The EMBA program presents a high-level general management curriculum designed for experienced managers. The courses deliver in-depth knowledge of business fundamentals, analytical skills, creative solutions and vision that extends beyond current employment, industry and region. Students balance problem-solving with broad perspectives and conceptual skills. In the end, our students will be prepared to create solutions and implement them within the context of an organization – with confidence.

Through our unique system of two, one-week intensive sessions and classes every other weekend on-campus, plus an International Field Study, students continue their career uninterrupted while enhancing their day-to-day performance. Students make a substantial time commitment to the EMBA program, averaging 15 to 20 hours a week outside of class on some combination of team and individual projects. Our staff is committed to streamlining all outside administrative concerns.

Class Schedule

We understand that EMBA students are busy professionals who have high demands on their time. The EMBA schedule is predictable, and the entire 21 months is planned out before the program begins. This allows students to plan work, travel, and personal commitments far in advance. Below are links to the EMBA schedules for the corresponding year. Classes meet 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, every two weeks.

First Year

Intensive Week

This course is an experiential introduction to working in teams, with a particular emphasis on socialization, early stage team formation and team building. Using team-building exercises, the class leads students through the initial steps in team formation and through common challenges teams and their members face. In addition, the course discusses tools to address these challenges and identify them as opportunities for proactive and thoughtful action.
Personal and organizational statements of values and codes of ethics are discussed in an environment of competing and complementary objectives and constraints. Readings of a classic nature are presented to underscore the timeless and multi-cultural nature of business and the relevancy of great works to today’s business environment.

Fall Semester

This course introduces the basic concepts, standards and practices of financial reporting to serve the needs of decision-makers. The curriculum focuses on basic financial statements, analysis and recording of transactions, and underlying concepts and procedures. Key concepts for this course include accounting for cash, receivables, inventories, long-term productive assets, bonds, and other liabilities, stockholders’ equity, and the statement of cash flows. This course provides students with an understanding of how financial statements are prepared, the ability to interpret the information provided in financial statements, and the ability to conduct a preliminary financial statement analysis of a firm.
This course addresses the diagnosis and management of human behavior in organizations. The specific learning goals of the course are: 1. To increase student conceptual and analytical knowledge about human behavior in complex organizations at the individual, interpersonal, group, and intergroup level and to examine how organizational, societal, and cultural contexts affect these behaviors; 2. To increase students’ awareness of their own and others’ assumptions, motivations, and values in managerial and organizational interactions, and; 3. To sharpen student skills in problem definition, enrich students’ set of diagnostic models, and refine the process students use to generate and select alternative actions.
This class involves learning new skills and in some cases unlearning some assumptions and behavioral patterns students may have acquired over the years that could be holding them back. This course will focus on developing an awareness of individual communication styles, developing the ability to effectively interact with others in a variety of contexts (convincing, collaborating, coaching, etcetera), and authentic communication skills that can translate into both professional and personal gains. In this course, students’ will learn the following skills: awareness and understanding, non-verbal communication, feedback, managing conflict, writing, and presentation skills. Students will use a variety of approaches and methods to achieve learning goals.

Spring Semester

Statistics provides a systematic approach to make intelligent, fact-based decisions and improve processes. The emphasis is on understanding concepts and their application to real world business situations. The conceptual material focuses on the importance of statistical thinking in making sound business decisions. The statistical methods are implemented using a computer to analyze business and economic data sets, with emphasis on interpreting the output. Topics covered include: statistical and process thinking; summary statistics; probability; distributions; sampling; statistical inference (confidence intervals and hypothesis testing); and the study of relationships (regression and correlation), including an application to portfolio management.
This course provides an overview and integration of major marketing management concepts and principles. The course covers the fundamentals of marketing strategy and the decisions related to marketing that must be made in every profit or nonprofit organization. Emphasis is placed on the application of these concepts to marketing decisions with the goal of developing or enhancing students’ skills at critically thinking about marketing management issues. Topics for discussion will include external analysis of the competition and customer, internal analysis of the decision-making company, and formulation of marketing mix decisions.
This course develops a framework that can be applied to financial planning and analyzing the major types of investment decisions made by firms, with an emphasis on the efficient allocation of resources within the organization. Topics include: the formulation of financial plans and estimating financing needs; financial mathematics; valuation of real and financial assets; capital budgeting and corporate investment decisions; risk and return; and the cost of capital.
The purpose of this course is to understand the theory and processes of negotiation in a variety of managerial contexts. A basic premise of the course is that while a manager needs analytical skills to discover optimal solutions to problems, a broad array of negotiation skills is needed for these solutions to be accepted by others and implemented in collaboration with them. The course will allow participants the opportunity to develop these skills experientially and to understand negotiation in useful analytical frameworks.

Summer Semester

This course introduces the basic concepts and tools for formulating business strategy. It focuses on how firms can develop sustainable competitive advantages. Central topics include assessing industry economics and dynamics to identify strategic threats and opportunities, evaluating the profit potential of strategic resources and capabilities, and strategic diversification. Other topics include assessing actual and potential cost and differentiation advantages, vertical scope of the firm, strategic management of multi-business firms, global strategy, strategic alliances, strategic management in technology-intensive industries, and strategy under uncertainty.
Firms transform raw materials into finished goods through some kind of production process. For example, in a hospital, sick patients are the “raw materials” that are transformed into cured patients, representing “finished goods.” In this course we develop a framework with which to analyze business processes, that is, the flow of work within the firm. With the help of case studies, we identify ways that a firm can increase its profitability by improving process management. We follow this with a look at supply chain management, which involves the management of operations across firm boundaries, and with a study of quality management, inventory policies, and other topics.

