and Leveraging Others' Capabilities
  • Using Action Learning for Executive Problem Solving and Shared Value Creation
  • Engaging People and Teams to Create Shared Value Partnerships
  • Leading Change
  • Participant Work Groups: Developing a Roadmap for Implementation
  • Work Group Presentations (Participants Share and Discuss Their Organizational Action Plans)

In addition to a Roadmap for Implementation, participants will develop a Personal and Organizational Action Plan to ensure their further development. 

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the essential tenets and tools related to shared value creation, the action learning process, and emergent, design and systems thinking to real-world challenges they are facing,
  • Work in multiple stakeholder environments to achieve goals collectively,
  • Apply emergent design thinking and action learning to solve complex social problems,
  • Create the conditions needed to design and achieve impact that benefits all stakeholders,
  • Understand the challenges of creating shared value in today's complex world,
  • Understand how personal values, assumptions, beliefs, and expectations impact the willingness to unlearn and relearn,
  • Using facilitation skills, engage in dialogue, lead by questioning and give effective feedback,
  • Understand how engagement, presence, and authenticity impacts how people interact and learn together, and
  • Understand that ultimately creating an organizational culture of collaboration and collective learning starts with "modeling the behavior you seek in others."


The tuition cost for the GSVL Program is $6,000 USD per session. This fee includes all materials. Payment should be made in one lump sum of $6,000 USD by July 18, 2014. American University does not accept personal credit cards as payment. However, government and company credit cards are accepted.


This program draws on the talents of the world's top leading thinkers, educators, and practitioners in the fields of innovation, shared value creation, leadership, economic growth, social entrepreneurship, cross-cultural community, strategic management, public administration, and negotiation. Facilitators are expert practitioners and will employ concepts and tools developed by industry leaders, draw from the participant's experience, and apply them to a student-specific shared value context. 

How Your Organization Will Benefit

  • Collective learning through knowledge sharing, networking and multi-stakeholder processes,
  • Partnering with companies, governments, and nonprofits, and communities to connect societal and economic progress,
  • Capability to look at decisions and opportunities through the lens of shared value creation,
  • Capacity to reconceive products and markets redefine productivity in the value chain and build supportive industry clusters at the company's locations,
  • Greater innovation and growth for companies -- and also greater benefits for society,
  • Capacity to institutionalize trade-offs between economic efficiency and social progress, 
  • Spur and lead transformation of business thinking.

Societal Benefits

  • Creation of new avenues for innovation,
  • Creation of new ventures and opening of local offices of multinationals,
  • New infrastructure that provides better transportation and communication,
  • Effective institutions that help investors and entrepreneurs network and learn from one another,
  • Capital sources that provide equity capital for companies at a pre-sales stage, 
  • New non-monetary value, such as mentorship and contacts,
  • Visible success stories that inspire youth and would-be entrepreneurs
  • A good ecosystem for ordinary people become entrepreneurs, and
  • Public leaders acting as strong, public advocates of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.

Learning Model

An experiential learning environment will be created to promote dynamic interchange of ideas, shared learning, teamwork, collaboration, discovery, and greater personal accountability for achieving results. The experiential approach includes self-assessment exercises, practical group exercises, use of applied examples, and discussions from business, social, and environmental perspectives.


You are eligible to apply if you have:

  • Experience in business management, public administration, or NGO management,
  • A university degree (preferred) and/or relevant experience
  • At least three years experience with a company, government agency or NGO
  • Mid- to senior-level position working in one of the 3Es (Education, Entrepreneurship, Environment)
  • Competence in English (minimum TOEFL score 500)

Need Help?

Please email Pape Samb, GSVL Consultant at or cal +1 202.557.4901






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