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Semester One - Fall
The Financial Decisions and Societal Goals Leadership Residency launches the Bloch Executive MBA, and provides students with an appreciation of the integrative nature of leadership and managerial decision-making, and recognition of the skills needed for effective practice. More specifically, students are introduced to leadership theory and to the areas of economics, organizational behavior, marketing, ethics and accounting - and to some of the faculty who will work with them during the first semester of the program. The residency has an integrated and seamless flow among topics, issues, activities and instructors; community leaders and corporate CEOs help students ground theory in practice.
Financial Reporting Systems introduces accounting principles, concepts and understandings along with the preparation and analysis of financial statements.
Applied Statistical Methods investigates the use of sample data for purposes of estimating, predicting, forecasting and explaining correlations among varied observations. Students will apply the concepts of probability theory, central tendency, sampling, inference, modeling and forecasting to help solve managerial problems and to support decision processes.
Operations Management for World Class Competitiveness explores the basic principles and strategic use of managing the production and distribution of goods and services. This course positions operations as an important tool for achieving strategic leadership through competitive advantage. The managerial integration of OM functions with corporate strategy is essential for improving business processes.
Marketing Management examines the role of marketing in driving profitable revenue growth in companies. Focus is placed on tools and approaches to analyze and understand customer needs-including the roles of market research and brand equity-and to develop integrated marketing plans that deliver to these needs.
Semester Two - Spring
Organizational Finance gives students a thorough introduction to financial management that blends appropriate amounts of relevant theory with practical application. Topics include discounting techniques and applications, evaluating capital expenditures, estimating cost of capital and valuing stocks and bonds.
Influence, Persuasion and Change presents ideas, strategies and tools for leading change in complex organizations. It challenges students to think through the execution of change strategies and to assess the organizational power dynamics and influence styles needed for achieving results. Emphasis is on analyzing the attributes and skills most critical for building influence; fostering change; and defining an ethical approach to leading, influencing and persuading others.
Public Policy Context for Business Decisions provides intensive exposure to the forces, practices and personalities at the local, state and national level that shape America's business policy. Students learn to understand and anticipate the impact of public policy on their organizations and industries, and to become more effective participants in national-level decision-making. This course is concurrent with the Washington, D.C. residency.
Managerial Economics studies the relationships between economic theory and the system as a whole and the ways in which their functioning is affected by the behavior of the interdependent sectors of which they are composed. Students will explore the major factors and determinants of economic prospects relevant to profit-maximizing production and pricing decisions for the firm.
Semester Three - Fall
Entrepreneurship and Innovation explores the creative, entrepreneurial and managerial processes involved in moving from a concept to the development of a new business, and provides students hands-on opportunities to understand both the process and the people angles in assessing ideas, exploiting opportunities, and converting a dream into a high-growth business. This elective emphasizes key skills in nurturing a climate of innovation; it covers issues such as organization form, funding sources, the start-up team, and the product launch - topics relevant for start-ups, as well as new business groups within an existing organization. Students identify real opportunities for high-growth potential new enterprises, develop a business plan, and present their plans to a panel of potential investors and/or to relevant senior managers.
Strategic Management examines the economic principles essential for the formulation and evaluation of strategy including industry analysis, strategic positioning and the boundaries of the firm. The course also addresses the capacity of executive leadership to create and communicate a clear vision and direction for a company's future.
Leadership, Strategy and Human Resources focuses on the leader as a catalyst in developing high-performance, market-based cultures and as a human resources strategist in marshalling the workforce toward productive ends. The course examines ideas and tools for building, bonding and linking the workforce to the organization's mission. Topics include strategies and best practices for identifying, recruiting and retaining talent; developing and coaching subordinates; appraising and rewarding performance; and delegating effectively to balance control and risk.
Information Technology as a Strategic Tool examines the critical linkage among an organization's business, culture and information technology strategies. With information technology as a key component of strategic and operational success, the course provides essential knowledge and frameworks for enhancing the IT role in innovation, change and continuous organizational learning.
Leadership Accountability and the Legal Implications highlights the full meaning of leadership accountability and the challenges leaders face in the rapidly changing global world. The course explores the political, social, ethical and global environments in which American organizations and businesses operate, and the implications for today's leaders. Topics include creating and maintaining affiliate relationships and joint ventures, as well as prohibitions on anti-competitive behavior, protection of intellectual property, operating within a regulated environment, securities law, and the potential complexities at intersection between legal and ethical decision making.
Semester Four - Spring
Elective course options: Students choose to further their knowledge with the elective of their choice. Elective options vary with cohorts. Recent options have included courses in finance or entrepreneurism. The smaller class environment in electives allows for deeper concentrated study and interaction with the program's faculty.
Advanced Topics in Finance builds on the previous finance courses in the program to delve deeply into critical topics such as valuation, enterprise risk management, securities and investments, regulatory frameworks and corporate governance - timely, emerging financial issues in the global marketplace. This elective is designed to blend theory with practical application through the examination of real-life cases, offering materials, SEC internet research, prospectuses and scholarly commentary. Team projects strengthen the development of financial analysis, group process and individual influence skills.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship explores the creative, entrepreneurial and managerial processes involved in moving from a concept to the development of a new business, and provides students hands-on opportunities to understand both the process and the people angles in assessing ideas, exploiting opportunities, and converting a dream into a high-growth business. This elective emphasizes key skills in nurturing a climate of innovation; it covers issues such as organization form, funding sources, the start-up team, and the product launch - topics relevant for start-ups, as well as new business groups within an existing organization. Students identify real opportunities for high-growth potential new enterprises, develop a business plan, and present their plans to a panel of potential investors and/or to relevant senior managers.
Global Initiatives in Management explores key contemporary international business issues for managers and for organizations in today's global economy. The complex inter-relationship and impact of political, economic, social, cultural and technological factors are studied, together with the challenges of strategy and execution in global and multi-national companies. The International Residency is concurrent with this course.
Integrated Business Strategies - Capstone Course explores the critical factors involved in enterprise leadership and effective strategic decision making, and integrates the business disciplines into a framework for effective planning and action. Students use cases and projects to test their knowledge and skills as informed managers and their capacities and courage as inspired leaders in a competitive global environment.
Leadership and Organizations - focuses on how organizations work and how leaders can set direction, marshal resources, and build support to move initiatives forward. The course provides tools and tactics for assessing organizations needs and constraints through multiple lenses, and assessing one's own leadership strengths and weaknesses for development and alignment with organization needs.
Prerequisites: Admission to Executive MBA Program.