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Indian School of Business
Alumni of the Indian School of Business PGMAX Program continue to make their mark in business.

For example, Sudhakar Potukuchi from the ISB-PGPMAX class of 2012 was named vice president and head of Eaton India Engineering Center. He has been associated with Eaton since 2007.

Eaton provides engineering solutions for developing new products and supporting existing products. Potukuchi is responsible for a 900-plus team in the technology division, which represents about 20 percent of the global engineering talent at Eaton.

The PGPMAX Program gave him a deeper understanding of the important concepts of key business disciplines, and integrating that understanding with prior experience has made him a well-rounded business leader, he says.

Another alumnus, Amit Gupta from the PGPMAX class of 2012 now heads Hero Motors Ltd. as president and CEO.

Gupta joined Hero Motors Ltd. in 2004 with extensive experience in business strategy, business development, and best practices in supply chain. He served as vice president, commercials, until he moved to Munjal Kiriu Industries in 2008.

Hero Group started in 1956 as a manufacturer of cycle parts and now has a conglomerate of 23 companies with more than 30,000 employees worldwide. Promoted by Hero Group, Kiriu Corporation, and Sumitomo Corporation- Japan, Munjal Kiriu Industries is a joint venture company.

While in a fast track leadership role, he decided to pursue the PGPMAX Program at ISB. “The program gives immense exposure to the best global practices by world-class senior faculty,” says Gupta. “Further and most important are the learnings from peers. Individuals from diverse industries transform one’s perspective and thought process.”

Queens University of Charlotte
Queens University of Charlotte reported on the achievements of their class of 2012.

Keith Campbell relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio, for his new role as senior product manager with GE Aviation Systems. In his new position, he has P&L responsibility for the Unison Industries’ mechanical systems product line.

Susan Gary serves in a new role as vice president and chief financial officer of Charlotte’s Arts and Science Council.

Kim Henderson moved from her position as senior director of community affairs at Presbyterian Hospital to her new role with the Charlotte Bobcats in a dual position of vice president for community affairs and executive director of the Cats Care Foundation.

Bill Hillis started a new job at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) as general manager with property management and interior construction responsibilities for more than 1.85 million square feet of industrial property in Charlotte.

Jayne Kendall, M.D., was promoted to vice president of Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP) Medical Group in Canton, Ohio. EMP serves more than three million patients per year in 60 hospitals and 13 states nationwide.

Shannon Perrin launched Perrin Communications, an integrated communications firm specializing in public relations, marketing, and investor relations.

Kathy Tucker crafted a new role as regional director of strategic sales and marketing at her company, Ryn Homes.

Jeff Riggins was promoted to director of storm governance for Duke Energy, with responsibility for ensuring that Duke Energy is prepared to respond to storms and other emergency events that affect seven million customers in six states.

Steadman Sugg moved from his project manager position to a new role as supplier relationship management executive at Duke Energy, working to develop and enhance relationships with suppliers.

Bruce Walker now works for the Charlotte Bobcats as director of community investment, managing, creating and implementing fund-raising opportunities that support the Cats Care Foundation.

Dirk Zikeli started his new role as chief executive officer of Chiron America, Inc.

Singapore Management University
Five months after graduating from the first class of Singapore Management University’s Executive MBA Program, Subba Rao Mente, general manager of Natco Pharma Limited in India, established a subsidiary company in Singapore for Natco Pharma Asia Pte Ltd, a pharmaceutical manufacturer of generic drugs for cancer treatment. Natco Pharma Limited has been considering expansion outside of India for many years.

Rao Mente was able to tap his EMBA network to help his company expand overseas, involving several EMBA alumni and students from two different cohorts. His EMBA Strategic Initiative Project team researched the markets and developed a strategic marketing plan for overseas expansion.

Before launching the company, he also met with one EMBA student from the Health Sciences Authority for advice on drug regulatory affairs in Singapore and another EMBA student, an oncologist at National Cancer Centre of Singapore, for the perspective of the user. He also appointed his Singapore Management University EMBA Alumnus Club’s president and classmate as a board director.

In other news, the Singapore Management University EMBA Program, which welcomed its first class in 2010, recently celebrated two very successful intakes. Students entered the program from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East with an average age of 43 years and 20 years of experience in a wide range of industries. The first EMBA class graduated in May 2012 and formed its own alumni club. More than 30 percent of alumni were promoted during the program or shortly after graduation.

Alumni of the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program can choose to strengthen their leadership skills in an unusual setting for executives – outdoors.

The program’s fall Life Long Learning opportunities session will challenge alumni to test their team-building and leadership stills in an atmosphere they don’t usually see in their everyday office routine. They will spend all day in the outdoor setting.

