Essential Law for Executives: The MIT Advantage
Duration: A Two-day Program for Senior Operations Management
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $2,900 (excluding accommodations)
Dates: Nov 21-22, 2013 | Mar 18-19, 2014 | Nov 20-21, 2014
Are you making decisions which have legal implications you wish you better understood? Are you planning transactions or initiatives that could be buttressed by a more savvy grasp of the legal opportunities and risks? As you plan new products, ventures and business models, are there advantages the law provides which you may be overlooking, or legal risks which could undo your efforts? Could you be doing a better job of protecting and commercializing your IP? As your leadership and supervisory responsibilities broaden, are you confronted by law-sensitive issues for which your training and experience have not prepared you? Are you worried about your personal legal exposure as well as that of your company?
The U.S. legal system is business-friendly but demanding. Throughout your career, you will likely confront law-sensitive issues crucial to the welfare of your company and your own success. You may be savvy in other respects, but the law takes a unique view of rights and obligations. The ability to navigate tricky legal waters is a key competence for a manager and a competitive advantage for a company. Lack of such skill can doom an otherwise sound business strategy, and cast a long shadow over the careers of the managers involved.
Some legal issues are best addressed by consulting a lawyer, and this course will discuss how to make good use of lawyers. But professional legal advice is not a substitute for your own good judgment on law-sensitive issues; Leadership Accountability and the Law will provide that judgment with a big boost.
"In an increasingly complex legal landscape with proportionate liability exposure for companies and management, this is an excellent course that provides a framework of the key issues."
Hassan Basil Hassan
Associate General Counsel
United Arab Emirates
Who Should Attend
In the U.S., the legal system is an exceptionally forceful presence for business. IP law is complex and contentious. “U.S.-style” contracts are complicated. Litigation is more common, which puts companies and managers under a harsh legal spotlight. Regulators are quick to use harsh sanctions, including the criminal law, to police mainstream businesses. The legal framework for analyzing business issues is not an academic construct – it is real, and bites deep.
Any manager in the U.S. with significant responsibility needs an understanding of the law and would benefit from attending Leadership Accountability and the Law.
The program is also be useful for many managers from outside the U.S. Foreign companies doing business in the U.S. must adapt to the U.S. legal system. In addition, the U.S. legal style is a strong influence on transactions elsewhere – for example, in M&A and venture capital.
Akula has used the materials in this course with a broad range of managers, including those with particular operational functions and those like CEOs with broad responsibilities, from young and established companies, from the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and from companies around the world.