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Harvard online learning gives Aramco employees leadership edge

More than 21,000 employees complete Harvard ManageMentor modules.

Harvard online learning gives Aramco employees leadership edge

More than 21,000 Aramco employees have completed over 40,000 learning modules on Harvard ManageMentor (HMM), the online education platform offered by Harvard Business Publishing.


“Use of HMM has been very impressive,” said Colin Sloman, director of the Management and Professional Development Department (M&PDD).


“Our people have a huge thirst for learning and we are delighted they have taken to HMM with such enthusiasm,” he said. 



Top three Aramco employee Harvard ManageMentor modules
• Presentation skills
• Stress management
• Time management.


M&PDD made the digital platform available to company employees in July 2019 as the result of a comprehensive review of Aramco’s leadership development programs, which led to a strategic partnership with Harvard Business School (HBS).


Harvard Business Publishing is a wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard University and reports to HBS. The goal of HMM is to improve management practice, according to its website.


The HMM platform provides high quality leadership development content and contains more than 40 online modules focused on managing yourself, overseeing groups, and driving business.


COVID-19 accelerates adoption 


The strategic objective for promoting HMM was to foster a robust and sustainable learning culture throughout the company by encouraging self-directed learning, according to M&PDD.


The platform was made available as part of the company’s digital transformation, and has been embedded in development programs and services offered by M&PDD, including the Talent Assessment Center’s pathways, The Leadership Center’s courses, and the Professional Development Program.


M&PDD’s initial goal was to attract 5,000 unique users, but this was quickly surpassed, and reached a total of 8,429 users in 2019.


Last year, the COVID-19 global pandemic accelerated dramatically the adoption of digital learning with physically distancing requirements and the onset of remote working. M&PDD ensured ongoing employee development was continued through virtual learning technologies.


Continuing the journey

These outstanding results indicate the high-level of commitment and ownership that employees have toward personal development, as well as their appreciation of the various opportunities offered to them, according to M&PDD.


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