“We expect our graduates to learn to conquer uncommon obstacles by working with their Kellogg-WHU fellow alumni to obtain optimal solutions under unusual circumstances,” says Hanne Forssbohm, program director. “While alumni are always welcome to come back to the classroom to refresh and renew, this method is intended to provide out-of-the-box problem-solving perspectives. We’re very excited to be able to provide the chance.”

The following afternoon, alumni also may choose to return to the traditional classroom setting to attend a lecture on business-to-business sales and marketing. The session and class, new to the program, offer alumni the benefits of continued educational opportunities after graduation.


Business School São Paulo
To learn and experience a new culture, BSP - Business School São Paulo, part of Laureate International Universities, sent a group of 20 Brazilian students to an international module at Universidad Andres Bello in Chile.

During the stay in Chile, students had the opportunity to better know the Chilean advance business strategies and their potential among major Latin American companies. "We know how modules like this make a difference, particularly in an era in which a strong integration between Brazil and Chile, the most advanced countries of the region, means connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific, a great opportunity," says Armando Dal Colletto, dean at BSP.

Business School São Paulo has planned this type of activity with other groups of students in Barcelona, Madrid, and Boston in 2013. For more information, contact www.bsp.edu.br.

Saint Mary’s College of California
Saint Mary’s College of California offers various Executive MBA options, including the Trans-Global Executive MBA (T-GEMBA), a part-time 15-month cohort-based degree for executives who are interested in a professional and personal transformation.

As part of the T-GEMBA program, students complete social service management group projects. Student teams work for international organizations that serve those at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Through the projects, T-GEMBA participants solve a real global business problem using the concepts, analytical tools, and theories they learned in the program while improving the quality of life and livelihoods in a developing country.

Recently, a cohort of T-GEMBA participants returned from the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia after presenting final projects. Examples of the projects include creating a provincial social enterprise and economic development plan for the Cavite Province in the Philippines, and developing a global supply chain for agricultural products in Thailand for the Institute for Small and Medium Enterprise Development (ISMED).

Supporting the Saint Mary’s College School of Economics and Business Administration’s mission to ‘Think Globally, Lead Responsibly,’ T-GEMBA students spent more than 10 months conducting extensive research while preparing reports and executive presentations with the goal of making recommendations for positive effects on the livelihood of impoverished people throughout the world. For more information about other projects, visit www.saintmarysglobalmba.com.

In other news, the School of Economics and Business Administration worked with a special group of graduate business alumni council members to develop a three-pronged MBA alumni engagement approach – network, learn, and serve.

During the past year, more than 50 regional and online Network, Learn, and Serve events took place for Saint Mary’s MBA alumni. Network events included social mixers, picnics, and an annual golf and bocce tournament just for MBA students and alumni. Learn events included a panel discussion with Blackrock executives about corporate governance and responsible investment, a panel discussion about the different types of coaching, and a women’s executive panel discussion with senior vice presidents from leading companies. For those who are not based in the San Francisco region, lunch-n-learn webinars were offered on a bi-monthly basis. Serve events included organizing volunteering opportunities throughout the year at various local food banks in the San Francisco Bay area and at Habitat for Humanity. MBA students and alumni volunteered almost 1,000 hours during the last two years.

University of Pennsylvania
The Wharton School added Rwanda as the location of a new global modular course offering for Executive MBA and MBA students. One of several mini-courses that are taught by Wharton faculty throughout the world during the school’s winter break, the weeklong class in Rwanda focuses on conflict resolution and leadership. First- and second-year full-time MBA students, as well as EMBA students from both San Francisco and Philadelphia, learn firsthand in the Rwanda course about the fastest growing economy in Africa as the country recovers from its tragedy of genocide.

In other news, Peggy Bishop Lane was appointed vice dean of the Wharton MBA for Executives Program. She previously served as deputy vice dean of Wharton’s MBA Graduate Division, where she was responsible for academic services. She has guided faculty-student interaction, managed the Wharton pre-term program, and served as the liaison between the full-time MBA program and other offices both within and outside of Wharton. She also has assisted in the development of new curriculum and enhancement of international opportunities for students. A professor in Wharton’s accounting department since 1997, she teaches Financial Accounting and has taught in the EMBA Program for the past nine years.

York University
The Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA Program recently added a new addition to its curriculum.

The Global Strategy Project initiative builds on the global nature of the program and at the same time adds more action learning to the curriculum. Starting with the incoming class of January 2014, EMBA students will travel overseas to an emerging economy to work on a currently unfolding business challenge.

By dealing with real business challenges, the consequences for failure are also real, thus resulting in true and impactful learning.

The Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA Program is a partnership program between the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Illinois (U.S.), and the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto (Canada). For information, visit www.emba.schulich.yorku.ca.



