Executive MBACurriculum

We’re different from traditional business schools.

Rather than teach subjects individually, we offer five interdisciplinary courses designed to sharpen your leadership skills, strategic skills, and approach to creative innovation—all within a real-world business context.

The demands of the evolving economy are shaping new challenges for senior business leaders. The EMBA program answers the new challenge by incorporating a thematic MBA curriculum with a focus on experience-driven learning, organized around five themes:

  • Navigating in a global environment
  • Creating economic & social value
  • Processes that deliver economic & social value
  • Strategic analysis, synthesis & evaluation
  • Implementing strategies

Your EMBA experience begins with a team-building residency featuring a series of dynamic decision-making and problem-solving exercises. From there, you will embark on a journey that will prepare you for the next stage of your professional career.

EMBA Calendar

FIRST YEAR - beginning each July

  • Teamwork, Leadership, and Personal Development

Assess the macroeconomic and other external factors that were essential in designing successful strategies. Examine the current legal, regulatory, ethical, and political issues within the global context of public law. Analyze the strategic financial environment and management of firms that operate in the global arena and examine recent developments in financial strategies and decision making. It also focuses on firms seeking to go abroad and its performance in regionalized and globalized business environment.

This leadership seminar focuses on increasing the self-awareness of the student as leader. Students will complete a 360 assessment and develop a personal leadership action plan.

Explore the wealth producing potential of business — be they for profit or not-for-profit. The focus of this course is to provide ideas and experiences that result in a better understanding of and more insightful decisions regarding the complex and ambiguous work of delivering customer utility. There are five types of activities in which innovative leaders typically engage when wrestling these issues: Exploring Opportunities; Creating Products & Services; Communicating Value; Delivering Utility; Capturing Assets. These engagements normally involve three current or potential stakeholder "spaces": customer cognitive space which includes latent and current needs; company competencies space which refers to the firm's capabilities and strategy; and the collaborative resource space which involves gaining external partnerships to use horizontal or vertical processes to integrate value.

This leadership seminar focuses on helping a leader make better decisions and build high-performing teams.

Designing high performing organizations is the key to delivering value in the marketplace and society. This course focuses on the alignment of three critical frameworks necessary for organizations to achieve success: 1) the workforce structure, 2) the work process structure, and 3) the technology structure. This approach supports whole-systems thinking and assists in the understanding of critical linkages.

This eight-credit course is the third in the four semester courses required in the Executive MBA. It has been designed for students to collaborate in solving complex and challenging real-world problems. This course will provide you the understanding of the internal workings of organizations and how they can be created and changed to enhance work performance. Students will gain the tools and methods to assess, measure, and change internal processes. Through the application of these devices to real-world problems, a greater understanding of applied action and linkages will promote management decision making clarity.

This leadership seminar focuses on the developing interpersonal competencies and examining how to give timely, specific feedback, and helpful coaching.

Students elect to attend one of the seven-day study abroad programs offered by the other nine members of the Consortium for Business Innovation in a Global Economy. Prior to attending the program of their choice each student, either as an individual or as a member of a team, must define a topic they wish to research and study. The only restriction is that this topic must focus on innovation.

Upon return from the second residency, the teams (or students) complete their research study and present their findings to the class.


Designing effective firm strategy is the key to creating and delivering value in the marketplace and society. This course focuses on the strategic alignment for firms in four stages of a firm's life: 1) initialization and start-up, 2) growth (organically as well as through mergers and acquisitions), 3) stability, and 4) retrenchment. Students will collaborate in evaluating complex and challenging real-world problems and developing strategic decision alternatives.

This course will provide students with the understanding of strategy formulation and implementation within the context of complex business situations. Using concepts from the prerequisite previous three semester-long courses students will explore how organizations obtain and protect market power or retrench effectively through strategic management. Students examine how firms have been able to generate and protect market power in the past, and how they will have to change to meet new market realities in developed, as well as, emerging markets. Students will also examine ways to retrench when a firm cannot continue in its current form and how to re-establish effective market presence.

The course integrates strategic management, marketing, accounting and finance tools to provide an integrated approach to the creation of shareholder value. Teams work on a major strategy project, including marketing (market development) and finance (valuation) challenges throughout the course. The project requires you to evaluate a firm or business transaction (i.e., merger, acquisition, or dissolution) and formally present your case analysis. In addition, the course will use experiential learning techniques like case analysis to develop strategic frameworks for firms in initialization, growth, stabilization, and retrenchment mode.

This leadership seminar focuses on developing leaders by helping them to think strategically, create and convey a vision and direction, learn how to deal with ambiguity and in times of crisis.

The primary objective of this course is to provide intellectual resources to students who are interested in understanding new business development as a business phenomenon.

The course helps student teams apply their learning to a real new business opportunity over the four semesters. Each team selects and analyzes a STARTUP business idea (i.e. no sales today, but product is ready to sell) to develop into a corporate business. The opportunity should have the potential to become a reasonably-sized business for the corporation.

This is an intensive seven-day interactive simulation that will help you fine-tune your strategic marketing and team leadership skills as well as reinforce integrated business management skills that you were exposed to throughout the program.

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