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In fall, the Theresa S. Falcon EMBA Program is moving into Bradley University’s new Business and Engineering Convergence Center. The program will welcome its 13th cohort in January 2020 to new dedicated space in the state-of-the-art facility.

In collaboration with faculty throughout Bradley’s campus, the program also will offer new courses on current topics: Leadership as a Performing Art, Dealing with Difficult People, Resilient Leadership, and Assessing Privacy and Security Threats. The program improved both its coaching model and kickoff Leadership Immersion Week, led by Associate Dean Jennifer Robin, PhD, who recently completed training to earn her certification in Designing Your Life.

In other news, Kelly Donnelly, director of graduate recruiting, joined the program in January 2019.  Donnelly formerly worked with the Peoria Chamber of Commerce and received the 40 Leaders Under Forty award in 2018. She completes the EMBA team along with Academic Director Larry Weinzimmer, PhD, Graduate Program Coordinator Elly Peterson, and Administrative Assistant Jan Traenkenschuh.

Кyiv-Mohyla Business School (KMBS) recently received confirmation of the power and importance of its mission - to develop leaders who can change themselves and lead, manage, and transform complex social systems.  This year seven graduates of the KMBS program made breakthroughs in their careers by accepting positions in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

In August, KMBS alumnus Oleksiy Honcharuk was appointed as the prime minister of Ukraine. Honcharuk presented to the Ukrainian Parliament, or Verkhovna Rada, several new candidates for ministers in the new Government of Ukraine. Among them were KMBS alumni Anna Novosad, who became the Minister of Education, and Volodymyr Borodyansky, who heads the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. Maria Zadorozhna, Fedir Hrechaninov, and Galyna Hrygorenko joined Volodymyr Borodyansky’s team, and Svitlana Panaiotidi was appointed as Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Trade, and Agriculture.

KMBS education is based on system approach that starts from thorough selection of the most capable applicants and continues with development of their capabilities.

In other news, the KMBS Alumni Association launched a powered platform for creating and developing a social transformation project that connects leaders who are able to create and drive change. Built on trust and supported by principles, the open platform brings together some 1,200 members.

The platform divides users into four groups: Consumers, or platform members with graduate status, who see all products offered to them by other members; business evangelists, alumni who come to the platform and want to present their business and specialization; circle-masters, participants who are willing to financially contribute to big ideas and are ready to partially organize the community; and social transformers.

Plans from the platform include innovation projects, start-ups, and more, with a dozen initiatives related to cancer fighting, helping the elderly, and increasing inclusivity in society, among others.

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of the MBA Programs for Working Professionals at the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business.

In 1994, Haslam welcomed the first class of Executive MBA students, a group of 15 innovative, high-potential leaders who were willing to try a brand-new format for learning and who have since achieved impressive accomplishments in their careers.  

Since 1994, Haslam has added five more MBA options for working professionals:

Physician Executive MBA in 1998
Professional (Weekend) MBA in 1999
Aerospace & Defense MBA in 2004
Executive MBA – Global Supply Chain in 2013
Executive MBA – Healthcare Leadership in 2015

Throughout the years, these programs have grown remarkably. In 2018, more than 10 percent of all master’s degrees awarded by UT went to students in one of the six MBAs for working professionals.

Learn more about noteworthy milestones in Haslam’s graduate and executive education programs in the Graduate and Executive Education Impact Summary, 2018-2019.

When the Villanova School of Business (VSB) launched its Executive MBA (EMBA) Program in fall 2000, its creators envisioned a cross-functional program focused on transformation. Today, as the program enters into its 20th year, that principle remains the cornerstone of the program with even more relevance for today’s professionals.

The Villanova EMBA develops leadership and analytical thinking skills on multiple levels. At the core of the program is systems-thinking. A mindset for complex problem-solving, systems-thinking enables leaders to better understand organizations and business issues in terms of the interaction and the interconnectedness between people and functions.

“It creates an environment of visionary thinkers, responsible decision-makers, and creative innovators,” says Therese Narzikul, EMBA faculty director.

