Year Two Course Descriptions
Interpreting the Economic Environment – 3.0 Credit Hours (8 weeks)
Provides an overview of economic activity, factors that determine levels of income and prices, and economic policies as they relate to unemployment, inflation, and economic growth. Studies the structure and operation of the economy. Topics include national income, employment, inflation, and the rate of economic growth. International economics and the economic impact of globalization are examined. The application of monetary and fiscal policies in solving economic problems is considered in depth.
Power, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution – 1.5 Credit Hours (4 weeks)
Addresses the strategies and tactics of negotiations in a variety of contexts. Also covers the sources, uses, and misuses of executive power in organizations, and alternative strategies for managing conflict effectively.
Current Topics in Business – 1.5 Credit Hours (4 weeks)
Examines emerging topics relevant for business decision-making. Investigates issues currently faced by executives.
Financial Strategy and Valuation – 3.0 Credit Hours (8 weeks)
Emphasizes financial decision-making and the formation of financial strategies that will maintain and enhance business value. Includes preparing financial planning, managing growth, conducting capital project analyses, and estimating the value of businesses using discounted cash flow and multiples-based methods.
Information Technology and Strategy – 3.0 Credit Hours (8 weeks)
Focuses on the management of information as a resource and on the identification of opportunities to exploit its potential for competitive advantage.Examines current issues and trends surrounding the management of information and related technologies, and addresses why and how these new technologies can be used to shape and support strategic initiatives.
Sustainable Business Practice – 1.5 Credit Hours (4 weeks)
Sustainable business "meets the needs of the present world without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (U.N. General Assembly, 1987). Sustainable business is concerned with the triple bottom line – people, planet, and profits – and is global in scope. This course will introduce students to the broad perspectives of globalization, international business, and sustainability.
Executive-Level Business Strategy – 1.5 Credit Hours (4 weeks)
Integrates the knowledge gained in earlier courses. Emphasizes experiences in creating new strategic directions within large and small companies from the perspective of the general manager/CEO/COO. Focuses on performing the research necessary to understand a company’s current state; where to find alternative strategies to select from; and how to decide which strategies are the best ones to implement.
Transitioning from Functional to Executive Level Leadership – 1.5 Credit Hours (4 weeks)
How to think from an executive-level perspective and how to achieve a high level of performance and morale from people, teams, and organizations. Emphasizes the development of skills in becoming an executive leader adept at managing change and transforming organizations.
Executive Leadership in the Global Enterprise – 1.5 Credit Hours (4 weeks)
Under the academic guidance of a faculty member, this course will include live cases presented by current or retired CEOs. An important feature of the course learning experience for each student will be the formulation of an individual development plan that will focus on key elements of executive leadership.
Managing in a Global Economy – 3.0 Credit Hours (5 weeks)
Examines how social, economic, political, and legal aspects of countries and regions affect marketing and management decisions. Explores strategies for entering new international markets, and establishment and management of international operations and trade.
The Global Business Experience – 3.0 Credit Hours (5 weeks)
Integrates theory and practice through a first-hand examination of the global business environment while participating on a nine-day international business trip (outlined below). This experiential course travels to international business centers where students visit a diverse set of companies, interact directly with executives and senior managers, and/or meet with government leaders in the host countries.
International Business Experience
All EMBA students participate on an international business trip that provides students with first-hand experience with how business is organized and managed outside the U.S. During the trip, the class as a group will visit a diverse set of companies, tour factory operations, and interact directly with senior managers at meetings arranged by the program. Also, students will divide into small groups centered on specific topics they choose to explore in more depth during the trip. These small groups will have the unique experience of selecting and arranging meetings with the companies and organizations they will visit.