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Executive Master of Business Administration

Americas MBA

The Americas MBA for Executives is an optional stream that gives EMBA students in their second year the opportunity to study relevant management issues at universities in Canada, Brazil, Mexico and the USA, the four largest economies in the Americas.

The elective responds to a growing need among companies and students for business instruction focused more deeply around concerns specific to the Americas markets. In this stream, you’ll prepare a significant company-based strategic analysis as your capstone project, to demonstrate the depth and breadth of your enhanced capacities.

If you elect to take the Americas MBA for Executives, you will study with your EMBA cohort as usual during the first year. For your second year, you’ll get together with students from the partner universities to take your final courses over four intensive nine-day residencies at the participating schools.

At each campus, your international cohort will meet at partner universities to complete coursework, observe local business practices, attend cultural events and collaborate on a two term global capstone strategy project.

  • As well as forming part of your SFU Beedie EMBA, you earn an additional Graduate Certificate in Business in the Americas.
  • Classes and coursework are in English. 
  • There is no additional tuition for the Americas MBA for Executives stream, however you are responsible for their your accommodation, travel and living expenses.

Your Americas EMBA elective will start in Vancouver, Canada and end in Nashville, USA with stops in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Mexico City, Mexico. Each of the four schools you’ll study at deliver a curriculum that draws on its core strengths.

Canada, Brazil, Mexico and the United States of America collectively represent the largest economies on two continents. It’s an increasingly dynamic and interconnected area of trade and economic activity.

August: SFU Beedie, Vancouver, Canada

Home to Canada’s first Executive MBA program, SFU Beedie is a global leader in international business teaching and research.

Global Strategy

You’ll examine elements of strategic thinking, strategic analysis, the tasks and processes associated with strategy formulation and implementation. You’ll also learn the implications of aligning operations and culture of an enterprise to match the requirements of its strategy in a global context.

Cross-Cultural Management

Learn and develop the cultural intelligence needed when dealing with a global business environment, through exposure to the dilemmas and opportunities that arise within international and multicultural work environments.

October: FIA Business School, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The only fully Brazilian Executive MBA ranked among the best in the world by the Financial Times. FIA was chosen as “the Most Innovative Business School in South America,” by European CEO magazine.

Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

Understand the rationale and concepts supporting a “triple bottom line“ approach to measuring a firm’s results. Gain insights into the challenges and approaches to mobilizing for change and interacting with stakeholders to develop sustainable business practices.

Emerging Markets

Gain an understanding of the challenges and practices in developing products, services and business models to cater to the needs of dynamic emerging markets.

Negotiations

Learn how to become a better negotiator. Plan for various negotiation situations and improve your ability to negotiate. 

This course is taken in Vancouver.


January: ITAM, Mexico City, Mexico

ITAM is the first Latin American business school accredited by AACSB, and one of fewer than 50 schools also to have accreditation from EQUIS and AMBA. ITAM is among the best business schools in Latin America as ranked by America Economia.

International Competitiveness

Learn about the driving factors behind different levels of competitiveness, and clarify the interaction between these different levels.

Family Business

Family-controlled private and public companies are the dominant form of enterprise, worldwide. Learn about the challenges facing family firms, and how these are valuable business opportunities for competing companies and executives.


April: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA

Vanderbilt is ranked as a top institution by Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Financial Times and Forbes. Accredited by AACSB and SACS.

Creating and Launching New Ventures

Examine the planning, funding and post-funding stages of new ventures, from refining the business plan to getting up and running.

Leading a Global Innovation Strategy

Develop a framework for understanding how individuals and organizations sabotage their own best intentions to encourage creativity and “outside the box” thinking.


Global Strategy Capstone Project

This project spans all residencies. International teams of Executive MBAs from partner institutions work directly with executives from a multinational company facing real-world challenges in the Americas.

 

My key lessons from the program were learning how to effectively frame and structure a problem or situation, manage a tight schedule, know what to prioritize and how to prioritize it, and identify core problems quickly and addressing them.

Bobby Dhillon, EMBA

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Planning

G&F Financial Group

The comprehensive simulations provided the greatest learning for me. They helped change my mindset and connect the different areas of learning into a comprehensive view of how an organization runs.

Matthew Grunert, MOT MBA

Director, IT

Avigilon

The MSc Finance program gave me the technical foundation that I couldn’t function without. I work with clients in very senior roles, and it’s important to demonstrate your technical knowledge to gain their trust.

Christine Jakshoej, MScFin

Head of Professional Services America

FINCAD

The immediate impact of the GDBA has been a change in the way I approach my day professionally. I am equipped to make better decisions. My confidence level has been elevated significantly, and I am enjoying a new sense of optimism in my career.

Percival Chang, GDBA

Manager & Investment Funds Advisor

PH&N Investment Services

I always saw myself working beyond clinical pharmacy. I felt that I could also shine on the business side of healthcare. I knew that with my strong clinical training an MBA would help open more doors and give me the mobility I was looking for in my career.

Morenike Akinyemi, FT MBA

Senior Project Manager, Transformation Delivery

Provincial Health Services Authority

The Part-Time MBA was excellent. It gave me exactly what I expected to receive, and I think that is the highest compliment you can pay a program. It met all my expectations and provided a solid grounding in business skills and strategies.

Oliver Zihlmann, PT MBA

Director of Development and Alumni Engagement

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The i2I program is perfect for people like me who are deeply involved in science, and who want to look for opportunities in the business world. A program like this opens your mind and teaches you that there is another world of possibilities outside of the lab.

Elena Groppa, i2I

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine

University of British Columbia Biomedical Research Centre

The learners I work with are 95% Indigenous, and I find that they become more interested and retain information more, when we speak and learn from an Indigenous lens. The Indigenous content integrated into the program has been very beneficial to me in terms of how I can incorporate Indigenous information into the curriculum I currently teach.

Wanda Rockthunder, EMBA IBL

Business Instructor, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Cree, a citizen of the Muskowekwan First Nation, Saskatchewan

EMBA: Bobbie

MOT MBA: Matt

MSc Fin: Christine

GDBA: Percival

FT MBA: Morenike

PT MBA: Oliver

i2I: Elena

EMBA IBL: Wanda


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