The program also incorporates coaching that builds on strengths as the foundation for professional growth. Lastly, and most importantly, the program’s emphasis on peer learning fosters broader perspectives and a passion for lifelong learning that continues well after the program ends, says Al Chiaradonna, adjunct instructor and EMBA executive coaching program manager. “That’s when you know the transformation is complete.”

The program had that in mind from the start.

“We built our EMBA Program around the Augustinian principles of communal learning,” says Thomas (Tim) Monahan, dean emeritus and former EMBA faculty director. “Since the beginning, we have attracted talented individuals from diverse backgrounds who seek collaboration over competition as the basis for their growth as executives.”

Each year, Executive MBA students at Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business embark on a weeklong global residency known as the Global Marketplace.

The experience focuses on understanding the opportunities, costs, and risks of conducting business outside of the United States. Students visit one of three geographic regions – either two international sites or one domestic – to gain firsthand knowledge of businesses and the interactions with the global economy.

All students prepare for this immersive experience with academic course work, a cultural self-assessment, and the completion of a personal development plan that outlines specific intended actions while in-country.  They also work in teams to evaluate market entry opportunities and risks associated with various industry segments and companies.

When they return, students debrief and share their experiences through a second team-based project, applying the insights learned while in-country and comparing and contrasting their experiences. They close out their experience with a post-program reflection paper and a second cultural assessment.

This year, students selected international locations of either Thailand and Vietnam, or Argentina and Chile. Those students who elected to stay in Michigan experienced global business stateside, visiting Amazon, StockX, Bissell, and others embarking on international business.

In other news, the Broad Executive MBA Alumni Board hosted its sixth biannual Recharge Your MBA – Faculty Speaker Series event as a means for educational networking post-EMBA.

Twice yearly, the EMBA Alumni Association invites two of the program’s top faculty to discuss current trends and insights from their latest business-related research. Recent topics have included mergers and acquisitions, optimization of team performance, and negotiations. The event provided a forum for alumni to reconnect and network with alumni and current EMBA students.  Events such as these help Broad EMBA alumni to continue to maintain a competitive edge and a vibrant network after finishing their degree.

EMBA students at Massey University in New Zealand are benefiting from partnerships that allow them to apply what they are learning.

In 2019, the Executive MBA has been working with New Zealand Regional Development Agency, Whanganui & Partners, on an integrating project.  Venture Taranaki, the Regional Development Agency for the Taranaki region, also is interested in working with the program. Both agencies have pitched a range of projects to our students, for their applied business research projects. Some examples include:

  • Development of a Maori Cultural Tourism Hub, built around Te Awa Tupua, the personalization of the Whanganui River – one of only two rivers in the world with ‘Person’ status in law
  • Use of the Whanganui airport to develop an international market for food produce from Whanganui, via cargo flights transiting through Australia and avoiding log-jams at New Zealand’s existing two international airports
  • Establishment of a creative hub to enable the extensive Whanganui artistic community to become commercially sustainable
  • Assistance in developing the national and international brand of the local business
    e-Haus, an eco-friendly housing proposition.

In addition, Venture Taranaki has a two-year initiative, with significant funding behind it, for projects in the food, fiber, and pharma businesses from the district. EMBA students can engage with farmers, landowners, and producers to develop a range of business proposals.

The Brigham Young University (BYU) Marriott EMBA features an innovative experience with a compelling title: The Razor’s Edge. 

Much beloved by students, and deeply influential, the course nudges EMBA students beyond preparation for typical career success, toward intentionally creating a life of passion, engagement, and joy. 

Evidence from leading research suggests that a life course is not determined by monumental and infrequent decisions but by small, daily ones. Choosing every day between options separated by a fine line can be as difficult as walking a razor’s edge – but intentional choices carve a path toward a life of unique beauty and impact.

In the Razor’s Edge course, students scrutinize the myths of happiness and learn principles and practices of positive psychology that contribute to personal and professional thriving. They study the PERMA Model (positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and achievement) and examine issues related to nature, technology, health, and energy. The course teaches core capabilities for flourishing in increasingly complex environments where the challenges and opportunities overlap and often collide. 