Arizona State University
Amy Hillman became the new dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University (ASU) on March 1.

Hillman served as executive dean at the school since 2009, playing a key role in its growth and success. She has been instrumental in the school’s recent creation of several specialized master’s programs, including those in management, business analytics, and supply chain management and engineering.

Hillman is also a world-renowned management professor and the Rusty Lyon Chair in Strategy at the school. She has won numerous awards as an outstanding reviewer and researcher; was editor of the Academy of Management Review, the world’s top management journal in terms of citation impact; has been honored with several outstanding teaching awards; and was voted one of the most popular professors in Businessweek’s rankings of MBA faculty in 1998.

Hillman previously taught at schools including the University of Western Ontario, Michigan State University, and Texas A&M University. She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M, where she was also named Outstanding Doctoral Alumni.

Hillman succeeds Robert Mittelstaedt, who is semi-retiring after spending about 40 years in academia, including various leadership positions at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He will continue to serve ASU as dean emeritus and advisor to the president and provost.

Professor Hellmut Schütte has been appointed as the next vice president and dean of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).

He succeeds Professor John A. Quelch, who has successfully completed his tenure and returned to Harvard Business School.

Schütte, also emeritus professor of international management at INSEAD, teaches and conducts research in the area of international business with a special focus on Asia and emerging markets. Schütte received his doctorate from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He worked as an executive in the area of marketing and investment banking for 11 years. During his academic career at INSEAD, he was visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, visiting professor at Boston University, and visiting scholar at Harvard University. Until fall 2006, Schütte was dean of INSEAD’s fast-growing Asia campus in Singapore.

Schütte has lived and worked in 10 countries, including China. He has taught in seminars in another 40 countries throughout the world. He is a well-known speaker at conferences and business meetings and a regular contributor to the World Economic Forum. He is involved in various executive programs, board and advisory roles, and consulting assignments.

Cornell University
Elizabeth (Beta) Mannix, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Management, became associate dean for executive education at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management in December 2012.

In this key role, Mannix is responsible for the design, strategy, and academic excellence of Johnson’s Executive MBA Programs, as well as the strategy and development of Johnson’s non-degree executive education. 

Johnson offers two Executive MBA Programs for working managers. The Cornell Executive MBA (CEMBA) provides the rigor and depth of a traditional MBA with alternate weekend classes at the IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center, 12 miles north of Manhattan. The Cornell-Queen's Executive MBA (CQEMBA) features a combination of on-campus residential sessions and multi-point, interactive videoconferencing sessions.  The videoconferencing sessions take place on weekends in selected cities across North America, Mexico, and Latin America.

“I am very pleased to have a senior faculty member at Johnson take on this role,” says Soumitra Dutta, the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean.  “Beta has been the academic director for Executive MBA and the chair of the EMBA committee, and has taught extensively in both CEMBA and CQEMBA. She is thus in an ideal position to take on this new responsibility.”

In the coming months, Johnson expects to hire an executive director to grow and manage non-degree executive education programs, says Dutta. This new director will work with Mannix in Ithaca, as well as in New York City.

Mannix joined the Johnson faculty in 1999, after teaching previously at the University of Chicago and Columbia Business School business schools. From 2005 to 2008, she was the director of the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell University, established to promote interdisciplinary research and to increase the university's prominence in the social sciences. In 2008-09, she served as Cornell’s vice provost for equity and inclusion.

Mannix’s research and teaching interests include effective performance in managerial teams, diversity, power and alliances, negotiation and conflict, organizational change and renewal, and the effects of power in diverse teams. She received Johnson’s Faculty Research Award in 2008 and the inaugural Globe Award for Excellence in Teaching in Johnson’s EMBA Program in 2001.

Rafael Ramirez-de-Alba has been appointed associate dean for the Executive MBA at IPADE Business School, where he also teaches economics.

Ramirez-de-Alba recently joined IPADE on a full-time basis after a successful career in business. He has extensive experience working for both the government and private companies in the banking and infrastructure sectors, including Banco de Mexico, Goldman Sachs, and GE Capital. He received his B.A. in economics from Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City and his MBA from Columbia Business School. In addition to his professional activities, he is active in family enrichment and development programs for parents. He lives in Mexico City with his wife and three daughters.

Pepperdine University
Executive MBA students in Pepperdine University’s Northern California cohort in Silicon Valley have been selected from thousands of college and university applications to present their proposed world hunger start-up solution as part of the Fourth Annual Hult Prize.

The Hult Prize encourages students to submit innovative ideas that address the world’s most critical social challenges. Through regional competitions hosted online and simultaneously in San Francisco, Boston, Shanghai, London, and Dubai, the Hult Prize annually provides $1 million in seed capital to the very best start-up for social good.

