Vietnam Partners coordinates with William Davidson Institute at Michigan University

William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan


Founded in 1992 as a non-profit institute located at the University of Michigan, the William Davidson Institute (WDI) offers companies and individuals the opportunity to participate in premier executive education programmes that are held locally. Through the Institute’s programmes, managers develop an improved understanding of the individual competencies, business organisations, and institutional structures necessary for companies to compete successfully in the global marketplace.

Over the past decade, more than 2,500 managers from over 500 companies throughout Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, Russia, South America, China and Vietnam have participated in programmes offered by the WDI. WDI programmes feature the latest global management thinking while also weaving in local examples to ensure the learning is relevant to the target audience.

Slideshow below recaps Vietnam Partners‘s latest visiting and meeting trip to William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in January 2022, represented by Bradley Lalonde & Trang Vu to discuss further how to have a proper implement and connecting Vietnam local’s universities with WDI for developing Mini MBA programs.

As a Michigan Alumnus, Mr. Bradley Lalonde has a strong vision and connection with William Davidson Institute and University of Michigan, he is acting as a valuable advisor and key contact person to help Vietnam’s universities to find a path in introducing corporate Mini MBA programs to their students like FPT School of Business (FSB)University of Management & Technology HCMC (UMT), etc.

At the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, unlocking the power of business to provide lasting economic and social prosperity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is in their DNA. They gather the data, develop new models, test concepts and collaborate with partners to find real solutions that lead to new opportunities. This is what they mean by Solving for Business—their calling since the Institute was first founded as an independent nonprofit educational organization in 1992. They believe societies that empower individuals with the tools and skills to excel in business, in turn generate both economic growth and social freedom—or the agency necessary for people to thrive.

They endeavor to make this vision a reality by collaborating with local and multinational firms, University of Michigan scholars and enterprising students, as well as experts in a variety of fields. Their Consulting work focuses on developing, adapting and applying sound business principles in interrelated economic sectors that are essential for vibrant economies. Their Training programs incorporate the latest thinking in management education, consider the local context and help to shape learners into the global leaders of today and tomorrow.

Through their unique blend of field-based experience and academic rigor, they help to build both resilient leaders and stronger businesses in low- and middle-income countries.

Mission: To equip economic decision-makers in emerging countries with the tools of commercial success

William Davidson (1922–2009), a successful global business leader and visionary, understood the value of the private sector to empower people around the world. He also understood that business principles could be applied to organizations that were socially beneficial, but unlikely to be profitable. 

With this insight, Davidson established the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall. 

“We are not just educators, administrators or businessmen; we are co-workers for the cause of economic and social freedom,” Davidson said in his speech inaugurating the Institute. 

Davidson’s stirring call paved the way for a legacy of action for the Institute that proudly bears his name. 


An intensive, two-week Executive Education programme designed for high potential and senior-level managers. It is organized by the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, in cooperation with the private universities in Vietnam. The programme combines both theory and practice.

The Strategic Management Programme enables participants to acquire a broad, cross-functional approach to general management. Participants leave the programme with an improved skill set and fresh ideas for approaching critical business issues. Upon completion of the programme, participants receive Strategic Management Programme certificates issued by the William Davidson Institute and the private universities in Vietnam.

The programme features professors from the top-ranking Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and from other leading US business schools.

The calibre of the participants is similarly impressive, with most holding senior-level management positions in multinational companies.


The Strategic Management Programme is designed to:

• Provide participants with core business management skills and improve their skills as executives;
• Enable participants to acquire a broad, cross-functional approach to general management;
• Help participants strengthen their leadership skills;
• Provide participants with course materials, readings, and tools that can be used later in their daily operations;
• Give participants an on-going professional network of peers.

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