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Executive Education Residential & Online Programs Schedule

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 welcome you to join us for an upcoming course - residential or online. View our upcoming courses below:

Online Courses

This collection of high-level business courses addresses topics relevant to rising leaders, managers, and directors with an array of backgrounds. Courses include Strategic Leadership & Innovation, Marketing Management, Process Improvement, and Managerial Accounting.

Certificate in Business Management and Administration

Starts: December 5, 2019
Duration: 12 weeks, online, excluding orientation
Price: $1,700

Looking to improve your management skills to better lead teams, improve outcomes, and secure a brighter professional future? The Certificate in Business Management and Administration online program from Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois provides you with the chance to gain skills in strategic leadership and innovation, process improvement, marketing management, and managerial accounting. The flexibility of the program is ideal for working professionals looking to make the leap into a more successful future.

This program is delivered in collaboration with EMERITUS. Early applications are encouraged. Apply Now

Managerial Accounting

November 19, 2019 Course Launch | Online Only | Register for Course
Gary Hecht, Associate Professor of Accountancy and PwC Faculty Fellow
Price: $395

The purpose of this course is to provide an executive-level introduction and exploration of managerial accounting principles and applications, allowing learners to understand how managerial accounting complements other business disciplines to create value and achieve organizational goals. 

You'll learn in a fully-engaged online classroom with renowned faculty. This course is four weeks with 10-15 hours of self-paced coursework and 2-3 live sessions per course.

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Course Abstract/Overview

The focus of managerial accounting is providing key information to individuals and groups inside of the firm (e.g., owners, teams, managers, employees, etc.) to (1) facilitate and (2) influence business decisions. The course begins with an overview of managerial accounting, and then explores different methods of creating, maintaining, and presenting cost information, and how this information is used in a variety of decision-making scenarios. The course then shifts to the use of information to align (i.e., influence) managers’ and employees’ decisions with organizational goals, including its use in planning and budgeting, as well performance evaluation and compensation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the roles of managerial accounting in organizations
  • Identify and apply common approaches to business decision-making, and how the creation, presentation, and use of accounting information facilitates those decisions
  • Explore how organizations use budgeting and other planning tools to manage and allocate resources, as well as evaluate performance
  • Appreciate the variety of performance measures, and how organizations collectively organize and communicate information to facilitate and guide strategic decision-making

Register for Managerial Accounting
Enrollment closes December 1
Pre-launch Orientation Webinar: Tuesday, November 19 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)
Live Session 1: Tuesday, December 3 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)
Live Session 2: Tuesday, December 10 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)
Live Session 3: Tuesday, December 17 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)

Strategic Leadership & Innovation

2020 Dates Coming Soon | Online Only 
E. Geoffrey Love, Associate Professor of Business Administration
Price: $395

The purpose of this course is to enable leaders to be effective in a fast-paced business environment. This course focuses on building skills in two key areas: team leadership and adaptive organization design. It takes a unique approach in that it first covers fundamentals in each area, so it is useful in everyday leadership. The course also pushes further by exploring innovation situations that especially require teams and organizations to be adaptable and flexible. 

You'll learn in a fully-engaged online classroom with renowned faculty. This course is four weeks with 10-15 hours of self-paced coursework and 2-3 live sessions per course.

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Course Abstract/Overview

For team leadership, we begin with models of effective decision‐making and implementation through management of information and motivation. We push on into innovation by covering core team‐based approaches in new product development, and particularly emphasize the promise of "heavyweight" cross‐functional development teams.

For organization design we focus on the understanding sources of organizational effectiveness and how they can be achieved through different organizational designs. We push into innovation by exploring the challenges of simultaneously managing both established businesses and new businesses in nascent markets with new technologies. We examine the idea of organizational ambidexterity as a solution to these challenges and cover how managers can develop and lead an ambidextrous organization.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Learn key team leadership skills regarding information management, motivation, and inclusion, so as to enhance organizational flexibility and responsiveness
  • Recognize how teams are particularly useful in innovation contexts and learn team design and leadership skills that enable effective innovation management
  • Learn the critical dimensions of organization design and how to apply them effectively
  • Recognize how innovation initiatives require different organizational designs than established businesses and learn to design organizations that can do both effectively

Register for Strategic Leadership & Innovation
Enrollment closes August 15
Pre-launch Orientation Webinar: Tuesday, August 6 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)
Live Session 1: Tuesday, August 20 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)
Live Session 2: Tuesday, August 27 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)
Live Session 3: Tuesday, September 3 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)

Marketing Management

2020 Dates Coming Soon | Online Only | Register for Course
Hayden Noel, Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Price: $395

The purpose of this course is to provide an executive‐level introduction and exploration of marketing management principles and applications, allowing learners to understand how marketing complements other business disciplines to create value and achieve organizational goals.

