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Business Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Executive MBA

Master of Business Administration

This program is for experienced, mid to upper level managers and professionals seeking the confidence and ability to drive a business strategically at the senior management level with the most current and innovative management practices.

The program utilizes a cohort model where students complete courses in the same sequence, and student interaction and co-operation are emphasized. Study groups and project teams are an important aspect of the learning experience.

Applicants should also refer to the program website located at beedie.sfu.ca/emba.

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be considered for admission based on the following criteria:

  • Simon Fraser University's online graduate studies application for admission
  • executive MBA application essay
  • minimum of ten years of business experience, with a minimum of four years of managerial responsibilities
  • resume
  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline, with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.0/4.33 (B), or a grade point average of at least 3.33/4.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses (all graduate work is also considered), or a professional designation such as CA, CMA, CGA, CPA, CFA, PEng.
  • exceptional managers (as determined by career progression and responsibilities relative to EMBA peer group) who have a CGPA lower than a 3.0/4.33 (B) in their undergraduate degree, or lack a formal degree or professional designation, but have other outstanding qualifications may be admitted into the program.
  • the GMAT is an optional component. Applicants will be evaluated on the depth of their work experience, academic background and management/leadership skills. In some cases, the GMAT may be recommended as a way to strengthen an application file.
  • three confidential letters of reference, preferably from supervisors, former professors or significant clients
  • interview (shortlisted candidates only)

Program Requirements

To qualify for the Executive Master of Business Administration Degree, students must maintain a minimum average grade of B (3.0 GPA) and complete a minimum of 52 units from the following list or other courses graduate business courses approved by the program.

In their final semester, students have the option of completing an Applied Project or the Comprehensive Exam plus two additional courses.

BUS 602 - International Management (4)

Will examine the international context of business including global trends in international trade, analyses of emerging markets, strategic alliances, and the human, cultural and ethical issues arising from doing business abroad. Equivalent Courses: MBA602.

BUS 603 - Structure and Change in Organizations (4)

This course applies contemporary organizational theory to the managerial challenges of entrepreneurial, corporate, public sector and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of organizational structure and change, adapting the organizations to their changing environment, and articulating alternate plans for organizational survival (and where possible, growth). Equivalent Courses: MBA603.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Mark Wexler
Fr, Sa 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Fr, Sa 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Fr, Sa 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Fr 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Fr 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Sa 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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G400 Bryan Gallagher
Sessional
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BUS 606 - Finance (4)

Provides a solid grounding in the principles of business finance. Students are introduced to important financial tools and gain an appreciation of how business decisions impact financial performance and shareholder value. Equivalent Courses: MBA606.

BUS 607 - Strategy (4)

Analysis of strategic issues affecting the success of the total enterprise and its sub-units. The course includes industry analysis, internal analysis of the core competencies and value chains that enable corporate and business level strategies, the evolution of strategy and how that occurs in different environments and organizational types, and implementation issues organizations face when enacting strategies. Equivalent Courses: MBA607.

BUS 610 - Directed Studies in Business Administration (2)

Individual study with a faculty member. The course outline must be approved by the graduate program committee.

BUS 611 - Directed Studies in Business Administration (4)

Individual study with a faculty member. The course outline must be approved by the graduate program committee.

BUS 612 - Directed Studies in Business Administration (4)

Individual study with a faculty member. The course outline must be approved by the graduate program committee.

BUS 615 - Marketing Management (4)

An analysis of the strategic consideration of marketing management and their impact on the firm and its competitors. Equivalent Courses: MBA615.

BUS 621 - Information Technology and Organizational Transformation (4)

A seminar format will be used to discuss the concepts and frameworks essential to the effective management of information technology. Our focus will be on the strategic role that information systems play in organizations, their structure and components, and various perspectives on how to plan and manage this technology. Equivalent Courses: MBA621.

BUS 632 - Operations Management (2)

Focuses on the processes by which goods and services are produced and the impact of operations on corporate strategy and elements in the value chain. Equivalent Courses: MBA632.

BUS 635 - Operational Finance (2)

Provides a thorough understanding of the basics of finance and the application of financial frameworks for better managerial decision-making based on financial statements.

