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Business Administration in Indigenous Business Leadership

Graduate Diploma

The IBL GDBA, a component of the new Indigenous business leadership executive MBA program, 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 incorporating Indigenous worldviews, traditional knowledge, cultural protocols and history throughout the curricula.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in the Graduate General Regulation 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. An undergraduate degree in business, management, commerce, marketing or entrepreneurship and a minimum of ten years of applicable work experience is ideal. A two-year diploma with outstanding grades as well as extensive work experience in the Indigenous community in a managerial or professional position will be taken into consideration. There is no direct entry into the program.

Program Requirements

The program consists of course work for a minimum of 24 graduate units. Specific topic courses may be substituted at the discretion of the academic director.

Students must complete all of

BUS 600 - Orientation (0)

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.

BUS 608 - Indigenous Business Leadership and Organization (4)

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.

BUS 614 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Indigenous Communities (4)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G400 Sarah Lubik
BUS 622 - Fundamentals of Project Management in Indigenous Organizations (4)

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.

BUS 626 - Financial and Managerial Accounting for Indigenous Leaders (4)

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.

BUS 630 - Data and Decision Making for Indigenous Businesses (4)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G400 Kim Van Der Woerd
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BUS 657 - Marketing Strategies for Indigenous Leadership (4)

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.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within two terms.

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.