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The Fisher

Executive MBA



”14th best Executive MBA program worldwide”


BusinessWeek 2007

“The Fisher Executive MBA program is consistently recognized for excellence, ranked 14th by BusinessWeek for outstanding faculty and experienced students. Our program is flexible, innovative, and enables working professionals who have incredible challenges and demands to successfully achieve their career goals and business objectives in today’s dynamic global business environment.“

Stephen L. Mangum Acting Dean Fisher College of Business

“Knowledge is the key to understanding and managing today’s organizations. Our faculty provide the applied theory that addresses current business opportunities and challenges in today’s global environment. At the same time, EMBA classmates provide insight into many different industries and issues. This sharing of knowledge and experience creates a vibrant learning environment that is both demanding and stimulating. Our EMBA students tell us again and again that this mix creates exceptional value to them and their organizations. It also creates friendships that last through the years.”

Carol Newcomb Executive Director of Executive Education and EMBA “Today’s top-tier managers need a strategic perspective. We’ve designed a rigorous and flexible program that requires you to be on campus only three consecutive days per month, so you can learn while you lead. After each on-campus weekend, you will return to your office with new skills to apply immediately to your job. If you have at least seven years of experience and the desire to enhance your capabilities in a dynamic team-based setting, the Fisher Executive MBA is the program for you.”

Leslie Fine EMBA Academic Director

Contents For Professionals on the Move . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 The Fisher EMBA Program Program Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 EMBA Program Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 An Integrative Curriculum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Global Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Course Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Fisher Community A Diverse, High-Ranking Class of Students . . . . . . . 11

EMBA Class Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Fisher Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Life at Fisher Executive Conference Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Admissions and Financial Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 What’s It Like to Be a Fisher EMBA Student . . . . . . 21 About Ohio State The Ohio State University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Convenient Access to Columbus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

The Fisher Executive MBA

A degree program for professionals on the move As a professional who aspires to the top levels of management, you need skills that will help you become an effective manager and a strategic thinker and leader in your organization. Success will depend on your understanding of the total organization and your ability to stay ahead of the competition in today’s dynamic, global business environment. The impact you will make takes shape at Fisher.

Why a Fisher EMBA? • World-renowned faculty at a nationally and internationally ranked business school • An integrative curriculum focusing on today’s strategic business issues • A compact format designed for the busy executive • Global integration course with an international experience • An interactive web site for distance learning and course management • High-tech six-building business campus


“Medical school taught me the science of medicine. The Fisher EMBA program taught me the science of business. This combination has afforded me not only greater professional development within the medical community, but also limitless opportunities in the global market.”

Peter George, MD EMBA Class of 2008 Partner MidOhio Cardiology and Vascular Consultants

A Reputation for Program Quality

A Format That Fits Your Work Schedule

Fisher’s programs are consistently ranked among the best nationally and internationally. We’ve earned our high praise by creating selective, personal, solution-oriented programs taught by some of the world’s best thought leaders. Our executive graduates and international colleagues say these attributes keep our curriculum flexible, responsive, rigorous, and practical. Our EMBA program is ranked 14th in the world by BusinessWeek. In addition, Fisher is one of 13 business schools internationally given the Economist Intelligence Unit’s award for excellence in customized programs in its latest survey of executive education.

The Fisher EMBA program is structured to provide minimal disruption to your busy work schedule and personal life. On-campus sessions meet three consecutive days a month (on a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) over an 18-month program period, which begins each January and concludes in May of the following year.

This program quality is reflected at all levels throughout the college. Fisher’s undergraduate program is currently ranked 12th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and the college’s full-time and part-time MBA programs are considered among the top 25 in the country.


During your time away from campus, you have access to a suite of user-friendly, interactive, Web-based learning tools to keep you informed and in touch. Your account provides you easy access to program and course information, as well as utilities that let you organize and integrate your workload, interact with team members on group projects, and submit assignments online.

