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MBA Essentials for Managers

Become an efficient manager, leader, and decision-maker.

9 evening sessions
Dates: November 1 - November 28, 2016
Location: Rotman School of Management, Toronto, Ontario
Participant profile: mid- to senior-level professionals and managers
Fee: $3,500 CAD + HST
Applications are now being accepted. Apply today!

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MBA Essentials for Managers is a series of nine evening sessions that will introduce you to the study areas at the heart of the Rotman Executive MBA Program. The sessions are led by a selection of Rotman’s world-class faculty members, who offer an academic perspective that is complemented by their experience as consultants, managers and expert advisors to some of the world’s most successful corporations. Collectively, they offer insight into diverse fundamental business areas that are at the core of business decisions. At the end of the program, participants come away with an enhanced awareness of essential management issues, which helps them become more effective leaders, managers and decision makers.

Program Details

Law and Ethics with Richard Powers    
Businesses operate within a complex environment of legal, ethical and governance related issues. This session focuses on the role that managers have in not only recognizing these issues, but also in resolving them effectively and efficiently. Ethical behaviour starts with management and an organization built on sound ethical principles serves as a benchmark by which all stakeholder groups will be measured. Through “active” case analysis we will examine legal and ethical decision-making and its connection to the principles of good governance.

Persuasion and Decision Making with John Oesch 
Knowing the "right thing to do" is one of our tasks as business leaders, but another is knowing how to persuade others to agree with us. No matter how strong our analysis or our convictions, without the help of clients, colleagues, managers and boards of directors we cannot embark on the types of projects that we believe will make our companies great. This session will examine several tested principles of a social psychological approach to persuasion that can improve your chances of winning over key stakeholders.

Business Problem Solving with Scott Rutherford
The most vexing and valuable problems for managers to solve are the ones that are not yet problems. They feel more like predicaments - challenges that seem to be just the nature of the situation. Common 'predicaments' faced by managers are complexity, uncertainty, lack of accountability, need for creativity, desire for growth, etc...

In this interactive and participative session, we will discuss how to recognize the opportunity in such predicaments, how to tame an unwieldy predicament into an addressable problem, and how to actually approach such a problem. 

Marketing Fundamentals with Simon Ashbourne
Marketing is about understanding consumers and/or customers, identifying their needs and marshalling the organization's resources to meet them more effectively than the competition. In this session we will discuss the critical importance of marketing in business as well as the challenges in "getting it right". By analyzing real-life case studies that illustrate marketing issues, we will identify concepts and tools that increase our chances of being an effective marketer. Participants will be asked to share their own experiences in this interactive session.

Hypercompetition and Entrepreneurial Advantage with Christopher Liu
Under what conditions might firms engage in "hyper-competition”? And how might entrepreneurs exploit these circumstances to create competitive advantage? We will answer these two popular and important strategy question through the lens of Apple Inc. We will explore the implications for firm level strategy decisions in a variety of industry settings.

Negotiating for Success with Glen Whyte
Negotiation is the process by which we accomplish some of life's most important tasks, including making decisions, resolving disputes, allocating resources, solving problems, and making deals. This program has three main objectives: to discuss and apply theories that you may find helpful in improving your negotiation skills; to sharpen your skills by having you engage in realistic mock negotiations with other students; and to help you feel more comfortable and confident with the negotiation process. Learning will be hands-on and relevant to the broad spectrum of bargaining problems that managers typically face.

Emancipatory Leadership with Nouman Ashraf
To reflect the evolving nature of corporate culture, the ability to effectively navigate differences within and across the organizational matrix is key. Such differences are not simply defined by gender, race, culture, religion etc. but also by disparate ways of learning, creating new ideas and formulating new worldviews. This interactive session will examine approaches to understanding diversity at various levels of the organization.

Leading in Times of Change with Geoffrey Leonardelli
This session is focused on the work that leaders do, the work that results in groups and individuals acting together to achieve something that they would otherwise not achieve.  The basic proposition is that leadership is thoughtful work – more thoughtful than any other work that managers and executives do. The entire session is interactive: accepted leadership concepts are interspersed with case discussion, a team exercise, and full class discussion.

Finance: The Currency of Corporate Decision Making with Alexandra MacKay
Corporate Finance is thought of as the currency of corporate decision making, and is referred to as "leadership with teeth", since so many decisions involve money. We will examine Corporate Finance by breaking it down three central questions: In what should the firm invest? Where should the firm get the funds for those investments? How can the firm best manage its working capital? This session explores the critical highlights from each of these questions, tying them together and delivering valuable insights for you about your decision making.

This program has been approved for 23 continuing professional development hours under section A of the Continuing Professional Development log of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA™).


Who Should Attend

Mid- to senior-level professionals and managers with at least 5 years of work experience, including 3 or more years at the management level. Professionals typically register in MBA Essentials to:

  • become more familiar with management terms and practices
  • broaden their understanding of how the functional areas within a business interrelate
  • understand some of the core concepts covered in the Rotman MBA programs
  • fulfill required continuing education credits
  • diversify and grow their professional network

What Participants are Saying

The program provided real time insight into corporate practices and competitive strategies, and the legal arena within which they exist. It gave me an edge in my business dealings.

George, Vice-President, Claims

The best part of this program was the faculty. I truly gained lots of insight and it was a good refresher for my MBA, which I did almost 10 years ago.

Salam, Director, Supply Chain Planning

Very well organized, with great speakers across all areas of business and management. The take-aways have already started making a difference in my career.

Philip, Director of Marketing

The MBA Essentials program is great! The high quality of both the faculty and the students made it an excellent learning experience.

Scott, Sales Manager

MBA Essentials for Managers marked an important step in my career. It provided me with knowledge, awareness and more confidence to step into situations requiring leadership and decision-making.

Deen, News Media

It was a truly enriching experience. MBA Essentials boosted my business knowledge, gave me inspiring new ways of thinking, and was a great networking opportunity.

Vibika, Director, Television Network



Classes will begin at 6:00 pm and end at 9:00 pm. Dinner will be available between 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

The next session begins in November 2016, and the dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 1, 2016 & Thursday, November 3, 2016
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016 & Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016 & Thursday, November 17, 2016
  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016 & Thursday, November 24, 2016
  • Monday, November 28, 2016

All classes will be held at:
Rotman School of Management
105 St. George Street
Toronto, ON, M5S 3E6

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Fee: The fee for the program is $3,500 CAD + HST ($3,955). This includes all materials and dinner at each session.

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Before beginning the application process, please review the application policies. To apply, complete the online application form. We accept applications up to two weeks before program start date. 

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing by the program manager no later than two weeks prior to the start of the program. Assuming notification is received within this time frame, the fee, less a 5% administrative fee of $175 will be refunded. No refunds are issued if less than two weeks notice is given. Participants may also defer their acceptance at no cost for up to one year into the same program. Participants who elect to defer and enrol in a subsequent offering will be required to cover the cost of any fee increases that may have occurred.

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Mini MBA Univerity of Toronto Rotman School of Management Amy Hamilton
Admissions Advisor
Tel: 416.978,0578

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Tel: 416.946.0722