Strategic Metals Management

The only strategy and leadership education program designed specifically for metals leaders.


Join Us at the Charles F. Knight Center located on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis


Cohort 17 Dates


Module 1: Leading Strategy – January 27-31, 2025

Module 2: Managing Markets and Customers – April 7-11, 2025

Module 3: Driving Operational Excellence – June 2-6, 2025

Module 4: Corporate Strategy, Growth and Role of M&A – September 15-19, 2025

Module 5: Leading for High Performance – December 8-11, 2025

Strategic Metals Management

There’s no other executive leadership program like it— not even the top MBA programs deliver more value. That’s because our program combines a metals-focused curriculum with a rare opportunity to build an industrywide network with peers at mills and service centers. In fact, the program is so efficient and effective at building high-performance organizations, some MSCI members even require graduation as a condition for promotion. Whether you’re concerned about succession planning or relationship-building, there’s no better way to invest in your emerging leaders. The Strategic Metals Management program gives them the knowledge, skills, and connections they need to ensure the ongoing success of your business.

Unique Networking Opportunities

In business, who you know may be as important as what you know. The Strategic Metals Management program gives students an exclusive opportunity to build relationships with fellow senior executives from mills and service centers. Here and only here, students learn about both sides of the business from each other’s perspective. And they get a head start on making lifetime connections with the people they’ll directly do business with in the future, offering immeasurable business value. Enrollment is limited to create an ideal environment for learning and networking.

Class Modules

The Strategic Metals Management program is a five-week course of study conducted over a year’s time. Students attend sessions in five week-long increments. The five modules address complex, cross-functional issues that have been identified as the most compelling challenges and opportunities in today’s environment. We introduced a new Cleveland-Cliffs case study last year that was developed to bring industry-focused learning through all five weeks of the program – a great enhancement to the already preeminent coursework.

Module 1: Leading Strategy

Starting with a review of strategy, we explain the interdependence between strategy and leadership. Professional assessments and aspects of individual leadership help participants define areas of business acumen and management skill they want to focus on throughout the program.

  • Strategy and Change
  • Industry Analysis and Evolution
  • Leadership and Value Creation
  • Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Week three covers managing sales and organic growth. We build on the strategy themes of creating, capturing, and sustaining value with a focus on execution. This module blends elements of strategic execution, customer management, market-focused operations and financial management to deliver outstanding returns.

  • Value Capture, and Strategic Execution
  • Market-Focused Operations
  • Financial Measures and Managing for Results
  • Profitability and Customer Management

Operational excellence involves strategic management of costs and production capabilities to improve efficiencies and go-to-market effectiveness. This module examines how operational excellence can be achieved through tools, frameworks, and leadership skills.

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Lean and Six Sigma Management Tools
  • Operations Strategy
  • Leadership, Negotiations, and Conflict Management

Corporations grow organically and through acquisitions. The domain of mergers and acquisitions comprises elements of corporate strategy and financial management. Here, participants learn the principles of corporate finance and strategy, valuation and due diligence. The module focuses on opportunities and challenges, presented by growth through acquisition.

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Financial Value Creation
  • Investment and Valuation Analysis
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Effective leadership requires creating and implementing successful strategies. This module focuses on the essential management and leadership skills that executives need to energize and grow their business.

  • Managing and Leading Change
  • Team Leadership and Managing for High Performance
  • Leadership Styles and Effective Communication
  • Informal Leadership, Power, and Politics

Elite Faculty

You won’t find a stronger faculty anywhere. Period.

Since 2006, our program has been taught by top professors from the Olin Business School—one of the best executive education resources in the world—and other universities with special expertise in all aspects of management.

Many examples and case studies are metals-industry specific, and instructors share in-depth industry insights through presentations, panel discussions and other coursework.

Armed with real-world knowledge, students return to your business with ideas and tactics they can apply immediately. And as graduates, they often return to our program as guest speakers.


Contact Monique Combs at or (847) 485-3004 to register.

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