EMBA Program Calendar

December 2008 through June 2010

Class of 2010 Module



Pre-Program Orientation (week-long residency)

December 7–12, 2008


1 Organizational Behavior, Strategy, and Economics

January 8–10, 2009 February 5–7, 2009 March 5–7, 2009


2 Business Statistics, Accounting, and Management Information Systems

April 2–4, 2009 May 7–9, 2009 June 11–13, 2009


Part of July 2009

Summer Break

Total Credits

3 Finance, Marketing, and Operations

August 13–15, 2009 September 17–19, 2009 October 15–17, 2009



International Field Study, Professional Development, Business Development

November 12–14, 2009 December 10–12, 2009


International Trip (date and destination to be determined) Continuation of Module 4

January 2010

5 Cross Disciplinary Course Two Electives

Presentation of Business Plans



February 4–6, 2010 March 4–6, 2010 April 8–10, 2010 May 13–15, 2010 May 2010



June 13, 2010

Total credits = 60

14th best Executive MBA program worldwide


BusinessWeek, 2007


An Integrative Curriculum At Fisher, we know the world of business is complex and often unpredictable—that today’s business challenges are multidimensional and do not come neatly packaged and labeled “marketing” or “finance.” That’s why we’ve developed a comprehensive, integrative program that examines today’s issues from every angle to give you a total business perspective. The Fisher EMBA curriculum is presented in five learning modules consisting of a solid foundation of business management core courses and electives that incorporate business fundamentals with current issues relevant to today’s business managers.

Orientation The Fisher EMBA program and orientation week begins with a simulation exercise that lets you test your knowledge of comprehensive business functions and decision-making skills working in teams. For participants whose previous education and career experience have not provided an adequate introduction to basic business skills, the orientation

features non-credit core concept reviews in accounting, microeconomics, and statistics.

Core Courses Core courses present the fundamentals of business to help you develop the managerial thinking skills you will need to become a source of competitive advantage for your firm.

Elective and Cross-Disciplinary Courses Elective courses provide in-depth exploration of a current business issue. Each class selects their electives for the final module through a democratic process. Students may choose from existing Fisher courses, or new courses can be developed. Fisher EMBA faculty accept significant input from the class to create a customized classroom experience.

Business Plan At the end of the program, you will have an opportunity to test your skills by developing a business plan and submitting it to Fisher’s annual Deloitte & Touche $145,000 Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship.

What to Expect from the Fisher EMBA Program • Learn to think cross-functionally and strategically about your firm through a study of the fundamental language of business and core business functions. • Grow and learn from a diverse class of fellow business executives representing a variety of industries. • Apply key models and concepts from multiple disciplines to complex problems faced by selected focal companies. • Work on course assignments that may be customized to address business challenges you face in your job. • Learn from courses that examine current business issues from multiple perspectives. • Discuss current issues from an international perspective in a global integration course.


• Create a business plan that lets you explore all aspects of a major business idea.

Integrative Instruction at Fisher “Since problems in the real world do not come neatly labeled as being finance, marketing, or strategy problems, corporate leaders need to develop skills to integrate their functional knowledge. We co-teach a course on mergers and acquisitions that takes such an integrative and multi-disciplinary view.”

Anil Makhija

Jay Anand

Chair, Department of Finance David A. Rismiller Professor in Finance Associate Dean for Executive Programs

Associate Professor, Management and Human Resources

A Good Return on Investment An EMBA degree is an investment in your future. Based on the Executive MBA Council Exit Survey of the Fisher EMBA Class of 2007 (conducted by an independent research testing agency), the following data describe the return on investment you can anticipate as you earn your Executive MBA degree: • More than 80% of students reported that the EMBA program greatly increased the value they bring to their organizations. • 95% of students reported that the program met or exceeded their expectation for a positive impact on their careers.

• 85% of students agreed that their ability to be promoted as a result of the program greatly increased. • Two-thirds of students received a promotion while earning the EMBA degree. • More than half of students received new responsibilities from their employers as a result of the program. • 21% of students reported salary increases while in the program. • In the key strategic management areas of critical thinking, integration skills, leadership, and decision making, students rated their improvement as 9.0 or higher on a 10 point scale.


“The Fisher EMBA program has provided me with the additional knowledge and skills that are immediately applicable to my everyday business situations. The program also provides a stimulating, interactive, learning environment between students and faculty that encourages dialogue and teamwork—all essentials for a successful business career. “

Jeff Tsao EMBA Class of 2008 Research and Development Director Kahiki Foods, Inc.


