Rider University Executive MBA Program Schedule - Class of 2017

September 2015 to December 2016

Location of courses:  North Hall, Lawrenceville, NJ (unless otherwise noted)

EMBA 9900 Leadership Edge Coaching Sept. 2015 - Dec. 2016
As scheduled 
Fall 2015
  Kickoff Event
Dinner and introduction to EMBA Faculty and Leadership Edge Coaches
Fri., Sept. 11, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
EMBA 9001 Top Management Perspective
Top Management Perspective sets the tone for the approach and philosophy of our EMBA program - a blending of business theory with real world application. Students will be exposed to the “top management perspective” through panel discussions with successful executives on the critical topics faced by organizational leaders. Students will also learn about the “art” of case study analysis, with an emphasis on contemporary cases that span a wide range of management issues. Beyond this academic content, the course also provides students with the opportunity to get to know one another and become acquainted with the faculty in the program. 

Fri., Sept. 11, 2015
8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 12, 2015
8:00 a.m. - NOON and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 19, 2015
8:00 a.m. - NOON and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

Fri., Sept. 25, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 26, 2016
8:00 a.m. - NOON and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

  Personal Branding Workshops

Meetings Rider University

EMBA 9250 Statistical Analysis for Business
Statistical Analysis for Business introduces students to fundamental concepts and methodologies in probability theory and statistics. Emphasis is placed on real-world application of reasoning techniques used for interpreting data for managerial decision making. Topics covered include probability, variables, estimation, hypothesis, regression, and sampling.
Saturday classes on:
Oct. 3 - Nov. 14, 2016

8:00 a.m. - NOON
EMBA 9251 Service and Production Management
Service and Production Management emphasizes the issues, concepts, skills, and techniques related to the management of operations of organizations. Students are introduced to various techniques of operations research and management science as they are applied to real-world decision making. Topics covered include productivity, supply chain management, manufacturing strategies, and competitiveness.  
Saturday classes on:
Nov. 21, 2015– Jan. 30, 2016

Off on November 28, December 19, 26, January 2
8:00 a.m. - NOON
EMBA 9260 Strategic Marketing
Strategic Marketing teaches our students the analytical skills that are required to understand and assess complex marketing situations. Students are tasked with the development and implementation of various marketing strategies using real-world cases faced by organizations, with an emphasis on creating a match between case factors and the development of appropriate, real-world strategies. 

Saturday classes on:
Oct. 10 & 24, 2015
Nov. 7 & 21, 2015
Dec. 12, 2015
Jan. 16, 2016

Off dates are those not shown, except Oct. 3 and Jan. 30, which are joint class sessions with EMBA 9270
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

EMBA 9270 Management & Team Skills
Management and Team Skills focuses on providing students with both a theoretical and applied understanding of the critical skills needed to succeed when managing today’s workforce. These learning opportunities come from personal assessments and group activities, coupled with personal goal setting and experimentation with new behaviors/skills associated with leadership development. 

Saturday classes on:
Oct. 17 & 31, 2015
Nov. 14, 2015
Dec. 5, 2015
Jan. 9 & 23, 2016

Off dates are those not shown, except Oct. 3 and Jan. 30, which are joint class sessions with EMBA 9270
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.  


Spring 2016
EMBA 9230 Economic Principles
Economic Principles provides an introduction to basic economic concepts to prepare students for later coursework, focusing on how markets work in different settings. This course will cover core economic concepts (e.g., consumer behavior, demand, supply, production costs), while also discussing profit-maximizing strategies in different market structures (perfect competition, monopoly, and imperfect competition). 
Saturday classes on:
Feb. 6 - 27, 2016
8:00 a.m. - NOON 
EMBA 9231 Economic Analysis and Decision Making
The second course in our economics course sequence focuses on utilizing economic methods for making managerial decisions affecting the value of the firm, emphasizing the integration of economics, finance, and accounting. Topics covered include demand analysis, production and costs, employment decisions, project evaluation, profit-volume analysis and pricing strategies under a variety of settings. 
Saturday classes on:
Mar. 5 - Apr. 30, 2016
Off on Mar. 19
8:00 a.m. - NOON 
EMBA 9220 Financial Reporting & Analysis
Our Financial Reporting and Analysis course provides a managerially-oriented focus on the aspects of financial accounting most relevant to business decision makers. Students will develop the ability to read, analyze, and interpret financial information for decisions regarding operating, investing, and financing activities as well as serving as a foundation for more advanced analysis in areas such as credit and equity decisions. 
Saturday classes on:
Feb. 6 – Mar. 12, 2016
May 7 & 14
, 2016
May 7 & 14 are joint class sessions with EMBA 9240
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.  
EMBA 9240 Corporate Finance
Corporate Finance introduces students to modern corporate finance principles that managers must know to be effective decision makers, providing a thorough introduction to the theory and practice of financial management, while also reviewing and outlining qualities that executives need in order to properly manage and create additional firm value. Topics covered include valuation of securities, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, and value-creating decisions in a global environment. 
Saturday classes on:
Mar. 26 , 2016
Apr. 2 - 30
, 2016
May 7, 2016
May 14
, 2016
Mar. 19 is an off date; May 7 & 14 are joint class sessions with EMBA 9220
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 
  Transition Event Fri., May 20, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Required attendance
Summer I 2016
EMBA 9362 Product Development & Commercialization
This course provides an in-depth analysis of the Product Development and Commercialization (PD&C) process. This is accomplished through the analysis of cases that describe actual PD&C, as well as innovation problems faced by a variety of organizations (e.g. consumer, health care service). Topics covered include innovation funding, opportunity analysis, common PD&C challenges and issues, and the interface among various disciplines to achieve best-in-class PD&C strategies. 