Pepperdine students Carolin Steward of Intel, Amy Penficoff of NeurogesX, Red Byer of Mobius Photonics, Tommy VanGalder of Stryker Corporation, and team captain Kenda Haines of Noli N Nali presented as part of the San Francisco region in March.  The winning team from each region will spend time at Hult’s center in Boston where they will develop their concept and solution, refining it in preparation for creating a prototype that will launch the new venture. The final round will be hosted at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting, which takes place the third week of September during UN Week. At this event, each team will present their new social enterprise to the CGI meeting executive delegates, global leaders, Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, and President Clinton.

In other news, Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management rolled out its second-generation solution for digital course material delivery in March. Through its partnership with Follett Higher Education Group, students in the Executive MBA Program and Presidents and Key Executives MBA Program seamlessly access an online bookshelf of the school’s pre-purchased online textbooks and interactive learning content anytime, instead of downloading materials individually. Pepperdine includes the cost of the iPads it provides students and the textbooks as part of tuition.

This innovation takes advantage of Follett’s access to the largest selection of digital solutions, including 35,000 CafeScribe® digital titles, and its status as the largest distributor of Inkling® digital textbooks, the leading platform for interactive learning content. Inkling® materials incorporate original interactive companion components, such as videos and live links for a more immersive and expansive learning experience than ever before possible.  As digital inventory expands, required course materials still in print will be made available.

Graziadio School Executive Program first piloted a digital content delivery program in fall 2011 and later expanded the initiative with the January 2012 EMBA start. The new digital program elevates Pepperdine’s commitment to digitally enabled learning, ensuring students will be equipped with all required materials.

San Francisco State University
San Francisco State University (SFSU) recently welcomed two new leaders: Linda Oubré was named dean of the College of Business at San Francisco State University in July 2012, and Orlando Harris joined SFSU as executive director, business development and marketing.

Oubré previously served as executive director of corporate relations and business development and chief diversity officer for the University of California Davis Graduate School of Management, as well as an executive-in-residence and adjunct professor. She also has more than two decades of corporate development and operating experience. Oubré was co-founder, director, president, and COO of BriteSmile, Inc., responsible for the launch and ongoing management of the world’s first one-hour teeth whitening spas.

Her other positions include president of Tri Com Ventures, general manager of new business development for the Los Angeles Times, director of operations for Walt Disney Publishing, and manager of planning for both the Times Mirror Company and Walt Disney’s Consumer Products.

She also has been a visiting instructor in the entrepreneurship program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a guest instructor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She taught courses in leadership and corporate strategy at San Diego State University’s College of Business and was assistant director of MBA admissions at the Harvard Business School in a post-graduation appointment.

A native of Los Angeles, and a first-generation college graduate, Oubré received her bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA in 1980, and her MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1984.

Harris has more than 20 years of business experience in executive consultative sales. In his previous leadership roles at Xerox, Gartner Inc., and American Express, he consistently guided his teams to increased sales growth and productivity. He has worked in a variety of settings throughout his career from federal, state, and local government to small to mid-tier companies to Fortune 1000 corporations.

“I joined the staff here at SFSU College of Business Graduate Programs because I saw it as a great opportunity to create value-based linkages between the corporate community and the world of academia,” says Harris. “We’re extremely excited to announce two new executive education programs: The Sustainability Boot Camp with the SFSU Center for Ethics and Sustainable Business, and Wine Branding and Strategy being lead out of our marketing department.”

Before coming to SFSU, he was the director of corporate relations at the University of California Davis Graduate School of Management. He was successful in implementing 10 strategic MBA consulting projects with firms like Johnson & Johnson, HP, Agilent Technologies, Chevron Energy Solutions, Wells Fargo, AT&T, VSP, the city of Sacramento, Intermatic, and First Northern Bank.

Harris received his degree from Alabama A&M University, where he majored in business with minor concentrations in computer science and military science. He also spent 14 years as a reserve military officer with the United States Army.

University of Nevada Las Vegas
Recent Executive MBA graduates from the Lee Business School at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) say that they have gained some important skills from their experiences in the program:  They are more confident. They are better negotiators. They can network with the best. They can stand square-shouldered with upper management without batting an eye.

This group of 17 also hit a milestone in December as the 10th cohort, or class, to complete the business school’s signature graduate program. Started in August 2002, the EMBA Program has helped more than 150 executives, entrepreneurs, and business owners earn their MBAs.  

The program helped Preston Arnold expand his career aspirations.  As district manager with Boston Beer Company, he knew his growth potential in the company. What he learned is his possibilities outside the company.