“The most valuable element of the Fisher EMBA program for me has been the opportunity to update my business tools set and strategic management skills. I also value the interaction with my classmates and team members as we challenge each other while learning and sharing business knowledge and experience.”

Kim Bartley EMBA Class of 2008 VP, Marketing and Site Development White Castle System, Inc.

“The Fisher EMBA program recognizes that business today is a global endeavor. Students returning from study abroad, which is uniquely integrated with the international business module, say their perspective has been transformed. They now view foreign locations as market opportunities and as sources of innovations and competition.“

Oded Shenkar Ford Motor Chair in Global Business Management

A Global Perspective Recognizing that successful decision making may often depend on how well you understand the current global business environment, the Fisher EMBA curriculum incorporates a global perspective that forms an integrative thread throughout the program. Topics and issues are viewed not only with the total organization in mind but also in the context of their socioeconomic, political, and cultural environments.

A global integration course focuses specifically on the international dimension of today’s management problems. A required international experience—offered only to program participants—provides an excellent opportunity for you to understand the challenges faced by business managers operating overseas.


Course Descriptions Core Courses (48 credit hours) Organizational Behavior and Teamwork Skills Overviews the foundations of human behavior in organizations. Topics include group and teamwork effectiveness, managing performance, power and influence, leadership, conflict management, and organizational culture. Strategy Formulation and Implementation Examines the nature of corporate strategy, development of a conceptual framework for understanding competition in industries, and factors that shape competitive success or failure. Managerial Economics Applies microeconomic theory to help managers develop effective structures and systems to implement the firm’s strategy. Data Analysis for Managers Introduces descriptive statistics, statistical inference, and regression. Major emphasis is placed on achieving an application-oriented understanding of data analysis tools and techniques. Accounting for Decision Making Examines fundamental accounting concepts and techniques that are employed by entities to facilitate planning, performance evaluation, and control. Information Systems Management Decision Making Analyzes the role of the information systems’ function in organizations and the role of information in the decision-making process.


Note: Course content and availability subject to change.

Finance: Making Investment Decisions Deals with important managerial decisions such as project selection and financing, starting with the fundamental concepts of valuation and risk return. Marketing Management Focuses on identifying an organization’s target customers and developing effective product, pricing, promotion, and distribution strategies for those customers to create customer loyalty through competitive advantage. Operations Management Considers strategic issues in managing operations as a means for competing in global markets, analyzes processes, capacity, quality, and improvement policies in both service and manufacturing settings. International Field Study: Emerging Markets Integrates a diverse body of knowledge to address the issues faced by the multinational firm. Professional Development Reviews the drivers of success in executive leadership roles, with a heavy emphasis on individual assessment, personal development, and career goals. Business Development Helps students develop their own conceptual models and practical tools for entrepreneurship and prepares students through the development of a business plan in time for the Center for Entrepreneurship’s annual Deloitte & Touche $145,000 Business Plan Competition.

“I really value the quality of the faculty members teaching in the Fisher Executive MBA program. Many of our professors are leading experts in their fields, which affords us an opportunity to learn from the best.”

Rachel Lane EMBA Class of 2008 Director, Deployment Leader Operational Excellence Cardinal Health

Sample Cross-Disciplinary Courses (4 credit hours; class selects 1) Mergers and Acquisitions Combines functional expertise in the fields of finance and strategy to address current business concerns about organizational form in response to market conditions and rivalry. This course applies the strategy literature to identify different organizational forms as appropriate responses for specific U.S. firms and uses valuation principles from finance to assess the likely impact on firm value.

Sample Electives (4 credit hours each; class selects 2) • Security Markets and Investments • Service Operations Management • Leadership and Competitive Analysis • Financial Statement Analysis • Risk Management • Product Management Strategy • The Stock Market

Strategic Alliances Examines the roles cooperative inter-firm relationships are increasingly playing in organizations’ overall strategies. This course explores how these new relationships result in networks and business webs that can lead to competitive advantage.

• Human Resources: Leadership Style, Negotiations, and Compensation • Logistics and Supply Chain Management • Services Marketing

Strategic Analysis of Financial Statements Addresses the problem of how managers are to evaluate information about firms when confronted with a wide range of data. This course provides students the analytical tools that will allow them to determine what data is relevant in understanding a firm’s actual competitive and financial position.

