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RAPS and Kellogg Offer 12th Year of Executive Development Program

Posted 01 December 2011 | By Jay Haroon 

The RAPS Executive Development Program will be held 11-14 June 2012. RAPS continues its successful partnership with the prestigious Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with a program designed specifically for senior-level regulatory professionals.

The Kellogg School of Management is well respected throughout the business community. Business Week ranks the school third out of all US business schools while The Wall Street Journal puts it fifth on their list of best business schools in the country.

RAPS research shows that regulatory professionals are increasingly taking on higher level roles within their organizations. This increase results from the globalization of the healthcare products sector and the need for new models for product development, lifecycle management and regulation. Regulatory professionals spend nearly 30% of their time on business and strategy with engagement directly related to job level.1

As more regulatory professionals seek graduate business degrees and executive education, the RAPS Executive Development Program at Kellogg is the only program of its kind that exclusively caters to senior regulatory professionals. The four-day program focuses on the skills executives in the regulatory field need to respond to domestic and global strategic challenges. It covers critical business topics such as:

  • change management
  • crisis management
  • decision-making
  • negotiation
  • new product development
  • operations management
  • strategy

The program is delivered by Northwestern University's distinguished faculty:

  • Timothy Calkins, MBA, is a clinical professor of marketing of health enterprise management, and teaches marketing strategy biomedical marketing courses for MBA students, as well as seminars for Kellogg's Executive Programs.
  • Lynn Cohn, JD, is the director of the program on negotiations and mediation at Northwestern Law School.
  • Daniel Diermeier, PhD, is the IBM Distinguished Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice and a professor of managerial economics and decision sciences at the Kellogg School of Management and of political science at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (by courtesy).
  • James D. Drury is co-academic director of the RAPS Executive Development program and assistant director of Kellogg's Health Industry Management Program.
  • Edward F.X. Hughes, MD, MPH, is co-academic director of the RAPS Executive Development program, a professor of management and strategy and of health industry management in the Kellogg School and a professor of preventive medicine in The Medical School, Northwestern University.
  • Leigh Thompson, PhD, is the J. Jay Gerber Distinguished Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
  • Edward Zajac, PhD, holds the James F. Bere Chair in Management and Organizations and is also a professor of health industry management.

The intimate classroom learning environment has drawn high praise from those who have participated in the program. Participants say they value the quality of the faculty but also the fact that they can learn from like-minded regulatory professionals-many of whom encounter similar business challenges.

Glenn Byrd, MBA, RAC, senior director regulatory affairs advertising and promotion at MedImmune and participant in 2011, remarked, "It was wonderful to learn from such a diverse group of professionals with a wide range of specialties. It really gave me a broad perspective on how to tackle day-to-day challenges."
You can learn more about the program at


1.   2010 RAPS Scope of Practice & Compensation Report for the Regulatory Profession.

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