MBA Essentials

Carlson School of Management

Carlson School of Management


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Who should attend

  • Directors and Managers who seek to refine their business acumen
  • Career switchers who need to enhance their skills
  • Technically-trained leaders who seek to enhance their business knowledge
  • Potential MBA students

About the course

Five days of in-depth work to polish your approach to critical business operations, enhance your understanding of data-driven decision-making, and refine your communication and leadership strategies.

This course provides an introduction to the critical business disciplines housed within an MBA. Participants will learn key concepts and terminology from Strategy, HR, Leadership, Analytics, Supply Chain, Finance, Accounting, and International Management. The course is structured to broaden your perspective on your organization and to elevate your ability to influence and make more informed business decisions.

You will learn to build and lead teams, get a better grasp on finance and accounting, as well as develop business strategies. You’ll be engaged in discussions that tackle the practical issues and challenges associated with each functional business area and apply them to issues of strategy and competitiveness. Upon completion of this non-credit course, you’ll receive an MBA Essentials Certificate.

Key Benefits

  • Become more effective in day-to-day operations
  • Make better informed decisions
  • Broaden your understanding of business beyond your specific area of expertise
  • Learn language and best-practices for business areas including marketing, operations, supply chain, finance, and leadership
  • Communicate more effectively with colleagues and senior management


Svjetlana Madzar

Education M.A. and PhD University of Minnesota Expertise Collaboration in teams, strategic partnerships and across borders Svjetlana Madzar is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship Department at CSOM. Her interests focus on collaboration within and across firms, and glo...

Rick Nelson

Education BS 1980 Finance University of Minnesota MBA 1987 Finance University of Minnesota Expertise Teaching faculty member not active in research Rick Nelson is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and Director of Undergraduate Finance Programs, Department of Finance, Carlson School of Management, ...

Joseph Redden

Education Ph. D. 2006 Marketing University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) MBA 1998 Marketing Duke University BBA 1994 Accounting University of Kentucky BS 1994 Computer Science University of Kentucky Expertise Strategies to promote healthy eating Maximizing liking (without changing the product...

Myles Shaver

Education PhD 1994 International business University of Michigan BComm 1988 University of Alberta Expertise Corporate Headquarters Strategies The management and economics of international expansion Mergers and acquisitions Investment location choice Myles Shaver is Professor of Strategic Ma...

Ravi Bapna

Dr. Ravi Bapna is the Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Business Analytics and Information Systems, Associate Dean for Executive Education and the Academic Director of the Carlson Analytics Lab at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Bapna''s expertise lies in helping companies le...

Larry Bourgerie

Education Masters Industrial Relations University of MN Carlson School of Management B.S. Business Administration University of Minnesota Expertise A dedicated energetic educator and HR professional with over 25 years experience in HR and 15 years in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate ...

Susan Goldstein

Education PhD 1998 Operations Management The Ohio State University BS 1988 Genetics and Cell Biology University of Minnesota MBA 1992 Operations Management University of Minnesota Expertise Quality management in health care Service process management Operations strategy Susan Meyer Goldst...

Kendell Poch

Kendell has 14 years of experience as an accounting and consulting professional, having previously served in various roles within the management consulting industry and most recently in her role as a CPA at KPMG. In 2017, after having served as an adjunct faculty for the last few years, Kendell s...

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