• Negotiations • Advanced Legal and Regulatory Environment


“Not a day goes by that I do not immediately apply something that I have learned in this program. It is real-time learning that is tailored specifically to business executives. Having the ability to draw from both the professors that are recognized as industry leaders as well as the collective experiences of the other executives in the class who come from a broad range of functions and industries makes this a powerful learning experience for any business leader.”

Tim Pione EMBA Class of 2008 Director of Procurement, Global Supply Chain Ashland Inc.

“The Fisher EMBA program is great—it really provides a more solid foundation for the practical business experience that one has developed. The course work is immediately useful and a variety of tools are used that have immediate business application. The professors and students are world class! I had put off getting my MBA for years, but I am more than glad I decided to do the Fisher EMBA.”

Andy Johnston EMBA Class of 2008 Marketing Director Ashland Inc.

“Beyond the course work, the EMBA program is invaluable due to the diverse backgrounds of our classmates and the unique makeup of our group teams which immensely expand our networking opportunities.”

Carla Mack EMBA 2008 Associate Professor Clinical Optometry The Ohio State University


A Diverse, High-Ranking Class of Students

2007 EMBA Class Profile

As a Fisher EMBA student, you will be joining an elite group of professionals who, like yourself, have been singled out by their organizations as high-potential business leaders. The opportunities for growth and learning are limitless as you share perspectives and experiences with these people through team- and issue-based projects.

(55 participants)

Lasting Connections At Fisher, you will find many social opportunities—golf outings, wine tastings, family day, the international trip, and more—built into the program’s structure. Each class becomes a tightly knit network that will link you to resources and contacts long after graduation day. Our alumni also have the opportunity to keep their competitive edge by attending the annual Alumni Education Forum. This session keeps them updated on challenging management topics while providing an opportunity to socialize with former classmates and to network with other alumni.

Average years of work experience 15 Average GPA (undergraduate) 3.23 Average age 38 Percent female 25 Percent minority 27

Consultant 13%

MD / Consultant / Specialist / Other Professional 11%

Manager / Engineer / Supervisor 31%

Director / Senior Manager 33%

President / CEO / Principal / VP/ Other Principal 25%

Stadium tour during EMBA orientation.

Industry Manufacturing Health Care Pharmaceutical Energy Bank/Finance/Insurance Retail/Wholesale/Distribution Chemical Transportation/Logistics Information Technology Consulting Higher Education Public Sector/Non-Education

17 12 5 2 4 2 1 1 4 4 1 2


“The EMBA program at Fisher has exceeded my expectations. Professors and classmates bring a wealth of experience and diversity to the program that creates a fun and stimulating environment. I find that the concepts from our classroom discussions and case studies are immediately applicable to both my job and industry.”

Pat Robertson EMBA Class of 2008 CFO OSU Hospital East

“The Fisher EMBA has world-class faculty, top flight students, and excellent value. I had considered online MBAs as well as a few other big name executive programs, but none were as well-balanced in all three categories. I feel very good about the quality of education I have received. An overall excellent return on my investment.”

Sanjay Jain, MD EMBA Class of 2008 Radiologist The Ohio State University Medical Center

Recent Guest Speakers William H. Carter EVP & CFO Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. Chris Connor Chairman, President and CEO The Sherwin-Williams Company Bill Diffenderffer CEO Skybus Airlines


David Jakes Principal Mercer

Mike Kauffman CFO Cardinal Health William Killgallon Chairman and CEO The Ohio Art Company Doug Stotlar President and CEO Con-Way Roger Williams President Bob Evans Restaurants

Executive Speakers In addition to learning from our team of faculty experts, you will also have opportunities to interact with leaders of top organizations through the college’s executive speaker series. Senior executives leading some of the nation’s most successful organizations are invited to speak to your class about their companies and contemporary business issues. You will learn how their unique leadership styles and philosophies have helped to shape their businesses and address the challenges they’ve faced along the way.

High-Impact Faculty

Fisher Faculty 2007–08

At Fisher, we select our faculty based on their ability to conduct high-impact research and teach both creatively and effectively. That means selecting faculty who are passionate about their areas of expertise and share their knowledge in fresh and innovative ways. Our EMBA courses are taught by senior-level faculty who are experienced educators, researchers, and consultants. Their ability to translate management principles and current business issues in the classroom provides a stimulating learning environment for their students.

