One of the most difficult career transitions is from manager to leader, as it is no longer sufficient to rely on technical training to guide strategic thinking. The ability to devise and translate strategy from a vision to daily activity is one that requires keen self-awareness, and this transition point was the impetus for TenarisUniversity, Tenaris’s corporate training arm, to develop the Advanced Management Programme at Rice University.

Tenaris is a leading supplier of tubes and related services for the world's energy industry and other industrial applications. Through personal interviews with senior executives, Professors Brent Smith and Prashant Kale worked alongside the TenarisUniversity School of Management to design a one-week course that reflected the outcomes articulated by programme sponsors.

Forty-two Tenaris executives from around the world joined Rice University Executive Education on a journey that started by examining competitive position and continued through personal leadership style. With Tenaris’s focus on product innovation and customer service, the strategy content highlighted the organizational structure that shortens product-market cycles and the ability to align and deploy globally.

The curriculum moved from creating and implementing a strategy to the leaders’ personal role in managing change and teams. By understanding the role of a leader in building and shaping the context or culture necessary to support Tenaris’s primary strategic initiatives, participants built the context to focus on several of the underlying concerns for senior management including diversity and inclusion, managing cultural differences and improving autonomy and risk-taking to promote innovation.

In preparation for the next programme cohort, TenarisUniversity published a short video outlining the course and providing participant testimonials. Click below to view how Tenaris is preparing leaders for the future, and visit our other client impact stories to learn how Rice University Executive Education can partner with you to design customized learning solutions.