GM/DeVos Graduate School EXECUTIVE MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
For those tracking on an executive leadership path, Northwood University's DeVos Graduate School offers a rigorous Master of Business Administration (MBA) program for executives in the automotive industry. Coursework for the MBA program begins early 2015. The fully accredited 30-month program will include a customized automotive curriculum and interactive, case-based learning from the industry's most prominent leaders. The cohort-based curriculum is being developed to meet the needs of those GM retail and field employees with significant professional work experience; providing learners the additional knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary to advance in their professional development.
While customized specific to the learner, the Executive MBA degree concentrates on a core curriculum of:
- Satisfying Customers
- Managerial Economics
- Business Process and Operations
- Sales and Marketing
- Managerial Finance
- Critical Thinking
This is intensive executive-level program designed to provide an advanced curriculum in strategic, analytical, and operational automotive retailing.
The program is designed for those who have:
- An undergraduate degree
- Advanced and significant automotive experience
- A desire for deeper enrichment for professional development and executive leadership
MBA Course Descriptions
MBA 612 - LEADERSHIP I: Human Behavior (3 credits)
This course is designed to help the student develop the capabilities to observe and affect individual and group behavior within an organizational setting. Specifically, the course will address motivation and commitment, gender and generational differences, interpersonal communication, managing expectations, and emotional intelligence. The student will learn to understand self as well as others toward the goal of effectively managing relationships with a wide range of people in an organizational setting.
MBA 614 - LEADERSHIP II: Managing and Leading People (3 credits)
The focus of this course is on the behaviors of effective leaders. Specifically, the course will address the ideas of leadership versus management, transitions into leadership roles, power and influence, and contemporary practices in management and leadership that affect individual behavior in order to improve organizational performance. Additionally, several challenges of managing the corporation are also addressed, including change management, ethical decision making, and managing conflict in the workplace.
MBA 622 - CRITICAL THINKING, REASONING & ANALYSIS I: Fundamental Concepts & Approaches to Decision Making (3 credits)
This course is designed to raise the critical thinking skills of the student. Emphasis is placed on developing the skills to identify problems, evaluate alternative actions, and to justify and defend decisions. The goal is for each student to develop the ability to apply thinking and reasoning skills to business decisions and to develop the skills to influence others.
MBA 624 - CRITICAL THINKING, REASONING & ANALYSIS II: Process Improvement for Managers (3 credits)
This course exposes the student to problem-solving philosophies including Lean Thinking, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints. The module includes several team-based, business simulations and exercises where students are given the opportunity to implement their problem-solving and critical thinking learnings in a dynamic and complex business environment.
MBA 632 - MEASUREMENT I: Financial Reporting (3 credits)
This course focuses on developing the student's ability to read and interpret reported financial information through deliberate review of accounting fundamentals, application of accounting principles, and evaluation of accounting rules. Students will consider accounting information for the purpose of decision making and will consider what financial information measures and what it can or cannot reveal. Additionally, students will explore principles of internal control, external auditing, and corporate fraud for the purpose of developing an understanding that reading and interpreting reported financial information is valuable only when data, reporting, and assumptions are true and valid.
MBA 634 - MEASUREMENT II: Corporate Financial Decision Making (3 credits)
In this course, students will review tools used to measure and review internal performance for the purpose of effective managerial decision making. These tools include: budget development, budget performance review, time-value of money, and discounted cash flow. Specific emphasis is also placed on the role of effective corporate governance in ensuring the availability of information for decision making and the appropriate use of that information.
MBA 644 - EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT: Global Markets, Policy and Regulation (3 credits)
Building on the overarching principle that management decisions and actions are impacted by conditions in which a manager is operating, this course focuses on the macro setting external to the firm. In addition to the traditional economic focus of macroeconomics, regulation, international trade and finance, and public policy issues, the module incorporates a study of the definition, scope, and dimensions of national culture. Throughout the module, emphasis is on integrating an understanding of how the external environment sets the context for leadership, strategy, and managerial effectiveness.
MBA 652 - SATISFYING CUSTOMERS I: Strategy & Marketing Perspective (3 credits)
The focus of this course is on achieving sustainable strategic differentiation at the line-of-business level. This requires the simultaneous evaluation and management of the organization's internal (processes, structures, resources) and external (competitors, suppliers, other stakeholders) environment in an effort to satisfy the selected primary customer needs that guide the business strategy. A methodology that systematically aligns the customer needs, internal measurable outcomes, and operational activities is employed.
MBA 654 - SATISFYING CUSTOMERS II: Strategy & Marketing Practicum (3 credits)
Building on Satisfying Customers I, the focus of this course is on achieving sustainable marketing differentiation by managing the marketing function within the organization. Areas to be investigated include: internal/external assessment (customers, competitors, collaborators, company, context), creating value (market segmentation, target market, positioning), and managing the marketing mix (product, place, price, promotion) to capture and sustain value for the firm.
MBA 664 GM - GM CORPORATE & ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY (3 credits)
Using GM strategy as a foundation, this course develops the student's ability to anticipate, evaluate, and respond to shareholder expectations. Skills to satisfy shareholders include: articulating vision, choosing boundaries and lines-ofbusiness, and identifying and managing capabilities/resources across multiple lines-of-business. The integration of the concepts of free cash flow projection and company valuation explores how strategy drives these measures, which in turn drive value back to the shareholder.