“It made me feel better about my potential,” he says. “I wanted to gain the opportunity to go higher in my career. This gave me a platform to continue moving up.”

The next class, Cohort 11, will graduate in December 2013 and is the largest and most diverse group of students to date.

The UNLV Executive MBA also reported another milestone. Carissa Marquez joined as the program’s new EMBA coordinator.  Her responsibilities include oversight of EMBA student services, event coordination, and management of the program’s online marketing efforts.   In her previous position as account executive at R+W Advertising, she honed her customer relationship skills, stayed abreast of the most recent trends in the advertising industry, including social media, and fine-tuned her event and presentation skills. 

University of Pittsburgh
The Katz Executive MBA Worldwide Program at the University of Pittsburgh recently made several staff changes.

William T. Valenta, Jr., now serves as assistant dean of EMBA Worldwide and the Center for Executive Education (CEE), which gives him the responsibility of overseeing all programs.

Valenta, who succeeds Anne Nemer, most recently was Katz's assistant dean of MBA programs and in that time received several awards for his teaching of management and leadership. Previously, Valenta was assistant chair of the Department of Chemistry and, before academia, retired as a commander in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. He received his MBA from Katz and his bachelor’s degree from Point Park University.

In another staff change, Christine Kush now serves as director of operations for EMBA Worldwide and CEE. In this role, Kush coordinates the logistical and operations management of Katz's locations in North America (Pittsburgh, U.S.), South America (São Paulo, Brazil), and Europe (Prague, Czech Republic). Kush previously served as associate director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from Katz, and is pursuing her Ph.D. from the University’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Finally, Nicholas Hamilton-Archer, EMBA Worldwide's previous director of operations, is now director of recruiting and business development for executive programs. Before joining Katz, he was the director of executive programs with the George Mason University School of Management. Hamilton-Archer received his master’s degree in public administration and bachelor’s degree in government and international politics from George Mason University.

University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee (UT) introduced its inaugural Global Supply Chain Executive MBA in January 2013.

Designed for global executives and supply chain management leaders who work in organizations whose supply chain performance is fundamental to business success, the 12-month program carves a niche between more traditional Executive MBA Programs and technical degrees in supply chain management.  Program features include its global campus and faculty, modular structure that consists of four two-week residence periods, and an integrated transnational leadership development program that prepares business leaders to successfully navigate the complexities of global business. With its commitment to applied learning, the program requires each student to complete a thesis-level customized project that is expected to deliver back to the sponsoring organization at least $1 million (U.S.) within three years of project implementation. 

The inaugural class of 17 students consists of executives from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.  Industries include aerospace, construction machinery, consulting, consumer luxury goods, contract logistics, energy, global pharmaceuticals, health care, international food and beverage, retail, and technology. Partners in the program include ESSEC Business School; The Central European University (CEU) Business School; and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

In other news, an alumnus of UT’s Physician Executive MBA (PEMBA) Program developed a trail-blazing model for improving patient care in a new environment: the physician-owned office-based ambulatory surgery center (ASC). The ASC model clusters physicians of related specialties in one center, where they perform the same procedures repeatedly, sharpening their techniques and developing better ones.

“The average length of a hospital stay for a radical ambulatory prostatectomy is two days,” says urologist John Hajjar, M.D., “whereas our patients go home in three hours.”

Hajjar is founder and CEO of Surgem, a management company with an equity stake in the surgery centers that it opens. Centers are based on separate negotiated fee schedules for the surgical center and for the professional component. Where fee-for-service systems can provide incentives to over-treat, flat-fee systems encourage efficiency, which align the interests of doctor, insurance provider, and patient.

Surgem now has expanded to 14 centers on the East Coast, with six more in the pipeline. “We have a 95 percent satisfaction rate from our patients,” Hajjar says.  “Surgery centers are here to stay. They provide high-quality care at a very high efficiency.”

In addition, UT reported the following milestones:

  • UT recently welcomed its largest executive-level MBA class ever. More than 160 students are earning their executive-level MBAs, graduating in December 2013, through one of five programs: the Aerospace & Defense MBA, Executive MBA for Strategic Leadership, Global Supply Chain Executive MBA, Physician Executive MBA, or Professional MBA.

  • Lane Morris was promoted to professor; Andy Puckett was promoted to associate professor with tenure; and Ken Baker and Cindy Raines were promoted to senior lecturers.

  • Dan Flint is the new Regal Entertainment Group Professor, Andy Puckett is the new Massingale Scholar, and Missy Bowers is now a Beaman Professor.

  • Bruce Behn, Ergen Professor in Business, completed his two-year tenure as chair of the Pathways Commission, a joint venture of the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to study the future structure of higher education for the accounting profession; he also became head of UT’s Department of Accounting and Information Management.

