A Collaborative Learning Environment
The LMU EMBA Program is structured as a cohort and shifts from analysis and evaluation to strategic application and execution. The 20-month program consists of four integrated modules plus an immersive summer session on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Module 1 - Leadership and the Language of Business (Fall)
This module addresses what it means to be a leader in the 21st century, including leading oneself, leading others and communicating effectively, and develops a foundation in quantitative and analytical skills to assess the impact of the global economy on the economic value of the firm.
Module 2 - Leadership to Improve Organizational Performance (Spring)
This module focuses on how executives can maximize human potential for improving organizational performance. You develop a better understanding of your own leadership and decision-making styles, while continuing to develop your quantitative and analytical skills.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Summer)
Over the summer, students study innovation and entrepreneurship and take a one-week trip to Sacramento and Silicon Valley to meet with innovative companies and individuals who shape policies and decisions.
Module 3 - Strategy in the Global Business Environment (Fall)
This module expands your horizons beyond functional and internal topics to global approaches, presenting you with a variety of complex and interrelated issues.
Module 4 - Leadership and International Experience (Spring)
The international experience is the capstone of the program. It enhances your ability to apply human and capital resources to achieve a long-term competitive advantage for your organization. Particular emphasis is given to ethical conduct, integrity and socially-responsible action. In this module, students take a 10-day journey overseas to one or more major business centers to meet with business executives and gather findings for their final research projects.
Executive Leadership Retreat
Each August, the incoming EMBA class begins their 20-month journey together with an intensive four-day Executive Leadership Retreat. Students meet each other for the first time and by the end of the retreat, most feel like they’ve known each other for years. It’s during these four days when students set learning goals, form study teams and engage in a variety of workshops and team-building exercises. They also participate in a workshop with their spouse/significant other addressing the importance of achieving balance between family, work and school.
The Executive Leadership Retreat focuses on team-building and leadership development. These experiential learning exercises, which include everything from tossing a ball around to climbing a rock wall while blindfolded, are designed to build trust and confidence, enhance communication skills, boost creativity and find solutions to problems. They’re also used as a way to get students to step out of their comfort zones and break down personal barriers.
Teamwork is a central theme of the Executive Leadership Retreat and the LMU EMBA Program as a whole. The majority of courses and assignments are based on students’ ability to work together as a unified team, set common goals and resolve conflicts. Teams are a part of almost every organization and every function in an organization so it's essential that students fully understand the complex dynamics of a team.
Innovation + Entrepreneurship
Each summer, EMBA students study innovation and entrepreneurship and take a one-week trip to Sacramento and Silicon Valley to meet with innovative companies and individuals who shape policies and decisions. The main project in this course involves completing an analysis of a specific company and identifying how that company does (and does not) foster and support innovation.
Student teams investigate how organizations employ innovation, not focusing on a specific aspect of innovation. In other words, teams will not address the content of technology innovation or product innovation. Instead, their research will explore the processes that different companies use to employ innovation. Examples of the innovative process will include products, technology and organizational processes. Emphasis will be on the approach companies use to create and support the innovative process. Final reports present different ways the innovative process is employed, how innovation is encouraged (organization climate, incentivized, rewarded), examples of good and bad management processes, common threads across companies, and find-ings/conclusions that would have implication for managers and in their own companies.
Companies visited include Tesla, Oracle, Facebook, Genentech and Microsoft.
The LMU EMBA Program's strong international component broadens students' understanding of what it takes to be a leader in today's complex global business environment. In the final semester, students take a 10-day journey overseas to one or more major business centers to meet with business executives and gather findings for their final research projects. In recent years, EMBA classes have visited exciting destinations such as Cuba, Costa Rica, China, Singapore, India, Peru, Germany, South Korea, Russia, Thailand, Greece, Spain and South Africa. Students regularly cite the international experience as a highlight of the program.