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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, managers, and all lifelong learners to achieve their potential.

We offer certificates, noncredit workshops, and digital badges for individual learners as well as custom solutions for enterprise partners. 

Online Courses, Certificates, and Badges

Not every learner wants to earn a degree. Some are looking to upskill or reskill; others want to pursue noncredit courses as a first step toward earning more advanced credentials. We have the online learning expertise and infrastructure to serve these lifelong learners with professional and executive education. Our stackable options provide direct access to Gies online content and allow all learners to choose their point of entry and their path on the continuum, from skill development to degrees. This flexible, stackable structure makes a Gies education accessible for all lifelong learners.

Data Analytics and Visualization for Accounting Professionals

Data Analytics and Visualization for Accounting Professionals

Designed to help professionals develop an analytical mindset and prepare them to use data analytic programming languages like Python and R.

Skills iCademies

Skills iCademy: Business Analytics

The Business Analytics iCademy provides foundational and advanced resources to help ease the burden you face when learning data analytics.

Earn CPE Credits

CPE Credits

CPAs who are licensed in Illinois and any states who have reciprocal agreements are eligible to earn CPE credits with our courses.

Enterprise Partnership Programs

Our Enterprise Partners program offers employers the opportunity to advance their workforce through customized online and on-site educational experiences. For employees, the program helps accelerate their careers. For employers, it advances the organization. We invite you to partner with us to access customized, high-quality, and engaging content to cultivate your employees’ business skills. From information about the fundamentals of business to disruptive technologies, we provide the global workforce access to the highest quality, stackable, in-demand content.

"Developing the program with Gies as the partner was a very strong message of how serious we were about [internal promotion]."

Dr. James C. Leonard
MD President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
The Carle Foundation

Gies News and Events

Letting go and wishing well: The art of corporate divestiture

Nov 5, 2020, 13:17 PM by Aaron Bennett
Sandra Corredor explores connections between innovation and corporate and international strategies. In particular, she examines the role that divestitures play in technology management, as well as the impact of firms’ international engagement on their innovation approach.

Google did it with Waymo. eBay did it with PayPal. And in 1999, Hewlett-Packard did it with a small company called Agilent Technologies that has since become a $5-billion-dollar company in its own right. So why do some spin-offs become innovative engines while others fizzle and fail? According to Gies Teaching Assistant Professor Sandra Corredor, it largely comes down to one thing — how much the parent company is willing to let go.

“When a corporate parent divests one of its business units, they can do it in different ways,” said Corredor. “They could say, ‘OK, I’m not going to retain any ownership, but I am going to retain three seats on the board of directors of the spun-off company, or I’m going to sign a service agreement with the spin-off company and keep providing administrative services to them.’ These are ways in which corporate parents keep intervening in operations, and all of it affects the divested unit as a stand-alone company.” Much like helicopter parents in the real world, Corredor says over-involvement can stunt the growth of entrepreneurial offspring, creating limits and restrictions that prevent them from coming into their own.

Google is a good example of this phenomenon, because they’ve tried both paths. “They have had companies that they really let go, and then they have had companies that they keep really close. They keep some companies close because they think it can work for them and get some money, but often these companies perform worse.”

The students in Corredor’s class could one day have to make those kinds of decisions, which is why Corredor is excited to be teaching managing organizations and strategy in the iMBA program at Gies. If the halls look familiar to the new member of Gies’ specialized faculty, there’s a reason. Prior to teaching strategy at the University of Connecticut School of Business, Corredor completed her PhD at Illinois, making her new job a bit of a homecoming.

As a teaching assistant at Illinois, Corredor served as the iMBA faculty coordinator, which means she’s already familiar with the staff of the program, as well as its global impact. “The iMBA is allowing people to access education despite the multiple economic, personal, and political barriers they face. We had a student from a Middle Eastern country who wrote and said, ‘You know, if it weren’t for this program, I couldn’t have access to any education at all here in my country right now.’ That resonated with me,” said Corredor. “This is a mission. At Gies we are making high-quality education accessible to people who can’t afford to leave their job, their country, or even their house. Think about working parents. They can pursue their graduate degree and be ready to go back to the labor market. I am excited to contribute to this great mission.”

One of her main goals as she rejoins the program is to ensure that students get the framework they need to make good decisions. She also hopes to give them a broader perspective. “Not every company behaves like a US company, and we have many things to learn from companies all around the world,” said Corredor, who came to Illinois after earning a master’s in economics in her native Colombia. “I want to show my students a more diverse perspective. So, I bring examples of cases from Latin America, India, and China.”

In addition to the exceptional research opportunities available at Gies, Corredor says she’s excited about the opportunity to continue working with the outstanding faculty in the iMBA program and the opportunity to watch it grow. In just four years, the iMBA has grown from 114 to more than 3,800 students. “The U of I is home to me and I feel very fortunate to be part of the team.”