MBA in Executive Management & Entrepreneurship

The Master’s Degree program prepares students with the necessary skills and knowledge to understand, manage or create financial, business, and leadership careers on the upper level of management. The program provides the tools for business and leadership professionals to develop knowledge, attitudes, and skill sets that will equip them to perform effectively, ethically, and creatively in the corporate or entrepreneurial environment. Completion of this program involves 12 courses, full-time enrollment is at two classes per term. Max enrollment per course is 20 students.

Course Descriptions

CIAM’s MBA program is a modular program and there is no sequencing required and there are no prerequisite courses.

ACC501: Accounting for Decision Making - 3.0 Semester Credits

This course examines how accounting information is used in managerial decision-making and control. The course stresses how to use rather than how to prepare accounting reports. Topics to be covered include: basic cost concepts, cost volume profit relationships, product costing, differential analysis, strategic product pricing, cost allocation, budgeting, and the evaluation of financial performance.

BUS501: Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making - 3.0 Semester Credits

Metrics and analysis are hallmarks of outstanding management. Managers must understand the basics and application of descriptive and inferential statistics including basic descriptive statistics, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, time series forecasting, inventory models, simulation, queuing, and decision under uncertainty. Students will also learn how to present data effectively using graphs and charts. The course will also address decision trees and expected value of information.

DRU501: Leadership based on Drucker’s Principles - 3.0 Semester Credits

Drucker's view of leadership is critical to becoming an effective executive: the fundamental decision for the leader, the leader's role in shaping the organization's future, how a leader must develop, what he should and should not do. This class will cover Drucker's models of ethics, duty, motivation and leadership, and marketing, which are fundamental to sound leadership. Students who take this course will develop a deep understanding of leadership and an appreciation that courage, commitment, careful thought and analysis, and character are the foundations they will need to develop over a lifetime of service.

DRU502: Innovation and Entrepreneurship based on Drucker’s Principles - 3.0 Semester Credits

This course will provide the student with an opportunity to learn about Drucker's ideas about the practice of innovation (the seven sources for innovative opportunity and his five principles of innovation), the practice of entrepreneurship (entrepreneurial management, the entrepreneurial business, entrepreneurship in service institutions, and the new venture), and entrepreneurial strategies.  In doing so, this course discusses the basics for every manager who needs to organize successful technology and/or market-driven innovation in both entrepreneurial and established firms. The course will examine how entrepreneurs and managers can shape their firms so that they continuously build and commercialize valuable innovations.

ETH501: Business Ethics - 3.0 Semester Credits

This course will prepare students to face the ethical challenges that they are likely to experience as managers. Students will come to realize that ethical dilemmas are common aspects of the business decision-making process. As a result of taking this course, students should become more proficient in issue recognition, application of ethical principles, and analysis of the consistency of corporate decision-making processes with such principles. While we never expect managers to be joyful when they encounter ethical dilemmas, our goal is to help students develop the competence, courage, and character that will enable right action for the good of all.

FIN501: Corporate Finance - 3.0 Semester Credits

This course introduces the student to the basic decision models of financial management and prepares them to take an active role in financial decision-making in their organization. It introduces the theory, the methods, and the concerns of corporate finance. The main topics include: 1) financial statements interpretation and analysis; 2) management of cash flow and working capital; 3) pro forma analysis; 4) the time value of money and capital budgeting techniques; 5) long-term financing instruments; 6) security market efficiency; and 7) value creation principles.

IB501: International Business Concepts - 3.0 Semester Credits

Today's markets are becoming increasingly global, and it is imperative that managers understand the theories, institutions, and environmental elements that underlie international commerce. This course will equip students to manage using a comprehensive framework to formulate strategies in the global marketplace. The course covers competitive advantage, competitive strategies, alternative modes of market entry, including import and export through intermediaries, contracts with suppliers and distributors, and foreign direct investment (FDI).

IS501: Management of Information Systems - 3.0 Semester Credits

In this class, students will learn about business and consumer information systems. We will cover MIS theory and practice as they relate to management and organizational theories. Students will learn about the use of IT in different functional areas of the firm. The role of the Internet in facilitating, augmenting, and providing competitive advantage for information systems.

MGT501: Management and Organizational Behavior - 3.0 Semester Credits

This course deals with human behavior in organizations. It will employ a number of conceptual frameworks, case discussions, and skill-oriented activities and challenge students to apply these to our course topic. In part, these will include: motivation, learning and development, group dynamics, leadership, communication, power and influence, change, diversity, organizational design, and culture.

MGT511: Strategic Management - 3.0 Semester Credits

This course introduces the student to the concepts of vision, mission, and determination of the basic long term goals and objectives of a company, and the adoption of a course of action and the allocation of resources for carrying out these goals.

MKT501: Marketing Management - 3.0 Semester Credits

Peter Drucker said that marketing was too important to be left to marketers. Indeed, marketing is one of the most important, complex, and fascinating management disciplines, and is closely tied to other functions of the firm such as R&D, operations, and finance. An understanding of marketing fundamentals is an essential component of management knowledge. The roles of ethics, corporate social responsibility, and public policy intrinsic in marketing decision making in global environments are explored.

OPS501: Operations Management -  3.0 Semester Credits

Operations Management is the study and application of the work of making optimal decisions as to how to get things done by people, working together and with technology.  Topics include process design, capacity planning, forecasting, supply chain management, quality control, and continuous process improvement.  While all of these topics are addressed, most of the focus of this course will be on capacity planning, forecasting, inventory control (part of supply chain management) and continuous process improvement.  While there are no formal prerequisites, some familiarity with basic statistics will be very helpful.