Associate Dean and Director of Executive Education Leo Burke
talks with Notre Dame Business about ND's new Executive
MBA Program in Chicago
What sets The University of Notre Dame's Chicago Executive MBA
(EMBA) program apart from peer institutions?
program differs in both structure and content. The structure
integrates a variety of functional academic disciplines. For
example, instead of organizing classes along traditional lines
like "finance" or "marketing," our integrated
classes focus on practical business issues, such as "Mergers
and Acquisitions" or "Market Dynamics Competitive
differs in that we are committed to helping business leaders
deliver results while upholding a consistent set of values.
This is not just a reaction to some of the recent well-publicized
collapses of corporate behavior. Business leaders make ethical
decisions every day in the office, and we've taken a similar
"every day" approach to ethics in our classroom. This
is an essential tenant of Notre Dame's philosophy of education-and
it's been part of our philosophy since the University was founded
is ethics an important component of business school curricula?
How does Notre Dame address this in its courses?
fundamental challenge for all for-profit organizations is striking
a balance between "shareholder value"-the bottom line-and
"stakeholder value"-or how an organization can improve
the lives and livelihoods of employees, customers, vendors and
the community at large. We've addressed this challenge of "value"
and "values" at Notre Dame with a unique offering
called the "weave." Rather than limiting discussions
of ethics to just a class or two, the "weave" takes
a holistic approach-in addition to classes on ethics, we include
discussions of ethical issues in many of our classes.
Why did you establish an EMBA program in Chicago?
Chicago has a number of attractive features that persuaded us
to establish a program here-not the least of which is ND's network
of more than 12,000 Notre Dame alumni in the Chicago area. Also,
with advances in telecommunications, we envision the Chicago
campus eventually serving as an educational hub for students
in the western part of the country.
should an executive enroll in Notre Dame's EMBA program?
Most of our students are seasoned professionals in their mid
30s with more than 10 years of management experience. They are
looking to move up to the next level with their MBA degrees.
Perhaps they are running a department-like accounting or human
resources-but they hope to run an entire business unit. With
an MBA comes a broader understanding of different facets of
business. This broader understanding often qualifies them for
higher levels of management. Why Notre Dame? Reputation is an
important factor when choosing a school, and a degree from Notre
Dame carries considerable credibility-especially since a nationwide
Wall Street Journal poll of corporate recruiters ranked ND's
business school 15th overall and first in recruiter satisfaction.