UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management Offers New Management Strategy Courses in Downtown Boston

August 7, 2012

Contact: Allison Furkey 413/545-5695

AMHERST, Mass. – The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is launching its Boston-based Executive Suite, a new innovative blended portfolio of three online and in person management strategy classes for business professionals. The classes are available through Isenberg’s MBA program and will be taught online and at the University of Massachusetts Club at 225 Franklin St., Boston, 33rd floor beginning in September.
 
The courses are available to individuals and business professionals, but without the need to apply for a degree or certificate. The blended nature of the workshops gives executives face-time for discussion with each other and professors, while the flexibility of online coursework provides busy professionals with the discretion to learn around their own schedule.
 
The new courses are: “Effective Leadership Strategies, Discovering the Leader Within,” taught by Glenn Mangurian, UMass Amherst alumnus, businessman and executive-in-residence at the UMass President’s Office. The course meets weekly from Sept. 4 to Oct. 2; “Real Estate Investment Strategies,” taught by Isenberg School faculty member Linda Peters, from Sept. 25 to Oct. 23, and “Value Investment Strategy,” taught by Anurag Sharma, associate professor of management at the Isenberg School, from Oct. 16 to Nov. 13.
 
“We realize there are some executives who may want to update their strategic skills in a particular area but do not need or have the time to pursue an MBA degree.  Not to mention that often, they already have one. Our Executive Suite offers all the benefits of graduate-level study—accomplished educators, robust academic discussions, and great networking opportunities—but without a sizeable time-commitment,” says Mark Fuller, dean at the Isenberg School.
 
These new courses are executive-level workshops that offer a unique opportunity for successful professionals to fine-tune their leadership skills while networking with like-minds in the Boston business community, says John Wells, associate dean for the Isenberg School’s professional MBA programs.
 
“Today, students are seeking a learning experience that has the inherent flexibility for gaining key domain knowledge to effectively navigate this dynamic, evolving business environment, while still remaining competitive in a fast-paced global economy,” Wells says. “The Executive Suite fills this niche by offering students the autonomy to set their own pace and control the balance between their professional and academic goals.”
 
Wells says the three new courses can be applied as elective credit as part of the Isenberg Online MBA or simply as a stand-alone course that provides valuable knowledge as well as networking opportunities for advancing one’s career.
 
The first session begins Sept. 4 and registration is now open.