  • Russell Crook co-authored a study that suggested the ways the Pentagon could cut billions of dollars and operate more efficiently.

  • Linda Lyle received the Tennessee Communication Association’s 2012 Dorthea Norton Spirit of Service Award, which recognizes lifetime contributions of service and expertise that benefit communications education in Tennessee. 

  • Alex Miller, William B. Stokely Chair of Management, returned to faculty life as a professor; he most recently was the college’s associate dean of strategic initiatives.

  • Bill Neilson, Holly Chair of Excellence, is editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.


Baruch College
The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College recently redesigned its Executive MBA Program.

The new curriculum infuses six themes:

  • Business 101 focuses on mastering business fundamentals and developing functional knowledge in core business disciplines

  • Instant ROI ensures that the knowledge that students acquire can be applied immediately to their jobs

  • Preparation For Leadership offers classes on strategy, communication, negotiation, persuasion, and innovation, providing students with insights into their own leadership style and acquiring the confidence to lead through theater-based exercises that take students out of their comfort zone

  • Ethics helps students develop ways of thinking through ethical dilemmas in an increasingly complex world and learning about issues confronting U.S. corporations, such as transparency in corporate reporting and legal and ethical corporate behavior

  • Sustainability explores how businesses create value through sustainability and helps students understand why companies are making sustainability a core part of their business strategy

  • Global Excellence focuses on leading effectively across cultures by inculcating greater sensitivity to global differences in business perspectives and practices.

The program fees include an international study trip, a pre-program Boot Camp to refresh students’ quantitative skills, and an iPad with course materials.

The ESIC Business and Marketing School has incorporated into its EMBA Program new seminars that promote entrepreneurship and the development of business projects.

The seminars help business leaders to address the demands of their day-to-day activities and the requirements of the current Spanish economic environment. Examples of seminar titles include Innovation and New Business Models in the Digital Sphere, Critical Associative Aspects for the Sustainability of New Business Projects, and Specific Financial Solutions for Entrepreneurs.

In addition, starting this academic year, ESIC is making resources and personal advice available to students as they execute the projects they decide to launch once they complete their program. These resources will help students develop market research and strategic planning, search for financing and possible partners, and network with other business leaders, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists.

Fordham University
The Fordham Executive MBA Program recently exposed students to a session on meditation, centering, Zen, and the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola.  The session helped offer students the tools that will allow them to reflect, synthesize, and stay focused within their pressure-filled roles.

Florida International University
Recognizing that business leaders need an expanded skill set to manage global challenges, the Alvah H. Chapman, Jr., Graduate School of Business at Florida International University (FIU) reinvented its EMBA and successfully launched the new version of the program in January 2013.

The interconnected curriculum, which concentrates on issues that seasoned executives encounter daily, centers on four key decision-making areas: 

  • Navigating in a global environment
  • Building a high-performance organization
  • Creating economic and social value
  • Developing and implementing strategy
For each area, faculty created an innovative interdisciplinary eight-credit-hour course with cases, projects, dialogues, and other experiential exercises that comprise 75 percent of the curriculum.

In addition, an eight-day Business Innovation in a Global Economy program in Italy, Russia, Brazil, China, or Turkey will help leaders deepen their international savvy and practice skill-building in a global environment.

The 18-month EMBA Program was designed to be minimally disruptive to the lives of students. The program delivers material online and with in-person sessions two Saturdays a month. The face-to-face sessions take place at FIU Downtown on Brickell, the University’s new site in the heart of Miami’s financial district and an emerging cultural hub.

Georgetown University
The Executive Master’s in Leadership Program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will open its doors to 25 principals from the District of Columbia Public Schools System (DCPS) who will participate in a tailored version of the program.

“We need absolutely fantastic educators in front of every school classroom, but great educators won’t come, and won’t stay, and won’t do their best unless there are great leaders in the school creating an environment for that to happen,” says DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson during a launch event for the program. “So we have to invest in our principals. They are the unit of change, and I’m excited that they get to participate in this program.”

Selected by DCPS and admissions officers in Georgetown’s Executive Education Office, the principals represent elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the district, as well as the Incarcerated Youth Program. They will attend classes every other Friday and Saturday on both the Georgetown campus and at DCPS locations. The program began Jan. 25, and students will graduate in December 2013. The program will be subsidized for the principals.

“We are a business school that is truly about developing leaders who are in service to business and society,” says David A. Thomas, dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “What is being created in classrooms here in the District of Columbia is the human capital that will fuel the development of this city and the world, so our investing in that is as good a representation of investing in both business and society as we can achieve.”

