Guanghua-Kellogg Executive MBA students fulfill the degree requirements by satisfactorily completing 32 units of credit. Each course is one unit of credit. Students will complete 24 courses in Beijing, Shanghai, and Chicago and another 2 units will be gained through contextualized learning opportunities during these modules. 2 units will completed during a global elective week at any of the Kellogg or Kellogg Global Executive MBA Network locations. The remaining 4 units will be earned through the completion of the thesis project.
This course introduces macroeconomic concepts and tools that enable managers to understand how an economy functions as a whole. Topics include economic growth, inflation, business cycle, and fiscal and monetary policies.
This course provides a conceptual framework essential for analyzing the interactions between government and economy, with the emphasis on the hierarchical structure of government, incentives of government bureaucrats and strategies for developing government-business relationship.
Leadership and Organizations
This course focuses on the skills and ideas behind effective leadership: working well with teams, making good use of your personal and organizational resources, making difficult but critical decisions, and negotiating well — all with a broad, multifaceted outlook.
Financial Reporting Systems
This course introduces generally accepted accounting principles and concepts and trains students to analyze financial statements.
This course introduces the economic principles of pricing. It provides an overview of how to estimate the sensitivity of buyers to price, the trade-off between margin and volume, price discrimination, and pricing in competitive environments.
This course helps students build a solid foundation for strategic thinking about marketing and develop relevant analytical frameworks. Students will discuss marketing concepts in the context of some of the most important strategic decisions in running a successful business: how to choose customers, how to create value for them, how you can deliver value better than your competitors on a sustainable basis. We build on key marketing concepts (e.g. customer analysis, segmentation, targeting and positioning, branding, product life cycle strategy, pricing, effective communication, and channel management) and cast them in a broader strategic business context. We will integrate these concepts and use them as instruments to design profitable interactions with customers and competitors.
This course examines the basic principles of managing the production and distribution of goods and services. The course approaches operations as a managerial integration function and provides frameworks and tools to target and implement improvements in business processes.
This course introduces the basic techniques of finance and investment. Topics include forecasting cash flows/earnings, discounting techniques and valuation, and their applications to financial investments and capital investments.
Management in the Chinese Context
Using a number of cases and lots of real life examples, this course offers participants state-of-the-art understanding of the richness of management in the Chinese context. Students will analyze challenges from different stakeholders and learn how leaders respond to these challenges by building appropriate organizational capacity.
Negotiation is the art and science of securing agreements between two or more parties who are interdependent and who are seeking to maximize their outcomes. Negotiating with people from different cultures adds significant challenges to negotiations. Negotiation Strategies provides participants with the opportunity to develop their negotiation skills in a series of simulations and debriefings that address multicultural and multiparty issues, in the contexts of deal making and dispute resolution. Each simulation has been chosen to highlight the central concepts that underlie negotiation strategy. These concepts are the fundamental building blocks for planning negotiation strategy, managing negotiations and evaluating the quality of negotiation outcomes.
Strategic Crisis Management
This course provides conceptual tools for managers in high-pressure, complex crisis situations. Topics include management and media, dealing with activists and interest groups, and surviving legal, legislative and regulatory challenges.
Strategic Decisions in Operations
This course builds on the core operations management class with an emphasis on strategic decisions and their link to financial performance of the firm. It emphasizes the long-term, "big" decisions firms face in structuring their operations. Topics covered range from evaluating flexible technologies to designing supply chains.
This course examines strategies over the product lifecycle, including growth strategies, strategies for mature and declining markets, and defensive strategies.
Strategic Financial Management
This course introduces an integrative analytical framework and case studies to examine how corporate executives make strategic financial decisions to generate lasting value impact. Topics include: understanding the links between corporate strategy and firm performance, diagnostics of firms’ capital market performance, leveraging mergers, acquisitions and divestitures (e.g. carve-out and spinoff) to create value, values-based management, and real options.
Mergers and Acquisitions
From a legal point of view, a merger is a legal consolidation of two companies into one entity and an acquisition occurs when one company takes over another and completely establishes itself as the new owner. Either structure can result in the economic and financial consolidation of the two entities.
Mergers and acquisitions has been increasingly used by firms to expand, both within the border of a country and internationally. This course studies the theory of mergers and acquisitions and examines case studies of firms using mergers and acquisitions to grow, highlighting the common principles and things to watch out for in such transactions.
Foundations for Strategy Formulation
This course explores economic principles essential for the formulation and evaluation of strategy. Topics include industry analysis, strategic positioning and the boundaries of the firm.
Ethics and Executive Leadership
This course examines the role of the CEO and other top leaders in modern organizations, highlighting their ethical challenges and exploring the implications of a variety of ethical frameworks to facilitate more effective complex organizational decision making in a rapidly changing business environment.
Strategy and Implementation in China
This course focuses on strategy and implementation issues in the context of China. Topics include: how multinationals implement win-in-China strategies in China; how state-owned enterprises transform and behave during institutional transition; how private enterprises strategize and grow; key factors that influence sustainable development; and contingencies that affect strategic decision-making and implementation.
The purpose of finance is to serve the economy by channeling savings into investment. This course uses a theoretical perspective and case studies to examine the nature of finance in China, the practices of the Chinese financial intermediaries and financial markets and the underlying factors driving such practices, and the strengths and pitfalls of Chinese finance. Students will explore the challenges facing finance professionals in China as a result of China’s economic transformation, disruptive technologies and the surge of new consumer needs — and discuss the opportunities and winning strategies in China’s new financial landscape.
Capstone: Leading an Organization
The capstone course brings together disciplines students have encountered throughout the program. Students develop an integrated understanding of business planning and strategy and use a computer-based management simulation (Capstone® Business Simulation) to plan and test strategies in a competitive environment.
This course exposes students to opportunities and risks that globalization brings. It integrates cutting-edge knowledge on global business and global best practices of leading companies. Topics include the global business environment, internationalization process, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and management of multinational companies, particularly those in or from emerging-market economies.
A master’s thesis shall be completed and submitted for evaluation two months before graduation. The thesis may be project-related (practical) or research-based.
Through the master’s thesis, EMBA students demonstrate their ability to apply analyze business challenges scientifically. Students may draw their findings from their own professional environments or write about a typical management issue encountered during the program. With the academic guidance and solution-oriented consulting provided by our faculty members, students will complete the thesis independently.
The Master Thesis may be supervised and assessed by any of the professors teaching in the EMBA Program.
Students are required to give a final presentation in the presence of faculty and classmates.
Master’s thesis requirements:
- March 1 (submission of thesis topic)
- May 31 (submission of completed thesis)
- English language only