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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.

Highlights Managerial Accounting

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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Contact us today to learn about our online, in-person, and customized programs for professionals and executives.

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

Topic analysis a strong predictor of financial misreporting

Nov 25, 2019, 08:54 AM by Aaron Bennett
In attempting to predict financial misreporting, what firms are saying may be more important than how they’re saying it, according to new research from three Gies College of Business scholars.

In attempting to predict financial misreporting, what firms are saying may be more important than how they’re saying it, according to new research from three Gies College of Business scholars. In their paper “What are you saying? Using topic to detect financial misreporting,” professors Nerissa Brown and Brooke Elliott, along with Gies alumnus and Singapore Management University professor Richard Crowley (PhD ’12), show that the amount of time companies spend talking about topics like changes in financial performance, complex business transactions, financing activities, and risk factors can be a reliable predictor of intentional misreporting.

nerissabThe researchers analyzed more than 3 billion words of text from 10-K filings issued from 1994-2012. They used machine learning to detect which topics were discussed most often by management and how reliably those topics predicted intentional misreporting. The study, which will be published in the Journal of Accounting Research, found that this topic analysis improved fraud prediction by as much as 59% in certain samples.

“We find that misreporting firms spend more time discussing increases in financial performance and certain business activities that have been linked to aggressive accounting such as raising new capital and acquiring a new business. On the flip side, misreporting firms spend much less time talking about risk factors, cost commitments, and taking on new loans,” said Brown, associate professor of accountancy at Gies Business.

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To illustrate the practical significance of their results, researchers applied their algorithm to the Enron accounting scandal. In analyzing Enron’s 10-K from 1999, the model classified the ill-fated company’s filing as misstated “based on a prediction score than ranks in the 93rd percentile.” The major red flags in the Enron case were firm size (large firms are more likely to attract scrutiny) and the proportion of the 10-K filing devoted to the firm’s boom in profitability.

“Regulators are starting to incorporate much more textual analysis, and this researchhelps validate that process,” said Elliott, head of the Department of Accountancy at Gies. “We’re not saying topic can replace the need to analyze hard financial metrics or softer indicators of performance like linguistics, style, and tone, but when combined with these existing measures, we’re able to predict financial reporting with much greater accuracy.”

These results could have major implications for managers and regulators worldwide by showing how topic analysis can be used to detect high-risk accounting practices. If investors are able to estimate a firm’s risk of engaging in misreporting, they can include that risk in their valuation. This could help investors protect themselves from potentially catastrophic losses.

“With topic analysis, we are able to detect close to 30 frauds that were not detected by traditional measures, said Brown. “It’s estimated that investors suffer losses to the tune of $900 million for every fraud that goes undetected. So our ability to flag 30 extra frauds is striking when we think of the loss savings.”