Founded in 2005, Georgetown McDonough’s Executive Master’s in Leadership Program (EML) teaches management and leadership theory to executives seeking to positively impact their organizations. The DCPS EML program has been slightly adapted to serve the professional development needs of educational leaders within a large, urban public school system.

Created with the belief that the core of leadership development is personal development, the participants will receive executive coaching and graduate with a personal leadership action plan.

Highlights of the curriculum include:

  • Identifying the roles of passion and purpose as central to leadership to achieve success

  • Understanding the practical skills to meet leadership challenges

  • Effectively dealing with uncertainty

  • Improving motivational speaker skills

  • Successfully engaging in difficult conversations

  • Understanding and managing stakeholder relationships

  • Building trust and credibility as a leader

Gordon Institute of Business Science
An internationally accredited business school based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Gordon Institute of Business Science offers an innovative and applicable MBA.

The 2014 MBA includes the following areas:

  • Focus on personal and applied learning

  • Use of coaches from the Leadership Assessment and Development (LEAD) module to the end of the core courses

  • Submission of personal development plan that the institute tracks in focus group sessions, three, five, and eight years post-graduation

  • Quarterly submissions of a learning journal

  • Exit interview

  • Four-day module introduces the GIBS MBA and orientates it in the context of South Africa and the world and builds on the compulsory LEAD module that all GIBS MBA students are required to complete

  • Simulations

  • Cross-functional case teaching (integration of disciplines)

  • Hybrid online component

  • Four-day road trip in South Africa

  • Company visits, field trips, and exposure to CEO speakers

  • Partnerships for high performance with companies and coaches

Loyola University Maryland
The Loyola University Maryland EMBA Program is working to give students opportunities to live its value of service to others by providing them with ‘outside the classroom’ activities that impact the larger world around them.

Loyola EMBA students engaged in university-wide service initiatives in 2012. Donations from EMBA students provided complete Thanksgiving meals to underprivileged families in the community. They also provided Christmas cheer to underprivileged children by donating nearly 200 individual items that included several pieces of winter outerwear, books, arts/crafts, school supplies, and more. By providing opportunities to lead through serving others, the program is helping EMBA students see business differently.

Texas A&M
Texas A&M has launched its new Professional MBA Program this past fall at CITYCENTRE, its new custom-finished educational facility in Houston, Texas.  

The 24,000-square-foot facility features four executive classrooms, 11 team rooms, expansive dining and common spaces, and a luxury boardroom. It encompasses the second floor of the CITYCENTRE THREE building, and was custom-designed by a team of faculty, staff, and students to be the ideal environment for executive learning.

In addition, Mays Business School admitted its 14th Executive MBA class this past year, the first class to move from its previous location in The Woodlands, Texas, to the CITYCENTRE facility.  The school also has a Full-Time MBA Program that runs 16 months on the Texas A&M campus.

New Professional MBA students represent a fantastic first class for the program, says Mike Alexander, director of the Professional MBA Program. “Our new students are smart, driven, and highly engaged. I look forward to watching them grow as a class and as individuals under the guidance of our world-class faculty in our new facility in CITYCENTRE.”

Adding the Professional MBA rounds out the school’s suite of MBA Programs, says Mary Lea McAnally, associate dean for graduate programs at Mays. “We are now able to offer programs to people at all levels of experience. We can accommodate both working professionals and students who want to study full time. This increases the accessibility of a MBA degree from Mays Business School. I am tremendously excited about the future of our programs.”

University of Chicago
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business recently revised its curriculum, adding new courses, increasing the international exchange component of the program from four to five weeks, and restructuring its elective offerings – integrating directly into the core program the ability for all students to specialize.

The changes take effect beginning with students who enter the program in June 2013.  The length of the program will remain at 16 weeks of instruction spread over 21 months.

Students will be able to specialize by choosing elective courses in a particular academic area. Those areas are expected to be capital markets, corporate finance, entrepreneurship, strategy, marketing, and leadership and management. By shifting these into the core, all students will be able to take advantage of the school’s well-regarded research faculty in these disciplines. The elective courses will be taught at Harper Center, Chicago Booth’s state-of-the-art facility on the University’s main Chicago campus, which also houses the school’s top-tier Full-Time MBA Program.

Students also will be offered a capstone course that provides the opportunity to integrate concepts and tools from much of the Executive MBA curriculum in a complex, multi-round simulation that culminates in presentations to a panel of investor-judges.

Before the changes, Booth Executive MBA students from all the school’s campuses attended four weeks of class sessions in Singapore, London, and downtown Chicago. Beginning next year, students will spend five weeks studying with students from the other campuses and also will spend two weeks on the main University campus.

To make room for the added courses, classes in strategic leadership and quantitative marketing have been shortened, and some offerings, such as technology strategy, have been reorganized and now will be part of the elective offerings.