Sat., May 14, 2016
8:00 a.m. - NOON

Sat., May 21, 2016
8:00 a.m. - NOON 

Sat., June 18, 2016
8:00 a.m. - NOON and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.  

Sat., June 25, 2016
8:00 a.m. - NOON and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.  

Sat., July 9, 2016
8:00 a.m. - NOON and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.  

Note:  Dates and times tentative as must be integrated with EMBA 9303 preparation and travel dates
EMBA 9303 International Business Pre-travel Seminar
Location culture and business overview (Part I - IV) 

Our International Business Seminar focuses on exposing students to the intricacies of conducting business internationally, both through coursework and through a 9-12 day international travel experience. Coursework examines the influence that socio-cultural, economic, technological and political aspects of the macro-environment have on organizational functioning, as well as the competitive environment in each location. The travel experience exposes students to the corporate-level strategies and operations of organizations in the focal economy through a series of site visits with executives and organizations in a variety of industries. The destination for this seminar changes each year, with an emphasis on emerging economies in the world. Past seminars have traveled to a diversity of locations, including China, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, and South Africa. 

Part I
Fri., Feb. TBD, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Part II
Fri., Apr. TBD, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Part III
Sat., May. 7, 2016
8:00 a.m. - NOON

Part IV
Sat., May. 21, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

EMBA 9303 International Business Seminar Travel

Departure: June 1, 2016
Return: June 12, 2016

  International Business Post-trip Session
Debrief Session and Presentations 
Fri, June TBD, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Summer II 2016
EMBA 9271 Leadership
Our advanced Leadership course builds upon our Management and Team Skills course to provide students with an in-depth understanding of leadership from both a scholarly and a practitioner perspective. Our goal is to help students understand what it means to be a leader in general and in their own business environment. Students will be encouraged to consider their own leadership aspirations, to observe others in leadership roles, and to test and develop their own leadership acumen. 

Saturday classes on:
July 16 – Aug. 27, 2016
8:00 a.m. - NOON 


EMBA 9302 Corporate Performance Evaluation
Our Corporate Performance Evaluation course emphasizes the concept of shareholder value creation as the foundation of survival and prosperity for organizations, and introduces key perspectives on evaluating firm performance (e.g., cash flow analysis, the balanced scorecard). This course is team-taught by faculty from our Accounting and Finance Departments, integrating key principles from these two fields to ensure that students will receive a comprehensive understanding of the course topics. 
Saturday classes on:
July 16 – Aug. 27, 2016
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.   
Fall 2016
EMBA 9310 Technology Issues
This course helps our students gain a strategic perspective on information technology resources within organizations by examining the opportunities and challenges associated with managing these resources in today’s economy. In addition, this course emphasizes how the effective management of information technology (e.g., the use of Big Data) can improve competitive positioning and operational performance for organizations across industries. 
Saturday classes on:
Sept. 10 - Oct. 29, 2016
8:00 a.m. - NOON 
EMBA 9301 Corporate Governance:  Legal & Ethical Issues
This team-taught course provides an overview of corporate governance structures that dictate the distribution of rights and responsibilities among different participants in the corporation (the board of directors, managers, shareholders). The focus of this course is on conflict of interest issues that arise between these organizational stakeholders and the proper approaches to mitigate those conflicts. In addition, this course also delves into the critical area of ethics by helping students identify, analyze, and resolve contemporary ethical dilemmas in business.  
Saturday classes on:
Sept. 10 - Oct. 29, 2016
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
EMBA 9880 Strategic Management (Capstone)
Our capstone course focuses on the elements required to make effective strategic decisions in organizations with reference to the impact these decisions have on all stakeholders. This course provides students with an understanding of the strategy development and implementation process through an analysis of how a firm develops a mission, vision, and establishes a sense of purpose while simultaneously monitoring the external environment for emerging opportunities and threats. Topics focus on real-world cases, the evolution of strategic management processes, and strategies for a global world.  
Saturday classes on:
Nov. 5 - Dec. 17, 2016
Off Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Break 
8:00 a.m. - NOON 
This event will be a part of the Rider University graduate and continuing studies students’ graduation ceremony held on the Lawrenceville campus.
Thurs., May 11, 2017
5:30 p.m. 


John Donovan
EMBA Program Director, Associate Professor
Sweigart Hall 352

Background Information

  • Doctor of Philosophy, 1998, University of Albany, State University of New York, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1994, University of Albany, Psychology

Refereed Articles

  • Donovan, J. J., Dwight, S. A., & Schneider, D. (2014). The Impact of Applicant Faking on Selection Measures, Hiring Decisions, and Employee Performance. Journal of Business and Psychology, 29 (3), 479-493.

Refereed Proceedingss