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Executive Education

College of Business and Economics

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS3161
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3161

Phone: 208-885-0555

Fax: 208-885-5580

Email: emba@uidaho.edu

Phone: 208-885-6265

Fax: 208-885-5580

Email: uiuec@uidaho.edu

Phone: 208-885-6265

Fax: 208-885-5580

Email: uiuec@uidaho.edu

Curriculum

“Our integrated curriculum combined with a face-to-face, cohort-based format delivers exceptional results for our students. The engagement among faculty and students is outstanding. Faculty encourage students to apply what they are learning within their organizations, and to then bring those experiences back into the classroom so all students learn from the collective efforts and experiences of the cohort.” 

John J. Lawrence, Ph.D., Professor of Business, EMBA Academic Director


Strategically Integrated Curriculum

The Idaho Executive MBA integrated curriculum is designed to break down silos and build competency across business functions. Faculty use integrated learning projects, case analysis, discussion, team presentations, lectures, readings, and guest speakers to create a dynamic experience.


EMBA Curriculum Infographic
Curriculum At a Glance

Year 1 – Framing Opportunities and Building Organizations

  • Team Building & Group Dynamics
  • The External Context of Business
  • Financial Reporting and Financial Management
  • Strategic Business Communication
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Strategy Formulation and Execution
  • Marketing Management and Innovation
  • Strategic Cost and Process Management
  • Managing Relationships to Influence Behavior

Year 2 – Optimizing Performance and Managing Dynamics

  • Lean Startup & Product Launch
  • Managing and Leading Change
  • Decision Analytics
  • Assessing to Improve Firm Performance
  • Crisis Communication
  • Negotiation and Conflict Management
  • Risk Management
  • Capstone Integrative Analysis
  • Managing for Your Future

Team Building & Group Dynamics (1 cr)

Design and development of work groups and teams; influences, issues, and problems affecting team productivity.

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The External Context of Business (3 cr)

This course examines the economic, social, technological, legal, and competitive environments in which organizations operate, with emphasis on the interfaces between business, society, and the natural environment. Frameworks and tools for analyzing this complex organizational context will be introduced, with special attention given to how this context creates opportunities and risks for today’s organizations.

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Financial Reporting and Financial Management (4 cr)

Introduction to financial accounting, financial statement analysis, and capital budgeting. Employs the tools of accounting and finance to help managers make short-term and long-term decisions. Topics include the role of financial reporting, analysis and auditing in the capital markets, long-term financing through capital structure management, and working capital management.

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Strategic Business Communication (1 cr)

The ability to communicate well is an essential component of effective leadership. This course develops the student’s ability to communicate important organizational messages effectively to both internal and external audiences with the goal of becoming a better leader.

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Ethical Leadership (1 cr)

Examines the foundations of business ethics, and the challenges of ethical decision making and leadership in an environment of globalization and change.

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Strategy Formulation and Execution (2 cr)

This course explores concepts, tools and frameworks that the student can use to develop and implement effective business level strategies. The course examines what strategy is and considers in detail how an organization builds a sustainable competitive advantage. The course also examines the keys to successfully implementing strategy in an integrated fashion across the entire organization.

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Marketing Management and Innovation (2 cr)

Explores the market orientation framework that needs to be created in order to promote innovation, including aspects of marketing and innovation capabilities, marketing strategy and processes, as well as specific marketing programs and decisions.

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Strategic Cost and Process Management (3 cr)

This course examines the concepts and tools needed for systematically designing, evaluating, and improving business processes to better achieve organizational objectives and for understanding and managing the costs associated with these processes and the products and services resulting from them.

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Managing Relationships to Influence Behavior (2 cr)

Principles of developing and maintaining exchange relationships. Application of the principles to the practice of managing relationships between the organization and two key stakeholder groups: employees and customers.

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Lean Startup & Product Launch (2 cr)

Provides insight into the key tools and steps needed to build a successful startup. The key idea in this course is learning how to rapidly develop and test ideas by gathering customer and marketplace feedback.

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Managing and Leading Change (1 cr)

This course prepares the student to lead change within his or her organization by examining both the processes needed to bring about effective change as well as the individual leadership abilities needed to lead these change efforts. The course also examines how to build adaptable and agile organizations that are predisposed to embrace (rather than resist) change.

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Decision Analytics (3 cr)

Managers need to make timely and effective decisions, and data drives decisions. This course examines the behavioral and strategic aspects of decision making under uncertainty and risk, and under conditions of small and large data flows. Students will develop a multi-disciplinary toolkit that will help to manage the risk in decision making, improve an organization's effectiveness, and gain competitive advantage.

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Assessing to Improve Firm Performance (3 cr)

Evaluation of organizational performance from multiple perspectives using quantitative and qualitative methods.

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Crisis Communication (1 cr)

Crises are a part of organizational life that require effective communication to internal and external stakeholders. This course addresses the elements of crisis communication planning and management as well as developing of communication tactics for a range of audiences.

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Negotiation and Conflict Management (2 cr)

This course examines the concepts and theories that underpin effective negotiation and conflict resolution. It emphasizes practical application of theory through selected readings and a series of simulations. The course will develop students’ negotiation and conflict resolution skills so that they can more effectively negotiate positive outcomes for themselves and their organizations.

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Risk Management (3 cr)

Introduction to the tools, models, and strategic aspects of risk management.

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Capstone Integrative Analysis (1-3 cr, max 3)

Students, working in consultation with a faculty mentor, design and complete a customized project that applies and integrates concepts from across multiple EMBA courses to achieve advanced learning in an area of particular interest or need of the student. Projects can be related to the student’s organizational responsibilities, but do not have to be.

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Managing for Your Future (1 cr)

A personal perspective on the lessons learned in the EMBA program and a plan on utilizing those lessons in the student’s professional career.

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Executive Education

College of Business and Economics

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS3161
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3161

Phone: 208-885-0555

Fax: 208-885-5580

Email: emba@uidaho.edu

Phone: 208-885-6265

Fax: 208-885-5580

Email: uiuec@uidaho.edu

Phone: 208-885-6265

Fax: 208-885-5580

Email: uiuec@uidaho.edu