The Razor’s Edge also includes a three-day Epic Learning Adventure (ELA) in beautiful southern Utah, an experience designed to emphasize and apply course principles.  Hiking, mountain biking, reflection, canyoneering, and facilitated discussions allow students to deeply integrate and apply key principles of positive psychology.

On Sept. 13, Auburn University held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Harbert College of Business building. The addition of the new 100,000-square-foot business building, alongside Lowder Hall, reflects a commitment to create a world-class business school complex that will stand among the nation’s best.

To accommodate the college’s 50 percent growth in student enrollment in the past seven years, the new six-level business building will provide collaborative working and learning spaces, innovative classrooms, and flexible and convertible spaces. The building will house the offices of the Graduate Executive Programs, and EMBA classes will use its high-tech and adaptable classrooms during residencies. The college recently graduated its 20th Executive MBA and 19th Physician Executive MBA classes.

These ongoing investments in student success are consistent with the school’s mission to produce highly desired graduates and to generate knowledge that drives business thought and practice.

This year, the Executive MBA Program at the Fox School of Business, Temple University, will challenge students to expand their focus beyond honing leadership skills and expanding their business acumen to include what might be the most important program topic yet – themselves.

In October, the program integrated a professional life coach as part of its offerings with the goal of shining light on the importance of executives caring for themselves as whole leaders. EMBA students face much pressure during the program, and those pressures can result in unforeseen effects on their personal and professional lives. Students who take care of themselves as a whole person means graduates who are stronger leaders with the ability to create large scale cultural change in the workplace.

The program’s carefully selected life coach will kick off this initiative with a group session, outlining expectations and providing foundational concepts. Student volunteers also will share stories of how their personal lives were impacted during the 16-month program.

After more than 25 years of service to the University of Maryland, Alexander Triantis stepped down as dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business to join the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business as dean.

Ritu Agarwal, the Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems and senior associate dean for faculty and research, is serving as interim dean while the university conducts a nationwide search for a permanent successor.

Since joining Maryland Smith in 1999, Agarwal has taught at every level and received all of the school’s major teaching awards. Her current research focuses on the digital transformation of health care, health analytics and artificial intelligence applications in health. She also is the founding director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS).

After almost 15 years serving as administrative lead for the Executive MBA Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, Barbara Millar is transitioning to focus on her assistant professor role.

For the 2019-20 academic year, Millar is teaching courses in the executive and residential MBA programs, as well as supporting the Office of Student Affairs team with new programming initiatives. In subsequent years, she will teach full time for the Darden School. 

As the original program director for Darden’s MBA for Executives Program, Millar worked across the enterprise and with a dedicated team of faculty to successfully launch Darden’s foray into the EMBA space – the school’s first new MBA program format in more than 60 years at the time. Since that initial launching in 2006, the program has more than doubled in size. When Darden’s legacy executive-format programs (MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives) merged in 2016, Millar was asked to serve as the assistant dean for the new Executive MBA Program. During her tenure as administrative lead for the executive-format MBA programs, she has been responsible for all elements of program governance, design, and delivery.

A long-standing contributor to the Executive MBA Council (EMBAC), Millar was elected to the EMBAC Board of Trustees in October 2010, serving as board chair in 2012. She also co-chaired the council’s Branding Committee for two years, was a member of the planning committee for the 2010 conference, led the development of the program for EMBA directors at the 2014 conference, and presented at many other conferences.

Vice News Tonight featured a segment on a climate simulation session that John Sterman, MIT professor and Sloan Sustainability Initiative faculty director, incorporates in his course for EMBA students.

The World Climate Simulation game gives students the opportunity to learn for themselves what high-leverage policy interventions are required to reverse the harmful effects of climate change.

Participants role-play as United Nations’ negotiators tasked with reaching a global agreement to address climate change. Sterman uses simulation models developed by MIT Sloan and climate interactive – C-ROADS and En-ROADS – to guide students on the impacts of their climate policy negotiations.

