Classes for the Executive MBA are a combination of lecture, discussion, case study and project work. They are held at the Tecnológico de Monterrey – Santa Fe campus on Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays from 8:00am-5:30pm (usually every other week). Below is a look at the typical curriculum outline.
*Note: The Executive MBA Program Committee reserves the right to make modifications to the curriculum and seminars.
|Austin Intensive I (One Week)
||Statistics and Decision Analysis
||Information Technology Management
||Managing People and Leading Organizations|
Austin Intensive I (One Week):
Each of the two years begins in Austin with a week-long Intensive Course to prepare students for the academic year. Topics include an introduction to the courses students will take during that year and the skills they will need to master the materials. In addition to the introductory lectures for the fall semester courses, participants are given specialized instruction on group dynamics, communication skills and familiarization with University resources. The Austin Intensive classes are held at the AT&T Executive Education Conference Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus.
Statistics and Decision Analysis
Objective: To enable an understanding of the extraction of information from data and how decisions are made with imperfect information. To develop and motivate fundamental statistical principles and methods, and to illustrate their proper application to a wide variety of business problems.
Course Description: Basic concepts of methods of data and decision analysis are introduced. These include statistical control and random processes, probability and statistical inference, regression analysis, decision making under uncertainty, and risky decision making. A study of descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, statistical control and random walks.
Objective: To develop a sophisticated and coherent approach to the use of financial accounting information.
Course Description: This course provides an examination of the strengths and weaknesses of the information produced in financial reports, the pressures faced by management and auditors as they prepare financial statements, the set of information available to business decision makers beyond the information presented in audited financial statements, the difficulties involved in evaluating decisions after outcomes are known, and the impact of accounting information on strategic decisions.
Objective: To develop economic reasoning to analyze the choices of firms within the context of a changing international economy.
Course Description: This course provides an understanding of the microeconomic and macroeconomic forces, both domestic and international, that influence management decisions and corporate performance. Topics include interest rates and relationships between markets, economic policy, inflation and unemployment, profit maximization under varying market conditions, market failures and externalities, and game-theoretic analysis of corporate decision making.
Information Technology Management
Objective: To provide students frameworks and analytical tools to understand the economic and strategic implications of IT, transformation dynamics, and risks and pitfalls of IT decisions.
Course Description: The course will address many issues that are of interest to all managers including identifying the characteristics of IT innovation and their implications on firm IT adoption; understanding IT and the Internet contributions to economic growth; evaluating the strategic implications of IT; developing an actionable framework for electronic business transformation; exploring emerging IT-driven business practices (e.g., supply chain management, customer relationship management, and enterprise resource planning); and developing quantitative models for IT investment justification. The topics and case studies covered in the course provide students with a real-world approach to managing IT investments and risks.
Objective: To examine the role of financial management in creating value and to present the analytic framework used in the study of finance.
Course Description: A study of the basic concepts of valuation theory and efficient markets, specifically the markets’ valuations of the different combinations of risk and expected return created by management decisions; capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, and dividend policy; agency theory, issues of corporate control and governance; the workings of the debt and equity markets; and the options perspective of debt and equity.
Objective: To provide a process-oriented understanding of operations.
Course Description: An examination of processes that transform inputs into finished goods and services, process improvement, total quality management, product and process development, supply chain management, and the relation of operations strategy to product and service design and to business strategy.
Objective: To develop a top management perspective on the firm, the firm’s purpose, and sources of strategic success.
Course Description: This course is about the creation and maintenance of a long-term vision for the organization and focuses on the determination of strategic direction, nature and sources of competitive advantage, and the management of the strategic process. As such it deals with the analytical, behavioral, and creative aspects of business simultaneously.
Managing People and Leading Organizations
Objective: To increase current capabilities in analyzing and redesigning organizations and in leading and managing people through change.
Course Description: An analysis of organizational deficiencies and alternative and evolving organization designs, individual, group and organizational decision-making, and processes for motivating and persuading individuals and groups to change.
|Austin Intensive II (One Week)
||Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
||International Study Tour |
||Diversification and Renewal
Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
Objective: To provide an understanding of significant legal and ethical standards that affect the management decision making process.
Course Description: A study of selected legal rules governing business, including the transactional (e.g., contractual relationships), property interests (such as intellectual property rights) and regulatory (ranging from tort law to employment constraints). The course focuses on analysis of cases and the application of these legal standards with associated ethical questions.
Objective: To develop understanding of both the internal accounting data used by management to make business decisions and the external accounting data used by creditors, investors and analysts to make lending and investment decisions.
Course Description: The course surveys the strategic uses of the most important elements of internal accounting systems including cost accounting systems and management control systems used for planning and budgeting. The course also surveys the use of publicly-available financial accounting information to evaluate past performance, forecast future performance, and estimate the value of debt and equity securities.
Objective: To build an understanding of the key elements of marketing and distribution.
Course Description: An examination of the marketing function and how it relates to value creation, strategic corporate management, and marketing decisions; the major phenomena underlying marketing strategy formation and the component divisions of product planning, communications, and channels of distribution; both theory and cases to develop a managerial perspective of marketing; and the link between marketing strategy and financial value.
Objective: To develop an appreciation for and better understanding of the management challenges inherent in global firms.
Course Description: This course is designed to sensitize and challenge students to better address competition in a global context. This would include the shifting competitive environment, the emergence of new global competitors from China, India and Russia, developing strategies to enter/exit a particular arena, and balancing the need for local responsiveness and global efficiency.
Diversification and Renewal
Objective: To develop an understanding of how companies create strategies to cope with changing global markets.
Course Description: The management of diversification, growth and renewal from the perspective of the general manager drives this course towards strategies that fit changing global markets. How firms achieve this process via internal development, acquisitions, strategic alliances, learning, benchmarking and moving to best practices delineated.
Objective: Focuses on the examination and valuation of the major investment vehicles popular today throughout the world.
Course Description: Investments is the study of financial assets and pricing. An examination of the pricing and the use of equity securities, fixed income securities, and options. Additional topics covered include: modern portfolio theory; the capital asset pricing model; the relationship between the economy and financial securities; the functioning of markets; asset allocation; measuring returns; and mutual funds.
International Study Tour (One Week)
The emphasis of the final seminar, which is held at an international location, is on emerging issues in global management. Lectures and discussion on a variety of topics serve to synthesize the entire curriculum and provide closure for the program. In past years students have traveled to countries such as Hungary and Austria on their International Study Tour.