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Executive Master of Business Administration

Curriculum

SFU Beedie’s Executive MBA program gives you a 360-degree view of leadership, strategic analysis and change management. The first five semesters follow a logical progression, allowing you to grow 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.

Orientation

Your Executive MBA experience begins in early September with a three-day compulsory intensive orientation weekend in Whistler. This team-building opportunity introduces faculty, staff and students, and provides you with a foundation for cohort-based learning. 

Year 1

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

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

Enhance your decision-making abilities by learning how the various forms of financial information that companies publish in financial statements are related, and how you can extract useful information 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 special attention given to corporate social responsibility, professional ethics and reputational capital.

Finance

Gain a solid grounding in the principles of business finance. You’ll be introduced to important financial tools and gain an appreciation of how business decisions impact both 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.

Marketing

Learn how to 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.

Structure and Change in Organizations

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

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 2

In the final two terms, you will develop a strategic mindset as you apply strategy models to changing environments, both globally and locally. The program ends with a second executive retreat in Whistler.

Students who choose the optional Americas MBA for Executives stream will take classes with their SFU cohort in Vancouver in the Fall, Spring and Summer terms of Year 1. In Year 2, the Americas MBA for Executives residencies take place in August (Vancouver, Canada), October (Sao Paulo, Brazil), February (Mexico City, Mexico) and April (Nashville, USA) in lieu of the following Vancouver based curriculum.

Strategy

Learn the principles and frameworks for evaluating threats to an organization’s performance. Gain opportunities to apply these tools to real-world cases.

Cross Cultural Management

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

International Competitive Strategy

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

Negotiations

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

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Come to an understanding of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship and learn the conceptual tools needed to launch and run a business.

Corporate Responsibility

This course provides a holistic view of corporate responsibility, encompassing the social, ecological and economic responsibilities of organizations. You’ll explore corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability, sustainable business models, corporate transparency and reporting, and responsible leadership.

Special Topics: Corporate Governance

Understand how Boards operate, their mandate, responsibilities, and scope of powers. You will learn how to distinguish high performing, effective Boards and Directors from ineffectual ones, and the role you will play in making them the former.

Special Topics: TBA

Course topics change on an annual basis based on interests and availabilities. Prior topics include Mergers and Acquisitions and Indigenous Business and Communities.

Capstone

Put your new knowledge to the test in a simulation working on your own and within a team.

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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