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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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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

Study: In legal disputes with auditors, settlements are good for lawyers’ business

Mar 17, 2020, 09:05 AM by Aaron Bennett
Experts estimate as many as 95-99% of audit legal disputes end in a settlement, and new research suggests the reasons for that high number may be simply self-preservation for the attorneys and risk aversion for audit firms.

Experts estimate as many as 95-99% of audit legal disputes end in a settlement, and new research suggests the reasons for that high number may be simply self-preservation for the attorneys and risk aversion for audit firms. In their paper, “The Settlement Norm in Audit Legal Disputes: Insights from Prominent Attorneys,” Gies College of Business professor Mark Peecher and a team of researchers interviewed 27 attorneys experienced in audit litigation and uncovered some key insights that could shed new light on the legal landscape of the audit profession.

Mark Peecher 16“Settlements occur with so much frequency in part because it’s really good for business for the lawyers,” said Peecher, the Deloitte Professor of Accountancy at Gies Business. “What the lawyers end up doing is they try to create a situation where they can tell both sides that they won, whereas if you go to a jury trial there’s a clear loser.”

One contributing factor to the settlement norm is that many settlements are invisible to the public, avoiding any reputational damage for the audit firm. Oftentimes attorneys are able to settle without any legal filings, which also reduces legal costs for plaintiffs and defendants.

Attorneys also manage their risks, including the risk of reputational loss, by settling based on their expectations of trial verdicts. By nature, however, a jury trial can be unpredictable and extremely costly for both sides. Researchers say an audit legal dispute is also a rare case in which a jury trial is not a trial of one’s peers. CPAs or experienced accountants are more likely to be kicked off the jury, adding to the unpredictability of a trial verdict.

“There is such a small sliver of disputes that ever go to trial, yet we found attorneys repeatedly telling their clients ‘You don’t want this to go to trial because juries are volatile,’” said Peecher. “The narrative that lawyers maintain is that juries are highly unpredictable.”

“Jurors typically are only asked to decide the most abnormal claims, which by their nature, are likely to produce a wide range of unpredictable judgments, and thus the cycle continues,” added co-author Andrew Reffett, who earned his PhD at Gies and is currently the Department of Accountancy Chair at Miami University. “Though still an open question, it is possible that if jurors were asked to decide the more ‘normal’ claims, their judgments would be significantly more predictable.”

Peecher believes these new insights can help both defendants and plaintiffs argue a better case and possibly rethink if and when to settle. Evidence suggests that if more audit legal disputes are taken to trial, jury verdicts would become less volatile and therefore less risky. It’s a difficult proposition for an industry that already spends an inordinate amount of its resources on legal costs.

“On one hand, some say litigation is such a huge dark cloud that could be existentially threatening to these audit firms,” said Peecher. “On the other hand, you see evidence that on a day-to-day level, auditors are less worried about being sued, and more worried about what regulators are going to say about their particular audit. Once it’s a lawsuit, it’s out of the auditors’ jurisdiction. The lawyers parachute in, and it just becomes the cost of doing business. And that cost can be extremely high.”