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The new age COO is a strategic partner to the CEO, playing a pivotal role in transforming organizational vision into reality while driving organizational success and inspiring global teams to deliver outstanding results. The Michigan Ross Executive Education Chief Operating Officer (COO) Program is an immersive 8-month multi-modular program that includes live online modules balanced with classroom modules at the Michigan Ross campus at Ann Arbor and Los Angeles, USA. The program is designed to prepare you to excel in your leadership journey as a future-focused and inspired COO. The program will empower you with insights, knowledge and best practices in strategy, leadership, operational excellence and innovation needed to navigate the complex landscape of modern business with confidence.

Through a dynamic curriculum you will explore cutting-edge frameworks and tools to administer a strategic approach to leadership and organizational excellence to drive long-term growth, profitability and business efficiencies. Through this transformative learning journey you will evolve into a strategic COO primed to lead and transform organizations.


of COOs agree or strongly agree that they will use GenAI to support new business models.

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of COOs are increasing investments in new technology to improve functions.

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of COOs are considering changes to their operational footprint—a signal that flexibility will continue to be necessary.

Source: PwC Pulse Survey, 2022

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Program Benefits

After the completion of the Chief Operating Officer Program you will be a part of a cohort of global leaders and practitioners.

You also receive the benefits listed below*:

  • Inclusion in the Michigan Ross Executive Education Network
  • Earn the Michigan Ross Executive Education Distinguished Leader Executive Certificate
  • 25% scholarship for life for Michigan Ross Executive Education Programs
  • Access to the Kresge Library Services on the Michigan Ross campus
  • Access and invitations to exclusive Michigan Ross Executive Education sponsored events, conferences, and seminars
  • Receive a Continuing Education Unit letter

*All benefits are subject to change.


At Michigan Ross, we are leaders, researchers, and lifelong learners creating innovative solutions to the world’s most complex business challenges. Our mission is to build a better world through business. We are committed to unlock the potential of business by developing powerful ideas, purpose-driven leaders, and a community dedicated to making a positive impact.

Our impact extends far beyond the classroom as we aim to set a new standard in business and business education, and empower business leaders to make a positive difference in the world. Our core values serve as guiding principles for how we lead and represent our commitment to excellence;

  • Connect and Collaborate
  • Learn and Grow
  • Do Great Things
  • Be an Owner
  • Be Inclusive



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Key Takeaways

  • Develop a strategic vision and articulate competitive and corporate strategy with a strong focus on strategic alliances, risk mitigation and financial performance
  • Nurture executive presence for the C-Suite with emphasis on persuasive leadership development, corporate governance and change management
  • Understand the impact of digital transformation on business models
  • Prepare for the future by understanding the drivers of modern supply chains and advanced manufacturing technologies
  • Leverage data analytics and data visualization tools for strategic decision-making in real-time
  • Identify new operating models to leverage exponential technologies such as AI and ML in business
  • Foster strategic decision-making capabilities around disruptive technologies such as IoT, digital twins, metaverse, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, smart contract, P2P lending, 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping etc. across industries
  • Create a mindset to achieve personal and professional purpose & goals. Leverage ones professional network for career growth
  • Embrace design thinking framework for building an innovative problem-solving mindset
  • Unravel real-world problem-solving strategies through a hands-on simulation-based approach


Who Should Attend

The COO program is recommended for participants who have,

  • A minimum of 10 years of work experience in functional, technical, or business roles and may also include:
    • CXOs, Directors, Presidents, VPs, etc.
    • Executives with demonstrated career progression and success across levels
    • Senior functional managers and business heads with experience in strategizing and implementing operational initiatives
    • Managers of managers
    • Individuals with outstanding careers and leadership roles in a variety of settings
  • A strong drive to succeed and aspirations for reaching beyond the obvious career milestones
  • A graduate degree with a strong academic track record
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

*All attendees must apply and be accepted. Space is limited.



The Chief Operating Officer program is delivered by Michigan Ross faculty who are experts in learning and leading. With their unique insights and industry expertise, the distinguished Ross faculty will lead you through an action-based learning experience, tailored to your organizational culture. You will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best faculty in the world, as they work with you to understand your career goals and guide your learning journey accordingly.

Faculty Director

Prof. (Dr.) Damian Beil
Donald C. Cook Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Technology and Operations

Chair of Technology and Operations

Dr. Damian Beil is the Area Chair for the Technology & Operations group at Ross. He teaches the MBA operations management core and an elective on strategic sourcing. In his research, Beil develops mathematical models to analyze complex problems in sourcing. His primary research interests are in strategic sourcing, supply chain management, and market design across a variety of settings and industries. He serves as an Associate Editor for Management Science, Operations Research, and Naval Research Logistics, and is on the Editorial Board of INFORMS Analytics Collections. Prior to joining Michigan, Beil received a BA in Mathematics from New College and a PhD in Operations Research from MIT.

