The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Leadership & Management Development

Haslam College of Business

Management Development Program

During the “Great Recession”, many organizations cut back on employee development and "baby boomer" employees delayed retirement until the stock market recovered. The result is companies are faced with potential leadership gap. Additionally, organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to send their employees away for a week at a time. The Management Development Program is a program designed for managers being prepared for positions of increased responsibility in their organizations, current managers motivated to succeed, and high potential employees while being away from work only a couple of days a month.

The Management Development Program is taught over a six month period requiring employees to miss only two days per month. Each two-day module is thematically-based as follows:

Key Benefits

The program focuses on the various aspects of leadership to provide a sound leadership and business management foundation for current leaders. In addition to covering leadership topics, this program delves into operations excellence, supply chain management and financial topics to provide a broad-based program that will prepare managers to be successful in their current jobs and prepare them for positions of increased responsibility in the future.

We place a strong emphasis on interactive learning, combining individual and team coursework, lectures, and experiential and multi-mode learning. You’ll be pushed to learn, think and lead at a higher level.

The overarching objectives of this program are:

  • To improve leadership skills and knowledge
  • To understand how to a create a climate of performance in their sphere of responsibility
  • To identify and overcome organizational constraints that restrict growth
  • To understand financial statements and contribution margin analysis
  • To create competitive advantage by effectively managing the supply chain
  • To develop effective tactics to support strategic goals und how to lead change from the middle out

Intended Audience

  • Current managers motivated to succeed
  • Managers being prepared to assume increased responsibility
  • High-potential employees
  • Anyone wishing to improve their leadership and business skills


Program currently offered as a custom solution only. Please contact Program Director Ron Solmonson at 855 974 9306 for more information.


Chad W. Autry, Ph.D. - Taylor Professor of Supply Chain Management, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Chad’s professional background includes years of experience in retail and restaurant operations management, information technology consulting, and supply chain process redesign.

John E. Bell, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. A retired Air Force officer, John’s teaching and research interests are in logistics and supply chain management, vehicle routing, facility location, supply chain strategy and risk.

Alex Miller, Ph.D.—William B. Stokely Chair in Management and Director, Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness, Department of Management. Alex was the founder of UT’s Aerospace MBA program, the first accredited MBA program to focus exclusively on the aerospace industry, and teaches in other executive MBA programs. Alex has taught in open enrollment executive development programs for over 20 years specializing in strategy and innovation.

Timothy Munyon, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Department of Management. Tim’s research focuses on performance processes, employee retention, and workforce planning for individuals and teams.

James Reeve, Ph.D.—Professor Emeritus, Department of Accounting and Information Management. Jim’s research interests include work in managerial accounting, supply chain management, lean manufacturing, and information management. Jim has extensive executive education program development and delivery experience.

Elaine Seat, Ph.D.—faculty, Department of Management. Elaine has 20 years’ experience as design engineer and engineering manager and is the founder of the leadership development minor for engineering undergraduates at UT. She specializes in performance enhancement for engineering and technical professionals.

Mandyam ("Srini") Srinivasan, Ph.D.- Professor and the Pilot Corporation Chair of Excellence, Department of Business Analytics and Statistics. Srini teaches in many executive MBA and open enrollment program, and he helped establish the Theory of Constraints Institute.


$7,500—All modules
$1,600—Per two-day module

Cost of the program includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch*, coffee and break refreshments
  • On-campus parking (as applicable)
  • All instructional and participant materials/simulations
  • Professional education credits, where applicable and by request

    * Lunch is not included with the Kingsport Program

Preferred pricing is available for multiple attendees from the same organization, and for current students and alumni of the Executive-Level MBA programs.

Visit our preferred pricing page or call +1 (865) 974-5001 for more information.

Graduate & Executive Education ~ 504 Haslam Business Building ~ 1000 Volunteer Boulevard Knoxville, TN ~ 37996-4150
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