Jay Anand (PhD, Wharton School) Associate Professor, Management and Human Resources

Fisher professors are among the top authorities in a wide variety of areas, including their editorial positions with leading journals. They are far from armchair theorists—their partnerships with the corporate community make them frequent consultants with Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial start-ups, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Fisher’s academic areas of study have received top 10 recognition among specialty rankings including supply chain management and logistics, production and operations management, accounting, and finance. In addition, the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN), which collects and disseminates scholarly research in management disciplines, ranks Fisher faculty 16th among the nation’s best in terms of the research process, impact, and productivity.

Jay Anand’s interests include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, strategy implementation, corporate growth, and international strategies. He regularly conducts executive education programs and consults with companies all over the world. His research has been published in the Financial Times, Strategic Management Journal, and Organization Science, among other journals. Jay B. Barney (PhD, Yale University) Chase Chair for Excellence in Corporate Strategy Professor of Management and Human Resources Jay B. Barney’s research focuses on the relationship between costly-to-copy firm skills and capabilities and sustained competitive advantage. He has published more than 75 articles in leading journals and has delivered scholarly papers at more than 60 universities worldwide. His primary teaching focus is organizational strategy and policy.

Centers of Excellence Our Centers of Excellence, which support the development of teaching and research, provide a professional forum for exchange between the academic and corporate communities. Center for Entrepreneurship

Charles A. Dice Center for Financial Economics

Center for Business Performance Management

Global Supply Chain Forum

Center for Real Estate Education and Research

Supply Chain Management Research Group

Center for Operational Excellence

Initiative for Managing Services

Center for International Business Education and Research


management, and sales performance. She is active in Fisher’s outreach to nonprofit organizations in an attempt to bring a strategic management perspective to social enterprise institutions. Roy Lewicki (PhD, Columbia University) Abramawitz Memorial Professor of Business Ethics Professor of Management and Human Resources

Professor Jay Dial

Jay Dial (DBA, Harvard University) Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Human Resources Jay Dial teaches core and elective courses in strategy and microeconomics. He has been recognized as the Outstanding Core Professor by the Executive, Full-Time and Part-Time MBA Programs. He is the author of numerous teaching cases. He also conducts seminars for business school faculty on teaching with the case method. J. Richard (Dick) Dietrich (PhD, Carnegie Mellon University) Chair, Department of Accounting and MIS Professor of Accounting and MIS Dick Dietrich specializes in financial reporting and the relationship between accounting disclosures and investor decisions. Previously, he was academic fellow at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Chief Accountant, Deloitte & Touche Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Peat Marwick Faculty Fellow, University of Texas at Austin.

Roy Lewicki is a leading scholar in the study of trust development, negotiation, and conflict management processes. The author or editor of 32 books on negotiation and related topics, he has consulted with corporations such as Nestlé, Wells Fargo, Limited Brands, and The Ohio State University Medical Center on negotiation and leadership development. He is founding editor of Academy of Management Learning and Education. Anil Makhija (PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison) Chair, Department of Finance, David A. Rismiller Professor in Finance, Associate Dean for Executive Programs Anil Makhija’s areas of expertise are corporate finance and public utilities, focusing on capital structure, investment policy, and corporate governance. His recent research examines how economic value added compensation plans affect investment behavior, ownership structure’s impact on newly privatized firms, the role of debt structure on the distribution of takeover gains, and diversification policies pursued by electric utilities.

Leslie M. Fine (PhD, University of Tennessee) EMBA Academic Director Associate Professor of Marketing


Leslie M. Fine teaches the core marketing class in the EMBA program. Her research interests are in the areas of buyer-seller relationships, sales force

Professors Roy Lewicki, Jay Dial, and Jay Barney

Thornton May IT Futurist and Lecturer Thornton May exemplifies Henry David Thoreau’s aphorism: “It’s not what you look at, it’s what you see.” Collecting data from all corners of the technology world, May synthesizes the insights of the top practitioners pushing the envelope of next practice. He writes for five magazines and researches at three think tanks. Tony Rucci (PhD, Bowling Green State University) Senior Lecturer Department of Management and Human Resources Tony Rucci joined the Fisher faculty after a 25-year career as an executive officer with three Fortune 500 companies: Baxter International, Sears Roebuck and Co., and Cardinal Health. His roles have included global responsibility for corporate strategy and business development and legal and investor relations, among other leadership positions. David Schilling (PhD, Johns Hopkins University) Professor of Management Services Academic Director, General Business Programs David Schilling’s research and consulting are in the design and implementation of computer-based tools to support management decision making and has spanned both the public and private sectors. In addition, he also directs Fisher’s general business programs, including distance delivery of the new general business major to Ohio State’s regional campuses.

