Executive MBA Curriculum

At the foundation of our Executive MBA curriculum is the concept of Systems Thinking. Systems Thinking equips students with an interdisciplinary, strategic approach to problem solving, encouraging them to think beyond functional silos and appreciate how their actions affect an organization as a whole. We’re fortunate that one of the original contributors to the third generation of Systems Thinking—Jamshid Gharajedaghi—leads our Systems Thinking curriculum.

Our curriculum’s design reflects a systemic and integrated learning approach and is comprised of five major themes. The table below provides the themes and associated courses. Most courses span multiple themes and are listed under the predominant one. 

Theme Courses
Strategic Leadership Corporate Governance
Strategic Leadership
Strategy
Systems Thinking
Quantitative Decision Making Accounting
Applied Analytics
Corporate Finance
Financial Risk Management
Performance Measurement
Valuation
Innovation & Creativity Consumer Behavior & Branding
Innovation & Entrepreneurialism I & II
Marketing Essentials
Marketing of the Social Enterprise
Strategic Use of Technology
International Business Economics
Global Management
International Immersion
Professional Development Executive Coaching
Executive Communication
Managing Yourself & Your Career
Negotiation

Q&A Series with EMBA Class X Alumnus, Peggy Leimkuhler

Leimkuhler discusses how a strong foundation in Systems Thinking continously helps her resolve conflicts and issues within her organization.

 

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Executive MBA Program
601 County Line Road
Radnor, PA 19087
(610) 523-1793
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Systems Thinking

“We fail more often because we solve the wrong problem than because we get the wrong solution to the right problem.”
- Russ Ackoff, System thinking pioneer