One of the key strengths of the Stevens EMBA program is its focus on hands-on learning that lets students apply what they've been taught in the classroom in real-world situations. It’s an important part of classroom discussion and group work, but it’s especially apparent in an off-site leadership retreat in the spring semester of the first year and an international business experience in the spring of the final year in the program.
What better way to put into practice lessons about leadership, trust, teamwork, communication and ethics than to work with your fellow students to master a complex obstacle course? EMBA students work in teams to complete a program — developed with Stevens faculty — that teaches participants to overcome obstacles and complete various physical tasks by using strategy, effective planning and excellent communication. After completing each task, team leaders discuss the challenges they faced in strategizing and in executing their plans, while faculty provide perspective on how a plan for scaling a wall translates into guiding a team toward a corporate objective. The retreat also cements the bonds EMBA students form within their cohort, preparing them to work closely together in the future.
International business experience
Working professionals understand how closely interconnected the world is, but there's a difference between hearing about the challenges and opportunities of doing business in a foreign market and seeing them firsthand. In their final semester, Stevens EMBA students take a global business seminar course that includes a week in a foreign country, where they meet with executives and ask questions about what it takes to succeed when exploring opportunities in other cultures. As students are quick to learn, just because a cup of Starbucks tastes the same in Beijing as it does in Hoboken, doesn't mean companies use the same corporate strategy and approach in a country that has different cultures, customs and social norms than at home. Afterward, students prepare a report for the host companies, making strategic suggestions based on what they learned abroad and their Stevens coursework.