Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Classroom Dynamics

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The Global Executive MBA program is not about simply filling your head with facts and figures. Instead, we integrate your unique knowledge and business experience with our world-class curriculum and apply it to real-world situations. Prepare to move quickly from theory to practice and to immediately apply what you learn to your work.

Learn more about classroom dynamics below:

  • It's our job to challenge and inspire you. Fuqua professors have travelled the globe helping companies find solutions to business problems and doing research that advances business knowledge on a daily basis. Ranked No. 1 for intellectual capital by Bloomberg Businessweek (2008 - 2012), Fuqua's faculty is eager and dedicated to helping you succeed. You will have ample opportunity to pick the brains of some of the greatest business minds in the world.

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  • When it comes to real-world business challenges--we don't play pretend. Learn how the iPod revived Apple, what leadership challenges the first female CEO of eBay struggled with early in her tenure, or how the OPEC cartel is able to unilaterally manipulate oil prices.

    Classes use real business cases--maybe one from your own company--as the basis for classroom discussion and team assignments. The case-based learning method challenges you to understand business problems from a global perspective. Through case-based teaching, you learn real-world lessons about making decisions with incomplete data and in times of uncertainty when there's no obvious right or wrong answer.

    As you work through cases, you obtain a new vocabulary, greater industry knowledge, and an appreciation for the human resource, management, and leadership challenges companies face every day. These case-by-case realizations will ultimately help you refine your management and leadership skills.

  • Expect advanced material and expect to move through it quickly. You must prepare for each class in advance, and arrive not only ready to discuss the material, but ready to apply it to your own professional challenges.

    Your first term serves as a foundation for the rest of the program. The courses are quantitatively challenging and require you to have a strong analytical aptitude. That's why we start with basic accounting and quantitative preparation. We prime you for success beginning on your first day. The path to a rewarding executive career is paved with passion and knowledge—after 16 months at Fuqua you'll have both.

  • Fuqua faculty will keep you on your toes with random "cold calls" during classes, and they will expect you to be an active participant in the learning process by speaking up and sharing your experiences. Extensive reading assignments prepare you for class discussions, but active debate and analysis are key to creating the richest learning experience possible.