EGADE — W. P. Carey Executive MBA

Curriculum

The EGADE — W. P. Carey EMBA curriculum delivers insights across the spectrum of business and management foundations. Leadership courses examine the issues leaders face from initial concept to final implementation of organizational value creation. Many assignments can be applied directly to your company, while the capstone strategy course is integrated throughout the program, culminating with a strategic analysis of your organization.

Course descriptions

Understands human side of organizations through management theories and applications. Develops knowledge and skills for successful management of self and others.

Contemporary financial accounting and reporting systems; emphasizes the interpretation and evaluation of a company's external financial reports.

Fundamentals of statistical analysis to aid management decision-making.

Applies microeconomic analysis to managerial decision-making in areas of demand, production, cost, and pricing. Evaluates competitive strategies.

Managerial accounting concepts and procedures for internal reporting applied to the decision-making activities of professional managers.

Addresses the inherent ambiguity surrounding effective leadership by providing a toolkit of tangible behaviors to ensure leaders create "high impact" in all areas of their professional and personal lives. Emphasizes what high-impact leaders do differently and uniquely to achieve results while also inspiring loyalty in relationships. Covers core topics including building executive maturity and presence, developing and delivering compelling messages, inspiring those around you, building a strong relationship network, establishing credibility, and managing upward relationships. Includes peer dialogue, extensive presentation skills training, and assignments based on students' real-life leadership experiences.

Develops analytical techniques and financial theories used to make optimal decisions in a corporate setting.

Managing the marketing function; market and environmental analysis; marketing planning, strategy, and control concepts. Development and management of marketing programs.

Improves students' understanding of and skills in the art of negotiation. For most managers, negotiation is a significant aspect of their day-to-day jobs, not to mention a major element of everyday life. Gives students experience in bargaining and negotiation, as well as provides a foundation in the essential knowledge bases crucial to being an effective negotiator. Emphasizes experiential learning — students spend most of their time participating in exercises and negotiation simulations (including negotiating job offers), as well as discussing negotiation-based cases involving issues that often arise in the workplace. The goal is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of what it takes to be an effective negotiator, as well as several experiences to draw upon in future negotiation situations.

Studies ethical decisions; the role of business in society.

Contemporary management issues, including environmental, project, and supply chain management; new product development; quality control; TQM.

Capstone case-based course covering all aspects of starting a business: opportunity identification, evaluation, concept development, identifying required resources, acquiring those resources, launching the entity, managing growth, and ultimately, harvesting the enterprise. Revolves around a series of cases, readings and class discussions designed to build a comfort level with understanding and solving problems faced every day, in real life, by a broad spectrum of entrepreneurs at various phases of venture development. Significant emphasis on understanding the valuation and financing of entrepreneurial ventures interwoven through discussions.

Understanding how organizations make use of business intelligence (BI) to gain a sustainable competitive advantage. Builds the foundations for evidence-based managerial decision making. Covers technologies for data warehousing and data mining from a managerial perspective. Covers contemporary topics such as real-time BI, business analytics, and business performance management with the help of case studies, audio-video content, guest speakers, online forums to generate creative thinking and discussion.

Structured practical experience in a professional program, supervised by a practitioner and/or faculty member with whom the student works closely.

Capstone/culminating experience

Formulation of strategy and policy in the organization, emphasizing the integration of decisions in the functional areas.

Macroeconomic analysis of issues related to economic growth, inflation, interest rates behavior, unemployment, exchange rate determination, and global competitiveness.

Multidisciplinary approaches to theories and practices of inspiring and managing innovation and change for sustainable competitive advantage. Focuses on both the student's individual creativity and the planning and implementation of innovations, technologies, processes, or systems that pose significant uncertainty. Places special attention on the processes surrounding understanding the consumer, ideation and implementation. Inclusive in this are methods such as environmental scanning, scenario planning, contextual research, storytelling, concept testing and prototyping. Also includes the many aspects of the organization's structure and culture regarding innovation and creativity.