Curriculum

We designed the Pamplin Executive MBA's interdisciplinary curriculum to provide you with a formal core of business education in the areas of accounting, economics, organizational behavior and decision theory. Followed by the core courses are courses in the more traditional functional areas of business: information technology, marketing, finance and operations management. An international perspective underlies several of the advanced courses, as does a strong focus on high technology management. Entrepreneurial leadership and change management are key components of the curriculum and are designed to leverage your leadership qualities in day-to-day business practice, irrespective of your area of specialization or job function.

Opening Residency for Fall Cohorts

The Opening Residency is your introduction to Virginia Tech and the Executive MBA Program. Generally held off site, the 3-day session includes an opportunity for you to meet your fellow classmates, get acclimated to the classroom environment, and prepare you for the EMBA experience.

EMBA Fall Cohort Course Descriptions

  • Module 1

    ACIS 5604: Accounting Fundamentals (2 credit hours) An introduction for practicing executives to financial accounting cycles and transactions, financial statement reporting, and internal managerial accounting and costing. This course is designed to give executives an understanding of accounting systems, and to illustrate and highlight potential points at which the systems could be manipulated.

    BIT 5644: Management of Information for Business Decisions (2 credit hours) This course illustrates a variety of statistical methods to collect and analyze data sets. Complex problems, both business and societal, are studied and analyzed for trends, patterns, relationships and other useful information. Statistical tools such as probability distributions, sampling, hypothesis testing, regression and times series analysis, simulation, and forecasting are studied from a practical and business perspective. Business and industry cases are used to demonstrate the usefulness and effectiveness of the techniques used. Students use software to perform computational studies, obtain solutions, and analyze the results.

    FIN 5604: Financial & Economic Environment of Business (2 credit hours) Provide an understanding of the principles that affect a firm's interactions with its customers, suppliers, competitors, employees, and other organizations, and the roles of monetary and fiscal policies in the overall economic environment. Study the basic principles and concepts underlying the finance function. Topics covered include demand and supply analysis, individual choice, pricing strategies, market structure, monetary and fiscal policies, and the role of the Federal Reserve in managing growth, employment, and inflation.

    MGT 5614: Designing & Managing Organizations (2 credit hours) This course focuses on the implications of globalization and the resulting cross-cultural relationships for leaders and managers of business organizations. The ways in which culture affects characteristics of individuals, interpersonal relationships, negotiation styles, and leadership practices are examined. Cases and exercises develop skills in applying theories and concepts to concrete situation.

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  • Module 2

    BIT 5604: Modeling Decision Making for Competitive Advantage (2 credit hours) This course examines a number of topics in management science and their applications in dealing with managerial problem solving. Decision theory and optimization techniques such as decision-trees, linear programming, integer programming, networks and others are studied, modeled and solved from a managerial and applied perspective. Business and industry cases are used to demonstrate usefulness and effectiveness of the models constructed. Students use software to perform computational studies, obtain solutions, and analyze the results for problems and cases.

    FIN 5734: Legal & Ethical Issues in High Tech Environments (2 credit hours) Intensive exploration of legal and ethical issues that affect the operation of business in the high technology, networked environment. Studies public and private regulation of business, emphasizing the networked environment. Explores the interrelationship of ethics and law, the duties of directors and managers, and decision-making under uncertain regulatory parameters. Included within these areas are; participating in the regulatory process, intellectual property, ethical frameworks, privacy and security, and international perspectives.

    FIN 5654: Principles of Financial Management (2 credit hours) Provide an understanding of the basic principles and concepts underlying the finance function, and the analytical tools for making financial decisions. The specific topics covered are Goals of a Corporate Firm and Agency Problem, Cash Flow Estimation and Financial Statement Analysis, Financial Assets and Markets, Time Value of Money, Risk and Return, Diversification and Capital Asset Pricing Model, Valuation of Stocks and Bonds, and Market Efficiency.

    MKTG 5654: Managing the Marketing Function (2 credit hours) Concepts of marketing management in a global environment, including the role of marketing in business organizations, and the relationship of marketing to other organizational functions. Role of marketing for developing and sustaining a competitive advantage in the marketplace, based on effective managerial decision making. Covers new product development and branding, as well as the characteristics of effective target marketing. Emphasis on the role of developing appropriate business intelligence for strategic decision making.

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  • Module 3

    ACIS 5704: Managing Information Systems for Executive Decision Making (2 credit hours) An overview of the theories, practices, and technologies used in the management of information systems for business decision making. Topics include use of information systems, electronic business, business intelligence tools and knowledge management, customer relationship management systems, data warehousing, virtual teams and organizations, and information security and privacy, and their role in improving organizational decision-making capabilities.