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Program faculty may include*:

  • Andrew Wu
    Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations; Stein Research Scholar; Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow
  • Brad Killaly
    Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy
  • Hyun-Soo Ahn
    Ford Motor Company Co-Director of the Joel D. Tauber Institute for Global Operations; Professor of Technology and Operations
  • Izak Duenyas
    Herrick Professor of Business; Professor of Technology and Operations; Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering; Faculty Director, Executive MBA Program
  • Lindy Greer
    Professor for Management and Organizations; Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow
  • Maxim Sytch
    Professor of Management and Organizations
  • M. S. Krishnan
    Faculty Director; Accenture Professor of Computer Information Systems; Professor of Technology & Operations
  • Nigel Melville
    Associate Professor of Technology and Operations
  • Ravi Anupindi
    Colonel William G. and Ann C. Svetlich Professor of Operations Research and Management; Professor of Technology & Operations; Faculty Director, Center for Value Chain Innovation
  • Ruslan Momot
    Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations
  • Sanjeev Kumar
    Lecturer of Technology and Operations

*Program faculty is subject to change



The Chief Operating Officer Program is precisely designed for senior leaders in operational functions who are ready to embrace advanced leadership responsibilities. The curriculum of the COO Program is designed for future COOs to bolster five crucial pillars that are indispensable for high-performing operations leaders. Those five crucial pillars are;

  • Understanding global operations in the context of competitive and corporate strategy, with a focus on value creation, risk management, buffer management and variability
  • Asserting executive leadership through negotiations and influence in order to lead growth in times of crisis
  • Envisaging operational strategy for the future-ready organization while keeping a focus on financial performance
  • Business model innovation: The COO perspective
  • Using a design thinking framework and building an innovation pipeline
  • Implementing digital transformation, big data strategy with a focus on data security and privacy
  • Machine Learning and Data-Driven Decision-Making Models
  • Create an enterprise-wide digital infrastructure for seamless integration of various business functions
  • Leveraging exponential technologies in shaping business strategy
  • Envisaging Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning driven operating models in business
  • Leading the application of emerging technologies such as fintech, blockchain, metaverse, digital manufacturing, IoT etc. across industries
  • Understanding the complexities of modern supply chains and digital manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing & rapid prototyping
  • Digital Supply Chain: Reinventing Supply Chains for the Future
  • Risk management in global supply chains
  • Building Digital Resilience With Supply Chain 5.0
  • The new paradigm shift for COO: Master the essential skills required for leaders to thrive in an ever changing business landscape
  • Creating and executing a company’s vision and missions, while maximizing the COO’s effectiveness in the boardroom
  • Shifting COOs’ priorities: Building high-performing teams while migrating to a data driven mindset and managing cross-cultural issues in global organizations
  • Aligning short-term and long-term strategic goals



Through the course of this program, you will work on a capstone project specifically designed to give you the tools to apply your learnings in a real world context. This application-oriented approach will instill practical problem-solving skills, strategic decision-making capabilities, and innovative thinking. It will also enhance collaborative skills through peer learning and cooperation.

The focus of the project could be a business plan for a new idea, an existing or perceived business challenge at your workplace, or a potential opportunity in the market. You will identify a suitable and significant topic and execute it in three phases:

  • Project initiation, planning and research
  • Project review
  • Final presentation and feedback session


Program Experience

The Chief Operating Officer Program is a comprehensive learning experience with a blend of classroom modules and live online modules designed especially for busy working professionals. The program employs an action-based learning approach that promotes the real-world application of what you learn during the program and is delivered by distinguished Michigan Ross faculty. The program will also enable you to grow your global network of like-minded inspired COOs and augment your learning journey with a diverse peer group.

Action-based Learning

Michigan Ross pioneered action-based learning 25 years ago to provide exceptional learning experiences drawn from our world-class research and a client-centric design process that elevates thinking and drives unparalleled business results in formats that fit your lifestyle. Through our experiential learning approach, you and your colleagues leave our programs with actionable plans and evidence-based tools that ensure a significant positive impact. Our approach helps you create more value for your customers, employees, shareholders, and communities.

Program Highlights

Executive Coaching

Immersive Classroom Experience

World-class learning experience at the Michigan Ross campus at Ann Arbor and Los Angeles, USA, home to exceptional research facilities, innovative startups, and more.

Alumni Advantage

Exclusive Network

Upon program completion, join the elite Michigan Ross Executive Education Network.

Distinguished Leader

Distinguished Leader

Receive the coveted Michigan Ross Distinguished Leader Executive Certificate.

World Renowed Faculty

World-Renowned Faculty

Gain insights from accomplished senior faculty members from Michigan Ross.

Leading-Edge Curriculum

Leading-Edge Curriculum

An expansive curriculum focused on crucial areas of organizational operations.

Real-World Application

Real-World Application

An action-based learning approach to promote real-world problem-solving.

Peer Learning


Extend your professional network to include a cohort of like-minded, ambitious operations leaders from around the world.

Exclusive Learning Material

Gain access to the Kresge Library Services while on campus for in-depth and expansive business research.



The program follows a simple 3-step application process. The step-by-step process is outlined below.


Candidates can apply to the program online and attach all required materials as outlined in the requirements below.

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The admissions team will assess your application as soon as it is received.


Candidates might be required to give an interview before being accepted into the program. Once all the requirements are completed, the admissions team will notify you with a decision.


Applicants for the program are required to have:

  • A resume in Word or PDF format
  • Two professional references to discuss your candidacy in detail


Program Fee

The program fee is inclusive of all taxes. It covers teaching fees, all academic materials, lunches, and select dinners.

The fee does not include transport expenses (domestic and international), any associated visa fees, etc. nor accommodation for modules and/or workshops. It also does not cover any other expenses that are not expressly mentioned.


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Please Note: 

  • The application fee for the COO program is USD 200.
  • The application fee is refunded only in the case an applicant is not offered admission to the program.



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