Curriculum

The Curriculum for the Fall-to-Fall, 41-credit hour Fogelman Executive MBA program is structured to provide executives with a dynamic blend of knowledge, skills, and tools to help them perform in a globally competitive environment. While the program provides rigorous training in all of the functional areas of business, it also stretches students' intellectual and emotional development as executives with wide-ranging, innovative courses.  Working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment, students' learning is further enhanced by drawing on the business expertise of their colleagues to solve difficult, real-world business problems.

Domestic Residential Week

Seminar in Leadership
Theoretical and practical consideration of leadership in high performing business organizations; detailed analysis of relevant organizational behavior concepts; particular focus on theories of motivation, styles of leadership and emotional intelligence.

Change Management
Intense, specialized short-course in leading and managing people through change.  Students individually prepare significant change projects for their organizations and explore techniques to help manage their people and themselves through the consequences of change.


Fall Session

Financial and Managerial Accounting for Managers
Use of accounting information by an organization’s investors, creditors, regulatory authorities and managers; develop financial and credit analysis skills that are useful in business decision making. Analysis of accounting information that can be used by management to monitor the efficiency, quality, and timeliness of its operations; pricing and costing of products and services, planning, and performance measurement.

Global Operations Management
A comprehensive course that addresses the acquisition, transformation and distribution of goods and services within the global supply chain.  The course will present concepts, tools and strategies used to design and manage operations.  Topics covered in the course include, but are not limited to: strategic implications, performance measurement, process management, sourcing, operations design, quality, inventory, logistics, enabling information systems and technology, and global issues.

Economics for the Global Executive
Concepts and tools of economic theory and their application to business and social issues in the context of a global economy; the decisions of firms, consumers and governments and how their interactions determine market outcomes; market structures, the impact of international trade and currency markets on firms that compete in a global economy.

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Spring Session

Global Financial Management
Theory and practice of modern financial theory as it is currently practiced in an interdependent global economy by corporate financial managers, financial consultants and managers of financial institutions.

Quantitative Tools for Managers
Statistical concepts and tools, optimization and simulation techniques useful in understanding, assessing, and controlling operations of business and economic society.

Global Strategic Marketing
Marketing strategy and in-depth analysis of issues impacting global management of marketing, including: interrelationships among global business environments and strategies, analysis value creating global strategies, competitive intelligence gathering, customer segment analysis, integrated marketing technologies, customer relationship management.

Practicum in International Business
Specialized, ethnographic study of international business.  Students study business, culture, history, tradition and language in a foreign country.  They utilize all of their past experiences as business professionals, world travelers and students to create new knowledge of possible business approaches and strategies overseas, and share this knowledge with critical partners in their companies.

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Summer Session

Creativity and Innovation
Focused analysis and discussion of the imaginative, creative processes used for innovation in business contexts.  Theoretical underpinnings of creativity and innovation are explored; special attention is given to environmental effects on individual and group creativity.  Creativity knowledge is applied in the areas of product ideation, innovation management, and product design.

Self Leadership for Executives
Major theories, concepts and principles of self-leadership; application of critical thinking skills to the major theories, concepts and principles of self-leadership with a view toward improving understanding of self-leadership; emphasis is given to understanding each stage of the self-leadership process and to applying critical thinking skills to each element of self-leadership and to the overall logic of self-leadership.

Special Topics in Business Administration: Innovation Project
Project specific to each student's employer where they analyze, develop and implement a strategy that will either earn $100,000, or more, in sales, or save their company that amount. Each student will work with a faculty member as they develop the project and will present to company representatives, in class, at the end of the following semester.

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Domestic Residential Week

Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
Detailed analysis of the role of corporate governance in the free enterprise system and capital markets; focused consideration of moral principals, ethical standards, and corporate code of business ethics.

Strategic Human Resource Management - Session I
Theories, research, and practice in managing human resources strategically in business organizations; strategic HRM, legal environment & equal employment opportunity, job analysis & design, planning & recruitment, selection & placement, training & development, performance management, and turnover & retention.

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Fall Session

Information Systems in the Global Enterprise
Information technology's impact on globalizations of businesses; international IT environment; models and issues in international IS; planning and managing global systems; case studies and applications.

Strategic Human Resource Management - Session II
Continued discussion and analysis of theories, research, and practice in managing human resources strategically in business organizations; strategic HRM, legal environment & equal employment opportunity, job analysis & design, planning & recruitment, selection & placement, training & development, performance management, and turnover & retention.

Global Strategic Management
Decisions and actions for development and implementation of long-term plans that determine organizational performance; role of top management decision making in establishing the firm’s mission; focus on strategic analysis of alternative actions; evaluation of environmental conditions, industry characteristics, and organizational capabilities in determining strategy in a global context.

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Program Format

Segment 1

Each fall, the Executive MBA Program admits a select cohort of managers and business professionals to enter the Fall-to-Fall, lock-step program. The Executive MBA year begins in mid-August with a week-long residential at an off-campus destination. In this dynamic, off-site environment, students complete intensive courses in strategic change management, as well as, leadership and team building. 
 
Following the residential week, Executive MBA classes meet one day a week during the Fall & Spring semesters on alternating Thursday evenings and Saturdays. Classes are held in the state-of-the-art Executive MBA Seminar room in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics Building. A typical Thursday class begins at 5:30pm and ends at 9:40pm and Saturday classes begin at 7:45am and end at 4:45pm. In addition to the August residential week, the fall and spring semesters consist of three courses each semester, two held in-class and one on-line.

International Residency

At the end of the first year, students participate in a twelve-day international residency in a foreign country.  The exciting and demanding schedule includes business visits and meetings with senior executives, lectures at foreign universities by distinguished faculty, and meetings with key officials at government agencies and embassies.  In addition, students participate in directed ethnographic studies, and other cultural immersion experiences.  Previous classes have completed their residencies in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, China, Switzerland, France, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Canada and Mexico.

Segment 2

A second one-week residential, held in mid-August, kicks off the final semester in the program. In this residential component, students are challenged to take their personal development to the next level with intense instruction in corporate governance and ethics, as well as human resource management.
 
Following the residential week, Executive MBA classes again meet one day a week on alternating Thursday evenings and Saturdays. Upon completion of all 41 credit hours of course work in the seventeen month program, the Executive MBA student graduates in December with a Master of Business Administration degree with an Executive concentration.