Simon Business School

Course Descriptions

Orientation Workshops

Core courses are subject to change.

As a preparation for students beginning the program, the Executive MBA Program offers a series of workshops dedicated to the review of mathematical concepts.

EXP 410 Managerial Economics

2.5 credit hours
Learn how economic analysis can be applied to general management problems. Price theory with strong emphasis on basic concepts and analytical tools to aid managers in making business decisions and understanding the market system in which firms operate.

EXP 420 Managerial Decision Analysis

2.5 credit hours
Methods for improving decision making under conditions of uncertainty are studied. Students are taught to structure business problems in probabilistic terms. Procedures for comparing the costs and benefits of reducing uncertainty are presented. Topics include decision theory, probability and probability distributions, sampling distributions, and statistical inference.

EXP 422 Managerial Data Analysis

2.5 credit hours
This course builds on the statistical skills provided in EXP 420, generalizing to permit analysis of more multi-dimensional issues; the primary tool is linear regression. Practical experience is provided through in-class examples, assignments, and a project.

EXP 434 Information Systems for Management

2.5  credit hours
Focusing on the use of computers and information systems as managerial tools, this course provides an overview of information systems technology and data management from a user’s perspective, and addresses policy issues related to the management of information systems. Topics include an introduction to the economics of information, electronic commerce, the organizational impact of information systems, telecommunication systems, database management systems, systems analysis and design, distributed systems, and the strategic impact of information systems.

EXP 444 Organization and Strategy

2.5  credit hours
Develop a framework for solving important organizational problems. Key elements of this framework include the assignment of decision rights, the performance-evaluation system, and the compensation/incentive system. Each of these elements is analyzed in detail. The framework is applied to a number of contemporary management topics such as empowerment, executive compensation, and corporate governance.

EXP 454 Financial Accounting

2.5 credit hours
The objective of this course is to provide students with a sufficient understanding of corporate financial accounting and reporting so that they will become effective and informed users of financial statements. The course provides an overview of the corporate entity’s financial accounting system, including a review of the concepts and procedures that determine what does (and does not) get recorded in the system, as well as how the recorded items are measured and presented in the financial statements. The emphasis in this course is on taking the basic “textbook knowledge” and applying it to the analysis and interpretation of “real world” corporate financial statements.

EXP 455 Strategic Cost Analysis

2.5 credit hours
Examines management accounting systems, including job order costing, standard costs and variance analysis, and their usefulness for decision-making and control. The problems of incentives and control within organizations and the role of accounting reports are studied within this context. Activity-based costing, TQM, economic value added, and balanced score card are discussed. Extensive problem solving is used, including case studies.

EXP 461 Operations Management

2.5 credit hours
This course introduces process analysis, performance measurement systems for operations and production control systems. Quantitative models and case studies apply these skills to service process management, manufacturing, inventory control, and supply chain management. The course highlights the role of effective operations management in the strategic direction of the firm, as well as the connections between operations and other functional areas.

EXP 465 Managerial Game Theory

2.5 credit hours
This course develops game-theoretic tools that can be used to provide both quantitative and qualitative prescriptions for profit-maximizing behavior in a variety of strategic settings that one encounters in typical business situations. The goal of the course is to provide students with both an understanding of these concepts and a tool kit with which to evaluate a broad range of strategic problems.

EXP 475 Marketing

2.5 credit hours
This course provides an overview of the marketing function, with an emphasis on the four variables controllable by marketing managers (the “4Ps”): product, promotion, price, and place (channels of distribution). The course focuses on recognizing the major forces that shape the decision-making environment and understanding how these forces affect and are affected by marketing activities. A combination of lectures and case discussions is used. Assignments include a final exam as well as team-based case writeups and problem solutions.

EXP 476 Contemporary Marketing Strategy

2.5 credit hours
This course develops a framework to understand the marketing environment and focuses on a subset of the marketing decisions/actions that are made given this information. The goal of this course is to develop a basic understanding of why, how, and when to use promotion and branding activities to improve the firm performance.

EXP 480 Capital Budgeting

2.5 credit hours
This course is intended to provide a market-oriented framework for analyzing the major types of financial decisions made by corporations. Lectures and readings will provide an introduction to discounted cash flow techniques, capital budgeting principles and problems, financial asset and project valuation, capital market efficiency, capital structure and related corporate finance issues.

EXP 482 Corporate Financial Policy

2.5 credit hours
How corporate financing, dividend, leasing, and hedging policy decisions impact the value of the firm. The effects of these policies are evaluated using and extending the material developed in the Capital Budgeting and Capital Markets courses. The effects of various corporate transactions such as security sales and corporate control contests are also examined.

EXP 485 New Venture Development

2.5 credit hours
This course involves lectures on the construction of business plans and tutorial style instruction on the construction of an actual plan. After the lectures, students identify business opportunities for which a business plan is written and form teams consisting of two or three executive students to work on the plan for a particular opportunity. The teams develop the analysis underlying the plans and gather the data necessary to support that analysis. They work extensively with a faculty member in constructing the plans. The course grade depends entirely on a document describing the plan and its presentation.

EXP 498 Corporate Strategy

2.5 credit hours
The Corporate Strategy course has two objectives. The first objective is to introduce the tools of strategic management and apply these tools through case analysis and class discussion. The resource-based view of the firm will be the underlying theory used in meeting this objective. The alignment of corporate, business, and functional strategies will be given special attention in analyzing how strategies are implemented. As a second objective, this course will be a capstone course, which will use the material from other EMBA courses to create an integrated management perspective.


Students are also required to complete three elective courses as part of their degree requirements.

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