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Curriculum and Faculty

The Executive Development Program focuses on concepts and tools that you can use to become a more strategic thinker, effective manager, and skillful decision-maker.

Understand transformational leadership. Develop your own leadership philosophy to inform your presence in the workplace.

Organizational and Change Management
Major topics include teamwork, perception and decision-making, motivation, strategic organizational design, corporate culture, and organizational change.

Competitive Strategy
Understand how the basic concepts of market segmentation and positioning are essential to the strategic planning process. Consider what distinguishes successful product or service launches from those that fail relative to go-to-market strategy.

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

Accounting and Finance
Learn to interpret and use accounting data for planning, decision-making, and financial reporting.

Solving Complex Problems
Develop a problem-solving model with three critical ingredients for eliciting ideas, ensuring idea flow, aggregating ideas​, and structuring group discussions.

Managing Diverse Teams
As a manager, it’s important to actively build cohesion and collaboration across your team’s differences. This course offers research-backed information to help your team thrive and harness the potential of diverse teams.

Growth Mindset
Examine what it means to have a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset, explore how these mindsets come about, and gain a framework for changing both your own mindset and the mindsets of others in your organization.

Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation
Gain insight into how entrepreneurs conceive, adapt, and execute strategies to drive growth. Examine how leaders effectively use structure and processes to enhance innovation and creativity within their organizations.

Business Communication Skills
Master fundamental tools to connect, be clear, and compel any audience. Receive ​customized coaching ​in a highly interactive and personalized setting to enable immediate behavior change.

Digital Marketing Strategy
Learn how to design a digital marketing strategy which can become part of your overall integrated marketing communication plan. Pay special focus to designing clear communication for your specific audiences.

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.

*Information is subject to change. 

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

  • Faculty members present thought-provoking lectures pertinent to your current challenges and encourage participant involvement in the evening’s discussion.
  • Case study 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.
  • Dinner discussions on Monday class evenings allow you to share work experiences and explore the best practices in your industry with your classmates in a relaxed setting.
  • Individual study prior to class strengthens your strategic thinking skills and prepares you for the classroom discussion.
  • Residential sessions kick off and end the program with an intensive two to four day learning experience at an off-campus location within driving distance from the Seattle area. Residential sessions allow you to move beyond just networking with your classmates toward forming lasting connections.

Darren Bernard
Associate Professor of Accounting
John B. and Delores L. Fery Faculty Fellow

Patrick J. Bettin
Senior Lecturer, Management and Organization
Adjunct Associate Professor, Psychology

Ed deHaan
Associate Professor of Accounting
Gerhard G. Mueller Endowed Professor in Accounting
Michael G. Foster Endowed Fellow

Lea Dunn
Assistant Professor of Marketing

Crystal Farh
Professor of Management
Michael G. Foster Endowed Fellow

Mark Forehand
Professor of Marketing
Chair of the Department of Marketing and International Business
Pigott Family Professor in Business Administration

Thomas Gruver
Principal Consultant and Executive Coach
Lange International

Benjamin Hallen
Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Longbrake Endowed Professor in Innovation

Michael Johnson
Professor of Management
The Boeing Company Endowed Professor in Business Management

Stacia Jones
Dean’s Impact Scholar and VP and Global Head of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action (IDEA) at lululemon

Suresh Kotha
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

Emily Cox Pahnke
Associate Professor of Management
Charlene M. and Arthur W. Buerk Endowed Faculty Fellow
Lawrence P. Hughes Endowed Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Issariya Sirichakwal
Associate Teaching Professor of Operations Management

David G. Sirmon
Professor of Management
Robert Herbold Professor in Strategy

Daniel Turner
Teaching Professor​​ of Marketing
Peter and Noydena Brix Endowed Fellow
Associate Dean for Masters Programs

Elizabeth Umphress
Professor of Management
Evert McCabe Endowed Fellow

Lance Young
Teaching Professor of Finance and Business Economics

*Information is subject to change.

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