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2017 Mini MBA Program

The 2017 Mini MBA program will be held on 
Monday afternoons 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Beginning September 11 through to November 13, 2017
Registration Fee: $1,995

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Every manager must balance unprecedented demands on resources, tackle tough decision, adjust and readjust priorities while keeping one eye on the short-term and the other on long-term survival – a tough job without a continuing flow of new ideas and knowledge.  Why not make an investment in your future and your company’s success, by participating in the Mini MBA®?  You’ll gain confidence and vigor, as well as gain different perspectives about your business activities, from your instructors and peers.

The Mini MBA® provides a practical foundation in current business theory and practices in an intensive, 10-week format.  Through case studies, lecture, problem-solving exercises and interactive class sessions, you will obtain the knowledge you need to succeed within your organization.  The goal of this program is to make you more effective by providing a framework of knowledge for making informed business decisions on issues affecting organizations today.

Designed for:

  • Experienced managers who need a solid foundation in current business theory and practices.
  • Technical professionals moving into management positions who need more management “know-how”.
  • Managers looking to advance their careers, who need to become knowledgeable in a variety of functional areas.
  • Those who need to broaden their understanding of how functional areas within a business interrelate.
  • Executives or business graduates who need to update their business skills and education.

The program fee of $1,995 per person includes all course materials, parking, refreshments and Continuing Education Units.  Each participant attending will receive a Center for Management Development Mini MBA® certificate plaque.  This program will be held at the CMD Training Center on the WSU Campus.

The program fee of $1,995 per person includes all course materials, refreshments, parking, Continuing Education credits and a framed Mini MBA certificate for each person who attends at least nine of the ten sessions.  Mini MBA is run once every Fall semester.


Session Topics:

The Challenge of Leadership

Leaders facilitate the movement toward a common goal or shared objective.  Leaders can be found in all types of organizations, but a common set of behaviors has been shown to differentiate outstanding leaders from ordinary ones.  This session examines the behaviors of outstanding leaders: challenging the status quo, inspiring a shared vision, enabling others to perform, setting an example and rewarding accomplishments.

Instructor: Gerald Graham, Ph.D., R.P. Clinton Distinguished Professor

Operations Management:  Delivering Value to the Customer

Firms exist to create value.  The production or operations area of an organization is where the goods are produced, or services rendered, that justify the existence of the firm.  With effective Operations Management (OM), a firm can gain competitive advantage by delivering high-quality and cost-competitive products and services.  This session will cover some of the concepts and techniques related to designing, managing and improving operations.

Instructor: Sue Abdinnour, Ph.D., Omer Professor in Business


Human Resources Management and Legal Issues

Raise your awareness of current and future issues in the human resources field while cultivating a practical and theoretical framework to address today’s major human resource challenges.  Explore management’s responsibilities in selection, retention, development, evaluation and reward.  Special emphasis will be placed on the prevention of legal problems and the latest developments in this ever-changing and challenging arena.

Instructor: John Belt Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Management

Understanding Financial Statements

Managers need to be able to read and understand financial statements.  This skill allows managers to better communicate with financial personnel and use the information to make good management decisions.  Concepts used in preparing financial statements and interpreting their meaning will be an important part of this session.  We will focus on the income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flows with particular emphasis on how various transactions affect these financial statements.  Interrelationships among the statements will be highlighted along with ratio analysis.

Instructor: Michael Flores, MAcc, C.P.A., Allen, Gibbs and Houlik Fellow in Accounting, Asst. Dir. School of Accountancy


Ethics in Business

Ethics is the heart of leadership.  Understanding ethics makes business sense: it can contribute to organizational survival and success and make you a better leader and manager.  The basics of ethics include a review of ethical terms, corporate examples, and identifying dimensions of ethics.  Business decision-making is frequently based on the judgment of managers and is not simply choosing right from wrong.  Successful leaders understand how their personal character and attributes can positively or negatively affect their organization.

Instructor:  Dr. John Perry, Chair Management Dept., Professor in Strategic Management


Using Accounting Information for Cost Control and Decision Making

As a manager, you have financial responsibility for your area and this, in turn, has an impact on ultimate profitability for the owners of the business. You will learn about the financial decisions that are essential to maximize shareholder value.  Management accounting utilizes accounting information for internal decision making to implement cost and profitability controls. This session will contrast Management Accounting with Financial Accounting. It will explore basic cost behaviors and their measurement, profit relationships and special issues which can greatly affect business outcomes. We will examine which accounting figures to rely on for making effective business decisions, and learn the meaning of specific accounting vocabulary.

Instructor: Michael Flores, MAcc, C.P.A., Allen, Gibbs and Houlik Fellow in Accounting, Asst. Dir. School of Accountancy

Marketing and Brand Management

This session examines the fundamental functions of marketing management (analysis, planning, implementation and control) with respect to the driving mission of the organization – the creation and maintenance of long-term customer relationships that profitably satisfy customers’ needs.  The effect of marketplace trends and recent developments in marketing will also be discussed.

Instructor:  Brian Rawson, M.B.A.


Strategy – Management Strategy and Implementation

Managers and leaders need to know clearly what they want for their organization or department and how they will get there. Strategic thinking is the framework for strategic and operational plans. This session will illustrate the process to enable participants to focus on the long-term perspective while operating in the present.  Identify the key elements required to achieve a cohesive path to reach organizational goals and objectives. Any organization will struggle without a structured plan and business map in place to define its objectives. Gain a better understanding of how to formulate methods to integrate a strategic plan and vision into your organizational culture.

Instructor: Jim Wolff, Ph.D., Professor in Management and Kincaid Faculty Fellow


Market-Based Management

This session introduces the fundamental aspects of Market-Based Management (MBM®). MBM® is the management philosophy that powers Koch Industries, Inc., one of the largest and most successful privately-held global companies.  Developed during the past 50 years by Charles G. Koch, Chairman of the Board and CEO, MBM® is a holistic approach to management that enables an organization to succeed long-term by applying the principles that cause a free society to prosper.  The essence of MBM® is creating real, sustainable value for customers, communities and companies.  MBM® encourages innovations that create value by making people’s lives better and contributing to prosperity in society.

Instructor: Doug Karber, MBA


Customer Satisfaction and Quality:  Linking Quality to the Bottom Line

Most organizations speak openly and frequently about quality service and customer satisfaction.  However, most managers have difficulty defining these terms and even more difficulty in measuring them.  In management “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”  In this session we define quality and customer service and illustrate proven methods to develop a measurable quality and customer driven culture in your organization.

Instructor: Donald Hackett, Ph.D.,Associate Professor and Kansas Family Business Fellow


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Woodman Alumni Center - CMD Room
4205 E 21st Street
Wichita, KS


For more information contact:
Center for Management Development
(316) 978-3118