Executive Master of Business Administration
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
Understand the processes by which goods and services are produced and
the impact of operations on corporate strategy and elements in the value
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.
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.
Learn the principles and frameworks for evaluating threats to an
organization’s performance. Gain opportunities to apply these tools to
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.
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.
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.
Put your new knowledge to the test in a simulation working on your own and within a team.