Why is this program needed?
It is imperative that leadership teams recognize they are managing their organization in a complex global network of suppliers, competitors, partners and customers – with all of the risks and opportunities entailed. In our view, this global context is not to be feared. Rather, it must be embraced, and our leadership and management teams must be educated and prepared accordingly.
Who is the program designed for?
Our online Executive MBA with a specialty stream in Global Leadership is designed for advanced-career professionals who aspire to lead their companies towards much higher performance in their global networks. It begins with coverage of fundamental management essentials such as financial, analytical and decision-making skills, and knowledge of an organization’s core functions and interactions. But the program goes much further than that. Its core focus is on leadership techniques, especially collaborative leadership in the complex cross-boundary global context, both within the company and between companies.
Our goal is to prepare advanced-career professionals and managers for senior managerial positions, and to prepare them for success in those positions, all without interrupting their career momentum. To accomplish our educational goal we employ a variety of educational tools and techniques, including some of the most advanced online teaching and learning applications available, and a carefully designed suite of courses delivered in a focused and flexible schedule.
Our Executive MBA is comprised of 14 courses:
- 10-foundation level courses
- 3-specialty stream courses
- 1-Integration Project (Capstone of the program)
Finish the program in 2-years, 5-months:
- 7-weeks per foundation level course
- 7-weeks per specialty stream course
- 12-weeks for the Integration Project course
Cut your program length in half:
- Students may take 2-courses per session to halve the length of their program (subject to course availability)
The online experience
To maximize the global learning experience throughout the program our students will participate in “live” seminars and or conferences (often referred to as vClasses) with experienced leaders from global organizations. Our students and faculty are not limited by geographical boundaries, providing a new educational experience that allows learners to think with a global perspective while working on case studies and projects with other colleagues from around the world.
Global Leadership Curriculum (45 credits)
Level A – Foundation Courses (30 credits):
EMBA 7000 – Orientation
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the online collaborative learning environment and course delivery methods.
EMBA 7005 – Leadership Theory and Practice (3 credits)
This course gives students the foundational knowledge they need to critically assess leadership concepts and their utility. Students survey the leadership theories of key thinkers and practitioners in the field, learning about the empirical, theoretical and pragmatic strengths and limitations of each approach. Through case studies and exercises, students develop an understanding of organizational leadership. They will also learn a comprehensive set of leadership practices that will have immediate value for application at work.
EMBA 7010 – Financial and Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
This course offers a comprehensive, graduate level exploration of managerial accounting. The course utilizes case studies and audit reports to focus on the use of appropriate accounting systems and the application of accounting data in the management of an organization. In conjunction, what accounting data are interesting or relevant-to-task, and how such data might be used is dependent upon what the manager is seeking to accomplish and what other information may or may not be available.
EMBA 7015 – Managerial Finance (3 credits)
All managers are required to possess a basic understanding of financial concepts. This course explores the principle role of finance via its concepts, calculative applications, and capital market analyses. In addition, the basic concepts of the time-value of money, rates of return, and valuation are covered.
Students will learn how capital markets function, what different securities exist, and how to manage cash flow. Credit, risk, working capital, and analysis of financial statements receive particular attention. Cases are used throughout the course to provide students with hands-on experience in the use of financial tools. Unlike other finance courses, this consists of half concept and half mathematics. Besides providing basic math skills, this course should provide students with an excellent introduction to financial management concepts.
EMBA 7020 – The Global Economic Environment (3 credits)
Systematic understanding of the internal and external economic environments of an organization, and the ability to analyze them as a basis for sound decisions, are core pre-requisites of sound leadership.
This course reviews basic macro and micro-economic concepts (e.g. supply and demand, elasticity, production function, competitive environments, pricing, etc.), and illustrates their impact on decision making and strategy formulation. Students will learn how to think through economic challenges and opportunities presented to their organization.
EMBA 7025 – Governance, Strategy and Structure (3 credits)
Leading and managing organizations requires knowing something about changing them. This course will assist the learner in understanding the drivers of successful organizational change and development; clarify the components of an effective and healthy organization – the meta-goal for any change effort; and understand the skills to successfully design, launch, nurture, and lead change.
EMBA 7030 – Leadership Values and Ethics (3 credits)
Organizational leaders convey values and ethics that affect public trust, stakeholder trust, and trust within the organizational team. This course teaches students how to enhance this value-laden ethical capital. Classic moral philosophies are reviewed, and we explore their application to cases in community relations, environmentalism, marketing, operations, accounting, information technology and human resource management. Learners will gain an enhanced understanding for and respect of the different managerial values of their colleagues, and concepts for analyzing ethical issues.
