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Our commitment to developing and providing transformative educational experiences does not stop with a degree. The changing world of business requires leaders who continually evolve to meet new challenges. Professional and Executive Education at Gies College of Business provides continuing education that empowers senior executives and high performing managers to achieve their potential.

We offer courses for individual learners through our online courses and our traditional classroom-style residential courses. For corporations, faculty experts build custom learning experiences to meet the needs of employees. 

Online Courses for Individual Learners

Our collection of high-level online business courses addresses topics relevant to rising leaders, managers, and directors with an array of backgrounds. Complete these courses at your own pace. Learn in a fully-engaged online classroom, where collaboration with renowned faculty and eager colleagues returns leaders to their organization with a renewed sense of purpose. Each course lasts three weeks with 10-15 hours of self-paced coursework and three live sessions per course. You can register for courses individually or the entire four-course collection.


Certificate in Business Management and Administration

MBA Essentials
August 6, 2020 Course Launch

Gain skills in strategic leadership and innovation, process improvement, marketing management, and managerial accounting.

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Principles of Managerial Accounting
2020 Dates Coming Soon

This course is an executive-level introduction and exploration of managerial accounting principles and applications.

Highlights Process Management

Strategic Leadership & Innovation
2020 Dates Coming Soon

This course builds skills in team leadership and adaptive organizational design to enhance leaders’ effectiveness in a fast-moving business world.

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Principles of Marketing
2020 Dates Coming Soon

This course explores the principles of marketing management and how it complements other business disciplines to create value.

Process Improvement

Operations Management
2020 Dates Coming Soon

This course will prepare you to deploy process improvement strategies in alignment with other functions of your organization.

Residential Programs for Individual Learners

Learn the content that is driving innovation in today's business world in a traditional classroom setting. Our residential programs are available to all individual learners and held across the Midwest. If you are interested in a residential program, please view our list of upcoming courses

Customized programs for your organization

We specialize in custom engagement that addresses your specific business challenges. A program director works with you, your organization, and our renowned team to access course modules that meet your needs. Our team can even provide specialized content to enhance your existing in-house talent programs. These programs focus on a number of areas, including:

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Business Ethics

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Business Model Innovation 

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Innovation Management

Invest in your team with custom courses taught by faculty experts

Our courses are taught by the same Gies College of Business faculty who teach in our top-ranked degree programs. These faculty members represent a diverse collection of backgrounds that includes significant experience as practitioners, leading researchers, and renowned teachers. They have the knowledge and expertise relevant to today’s business leaders.

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Associate Professor of Accountancy & PwC Faculty Fellow

Associate Professor of Business Administration, Bruce and Anne Strohm Faculty Fellow

Associate Professor of Accountancy and Fred & Virginia Roedgers Faculty Fellow in Accountancy

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Professor of Business Administration and A Robert & Helen P Fellowship

Professor of Accountancy and Associate Head and A.C. Littleton Professor of Accountancy

Associate Professor of Business Administration

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Carlos Torelli

"Our innovation and expertise in the delivery of education via a high-engagement online classroom provides an ideal learning environment. This experience transcends geography and busy schedules, so professional learners gain knowledge to support their continued success."

Carlos Torelli, Executive Director, Professional and Executive Education

Gies News and Events

Facebook rebrand "very risky move," says Gies expert

Nov 6, 2019, 10:27 AM by Aaron Bennett
Global social media giant Facebook recently unveiled a rebrand - aimed at more clearly bringing its other services under the Facebook umbrella - a risky move according to a Gies expert on global brands.

Global social media giant Facebook recently unveiled a rebrand, aimed at further distinguishing the parent company from its popular app and more clearly bringing its other services under the Facebook umbrella. The new look includes a new wordmark and color scheme as well as a fresh, softer message highlighting the ways the social media behemoth can bring communities together. Part of this repositioning includes adding “from Facebook” to the company’s other apps, like Instagram and WhatsApp. It’s a move that, while well-intentioned, could backfire, according to an expert on global brand management.

Torelli_Carlos“I don’t see a lot of upside to be honest,” said Carlos Torelli, professor of business administration at Gies College of Business. “This is a very risky move.”

Torelli believes Facebook, which encompasses other services like Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, may be trying to capitalize on the popularity of those other apps while Facebook itself is embroiled in political controversy. “Instagram and WhatsApp don’t come with the negative baggage that Facebook has,” Torelli added. “I think Facebook may be trying to absorb that goodwill in hopes that it can rub off on the parent company, but it could just as easily be a detriment to Instagram and WhatsApp.”

The brand change comes as Facebook faces increased scrutiny from politicians and consumer advocates, many of whom are pushing the government to break Facebook up into smaller pieces. Whether in response to that criticism or by coincidence, Facebook is now emphasizing all the ways it can unite communities. Facebook’s Chief Marketing Officer Antonio Lucio wrote that Facebook will “continue to be inspired by the communities and people who use our products every day.”

“Facebook has developed a reputation as a platform that divides communities, politically and socially,” Torelli said. “It’s all well and good that Facebook is now positioning itself as a company that unites communities, but they’re going to have to prove it. The world will be watching closely to see if they actually take action to support this new stance.”

As part of the rebrand, Facebook also introduced a new wordmark, which using a different typography and color scheme than its traditional app. The new wordmark uses all capital letters, and it can also change colors to represent the different services the company provides and to fit in with the color scheme of the supporting imagery.

Facebook says three “foundational design behaviors” informed their brand system. The first is Clarity, conveying a brand that simplifies and builds understanding. Second is Empathy, which is respectful of context and environment. Finally, Creating Space, meaning a design that supports people and their stories.

“If they’re doing this to appease regulators and improve transparency, I’m not sure this is the best way to do it,” said Torelli. In his opinion, Facebook would have been better off creating a separate parent company, like Google did when it created Alphabet. “Facebook still carries with it such incredible negative sentiment. Now they’re just spreading it by letting everyone know they own all these other apps. What’s the benefit? I think this can only hurt the rest of their portfolio.”