    FIN 5674: Investments and Portfolio Management (2 credit hours) Risk, return and portfolio theory, knowledge of equity and debt markets, derivatives, and management of investment portfolios. Introduction to equity and bond valuation, mutual funds, portfolio analysis, market efficiency, options, and futures.

    MGT 5594: Technology and Innovation Environment (2 credit hours) This course takes a general manager's perspective to examine the challenges of managing technology and innovation and their impacts on organizations. It provides students with a solid understanding of key concepts, tools, and frameworks useful in managing technology and innovation. Cases will also be used as a device for developing analytical and decision-making skills and for highlighting the reality of organizational and environmental complexities in managing technology and innovation.

    MGT 5654: Strategic Human Resource Management (2 credit hours) Examines current issues critical to the management of an organization's human capital assets. Uses case analyses and class discussions to critically examine how systems of human resource management policies and practices can be used to enhance a firm's competitive strategy and help to achieve a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Participants examine how to develop and deploy systems of human resource practices appropriate to specific organizational objectives and to evaluate their impact on organization effectiveness.

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  • Module 4

    ACIS 5614: Implementing Management Controls (2 credit hours) The management control process is designed to influence managers and other employees of an organization to implement the strategies of the organization. The activities of management control include: planning, coordinating, communicating, and evaluating. This course addresses the important role that accounting and other information play in this process.

    FIN 5614: Corporate Finance (2 credit hours) Provides coverage of the major financial decisions facing a corporate manager in a modeling framework. The specific topics covered are analysis of financial statements, financial planning, cost of capital and capital budgeting, capital structure, working capital management, dividend policy, and international financial management.

    MKTG 5624: Business Negotiations (2 credit hours) This course addresses the practice of successful negotiations in business, including the business activities of marketing, operations, finance, and information management. This course utilizes behavioral principles of negotiation to develop and refine students' understanding and practice of effective negotiating skills.

    MKTG 5664: Managing Professional Marketing Relationships (2 credit hours) Factors that influence development of professional relationships necessary to create long-term satisfaction and commitment to the firm and its services. Integrates research and best practices in professional services with concepts of relationship marketing to provide practical knowledge of how to develop the network of relationships, both internal (e.g., staff) and external (e.g., customers, suppliers, investors, media) needed to develop a sustainable supply of goods and services. ×

  • Module 5

    BIT 5624: Project Management (2 credit hours) This course introduces the fundamentals of program and project management, beginning with project definition and culminating in the post-project review. Students will learn techniques, terms, and guidelines that are used to manage cost, schedules, risk, group dynamics, and technical aspects throughout the life cycle of a project.

    BIT 5664: Managing the Global Supply Chain (2 credit hours) This course provides the student with expertise in the planning and control of business processes within a firm and across its global supply chain. Emphasis is placed on applying IT and process analysis skills to improving the quality and productivity of business firms and their supply chain partners. Efficient methods for streamlining the flow of information, services and products across functions, enterprises, and global boundaries are studied. Issues in designing and managing a network of suppliers in a global environment are discussed.

    MGT 5844: Business and Corporate Strategy (2 credit hours) Focuses on strategic decisions of the firm and use of tools and techniques for external and internal analysis to develop and sustain a competitive advantage. Examples and cases of single and multi-business corporations in a variety of industries, both domestic and international.

    MGT 5674: Change Management (2 credit hours) Study methods for changing organizations and individuals within those organizations using organizational transformation techniques, information technologies, and different leadership/personality styles.

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  • Module 6

    FIN 5784: Global Finance (2 credit hours) International economic environment, currency regimes, and currency crises; analysis of foreign exchange rates. Firms' exposure to exchange risk and methods for managing risk including competitive and transaction exposure. Global opportunities to raise capital and foreign investment vehicles.

    MKTG 5674: Proactive Marketing in Dynamic Contexts (2 credit hours) Strategic decision making to balance the interests of organizations (both profit and nonprofit) with those of society. Examination of public policy issues that arise from the pursuit of capitalist enterprise, as well as the role of marketing and entrepreneurship in advancing social welfare and economic development. Multi-disciplinary approach links historical, socio-cultural, political/legal, ethical, and strategic analyses in a global context.

    MGT 5684: Global Management and Strategy (2 credit hours) Management challenges associated with global competition and the ways in which firms can create and sustain superior returns be formulating and implementing effective strategies. Develops an integrated, multi-functional, "general management" perspective of the organization. Comprehensive case studies of large firms will be used to develop students' skills in strategic thinking, analysis, and execution. Strong emphasis is placed on the global environment.

    MGT 5954: Study Abroad (International Business Strategy and Culture) (2 credit hours) The international residency is the “capstone experience” in Virginia Tech’s Executive MBA Program. The combined experience is intended to provide students with a unique “worldview” of business that they can use to guide and structure their own management practices and careers, both now and in the future.

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