BUS 636 - Corporate Finance (2)

Provides a solid grounding in the basics of Corporate Finance, its principles and importance in capital structure issues. Corporate Finance issues are primarily the responsibility of senior management or corporate boards and require strategic high-level understanding that includes knowledge of capital budgeting, cost of capital, valuation, LBO structure, dividend policy and IPO.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Jan Simon
Fr, Sa 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Fr, Sa 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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BUS 637 - Marketing Management (2)

Provides an understanding of marketing management through the articulation and application of the fundamentals of marketing management, competitive rationality and creation &valuation of customer equity as well as managing competitive advantage as a process.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Leyland Pitt
Fr, Sa 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Sa 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Sa, Su 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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BUS 638 - Marketing Strategy (2)

An examination of how knowledge of an organization's customers, competitors and collaborators as well as its competencies enable those who direct marketing strategy to decide on the organization's target markets, and in turn formulate and implement offering, pricing, placement and marketing communication strategies that will lead to growth and competitive advantage.

BUS 639 - Financial Statement Analysis (2)

Provides an understanding of the linkages between financial statements such as annual reports and prospectuses including the three principal financial statements (balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement) and how useful information about a company can be extracted from them.

BUS 640 - Managerial Accounting (2)

Provides theoretical and practical knowledge of how to use accounting information for strategic planning and decision making from a variety of stakeholder perspectives.

BUS 641 - Cross Cultural Management (2)

Focuses on the ability to understand the in"1uence of crossing national and cultural boundaries on organizations and on organizational practices. Special emphasis will be placed on the management of people and groups in international organizations.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 David C Thomas
Fr 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Fr, Sa 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Sa 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Sa 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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BUS 642 - International Business (2)

Develops the global competencies and skills needed to manage the operations, develop organization designs and strategies for companies whose activities span national boundaries.

BUS 643 - Entrepreneurship (2)

An overview of entrepreneurial thinking and action important to entrepreneurs or persons who want to exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit, including: opportunity discovery; entrepreneurial strategy and implementation; and innovation in the context of uncertainty, ambiguity and risk.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Andrew Harries
Fr, Sa 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Fr 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Sa 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Sa 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
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BUS 644 - Entrepreneurial Finance (2)

Provides a thorough understanding of how venture capital works and what an entrepreneur or potential investor in start-ups needs to know about business plans, opportunity assessment, valuation, financing, structuring and due diligence.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Jan Simon
Fr 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Fr 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Fr 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Sa 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Sa 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
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BUS 645 - Capstone Simulation (2)

Comprehensive exam.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Ian McCarthy
Fr, Sa, Su 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Fr, Sa, Su 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
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BUS 646 - Managing Innovation (2)

Addresses the theory and practice of the management of innovation in order to improve the innovative capacity of a firm, including strategy and tools to help firms create and capture value from innovation under conditions of technology and/or market uncertainty.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Paul Terry
Fr, Sa 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Fr 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Fr, Sa 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
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BUS 650 - Business Ethics (2)

Examines the rising interest, relevance and importance of business ethics to both effective managers in the firm and to efficient administrators in government and not-for-profit organizations.

BUS 651 - Managerial Economics (4)

The application of modern microeconomic theory to problems of managerial decision-making. The importance of both economic models and quantitative applications are explained. Topics include demand, cost and productivity analysis; the analysis of market structure and firm strategy, international competition and trade; organizational economics; and the analysis of risk, uncertainty and information. Equivalent Courses: MBA651.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Mark Moore
Fr, Sa 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Fr, Sa 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Fr, Sa 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Fr, Sa 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Fr, Sa 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
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BUS 652 - Special Topics in Business Administration (3)

Course content varies from term to term. Specific course outlines must receive prior approval of the graduate program committee.

BUS 653 - Special Topics in Business Administration (2)

Course content varies from term to term. Specific course outlines must receive prior approval of the graduate program committee.

BUS 654 - Special Topics in Business Administration (2)

Course content varies from term to term. Specific course outlines must receive prior approval of the graduate program committee.

BUS 655 - Special Topics in Business Administration (2)

Course content varies from term to term. Specific course outlines must receive prior approval of the graduate program committee. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

BUS 660 - Special Topics in Business Administration (4)

Course content varies from term to term. Specific course outlines and bibliographies must receive prior approval of the graduate program committee.

