Ferris State, Dearborn Firm Bring Executive ‘Mini MBA’ To ESD

SOUTHFIELD — The Ferris State University College of Business and a Dearborn-based education and training firm are bringing a series of executive “Mini MBA” sessions to The Engineering Society of Detroit beginning June 8.

Ferris State is offering the Mini MBA in conjunction with Dearborn-based American Center for Educational and Professional Services.

The Mini MBA is a management and executive development program that aligns participants around the common language and analytical tools of business. The courses are presented in an abbreviated format and are designed to provide participants with a clear understanding of financial objectives and measurement metrics. These skills will lay the groundwork for participants to make smarter decisions that will favorably impact their organization’s productivity and profitability.

The course covers in five intensive days many of the subject areas of a traditional master’s business curriculum, including:

* Strategic planning
* Finance and accounting for management decision-making
* Marketing essentials
* Leadership
* Presentation skills
* Human resources and organizational change
* Ethics
* Lean management
* Global markets

The first session of the program begins Monday, June 8 and ends Friday, June 12. Classes run daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The classes will be held at ESD headquarters, 20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450.

The Ferris State faculty that will teach the courses are:

* Lisa Eshbach, associate professor. Eshbach teaches leadership, strategic management and lean systems at Ferris State. Prior to joining the university, she spent 13 years in a variety of leadership roles in the auto industry. She is a member of the North American Case Research Association and the Lean Enterprise Institute. Eshbach has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Michigan Technological University, master’s degrees in international administration from Central Michigan University and in industrial engineering from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in business administration and industrial engineering from Wayne State.

* David Steenstra, professor. Steenstra has taught at nine different universities, including two in Europe. He is also an entrepreneur — his D. J. Steenstra Co. has conducted corporate training and consulting programs for more than 500 clients located throughout the world. Steenstra has a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

* Spence Tower, associate professor. Tower has been teaching at Ferris State since 2006. For more than 20 years, he has been teaching graduate and undergraduate organizational behavior, strategic management and human resources at Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, and Ferris. He has also worked and taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Western Illinois University, Aquinas College, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea Program. He has consulted with organizations such as Health Canada, Independent Bank, Aetna, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Tenneco, National Charter School Institute, and the Girl Scouts of America. He has bachelor’s degrees in business administration and psychology from Aquinas College, a master’s degree from Western Illinois University’s College of Education, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University’s College of Business in organizational behavior with an emphasis in human resource management.

The cost of the mini-MBA program is $3,600, which includes course materials, lunches, and a certificate of completion.

To register, contact Deb Tice at Ferris State University’s Corporate and Professional Development office, (231) 591-5810, or cpd@ferris.edu. Register online at http://ferris.edu/cpd/.

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