MBA 676 - INTEGRATION & IMPLEMENTATION: Critical Case Applications (3 credits)
This course focuses on the development of the student's ability to synthesize, integrate, and implement concepts and skills across the spectrum of managerial and leadership roles and responsibilities, incorporating learning from all prior MBA courses. The course content is centered upon the in-depth preparation of cases for cohort-based discussion and written submission, with emphasis on developing plans for the implementation and control of decisions in an ambiguous context. Ultimately, the course engages the student to reflect on their DeVos experience, learnings, and personal transformation and envision how this integration results in the wisdom to acknowledge and change the way he or she sees and deals with the complex business world and opportunities presented by it.
MBA 679 - MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP CAPSTONE (3 credits)
The five-day capstone learning event provides the opportunity for students to integrate and apply all of the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their MBA program. Students will be able to see how they perform in a fast-paced, quickchanging business environment where they make true to life decisions and quickly see the results for those decisions. A comprehensive balanced scorecard measurement system is used so that students can see and understand the strong intended and unintended interplay of their actions among the various functional areas. Students will be placed in teams of approximately 15 members with each member taking on a specific role. This course brings students from all DeVos programs and locations together for an opportunity to learn and work with one another in this complex and dynamic business simulation.
MBA 699 GM - EXECUTIVE CAPSTONE PROJECT (Independent Study) (6 credits)
Working with a faculty sponsor, students will find and fix a critical business problem or opportunity that exists in their current organization. The problem or opportunity must be one that is inter-functional in nature, and extend beyond the student's immediate horizontal and vertical responsibility. This course is an individualized tutorial between a student and a designated faculty member. The capstone project must be approved by a supervisor two levels above that which the student reports to as well as a DeVos Graduate School faculty advisor. The final project must demonstrate a minimum EBIT benefit of $50,000 and should be designed into the project scope.
MBA Fast Facts
PROGRAM START: January 12, 2015
PROGRAM COMPLETION: April 2017
- 30-months & 36 credit hours
- Hybrid delivery format with week-long onsite residencies near the middle of each semester - (Online engagement in the Virtual Classroom prior to and after live face-to-face meetings)
- Fully accredited MBA Program
- Interactive case-study learning
- Immediate application to workplace
- Participation in system-wide MBA simulation event
THE GM/DEVOS MBA DIFFERENCE:
- Exclusive interaction, collaboration & team-teaching with leaders from GM
- Students from GM family will learn from each other & share best practices
- Automotive-specific cases & readings (approximately 20% of curriculum)
- Individual capstone project creating an estimated $50,000 EBITDA savings
- Leading automotive-industry guest speakers
US $33,168* (includes tuition and course materials).
* Additional fees and services of US $7,500 apply. Additional fees and services include but are not limited to lodging, select meals, and other special events throughout the duration of the program.
Federal graduate loans will be available for those who qualify.
|Spring I||Jan 12-May 10, 2015 (Virtual Classroom)
Feb 9-14, 2015
(Onsite - Troy, MI)
|MBA 612 Human Behavior in Organizations
MBA 622 Critical Thinking & Decision Making
|Summer I||May 26 - Aug 2, 2015 (Virtual Classroom)
Jun 15-19, 2015
(Onsite - Troy, MI)
|MBA 632 Financial Reporting|
|Fall I||Aug 24 - Dec 20, 2015
Oct. 12-17, 2015
(Onsite - Troy, MI)
|MBA 644 Global Marketing, Policy & Regulation
MBA 652 Competitive Strategy & Marketing
|Spring II||Jan 11 - May 8, 2016
Feb 8-13, 2016
(Onsite - Troy, MI)
|MBA 634 Corporate Financial Decision Making
MBA 614 Managing & Leading People
|Summer II||May 23 - Jul 31, 2016
Jul 24-29, 2016
(Onsite - Midland, MI)
|MBA 679 Management & Leadership Simulation|
|Fall II||Aug 22 - Dec 18, 2016
Oct. 10-15, 2016
(Onsite - Troy, MI)
|MBA 664 GM Corporate & Organizational Strategy
MBA 624 Dealership Process Improvement & Analysis
|Spring III||Online||MBA 699 Dealership Capstone Project (Individual)|
"Choosing the Northwood University DeVos MBA was one of the most rewarding decisions in my life. The supportive environment of the Northwood faculty and staff was second to none. The classes were challenging, but the engagement of my cohort created an environment that allowed me to flourish. Not only did our cohort have the opportunity to study the complexities of the global marketplace but I learned key insights beyond the automotive industry related to freedom, responsibility, and leadership.
I would recommend the Northwood University DeVos MBA to any of my GM Family considering an MBA. The reflection involved in my experience at Northwood was one of the factors leading to my decision to lead in this industry by teaching. I have valued my time in the retail (Art Moran Pontiac-GMC) and wholesale (GM) side of the business, but the investment in a Northwood MBA has been a highlight of my automotive career."
Elgie Bright, MBA 2010
GM District Service Manager
"In the automobile industry we are constantly managing to meet goals; monthly, quarterly, annually. It's so easy to get into a routine, our worse, into a rut.
Northwood University's DeVos Executive MBA program puts you in a place where you can objectively assess your management style and practices, measuring them against proven concepts and principles, giving you the tools to effect positive change in your organization.
The cohort format used in the Executive MBA program groups you with industry specific professionals that are motivated and driven to learn. Throughout your MBA program you'll find that the conversations and debates with your cohort members will be as valuable as the coursework itself. The relationships formed, and the networks created, will last a lifetime.
The Northwood University DeVos Executive MBA Program helped me to grow as a person and leader while enhancing my skills to grow my dealerships bottom line...I highly recommend the program."
Walters Elkland Chevrolet