You'll learn in a fully-engaged online classroom with renowned faculty. This course is four weeks with 10-15 hours of self-paced coursework and 2-3 live sessions per course.

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Course Abstract/Overview

In this course, you will learn how to create value for your customers. We will examine the process by which marketing builds on a thorough understanding of buyer behavior to create value. You will learn the major elements of the marketing mix ‐ product policy, channels of distribution, communication, and pricing ‐ and see how they fit within different analytical frameworks that will be useful to your business. This will enhance your understanding of how marketing is essential to your business.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define Marketing, understand its underlying rationale, and describe how it creates value
  • Use different analytical frameworks to examine how managers solve business problems
  • Describe the nature of branding and evaluate brand extensions
  • List all elements of the Marketing Mix and explain the role each element plays in creating value
  • Describe product strategy
  • Explain how price captures value
  • Evaluate the use of different channels of distribution by existing businesses
  • Critique advertising execution

Register for Marketing Management
Enrollment closes September 19
Pre-launch Orientation Webinar: Tuesday, September 10 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)
Live Session 1: Tuesday, September 24 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)
Live Session 2: Tuesday, October 1 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)
Live Session 3: Tuesday, October 8 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)

Process Improvement

2020 Dates Coming Soon | Online Only 
Gopesh Anand, Associate Professor of Business Administration
Price: $395

The purpose of this course is to provide an executive‐level introduction and exploration of process improvement principles and applications, enabling learners to see how process improvement complements other business disciplines to create value and achieve organizational goals.

You'll learn in a fully-engaged online classroom with renowned faculty. This course is four weeks with 10-15 hours of self-paced coursework and 2-3 live sessions per course.

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Course Abstract/Overview

This course provides the foundation for formulating a process management strategy that persistently focuses on value creation in organizations. The course has two parts, and we will use two popular process improvement frameworks – Lean and Six Sigma – as points of reference in both parts. In the first part, you will learn about the foundation of process improvement by studying the origins of Lean and Six Sigma. In the second part, you will learn how to deploy process improvement in your organization by assigning responsibilities and organizing project selection. Together, the two parts of this short course will prepare you to deploy process improvement in alignment with other functions of your organization. Careful deployment of process improvement ensures that it becomes part of day to day work and helps sustain a culture of continuous improvement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the common principles underlying popular process improvement initiatives
  • Understand the defining end‐goals of Lean and Six Sigma
  • Learn how to put in place a structure for continuous process improvement
  • Become familiar with techniques for connecting process improvement objectives to organizational strategy and individual responsibilities

Register for Process Improvement
Enrollment closes October 24
Pre-launch Orientation Webinar: Tuesday, October 15 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)
Live Session 1: Tuesday, October 29 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)
Live Session 2: November, 5 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)
Live Session 3: Tuesday, November 12 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CT)



Residential Programs

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. Upcoming residential programs are below:

Beyond the next BIG idea

2020 Date Coming Soon! If you are interested in this course, please let us know.
Program Cost: $2,900 (includes materials, breakfast and lunch)

Today’s companies need to innovate in order to survive and thrive. Experienced managers understand that turning an idea into a breakthrough product or service is a major challenge. In this course, award-winning faculty in marketing, leadership, and accountancy provide you with key tools to help you succeed:

  • Learn how customers respond to transformative ideas and how to overcome sources of resistance.
  • Explore how you can change the basis of competition or create a new business model around an innovation.
  • Expose the myth that innovation doesn’t fit with performance measurement and control tools, and explain how to instead link these effectively.
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Program Outline

Session 1: Consumer Centric Innovation Strategy

  • What is innovation? Why is it important? When and how does it become successful?
  • Understand consumers’ psychological resistance to innovation and how to manage innovation adoption.

Session 2: Strategic Innovation

  • Learn to analyze, develop, and design innovative products and services using a product configuration map, business model framework, and strategy canvas.
  • Develop tactics to assess whether innovations are likely to be disruptive or sustaining, and develop strategies to drive or respond to disruption.