Second Year

Intensive Week

This course is a mid-program experience for the Executive MBA program. It will include in-class modules and possibly visits to local companies. Expanding the learning environment outside of the classroom allows a broader curriculum for areas that cannot fit into the traditional on campus schedule. Previous topics have included global business environment, international marketing, multi-national enterprise strategy, and social entrepreneurship. Classes may be taught by faculty from other universities and will emphasize the culture and business climate outside of the USA. Location has not been determined.

Fall Semester

This course teaches the basic principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics and their usefulness in making business decisions. The course covers supply and demand, individual’s consumption, savings, and labor behavior. In addition, the course analyzes both short-run fluctuations and long-run growth of the aggregate economy. Topics include profit maximization, utility maximization, demand, supply, uncertainty, game theory, agency theory, booms and recessions, inflation and unemployment, monetary and fiscal policy, budget and trade deficits, and interest and exchange rates.
This course provides a forum for students to deepen their understanding of contemporary marketing and to develop skills for successful market development. Topics include areas such as new product development, new product introduction, the marketing, manufacturing, design interface, brand management, pricing, product line management, and channel development including emerging channels.
Some of the most visible changes in strategy occur at the corporate level: acquisitions, mergers, spin-offs, vertical integration, hostile takeovers, and diversification. This course focuses on the strategic decisions that confront the senior-most managers in complex, typically multi-business corporations. Finding ways to add rather than destroy value at the corporate level can be a difficult task. In this course, we will examine the objectives, issues, and tools that confront corporate managers. The course will focus on topics of leveraging resources and competencies, drawing horizontal and vertical boundaries, diversification, corporate organization, and corporate governance.

Spring Semester

This course focuses on firms’ internal systems. The students first examine firms’ managerial accounting systems and their use in decision-making. The curriculum will focus on how to identify and extract relevant information from managerial accounting systems as an input to decision making, concentrating on product costing. Throughout, students will consider the role of management accounting in decisions concerning resource allocation and performance evaluation as well as the limitations of, and assumptions underlying, these data. The students then apply these skills to two broad topics: cost analysis and performance evaluation.
This course addresses how international factors affect the operating, investing, and financing functions of a firm. The key objectives of the course are to:

  • Understand the role of foreign currency exchange and how it affects both multinational and domestic-only firms
  • Understand the effects of political risk on the multinational organization
  • Understand the use of currency forward, futures, and options contracts and their role in hedging risk inherent in a firm’s cash flows, even in domestic-only firms
  • Understand how to pose and analyze the capital budgeting decision of the multinational company
  • Understand the importance of global corporate governance practices for strategic partnering and investing decisions
This course focuses on the tasks of strategic leadership. Students examine the role of the leader in determining organizational purpose and strategy. The course also addresses the leader’s role in leading change and adaptation. Students also address how leaders affect various aspects of organizational architecture such as structure, culture, networks, systems, and incentives. Students will also be introduced to conceptual tools for assessing their personal strengths and for examining a variety of organizational dynamics.
This intensive course will examine human resource management functions in a corporate setting and focuses on the development of knowledge and skills that all managers and leaders need. The course will focus on such subjects as: the selection process and behavioral interviewing; pertinent laws and regulations associated with human resources practices; performance management; coaching; motivating; Color Code Personality Traits; and maintaining effective environments. The classes are designed to familiarize participants with current human resource practices that apply to their careers regardless of their field.
The emphasis for this course is understanding the organizational context for leading innovation and integrating material from courses in organizational behavior, teams, bargaining and negotiations, and leadership into a toolkit. Students will learn how innovative leadership contributes to innovation in organizations, organization success, and can form the foundation of a career that is likely to span many assignments and employers.

International Field Study

An introduction to considerations in international trade involving strategy and operating of the multinational firm, global industry analysis and country analysis. Includes a trip to a foreign country with visits to corporate offices in that country as well as governmental and educational agencies if available. The trip will emphasize the culture of the country visited through group participation in selected cultural events and visits.

* Schedule subject to change.

International Field Study

Developing a broad global perspective is essential to understanding the international business environment. Executive MBA students travel abroad for their second intensive week and for the final session of their program. Students experience first-hand the strategic and organizational systems in the modern global industry. Observing business practices and customs and gaining an understanding of cultural, financial and political ramifications will prepare you for business decision-making on a global level. Students will tour renowned firms and have direct contact with high-level executives and government officials. Previous Executive MBA classes have visited Argentina, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan and Switzerland.

Guest Speakers

Guest speakers visit the Executive MBA classes in the Spring and Fall semesters. Business leaders from local, regional and national organizations address current topics of interest to students.

Jack Pelo
Jack PeloCEO, Swire Coca-Cola
Joseph Grenny
Joseph GrennyCo-Author of Crucial Conversations
Scott Anderson
Scott AndersonPresident and CEO, Zions Bank
Vivian Lee
Vivian LeeUniversity of Utah Senior Vice President for Health Sciences / Dean of the School of Medicine / CEO, University of Utah Health Care

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