| Program Objectives
- Enhancing the case teaching and learning
capacity of individual participants.
- Refining the facilitation,
communication, and discussion leadership skills of group leaders.
- Presenting, in-depth,
participant-centered learning—the style of pedagogy used
throughout all Anderson Center forums.
- Networking with members of leading
organizations and educational institutions in central and Greater
- Providing resources for post-forum
learning and application.
- Introducing the Discussion Leader
certification process to those interested in working with the Anderson
William (Willis) M. Emmons
Senior Lecturer of Business Administration and Director of the C.
Roland Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard Business
As Director of the Christensen Center,
Emmons oversees programs to promote and support teaching excellence and
innovation within Harvard Business School and to provide leadership and
expertise about case method teaching and participant-centered learning
for instructors at other institutions in the United States and abroad.
From 1999-2004, Emmons was Associate
Professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business in
the area of Strategy, Economics, Ethics and Policy, where he received
the Graduate Teaching Award (2003). At Georgetown he taught courses on
strategic management and international business. Emmons was a member of
the Harvard Business School faculty from 1989-1999 where, as part of
the Business, Government, and the International Economy (BGIE) unit, he
taught courses in the M.B.A. and executive education programs. He also
has taught extensively in corporate executive development programs and
has consulted to corporations and governments on domestic and
international issues relating to business strategy and government
Emmons received the A.B. cum laude in
Government (Phi Beta Kappa), the M.B.A. with high distinction (Baker
Scholar), and the Ph.D. in Business Economics, all from Harvard
University. His book, The Evolving Bargain: Strategic Implications of
Deregulation and Privatization. (Boston: Harvard Business School Press,
2000), winner of the 2001 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award, is based on
extensive international research and offers a practical framework for
understanding the challenges and potential rewards for established and
new ventures in the face of domestic and international market
liberalization. Emmons has published articles in a number of scholarly
journals, including The RAND Journal of Economics, The Review of
Economics and Statistics, and The Journal of Economic History. He is
also the author of over thirty Harvard Business School case studies and
conceptual notes in the field of business, government, and competition.
The fee for the Discussion Leadership Forum
is $1,500. The fee covers tuition, case materials, meals and
lodging. Nonprofit organizations receive a 20%
discount. Individuals and small or early stage organizations
interested in attending an Anderson Center forum, with limited ability
to pay, should inquire about scholarship opportunities.