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Curriculum and Faculty

Offering a broad overview of core business topics, the Executive Development Program integrates leadership and strategy skills throughout the curriculum. Teaching focuses on tools and knowledge that you can use to become a more effective manager, analyst and decision-maker. Our curriculum provides a broad overview of the fundamental concepts and current issues of general management and gives you an integrated view of business enterprise.

View the 2017-18 program schedule.

Competitive Strategy
Understand the nature of the competitive process and the source of firm level competitive advantage.

Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness
Learn the critical role of leadership in creating and sustaining effective organizations. Learn how to articulate a vision and motivate your team to implement it successfully.

Negotiating Skills
Become a more effective negotiator with proven techniques for building and maintaining relationships, applying appropriate power and influence, structuring agreements and developing buy-in.

Financial and Managerial Accounting
Learn to successfully interpret and utilize accounting data for planning and financial reporting; net present value (NPV) and internal rate of return (IRR).

Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Gain insight into how entrepreneurs conceive, adapt, and execute strategies to create new enterprises. Examine how leaders effectively use structure and processes to enhance innovation and creativity within their organizations.

Organizational Leadership
Review concepts and principles fundamental to organizational leadership. Major topics include teamwork, perception and decision-making, motivation, strategic organizational design, corporate culture, and organizational change.

Enhance your understanding of finance principles and practices, including values, corporate finance and investments.

Marketing Strategy
Understand how the basic concepts of market segmentation and positioning are essential to the strategic planning process. Learn industry and competitor analysis techniques and make better resource allocation decisions.

Brand Management Strategy
Learn how to create and maintain a market-oriented organization to lessen price pressure on products and grow a stable base of loyal customers. Identify key factors in successful brands that apply to your enterprise.

Corporate Strategy
Explore the identification, evaluation, and formulation of a corporate strategy-as well as sources of its success and failure.

Understand transformational leadership; Develop your ability to shape the future through effective leadership practices and developing an integrated leadership philosophy.

*Information is subject to change. 

In the Executive Development Program (EDP), you will experience a variety of teaching strategies with opportunities for both individual and group involvement. Lectures are interactive and allow you to relate the material to your own experience. Case studies, role-playing, small group work and other highly participative teaching techniques encourage your active involvement:

  • A dynamic classroom makes thought-provoking lectures pertinent to your current issues and challenges. Explore new learning through discussions with faculty members and your peers.
  • Case analysis and discussion of business problems focus on application in real-world businesses.
  • Company presentations give you an opportunity to develop your communication skills while you describe your function and organization to the group. You will learn about diverse industries and business units from other experienced professionals in the class.
  • Optional study groups help you understand material outside your areas of expertise and provide networking opportunities.
  • Dinner discussions on Monday class nights allow you to share work experiences and explore the best practices in your industry with your classmates.
  • Individual reading and study strengthen your ability to process information as well as benefit from case studies and lectures.
  • EDP instructional class website gives you access to course materials electronically from anywhere.
  • Residential sessions kick off and end the program with an intensive three to four day learning experience at an off-campus location. Get to know your classmates at a Northwest executive retreat center. See the calendar for a sample of focused residential topics.

Patrick J. Bettin, Ph.D.
Management and Organization

Gregory A. Bigley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management
Longbrake Endowed Professor in Innovation

David Burgstahler, Ph.D.
Professor of Accounting
Julius A. Roller Professor of Accounting

Jerry Cormick, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Evans School of Public Affairs

Mark Forehand, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marketing
Pigott Family Professor in Business Administration

Jennifer Koski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance
John B. and Delores L. Fery Faculty Fellow

Suresh Kotha, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Chair of the Department of Management and Organization
Olesen/Battelle Excellence Chair in Entrepreneurship
Research Director of the Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

Sarah McVay, Ph.D.
Professor of Accounting
Deloitte & Touche Endowed Professorship in Accounting

Michael R. Wagner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Operations Management
Neal and Jan Dempsey Endowed Faculty Fellowship

*Information is subject to change.