Curriculum

Deepen your business knowledge

The Executive MBA curriculum builds a complete, 360-degree understanding of the inter-relationships of all functions within an organization. It places special emphasis on leadership, strategic analysis and change management—all from a global perspective.

The first five semesters follow a logical progression, allowing you to build your skills and apply them as you learn. In the final summer semester, you bring everything together in a final capstone and a closing retreat.

Year One

In the first three terms, the program focuses on enhancing your managerial skills, building on your existing work experience. You will become equipped to develop effective analyses based on business process and implementation in the various functional areas.

Fall

Orientation Weekend

Start your executive MBA experience with a three-day intensive orientation weekend in Whistler in early September. This team-building opportunity introduces faculty, staff and students and provides an overview of business case analysis.

Leadership and Teamwork

Explore the management of relationships and how to work effectively in teams. Learn how leadership can impact an organization in the face of competition, power, controversy and conflict.

Accounting for Decision Making

Inform your decision-making by learning how the various forms of financial information that companies publish in financial statements, such as annual reports and prospectuses, are related, and how to extract useful information about a company from them. Gain the theoretical and practical knowledge you need to use accounting information for strategic planning and decision-making.

Business Ethics

Examine the relevance and importance of the highly topical subject of business ethics, with attention devoted to corporate social responsibility, professional ethics and reputational capital.

Spring

Finance

Provides a solid grounding in the principles of business finance. Students are introduced to important financial tools and gain an appreciation of how business decisions impact financial performance and shareholder value.

Managerial Economics

Learn how to facilitate decision-making in the presence of risk, uncertainty and missing information by applying economic concepts to analyze supply and demand, costs and productivity, and industries.

Structure and Change in Organizations

Apply contemporary organizational theory to the managerial challenges of entrepreneurial, corporate, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of organizational structure and change, adapting the organizations to their changing environment, and articulating alternate plans for organizational survival (and where possible, growth).

Summer

Marketing

Apply the fundamentals of marketing management including understanding the fundamentals of competitive rationality, why competitive advantage needs to be managed as a process, and the creation and valuation of customer equity. Learn how to formulate and implement offering, pricing, placement and marketing communication strategies that will lead to growth and competitive advantage.

Operations Management

Understand the processes by which goods and services are produced and the impact of operations on corporate strategy and elements in the value chain.

Information Technology and Organizational Transformation

Learn about the strategic role information can play in organizations. This course will assist you in making the choices required to plan, acquire and manage information technology.

Year Two

In the final two terms, you develop a strategic mindset as you apply strategy models to changing environments, both globally and locally. Finally, you prepare a significant company-based strategic analysis as your capstone project to demonstrate the depth and breadth of your enhanced capacities.

Students who choose the Americas MBA for Executives elective will take classes with their SFU cohort in the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. The Americas MBA for Executives residencies take place in August (Vancouver, Canada); October (Sao Paulo, Brazil); February (Mexico City, Mexico); April (Nashville, USA).

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Fall

International Competitive Strategy

Focuses on building global competency and skills needed to develop strategies, design organizations, and manage the operations of companies whose activities span national boundaries.

Strategy

Learn the principles and frameworks for evaluating threats to an organization’s performance and gain opportunities to apply these tools to cases and your own, and your fellow students’, organizations.

Cross Cultural Management

In order to function in an increasingly global business world, the ability to understand the influence of crossing national and cultural boundaries on organizations and on organizational practices is required. Special emphasis will be placed on the management of people and groups in international organizations.

Negotiations

Learn how to become a better negotiator. Plan for various negotiation situations and improve your ability to negotiate through negotiation exercises. n order to function in an increasingly global business world, the ability to understand the influence of crossing national and cultural boundaries on organizations and on organizational practices is required. Special emphasis will be placed on the management of people and groups in international organizations.

Spring

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Whether you are interested in creating a startup or a new line of business in an existing firm, this course is intended to facilitate ways of understanding entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship and to provide conceptual tools which can be used to launch and run a business.

Corporate Responsibility

This course takes a holistic view of corporate responsibility that encompasses the social, ecological and economic responsibilities of organizations. Learn an integrative approach to topics such as philosophies of corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability, sustainable business models, corporate transparency and reporting, and responsible leadership.

Indigenous Business and Communities

This course focuses on the matters involved when businesses are operating, or intend to operate in the traditional territories of First Nations or other Indigenous Peoples. Cases where Indigenous relations were significant factors in the success or failure of businesses or major projects will be examined, and a sense of potential challenges and opportunities with regard to Indigenous business engagement will be explored.

Special Topics

Possible topics include Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions or other current business challenges.

Capstone

Tie it all together with a final simulation requiring decisions that involve all the business functional areas.