Visit here for more details about the simulation and the segment.

On June 6, 2019, GSX Techedu (GSX), a Chinese startup led by Larry Xiangdong Chen, made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange at $10.5 per share. Total market cap reached $2.7 billion. Chen was a student in the spring 2017 cohort of Tsinghua PBCSF’s Finance EMBA Program.

The year 2019 is undoubtedly a milestone in the development of GSX Techedu as its successful IPO also coincides with the fifth anniversary of its establishment. GSX may well become the fastest-growing and most profitable company among Chinese companies listed in the U.S., and will embrace the golden period of online education with greater strength and influence.

UCLA Anderson School of Management named Miguel Unzueta, professor of management and organizations, as the new senior associate dean of MBA Programs.

Unzueta joined the faculty at UCLA Anderson in 2006 after earning his PhD in organizational behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He studies diversity, bias, and discrimination. His latest research explores the manner in which people and companies define diversity and the impact of contemporary diversity definitions on the representation of women and racial minorities in organizations. His research has been published in top management and psychology journals. In recognition of his research record, he received the Eric and "E" Juline award for excellence in faculty research from UCLA Anderson.

Unzueta teaches courses on negotiations, managerial psychology, and leadership in all of UCLA Anderson's MBA programs. He was awarded the George Robbins Teaching Award for excellence in the classroom and the Faculty Community Engagement Award for exemplifying service to the school through his engagement with students and alumni. He was also selected by MBA blog Poets and Quants as one of the best 40 business school professors under age 40.

Alumnus Mark Spector recently reached a new career high when he was named director of real estate for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

In this position, he works on finishing development of the World Trade Center campus with private developers and selling properties in the Port Authority’s portfolio to fund projects like a new bus terminal in Midtown Manhattan.

“My role is to advance and execute on these projects, so that the proceeds go back to the Port Authority to fund needed transportation infrastructure improvements,” says Spector, who graduated in 2015.

While a student in Wharton's MBA Program for Executives, Spector was promoted to president of the Hudson Yards Development Corporation, where he oversaw one of the largest real estate development projects in the country for the City of New York.

Spector and his team partnered with the local transit agency to complete a $2 billion subway line extension to Hudson Yards. “Working with partners and building on the work of a lot of people, we moved these projects across the finish line,” he says.

After graduation, he was promoted to senior vice president of asset management for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. During that time, he worked on multiple projects, including revitalizing New York City’s public retail markets, which entailed expanding the historic Essex Market as it transitioned to a new home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and leading redevelopment planning for a new $30 million La Marqueta public market in East Harlem.

  • Darrell Johnson is the new executive director of University of Central Florida (UCF) Executive Development Center and its executive and professional graduate business programs, including the UCF EMBA. He also serves as the assistant dean of undergraduate programs at the College of Business and executive director for the college’s Office of Professional Development. His past positions include executive director of the Office of Continuing Education for The Ohio State University, dean of Extended University Programs for Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and CEO and principal consultant of his consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Soo Haylett was recently promoted to executive director of graduate and executive programs in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University. She previously served as the manager for graduate and executive programs, which include all the school’s professional, executive, and wine MBA programs.
  • Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management recently named Francesa Cornelli, professor of finance, deputy dean of degree education, and director of private equity at London Business School, as its new dean.
  • Vallabh Sambamurthy, professor and associate dean for MBA and professional master’s programs at Michigan State’s Eli Broad College of Business, will become the dean of the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in August.
  • K.J. Martijn Cremers has been appointed the Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. The Bernard J. Hank Professor of Finance, Cremers was interim dean of the college.
  • Michael Grojean has joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business as director of the Executive MBA–Strategic Leadership. He comes to the college from a private consultancy he formed after his tenure as professor of management and executive director of executive education at Rice University in Houston. Before joining Rice, Grojean was a faculty member at Aston Business School in the United Kingdom, as well as head of executive education and associate dean for corporate activities and partnerships. Grojean served for 23 years in the U.S. Army before joining academia.