EMBA 7035 – Strategic Marketing Planning (3 credits)
This course focuses on the strategic marketing planning process from the perspective of two key roles in the organization, i.e., the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and the Brand (or Product) Manager. Leaning heavily on external and internal analyses and the CEO’s strategic guidance, we examine how these managers refine the company’s long-term go-to-market strategy, at both the corporate level and the product level. We also briefly examine which leading edge digital applications are most useful with respect to intelligence gathering, analysis, decision-making and/or implementation.
EMBA 7040 – Strategic Operations Planning (3 credits)
This course focuses on the operational planning process from the perspective of the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Leaning heavily on external and internal analyses and the CEO’s strategic guidance, we examine how the COO develops the company’s long-term operations strategy, comprising decisions about supply-chain logistics, production, customer service, quality assurance (QA), distribution and field support. We also briefly examine which leading edge digital applications are most useful with respect to intelligence gathering, analysis, decision-making and/or implementation.
EMBA 7045 – Strategic Human Resources Planning (3 credits)
In today’s global context the rate of change is accelerating, and personnel have to be world-ready, and organizations have to be change-ready. This course examines the human resource recruiting and development function and the organizational design function within a global and organizational lifecycle perspective, emphasizing how personnel and designs must change as projects and divisions evolve. This dynamic approach to organizational development prepares students to diagnose mismatches between existing personnel and designs versus changing demands, and to develop personnel and designs to accommodate new realities.
EMBA 7050 – Strategic Information Systems Planning (3 credits)
In today’s 24/7 global operating environment, the possession of sufficient and correct information about the relevant external and internal environments, obtained and circulated to the right decision-makers in a timely fashion, can spell the difference between success and failure. This course introduces the main concepts of management information systems (MIS), examines how the design of MIS can affect the performance of an organization, and explores the process of information systems planning from the perspective of the CIO.
Level B – Specialty Stream (9 credits):
8000 – Strategic Sustainability Planning (3 credits)
This contemporary topic of study lends an important level of understanding the challenges; and, in developing the strategy skills that are important for business leaders and managers facing the pressures to meet higher accountability levels of responsibilities regarding social, economic, and environmental sustainability in their operational policies and practices. 1. This course will provide students with the opportunity to assemble “briefing materials” that can make the case for sustainability in a business organizational perspective. 2. This course will strengthen skills in the management of strategic program planning processes. 3. This course will contribute to an objective understanding of contemporary needs and responsive methodologies that stakeholders in business communities must consider within the context of their corporate responsibilities.
8010 – Trends in Global Strategy (3 credits)
This course makes use of cases, lectures and assignments to help students identify and understand the operating and competitive environment of an organization, to use this information to define its strategy and market positioning, and to implement by reorganizing its resources, its competitive ability, and its operating efficiency. We’ll also examine issues related to the collaborative management of relationships with global alliance partners that become essential for implementing a successful global strategy.
8011 – Leading Effective Global Teams (3 credits)
Managerial roles and responsibilities are becoming increasingly global in nature. In many companies, the ability to manage in a global environment has become an important criteria (if not the most important criterion) for both promotion to top management levels and concomitant business success in the corporate world. This course begins with an orientation on global management, and ends with perspectives on career pursuits for global managers. In between, the course will focus on important conditional topics like the understanding of cultural differences, cross-cultural ethics, business communication in a global context, skills for avoidance/dealing with conflict, and personnel negotiations; topics relevant to the key subject of “global collaborative teams.”
Plus (6 credits):
IP 8999 – Integration Project (6 credits)
The Integration Project is a capstone course undertaken by a team of students. Under the supervision of faculty members, teams (of 3 or 4 students) will approach and establish a formal project relationship with an existing business organization to: 1) identify a global or corporate new venture management issue that the organization is interested in having analytically studied and summarized; 2) design and execute a study which involves the integration and synthesis of relevant knowledge acquired in the MBA program; 3) draft a report presenting their analysis and conclusions; and 4) present its final report to the participating business organization. Feedback from the client organization will be incorporated into the students’ final grades.
Upcoming Start Dates
Application deadline: December 1, 2017- Course Start: January 2, 2018
Application deadline: January 26, 2018- Course Start: February 26, 2018
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Michael Sekerka, Executive MBA alumnus
“Being a virtual program, the university can draw top talent from all over North America to deliver their courses and it shows in the quality and the personalized attention they are able to provide their students.”
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