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Module 3

Leadership & MIS (Functional Elective) (2 credits)

Taught by Karthik Kannan

The internet and other information technologies have reshaped organizations. Companies are increasingly forced to deal with digital/information strategies, and understanding how to handle those strategies is important for managers. The purpose of this course is to explore some of the strategies in detail. The focus of the course is to develop – through cases, lectures, discussions, and examples – insights into when and how the information and the digital strategies can be used to create and enhance an organization’s competitive advantage.

Mergers & Acquisitions (Functional Elective)
(2 credits)

Taught by Ken Harling & Charlene Sullivan

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to mergers and acquisitions (M&A) from the perspective of the corporate executive. It is designed for all EMBA students regardless of background. Its goal is to cover key aspects of the M&A business process including corporate strategy, target selection and screening, valuation, deal negotiation and integration. We will focus on current M&A best practices including the key tools, techniques and trends embraced by modern deal makers. This knowledge will help students look behind the headlines of M&A transactions in the press and understand what is going on.

Immersion Elective (1 credit)

Choice of four options:

Advanced Finance

This elective is a continuation and extension of the introductory EMBA finance course, with further attention to the investment and financing decisions of the firm. Topics to be covered include: the formulation of corporate credit policies; the management of financial distress; the effects of inflation on a firm's financing needs; capital expenditure analysis; initial public securities offerings; and private equity transactions.

The course builds on the concepts addressed in the Financial Management course, and case analyses will be the vehicles for class discussions. Among the key messages to be delivered is that there are substantial parallels between the principles that apply to domestic financial decisions, and those that apply to across-country and across-currency such decisions.

Compensation & Incentive Systems

This course is designed to give managers practical tools for improving their ability to motivate and engage their employees, and help their organization sustain competitive advantage.  It utilizes a blended learning approach, combining a series of online lectures (pre-residency) with traditional in residence classes, involving case studies, discussion and exercises.

Game Theory

This course examines some of the basic elements of Game Theory. Game Theory studies environments in which each individual’s payoff depends upon both their own actions as well as the actions of others. Game Theory attempts to develop an understanding of such situations and to provide a formal framework and solution concepts for making better strategic choices.

By the end of this course students will be able to: (i) solve for equilibrium in static (normal-form) and dynamic (extensive-form) games and (ii) apply game-theoretic reasoning to real-world problems.

Presentation Skills

This course is designed for students who, as managers, give formal and informal presentations to other managers, co-workers, and (or) clients, as well as various other talks at company and community functions. Our main objective is to equip managers to design and deliver highly persuasive and professional presentations that showcase the speaker and his/her company in the best possible light. Specifically, this course will focus on the following:

  • Gaining confidence as a speaker
  • Overcoming weaknesses that hinder your professionalism
  • Organizing and simplifying content for your audience
  • Creating compelling openings and closings
  • Simplifying professional media (avoiding “death by PowerPoint”)
  • Engaging your audience with energy and enthusiasm
  • Combining emotional and logical appeals
  • Using anecdotes, examples, and analogies to vitalize your message
  • Recognizing and enhancing your unique presentational style

Please note course offerings and faculty are subject to change.