Session 3: Organization Design for Innovation

  • What is the best organizational structure for established businesses who wish to encourage innovation?
  • Explore the differences and advantages of cross functional teams and autonomous small units.
  • Learn the four key ways to promote corporate entrepreneurship.

Session 4: Control Systems & Performance Management

  • Understand challenges organizations face when designing performance management and control systems related to innovation.
  • Learn a framework that highlights key components of performance management to help analyze the effectiveness of creativity and innovation efforts.

Who Should Attend

This program will benefit mid- to senior-level executives who are invested in impacting their organizations’ innovation strategy and capabilities. Participants will most often be those who have an impact on, or influence over, their company’s or business unit’s innovation activities.

Sample Schedule

Thursday, August 15, 2019

  • 8:30 - 9:00am: Breakfast, check-in
  • 9:00 - 12:15pm: Session 1
  • 12:15 - 1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 - 4:15pm: Session 2
  • 4:15 - 4:30pm: Synthesis, assignments, day 2 preview

Friday, August 16, 2019

  • 8:30 - 9:00am: Breakfast, check-in
  • 9:00 - 12:15pm: Session 3
  • 12:15 - 1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 - 4:15pm: Session 4
  • 4:15 - 4:30pm: Synthesis, wrap-up

Program Fee

$2,900 - The program fee includes tuition, materials, and breakfast and lunch each day.

Discounts are available for Gies Business alumni and partner organizations. Group discounts may also be available.

Any questions, please contact Amanda Brantner – amandab@illinois.edu or 217/244.8497.

Faculty

E. Geoffrey Love
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

Professor Love earned his PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Graduate School of Business. His teaching focus includes organizational behavior, managing innovation, organizational change, leadership, and entrepreneurial management.

Ravi Mehta
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

Professor Mehta earned his PhD from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from York University in Toronto, Canada. His research and teaching interests include creativity and innovation, new product development and marketing, consumer creativity, and consumer welfare and empowerment.

Michael Williamson
A.C. Littleton Professor of Accountancy
Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

Professor Williamson earned an MBA and PhD from Indiana University and holds a Master of Information Systems, Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. His research explores the impact of performance evaluation and reward system design on employee productivity, risk taking, creativity, and other innovative activities.

Protecting Your Company’s Reputation

2020 Date Coming Soon! If you are interested in this course, please let us know.
Program Cost: $2,500 (includes materials, breakfast and lunch)

In this course, students will learn how to develop strategies to protect a company’s brands from internal and external threats to their reputation. At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Prepare for and manage a crisis emerging from an ethical issue or a product/service failure
  • Develop a set of brand guidelines
  • Mitigate the risk of brand dilution
  • Understand the fundamentals of brand architecture to avoid confusing product extensions
  • Design a strategy for trademark registration and enforcement
  • Create a robust social media policy
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Program Outline

Session 1: Threats to a Company’s Reputation: Internal and external sources of dilution

Session 2: Managing brand architecture

Session 3: Trademark registration and enforcement & developing branding guidelines

Session 4: Managing brand crises & social media policies

Who Should Attend

This course will be relevant for executives responsible for protecting a company’s brand reputation. This includes those in Marketing, Customer Service, and Public Relation functions.

Sample Schedule

DAY 1   
9 – 9:15 am: Breakfast, check-in
9:15 am – 12:30 pm: Session 1
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 – 4:45 pm: Session 2
4:45 – 5 pm: Synthesis, assignments, day 2 preview

DAY 2   
9 – 9:15 am: Breakfast, check-in
9:15 am – 12:30 pm: Session 3
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 – 4:45 pm: Session 4
4:45 – 5 pm: Synthesis, wrap-up

Program Fee

$2,500 - The program fee includes tuition, materials, and breakfast and lunch each day. Discounts are available for Gies Business alumni and partner organizations. Group discounts may also be available.

To enroll or learn more, contact Amanda Brantner at amandab@illinois.edu or 217-244-8497.

Faculty

Carlos J. Torelli
Professor of Marketing
Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

Professor Torelli teaches brand management and international management for undergraduate, graduate, and executive education programs at Gies College of Business. His research specialties include global branding, the social psychology of power, cross-cultural consumer behavior, self-regulation, and persuasion. He is the author of Strategic Brand Management: Lessons for Winning Brands in Globalized Markets. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Andres Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela; a master’s degree in business engineering from Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela; an MBA from Marquette University; and a PhD from the University of Illinois.

