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Developing "Contextual Intelligence" Through Executive Education at Fletcher

Bhaskar Chakravorti is a Senior Associate Dean at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Business schools have long offered executive education programs for corporations. Along with a welcome stream of revenue, these courses have also brought a sense of real-world dynamism to campuses, as they encourage working professionals to re-enter the classroom.

In the last decade, graduate schools in other arenas — like international relations, public affairs, law and even journalism — have also begun developing executive education courses, particularly in niche areas that are not covered by traditional business schools.

The London School of Economics and Political Science; the Graduate Institute, Geneva; the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; the Fletcher School at Tufts University; and the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore all have courses for working professionals and managers. …

…Bhaskar Chakravorti, senior associate dean at the Fletcher School, said that its executive classes were interdisciplinary.

“Here at the Institute for Business in the Global Context at Fletcher, we are creating cross-linkages between business and the broader contextual factors that affect business and vice versa,” he said, adding that subjects could include “geography, history, cross-border issues, security questions, diplomacy and cultural issues.”

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