Non-degree executive education program launched
Eller College of Management offers professional development for business executives
TUCSON, Ariz. – February 28, 2006 – “Another day at the office” and “just business as usual” may be platitudes of the past. 21st century executives who find their 20th century skills are no match for the competitive challenges of today’s economy are not so quick to embrace such clichés.
The need for continuing education has become more vital as business becomes increasingly complex. Recognizing this demand, and building on the success of its new Executive MBA, The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management is poised to launch its non-degree, open-enrollment Executive Education program. The program is aimed at helping top executives, as well as senior and middle-level managers, develop creative responses to increasingly complex issues facing today’s business.
The inaugural Eller Executive Education offering, Leadership and Negotiation Strategies for Executives, is designed to help existing and emerging leaders refine the skills to build and manage effective work teams and become more competent negotiators. The 4-day course will take place May 15–18, 2006, at the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona.
“As one of the nation’s up-and-coming business schools, our work inherently requires that we stay abreast of the shifting demands of organizational leadership. Tailoring that knowledge to the market to serve today’s leaders benefits all of us,” said Paul Portney, dean of the Eller College of Management.
Eller Executive Education courses will be taught by faculty members of the highly ranked Eller College of Management. Russell Cropanzano, Brian Lesk Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Department of Management and Organizations, and Barry Goldman, associate professor of Management and Organizations, will teach the course in May.
Cropanzano is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Representative-at-Large for the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management, and editor of the Journal of Management. His research focuses on perceptions of organizational justice as well as on the experience and impact of workplace emotion.
Goldman’s research focuses on issues of conflict management, particularly relating to legal issues involving employees. His research has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, as well as other notable publications, and he has recently been quoted extensively by the Dalai Lama in his book, The Art of Happiness at Work.
Shyam Jha, director of professional development at the Eller College of Management, said, “As an academic institution renowned for its strengths in innovation and entrepreneurship, we are uniquely able to offer programs that develop cutting-edge skills for practicing executives.”
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #14 among public business schools and three of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship, MIS, and Management. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #44 in the U.S. and #21 among public business schools. The College leads the nation’s business schools in generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers an Evening MBA program and the Eller Executive MBA. The Eller College of Management supports approximately 5,700 undergraduate and 700 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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