University of Idaho
Launched in 2007, the Idaho Executive MBA was designed from its start as an integrated program. Driven by college mission, stakeholder input, and the level of students, faculty developed a curriculum integrated at the course, semester, and program level.

Course-level integration crosses two or more traditional disciplines, with some courses team-taught and others taught by a single instructor who brings perspectives from multiple disciplines. Semester integrative projects require student teams to apply concepts from two or more courses. For example, choosing a process from one of their organizations, student teams consider the role the process plays in supporting the organization’s strategy; map the process and evaluate the design and performance on a variety of dimensions; consider the employee and customer behaviors needed for an effective process and ways to encourage these behaviors; and apply principles of kaizen and design thinking to improve the process. Program integration is accomplished in three ways – through the themes of leadership, globalization, sustainability, decision-making, and execution that run across semesters, a customized summer integrative experience, and a final project.

“Across all the layers of integration, we have seen evidence of a virtuous feedback loop,” says John Lawrence, professor of business and the Coeur d’Alene Mines Executive MBA Faculty Fellow. “As we develop integrated courses, work to understand the disciplinary linkages across integrating themes, and mentor students through integrated projects, the faculty learn more about each other’s disciplines and develop greater capability to deliver business education in an integrated manner.”

Graduates and sponsors say the immediate, practical application inherent in the Idaho EMBA Program’s integrative learning has allowed them to better cope with the economic challenges of the past few years, as well as capitalize on emerging growth opportunities.

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
UNC Kenan-Flagler recently made significant changes to its Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs. 

UNC created programs that optimize the face-to-face executive MBA experience with the infusion of technology-enabled learning to better accommodate professionals’ busy lives.  Key components of the changes also include an improved curriculum and an increased focus on career management and leadership development.  The result:  Students receive the exceptional learning experience they expect from a top-notch Executive MBA Program, with greater flexibility. 

Students who start the Evening MBA Program in October 2013 will attend classes only one evening each week for 24 months, Monday from 5:30 to 9:45 p.m.  Students who start the Weekend MBA Program in February 2014 will attend classes once every three weekends for 20 months, alternating between two-day and three-day weekends.  These face-to-face classes will provide the thought-provoking discussions and problem-solving interactions that are the hallmark of the UNC MBA experience.  Between in-person classes, students will supplement their learning with web-based lectures and assignments from UNC’s faculty.

UNC anticipates these changes will broaden the geographic reach of the programs and particularly appeal to students who have family or other home commitments, or with demanding travel schedules.

Washington State University
Washington State University (WSU) has offered the MBA degree for more than 50 years and was one of the first to offer online business education in the web’s early days.

Today, the school offers both the MBA and Executive MBA online. Both online programs include an international experience option that enables students to travel abroad for 10 days, immersing them in many global business scenarios and introducing them to new colleagues and friends throughout the world. The online MBA is for students who may or may not have an undergraduate degree in business, with varying levels of work experience, and who wish to obtain deeper knowledge by earning concentrations in international business, finance, and marketing.

The school offers six online foundation courses that prepare non-business undergraduates for the MBA Program. The online Executive MBA requires at least seven years of managerial work experience. Both programs provide students with core business knowledge and the tools to grow and develop as global leaders.

West Virginia University
West Virginia University's Executive MBA Program has created a specialized program offering for the West Virginia National Guard.

The program serves guardsmen with full- and part-time commitments and individuals who are stationed throughout the state, including West Virginia Air National Guard outposts in Martinsburg and Charleston. The program began this past January and the college hopes to have a National Guard contingent to each cohort.

“Attracting students in the military helps our enrollment and the diversity in our classes,” says Gary Insch, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate programs, and associate professor of management. “They bring leadership skills and experience into the EMBA classroom, which is beneficial to the other students. There's a good synergy of the application of what they're doing in the military and what our business executive MBAs are doing. They learn a lot from one another.”

West Virginia University also reported the following updates:

  • Carrie Wood, associate director of EMBA Programs, is responsible for leading recruitment initiatives for the Executive MBA Program in the College of Business and Economics. Her background includes education in computer programming and marketing and 15 years of sales experience.  She also expects to complete her M.S. in integrated marketing communications in 2013.

  • Elizabeth Vitullo, Ph.D., is the director of masters programs at the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. In her role, she has primary responsibility for the Executive MBA, Online Executive MBA, and Full-Time MBA. She also assists in the oversight of other on-campus masters’ programs in the College of Business and Economics. She completed her Ph.D. in education and MBA at West Virginia University. An adjunct professor in the entrepreneurship program, Vitullo also is responsible for the assurance of learning for graduate programs at the college.
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