Cranfield General Management Programme

Cranfield School of Management

Cranfield General Management Development
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Cranfield General Management Programme

Making the transition to cross functional leadership

The breadth and depth of management knowledge and experience gained on the Cranfield General Management Programme helps functional and specialist managers to inspire and drive change across the business.  The programme supports this transition to cross-functional leadership, preparing you for a general management role, thereby enhancing your delivery of successful business initiatives.

The challenge for those working across organisational activities is the need to work effectively with different perspectives and priorities. The Cranfield General Management Programme provides a unique insight into this because it is specifically designed around the diverse ‘live’ issues brought to the programme by each participant. This enables you to work on your own challenges and explore different perspectives and business models in a supportive environment that cannot  be replicated at work.

“By addressing your own cross functional business issues on the programme you will be using your time at Cranfield on work and not time away from work”.

Mike Bernon, Programme Director


The Cranfield General Management Programme is a development experience that opens up new possibilities for managers with specialist or functional expertise. They discover how a cross functional perspective will ensure they add maximum value to the business and will prepare them for more senior roles.


There are four modules:

  • Understanding your business model
  • Influencing your business model
  • The transition to cross functional leadership
  • Continuing development review

Participant profile

Aspiring managers responsible for organisational activities or functions,  needing to broaden their business contribution or prepare for more senior roles.

Read more details on a typical participant profile and the companies who have attended.

Case study

"In essence I found the programme inspirational, if you want to develop as a leader I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it."
Kevin Read, Site General Manager, Dairy Crest. 

Read more about Kevin Read's experience of the Cranfield General Management Programme.

Kevin Read, Site General Manager, Dairy Crest. Read more about  of the Cranfield General Management Programme.


You will leave the programme with:

  • The capabilities to inspire and implement substantial improvement across the business
  • Understanding of ‘big picture’ strategic issues facing your business and how the business may need to develop to meet these
  • Enhanced understanding of your leadership profile, enabling you to work far more effectively with senior managers and leaders outside your own area of expertise
  • The ability to develop a more questioning approach to organisational practices
  • Preparation for wider leadership roles
  • The opportunity for you to assess your progress over a 12 month period


Mike Bernon

Dr Martin Clarke

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Cranfield (1 x 3.5 days, 1 x 4.5 days, 1 x 3 days) residential + 1 day Review Module (after 6 months).


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Fees include tuition, course materials, accommodation (where applicable) and lifelong access to Alumni Membership Benefits.

For further information contact:-

Sara Shakespeare
+ 44 (0) 1234 754569

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