Professional Education

A unique aspect of the Koch Associate Program is its structure – four days of full-time work and one day a week of intensive professional education and training. The non-profit organizations associates work at range in size and include think tanks, public policy organizations, and education organizations.

For associates, Thursdays are spent at the Charles Koch Institute in the classroom learning and applying Market-Based Management® (MBM®), a framework for understanding how an organization grows and prospers in the long-term. Each week, instructors and lecturers lead associates through workshops, reading discussions, and group projects. Through these different academic exercises, associates work to better understand how free markets drive prosperity and how the principles of economic freedom can be implemented at an organizational level. Over the course of the year, associates gain the knowledge and skills to apply MBM tools and concepts at their full-time roles and gain better results. Want to learn more about MBM?

Thursdays at the Institute are varied, but the curriculum usually consists of four broad components:

  • Workshops & simulations: Interactive workshops taught by Institute instructors build skills like project management, effective decision-making, how to hire the right people, writing, public speaking, and more. Simulations bring to life concepts of economic thinking, incentives, vision, and integrity.
  • Reading discussions: To understand the philosophical underpinnings of free societies, associates read selections from a variety of disciplines including management, economics, philosophy, and political science.
  • Speakers & presentations: Associates are exposed to leaders and experts in policy, communications, non-profit management, and professional development.
  •  Group projects: Associates take training concepts from theory to practice, applying economic thinking principles to long-term team projects and reflecting on the results. In the past, groups have completed research and educational projects.

Have any questions? Contact Mitch Whitus.

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