 

Do you have additional questions about the program? Contact our team today!

Financial Information for Non-Financial Leaders

2020 Date Coming Soon! If you are interested in this course, please let us know.
Program Cost: $3,500 (includes materials, breakfast and lunch)

This course provides you with a basic understanding of the financial reporting process. Although the course principally concentrates on the production of financial statements, the main aim is to teach you how to analyze and interpret a set of complex financial statements in different contexts. In addition, this course will equip you to extract useful information from accounting data to make informed decisions, an important skill for your professional career.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand what accounting information is and how it is used by different capital market participants 
  • Record financial information in accounting language and produce main financial statements
  • Appreciate fundamental accounting concepts and revenue recognition criteria in preparing financial statements
  • Conduct the accounting for short-term assets with a particular focus on accounts receivables and inventories
  • Account for fixed assets
  • Understand accounting for liabilities
  • Evaluate shareholders’ equity section of a balance sheet
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Program Outline

Session 1: Introduction to Financial Accounting

  • Understand what accounting information is
  • Identify various users of accounting information and the type of information they need
  • Identify main financial statements, type of information each provides, and how they are related to each other

Session 2: Recording Transactions and Financial Statement Preparation

  • Identify the logic behind recording financial transactions
  • Record various financial transactions in accounting language
  • Trace the link between main financial statements and recorded financial transactions
  • Differentiate between accrual and cash accounting

Session 3: Fundamental Accounting Concepts and Revenue Recognition

  • Identify fundamental accounting concepts
  • Differentiate between accruals and deferrals
  • Appreciate the importance of conservatism principle
  • Apply revenue recognition criteria on various financial transactions

Session 4: Assets

  • Appreciate how cash discounts, sales returns, and bad debts impact valuation of accounts receivables
  • Value and calculate impairment of inventories
  • Apply asset recognition criteria
  • Understand which costs to capitalize for fixed assets
  • Calculate depreciation expense and account for it
  • Calculate gains/losses for asset disposals

Session 5: Liabilities

  • Apply liability recognition criteria
  • Value liabilities
  • Differentiate between short- and long-term liabilities
  • Account for short-term liabilities
  • Know special features of bonds
  • Account for bonds at issuance, after issuance, and at maturity

Session 6: Shareholders’ equity

  • Know three factors that can change shareholders’ equity
  • Appreciate the importance of common shares
  • Account for share issuance
  • Account for dividend payments
  • Account for share repurchases

Who Should Attend

This course will be relevant for mid- to senior-level executives from a variety of functional areas, including technical backgrounds seeking to improve their comfort with financial information, analysis, and decision-making.

Sample Schedule

DAY 1   

  • 9 – 9:15 am: Breakfast, check-in
  • 9:15 am – 12:30 pm: Session 1
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 – 4:45 pm: Session 2
  • 4:45 – 5 pm: Synthesis, assignments, day 2 preview

DAY 2   

  • 9 – 9:15 am: Breakfast, check-in
  • 9:15 am – 12:30 pm: Session 3
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 – 4:45 pm: Session 4
  • 4:45 – 5 pm: Synthesis, assignments, day 2 preview

DAY 3

  • 9 – 9:15 am: Breakfast, check-in
  • 9:15 am – 12:30 pm: Session 5
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 – 4:45 pm: Session 6
  • 4:45 – 5 pm: Synthesis and wrap-up

Program Fee

$3,500 - The program fee includes tuition, materials, and breakfast and lunch each day. Discounts are available for Gies Business alumni and partner organizations. Group discounts may also be available.

Any questions, please contact Amanda Brantner at amandab@illinois.edu or 217-244-8497.

Faculty

Oktay Urcan
Associate Professor of Accountancy and Fred & Virginia Roedgers Faculty Fellow in Accountancy Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professor Urcan received his bachelor’s degree from Bogazici University, Turkey, and his PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to joining the Gies Business faculty in 2014, Professor Urcan was on the faculty at the London Business School. His research interests focus primarily on the debt market relevance of accounting information, macro-accounting, and accounting disclosures. 



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Can luxury brands also be socially conscious?

Luxury brands are struggling to successfully incorporate corporate social responsibility (CSR) into their brand platform. Now for the first time, Gies professor Carlos Torelli is proposing a solution that could help the world’s most luxurious brands join the CSR movement.