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STARTS ON

August 06, 2020

DURATION

12 weeks, online, excluding orientation

4-6 hours per week

STARTS ON

August 06, 2020

DURATION

12 weeks, online, excluding orientation

4-6 hours per week

Recognize Your True Leadership Potential

Looking to improve your management skills to better lead teams, improve outcomes, and secure a brighter professional future? The MBA Essentials online program from Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois provides you with the chance to gain skills in strategic leadership and innovation, process improvement, marketing management, and managerial accounting. The flexibility of the program is ideal for working professionals looking to make the leap into a more successful future.

Program Overview Video

Gain Essential Business Management Skills

Gain Essential

Gain Essential Business Management Skills

The MBA Essentials online program is a 12-week learning journey that tackles the fundamentals of business – core management concepts, effectively communicating across an organization, providing key information to facilitate business decisions, operations strategy, and leadership development.

Strategic Leadership and Innovation

Building skills in team leadership and organization design with an innovation focus

Principles of Marketing

Connecting marketing elements to other functions to deliver value to consumers

Operations Management

Learning how to implement organization-wide initiatives such as Six Sigma

Principles of Managerial Accounting

Exploring managers’ use of accounting information to make business decisions

For full details on the program, please download the brochure.

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Program Experience

  • Highly Interactive Live Teaching Sessions

    Highly Interactive
    Live Teaching Sessions

  • Break-Out Rooms to Meet Virtually in Smaller Groups

    Breakout Rooms to
    Meet Virtually in
    Smaller Groups

  • Self-Paced Content

    Self-Paced Content

  • Case Studies

    Case Studies

  • Discussion Boards

    Discussion Boards

Who Is This Program For

This program is for:

  • Those seeking best practices in managerial accounting, decision-making, and operations
  • Those who want to advance their career
  • Newly appointed managers who need to refine their skills
  • Veteran managers who need to brush up on the core and reflect on cutting-edge trends
  • Those who need to learn skills to move ahead into management roles
  • Those who want to gain effective leadership skills that encourage innovation
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Who Is This Program For

Representative Companies

Participants include representatives from companies like:

  • Ace Hardware Corporation
  • Advanced Business and Health Care Solutions
  • AGCO
  • AIMS Institutes
  • AXIS Capital
  • Brunswick Corporation
  • CastleArk Management LLC
  • Caterpillar
  • CIBC
  • Deloitte
  • FHLBC
  • LifeFoundry
  • Microsoft
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Oath
  • RSM
  • Starfire Industries LLC
  • Synchrony
  • The Himalaya Drug Company
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Representative Job Titles

Participants hold job functions and titles such as:

  • Accountant
  • Analytics Manager
  • Chief Operations Officer (COO)
  • Engineering Manager
  • Field Executions Manager
  • Field Product Specialist
  • Global Talent Acquisition Lead
  • Head of Risk Oversight & Reporting
  • Logistics Product Manager
  • Manager, Human Resources
  • Manager, Product and Brand Marketing
  • Managing Director
  • Marketing Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Pricing and Program Manager
  • Principal, CFO
  • Product Application Specialist
  • Senior Training Lead
  • Senior Underwriter
  • Software Engineer
  • Senior Manager/Vice President
  • Strategy and Governance/Chief of Staff
  • Talent Development Consultant
  • Technology Marketing Manager
  • Training Manager
  • Transportation Manager
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Participant Profile

  • 0-5
  • 6-10
  • 11-15
  • 16-20
  • 20+
  • Business
  • Non-Business

For full details on the participant profile, please download the brochure.

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The Learning Journey

The Learning Journey
  • Orientation

Strategic Leadership and Innovation

  • Teams
  • Strategic Organization Design and Innovation I
  • Strategic Organization Design and Innovation II

Principles of Marketing

  • Marketing Strategy and Segmentation, Targeting, & Positioning (STP)
  • Product Strategy and Distribution
  • Pricing and Promotion

Operations Management

  • Setting Up Operations
  • Managing the Continuous Improvement Initiative
  • Sustaining Employee Engagement in Operations

Principles of Managerial Accounting

  • Fundamentals and Basic Costing Systems
  • Activity-Based Costing and Scenario Analysis
  • Planning and Evaluating Performance

At the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Communicate more effectively across the organization
  • Provide key financial information to facilitate and influence business decisions
  • Understand buyer behavior and learn how to create value for customers
  • Produce a winning operations strategy
  • Exhibit the behaviors of effective leaders
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For full details on the curriculum, please download the brochure.

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Industry Examples

Strategic Leadership and Innovation
  • Medisys: Intenscare Development Team – evaluate teams and team leadership
  • Greeley Hard Copy (A) – discussion of Portable Scanner Initiative (A) case
  • Greeley Hard Copy (B) – discussion of Portable Scanner Initiative (B) case – “ambidextrous” efforts
Principles of Marketing
  • Mountain Man Brewing Company: Bringing the Brand to Light
Operations Management
  • The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company: The Quest for Service Excellence (Columbia Business School case) – discussion of the Ritz-Carlton’s business strategy and how its customers define quality
  • Six Sigma at Academic Medical Hospital (A) (Darden Business Publishing Case) – discussion of issues in deployment of Six Sigma and training in quality
  • GM Powertrain, (Harvard Business School case) – discussion to improve the operations of a small General Motors components plant, covers designing and implementing significant manufacturing procedures that will dramatically improve the plant and remove it from its current unprofitable and inefficient state
Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • Seligram Inc.: Electronic Testing Operations/Spreadsheet – raises the question, “Why did existing system at ETO fail?”
  • Store24/Spreadsheet – discussion of the use and implementation of Ban Boredom strategy and employing multiple strategies simultaneously

Faculty

E. Geoffrey Love

Faculty

E. Geoffrey Love

Associate Professor of Business Administration

In addition to serving as a prolific professor, Love is the academic director of the Management Major. He teaches or has taught courses on organizational behavior, managing innovation, organizational change, leadership, and entrepreneurial management....

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Faculty

Hayden Noel

Faculty

Hayden Noel

Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration

Noel has been repeatedly recognized for his teaching. He was on the List of Professors Ranked as Excellent from 2007 – 2018. In addition, he earned the Executive MBA Program Professor of the Year in the EMBA Program (2016), the MBA Professor of the Year for Service to Students (2016), and the PMBA Teaching Excellence Award for the Illinois MBA (2017)....

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Faculty

Gopesh Anand

Faculty

Gopesh Anand

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Anand is more than a professor; he is also the academic director of Operations Management at the university. Widely published, Anand serves as co-editor in the Strategy and Organization Department of the Journal of Operations Management, senior editor and reviewer of Production and Operations Management Society Journal, and associate editor and reviewer of Decision Science Journal....

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Faculty

Gary Hecht

Faculty

Gary Hecht

Associate Professor of Accountancy and Arthur Andersen Faculty Fellow

Hecht holds a number of titles in his role at Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois, including academic director of the iMSA Program in the Department of Accountancy. In his role at the school, he has taught accounting courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs....

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Certificate

Upon finishing the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion from Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois.

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