BUS 661 - Special Topics in Business Administration (4)

Course content varies from term to term. Specific course outlines and bibliographies must receive prior approval of the graduate program committee.

BUS 662 - Negotiations (2)

Negotiation is the art and science of securing agreements between two or more parties that are interdependent and who are seeking to maximize their outcomes. The central issues of this course deal with understanding behavior of individuals, groups and organizations in the context of competitive situations. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

BUS 663 - Special Topics in Business Administration (4)

Course content varies from term to term. Specific course outlines and bibliographies must receive prior approval of the graduate program committee.

BUS 664 - New Ventures (4)

The challenge in business today is to move away from functional silos and adopt an innovative, cross-functional approach to problem-solving. Consistent with this challenge, our focus will be on entrepreneurship, or the "pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled".

BUS 670 - Accounting for Decision Making (4)

The development and analysis of financial statements and their role in financial and strategic decisions. Students with credit for MBA 670 may not complete this course for further credit.

BUS 681 - Leadership and Teamwork (4)

Leadership theory, interpersonal relations and group dynamics in organizational life, and the development of perceptual and communication skills in small groups. Equivalent Courses: MBA681.

BUS 689 - Special Topics in Business Administration (3)

Course content varies from term to term. Specific course outlines and bibliographies must receive prior approval of the graduate program committee.

BUS 691 - Business, Community and Government (4)

Examines the rationale for and nature of government intervention, and the impact of public policies on business. Students with credit for MBA 691 may not take this course for further credit.

BUS 696 - Applied Project (6)

Students will undertake a strategic firm analysis or public policy analysis (public sector students). Students may undertake other types of projects with permission of the executive MBA director. The project is submitted to the library. Prerequisite: BUS 607, 691.

BUS 699 - Orientation Retreat (0) *

An intensive 3-day program of experiential activities to develop knowledge, skills, and strategies for success in a team-based learning environment. This course is graded on the satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Admission to the EMBA program.

The program may substitute, at the discretion of the academic chair, equivalent courses from another Simon Fraser University graduate program for the 600 division courses listed above.

* BUS 699 is a prerequisite for all courses in this program

Americas Executive MBA stream

Students have two optional paths for the final two terms of their program. They may choose to continue the executive master of business administration (EMBA) stream or opt to apply to be considered for one of the limited spaces in the Americas EMBA stream. In the second year of the program, classes in the EMBA stream are taught at Simon Fraser University in the same format as the first year.

Classes in the Americas EMBA stream are taught in four eight-and-a-half day intensive sessions in partnership with three other institutions at their campuses: Owen Graduate School, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA; ITAM, Mexico City; and FIA, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Courses in the Americas EMBA stream are similar to those in the EMBA stream, but with a greater emphasis on international management.

Graduate Certificate in Business in the Americas

The Americas EMBA stream includes four selected topics courses in addition to those required for the EMBA. These four additional courses are required for the graduate certificate. Courses are relevant to business in the Americas covering a variety of business disciplines. Students will also participate in company visits and workshops on local cultural and business practices in each of the 4 participating countries.

The certificate is open to students enrolled in the Americas option of the EMBA. Students must complete all stream requirements including those included in the graduate certificate.

Further details about the EMBA and the Americas Executive MBA stream are provided on the program website at beedie.sfu.ca/emba

Executive Master of Business Administration in Aboriginal Business and Leadership

The Aboriginal business and leadership cohort of the EMBA provides the EMBA cohort experience for Aboriginal community leaders, those working in Aboriginal businesses or economic development corporations, or working in organizations with significant involvement with Aboriginal communities. Course delivery will be customized to accommodate the more diverse regional nature of the participants.

Program Requirements

To qualify for the Executive Master of Business Administration in Aboriginal Business and Leadership degree, students must maintain a minimum average grade of B (3.0 GPA) and complete a minimum of 52 units from the courses listed above. BUS 699 is not a prerequisite course in the Aboriginal Business and Leadership cohort.

The program may substitute, at the discretion of the academic chair, equivalent courses from another Simon Fraser University graduate program.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.