Indigenous Business Leadership Executive MBA
The Indigenous business leadership EMBA is a specialized MBA program that aims to prepare and empower experienced Indigenous leaders, professionals and managers to meet the challenges and pace of today’s changing global business environment. The program includes the core concepts and knowledge covered in most MBA programs while recognizing and respecting that traditional knowledge, cultural protocols and history plays a significant role in planning, decision-making and leadership within Indigenous communities and organizations.
Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in the Graduate General Regulation 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Applicants must have five or ten years of work experience, with at least four of those years in a managerial or professional position. An undergrad degree in any discipline is required. A two-year diploma and outstanding grades will be considered. Candidates must be computer literate and familiar with the Internet. The program requires a strong command of English language.
The program consists of course work (52 units) and an applied project (four units) for a minimum of 56 graduate units. Special topics courses may be substituted at the discretion of the academic director.
Students must complete all of
The IBL orientation course is an intensive 1-day program for students to meet each other and to develop strategies for academic success. Through experiential learning and team building activities students develop understanding and skills for contributing effectively in team-based learning environment. Students will learn about academic expectations as well as resource support available at SFU. This course is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Only for students in the Indigenous Business Leadership.
Explores the topics of organization theory and leadership in developing the potential of Indigenous leadership to drive meaningful change. Topics include intergenerational legacies in Indigenous contexts and leadership capabilities necessary to respond to the needs and aspirations of Indigenous communities. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.
Explores the development and assessment of ideas and opportunities and considers the impact that Indigenous entrepreneurship can have on supporting and developing Indigenous communities. Discusses how to attract and develop resources to enact ideas and deliver value from identified opportunities. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.
Fundamentals of project management and the roles in successful project leadership. Explores the project management life cycle, proven tools and techniques, and the role of the project manager. Introduces agile approaches to project management and contrasts with traditional approaches. Balances practice and theory while focusing on developing the skills to help Indigenous leaders become effective project managers. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.
Considers financial governance, financial and managerial accounting and focuses on how decisions are made within an organization and the importance of planning and controlling functions. Designed for mid-career professionals, community and business leaders, and champions who share a concern for sustainable economic development, ethical business practices, nation-building, and self-determination. Prior knowledge of accounting or exposure to accounting courses is not a prerequisite. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.
Considers data analytics including descriptive statistics and the tools and resources for gathering and interpreting data. Provides discussion of data visualization and techniques for communicating effectively using data to support the narrative. Explores methods of decision making and understanding of Indigenous data sovereignty. Indigenous-led initiatives to establish relevant, culturally based indicators and culturally appropriate methods to gather, store and share national-level statistics will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.
Explores and advances strategic issues facing marketing decision-makers. Examines marketing approaches in Indigenous and multicultural contexts across a number of industries including government, private sector, entrepreneurial, social enterprise and healthcare. Designed for participants with a range of marketing expertise. A variety of approaches will be employed including seminars, workshops, guest speakers, and teamwork. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.
Examines Indigenous legal values and considers their application in governance contexts to promote the resurgence of Indigenous social, political, cultural and economic success. Considers Indigenous legal principles and values and shows that they still exist as resources for decision-making in contemporary circumstances. Discusses how Indigenous law and policies can be reinvigorated and reinvented to enhance governance and policy within Indigenous communities. Considers how corporations and other commercial actors can benefit from understanding, applying and incorporating Indigenous law in their agreements with Indigenous peoples. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.
Equips participants with knowledge of financial principles, tools to assess value and strategies to communicate decisions to financial stakeholders. Modules focus on specific financial skills, including interpreting financial statements, analyzing corporate financial performance and evaluating an organization’s capital structure. Provides a conceptual toolkit to assist Indigenous leaders in making financial decisions and the confidence to clearly articulate those decisions to Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.
Special topics related to sustainable Indigenous economic development initiatives and governance. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.
Indigenous economies goes beyond the economic realm of merely providing sustenance to individuals. The course encompasses global Indigenous worldviews, theories and concepts of Indigenous economy based on traditional principles of wealth and value. Students will acquire an understanding of the philosophical and ethical application of Indigenous economic worldviews. Prerequisite: Only for students in Indigenous Business Leadership.
Business Strategy provides students with the knowledge and tools to become a purpose-driven business leader. This course explores the tools and concepts of strategy, from internal and external analysis and competitive advantage to corporate strategy. We will examine how Indigenous business strategic practices and views can transform firms into catalysts for change. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.
Provides opportunities to analyze negotiating style, develop a practical understanding of effective negotiating behaviours and improve abilities to plan and conduct successful day-to-day negotiations in a variety of situations. Emphasis will be on skill development through simulated negotiations situations and case studies. Explores the role that cultural protocols, history and Indigenous views play in successful negotiated solutions. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.
Offers the opportunity for students to begin the preparation and planning of their individual Applied Projects. Includes discussion of the principles and fundamental elements of planning and preparation for applied project. Students will decide on a topic, develop their project concept, prepare a work plan and create an outline, and identify reasonable milestones and deliverables. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.
Explores strategies as to how Indigenous businesses and organizations can create and foster sustainable economic opportunities. Identifies Indigenous sustainable practices and encompasses the ecological, social, and economic responsibilities of organizations. Alternative philosophies and theories are considered along with corporate responsibility. Explores how modern businesses are re-aligning and reinventing corporate strategies toward more sustainable business models. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.
The Applied Project is the final course of the IBL EMBA program. Students are required to prepare an extensive academic research assignment. The process involves a review of the literature and application of frameworks, models, concepts and theories from the courses to a specific business problem or situation, for which students develop practical recommendations. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.
Students are expected to complete the program requirements within five terms.
Tuition includes all course materials, orientation and workshops.
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.