Corporate MBA (CMBA)

CMBA 500 | STRATEGIC THINKING AND COMMUNICATION

Units: 2

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of how strategy is formulated in a global environment from the perspective of top executives. Students will be introduced to and apply various core strategies management concepts and models including but not limited to the industry environmental analysis, the internal analysis of resources, capabilities and competencies, corporate social responsibility, business-level strategy and corporate-level strategy. The intent is to provide students with a comprehensive perspective of how organizational problems and information flow impact organizational competitiveness. Teaching methods may include case studies, simulations, projects, and field-work.

CMBA 501 | ETHICAL LEADERSHIP, ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND THE ROLE OF LAWYERS AS MANAGER AND BUSINESS LEADERS

Units: 3

This course provides the concepts and skills for the ethical leadership of people in organizations. It also introduces the basic behavioral skills needed for self-management and promoting productive relationships with others in organizations. Topics include self-leadership, leading others, creating vision and strategy, understanding people (perception, learning, values, personality, diversity, etc.), managing change, ethical decision making, power and influence, motivation, team facilitation, conflict resolution, and organizational culture. Mastery of the concepts and skills in this course provide the foundation for other behavioral science based business courses in management, marketing, ethics and social responsibility, etc. Learning methods include self-assessment, lecture/discussion, case studies, team projects, computer simulations, and experiential exercises.

CMBA 502 | STATISTICS FOR MANAGERS

Units: 2

This course examines how managers use data as the key input for systematic business problem-solving. Topics include collecting data, describing and presenting data, probability, statistical inference, regression analysis, forecasting and risk analysis. Extensive use of Excel for data analysis with a focus on applied business decision-making. Common business processes and business skills practiced are gathering and organizing data, quantitative data analysis, forecasting, decision-making under uncertainty and communicating or presenting results.

CMBA 504 | SALES AND MARKETING FOR MANAGERS

Units: 2

This course examines the key elements of marketing and the economic concepts that underlie them. Topics include understanding the competitive structure of industries, product differentiation, branding, pricing, promotion and distribution. Common business processes and business skills practiced are developing and positioning a product, choice of distribution channels, promotional techniques, demand estimation, pricing decisions and developing a marketing strategy.

CMBA 505 | FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS

Units: 3

This course discusses how firms acquire, use and value capital resources. Topics covered are domestic and international capital markets, the time value of money, financial securities, risk and return, capital market efficiency, cost of capital and option basics. Common business processes and business skills practiced are free cash flow projections, capital budgeting and the valuation of a firm. Teaching methods are lecture, assignments and case studies.

CMBA 506 | OPERATIONS, MANUFACTURING AND THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN

Units: 2

This course examines the operational processes of the logistical chain from acquisition of materials through conversion to physical distribution of goods and services. Topics include supply systems, workflow systems, inventory systems, quality systems logistics systems, cost estimation, optimization tools, and continuous improvement. Common business processes and business skills practiced are production planning, workflow scheduling, cost estimation, resource allocation, work methods design, inventory management and continuous improvement methods.

CMBA 509 | ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS

Units: 3

This course provides managers with an overview of the economic environment within which business must operate, and an understanding of some of the analytical tools that economists use to solve business and economic problems. The focus is to enable students to identify, understand and evaluate the domestic and global forces causing economic change. Key concepts and ideas from both microeconomics and macroeconomics are introduced. Topics relevant to real-world issues and problems provide the focus for in-class discussion. Upon completion, students are expected to be familiar with the fundamental concepts of economics, and to be able to analyze how changes in the economic environment affect business performance and future strategic options.

CMBA 510 | FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING AND STATEMENT ANALYSIS

Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to the financial reporting system that business entities use to convey information to parties external to the firm. The primary emphasis is on understanding the financial statements, what they impart about a business entity, and how to use this information to make decisions. Students learn the accounting principles, conventions and concepts underlying financial reporting with the objective of developing the ability to analyze and interpret financial statements. The course provides an understanding of the financial reporting process from the inputs to the end products, including what motivates a manager to select a particular accounting treatment, how this choice affects the financial statements, what constitutes ethical financial reporting, how to assess the quality of the reported financial information, and how to adjust and use this information for analysis.

CMBA 513 | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND REGULATORY AGENCIES

Units: 2

This course surveys the major corporate governance systems in the world, focusing on the values and legal and financial traditions that have led to the development of systems with quite divergent goals and institutional mechanisms. Topics such as the purpose and nature of the firm, models of corporate governance and their correspondence with legal and financial traditions, internal and external governance mechanisms, the role of regulatory authorities, and executive compensation are covered in a comparative and interdisciplinary manner. The course will require active student participation in case discussions, presentations, papers and role-plays.

CMBA 514 | GLOBALIZATION AND THE MANAGER

Units: 2

This course is designed as an introduction to the global business environment, focusing on the contemporary debates over the political, social and economic consequences of the globalization of markets and industries. Beginning with broader themes about globalization and its implications, the course proceeds to survey the macro-economic, political and socio-cultural terrain of global business. Topics include the political economy of international trade and investments, regional integration, the international monetary system, and the socio-cultural context of international business.

CMBA 523 | INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Units: 3

Prerequisites: (MATH 130

Provides a survey of the major financial decisions faced by multinational enterprises. Topics include the international financial environment, exchange risk management, global financing, and the investment and funds management decisions of multinationals. Common business processes and skills practiced are usage of currency instruments, hedging strategies, valuation of multi-currency financial and real assets, and the design of multinational fund-flow mechanism. Teaching methods include lecture, class discussion, and case studies.

CMBA 537 | ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Units: 3

This course examines the process of identifying and evaluating opportunities, and the creation of new ventures to exploit those opportunities. Students will learn to evaluate the attractiveness of new venture opportunities and the key managerial skills required to successfully exploit those opportunities.

CMBA 540 | TAXES IN BUSINESS DECISIONS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: (MATH 130

Case studies and current readings in tax issues relating to common business transactions. Students learn to recognize the tax problems and tax planning opportunities that attach to most business decisions. Topics include: concepts of income, forms of business, capital gains and losses, non-taxable transactions, corporate re-organizations, employee compensation, and tax accounting methods.

CMBA 590 | STRATEGIC EXECUTION, ALLIANCES, MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

Units: 3

This course builds on the basic understanding of how strategy is formulated and on the various functional courses introduced throughout the MBA program. Topics may include but are not limited to executing strategic alliances, engaging in acquisition and restructuring strategies, developing and implementing sustainable business strategies and stimulating organizational innovation. The purpose is to provide students with an opportunity to integrate the various topics introduced throughout the program by engaging in strategy execution. Teaching methods may include case studies, simulations, projects, and field-work.