Professor Tony Rucci

Research and International Business. A fellow of the Academy of International Business, Shenkar advises multinational firms, national and state governments, and international organizations. Jonathon York (PhD, Michigan State University) Lecturer Jonathan York is a recognized leader in helping technology and services companies. A seasoned executive, consultant, and trusted advisor to corporate leaders, he has also worked in venture capital and participated in the financing of more than a dozen technology and services companies. Before joining Fisher, he served as CEO for multiple fast-growth technology and health care companies.

Oded Shenkar (PhD, Columbia University) Ford Motor Company Chair in Business Management, Professor of Management and Human Resources Oded Shenkar is an expert in international business, particularly comparative and international management, especially in China. He has published numerous books, most recently The Chinese Century, Handbook for International Management

Professor Leslie Fine


“I have found the most value from the assignments in which I have had the opportunity to research what my company currently does as it relates to the different subjects. I have been able to apply what I have learned and changed some of my thought processes in how I view situations.”

Madge Hamilton EMBA Class of 2008 Director, Processing Partnerships DFS Services LLC

“The Fisher College of Business EMBA program is uniquely designed to foster cross-functional, strategic thinking and leadership skills through its integrative curriculum and world-class faculty. As a tax professional in today’s business environment, developing and maintaining a broad-based business perspective is crucial to remain competitive. Through my experience at Fisher, I’ve gained a more expansive and comprehensive view of business, enabling me to become a stronger business partner to The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.”

Aimee Mickelson EMBA Class of 2008 Director, Taxes The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company


Executive Conference Facilities Creating one of the country’s few fully integrated business campuses was no small task. Alumnus Max Fisher’s vision of building the best in management education is evident from the time you arrive on campus. Our six-building complex covers nearly 400,000 square feet and features all the technology you would expect from a top 25 business school, including 100 percent wireless Internet access, web-based instructional support, and videoconferencing and satellite capabilities. Pfahl Executive Education and Conference Center hosts Fisher EMBA sessions. Pfahl Hall contains 60,000 square feet of facility space with fully equipped, tiered and flat seminar rooms that include computer ports at each work station; videoconferencing and satellite capabilities for distance programming; portable A/V equipment (LCD projector, VCR, CD player, tape deck, and portable language translation system); an executive dining/board room; and elegant reception areas. The Blackwell at Fisher offers both program participants and guests of the college overnight accommodations in both a luxurious and hightech setting, which features wireless access in public areas. Conveniently located adjacent to Pfahl Hall, the Blackwell contains 151 guest rooms, each offering an executive work area

EMBA classes are held at Pfahl Hall on the Fisher campus.

equipped with multiple high-speed ethernet lines, a cordless phone with voice mail, 27-inch color TV with 70-channel cable service and VCR, CD player, in-room safe, mini-bar, coffee maker, and minirefrigerator. Services include 24-hour room service, valet parking, concierge and bell service, evening turndown, and express checkout. A full-service restaurant, lounge/bar, fitness center, 300-seat ballroom, and a patio/terrace with tented seating are added amenities.

Library and Research Facilities Mason Hall at Fisher contains the computing center and comprehensive business library. The two-story Edwards Reading Room, the Ashland, Inc., Decision Conferencing Laboratory, and the Aveni Media Rotunda, which broadcasts international financial news, make our facilities unequalled. In addition, students have access to Ohio State’s library system, which the Association of Research Libraries has ranked 12th out of 122 research libraries in North America.


Admissions Information Program Costs

Admission Criteria

The fee for the 2009–2010 EMBA degree program is $72,500. Instructional materials and all on-campus meals are included in the fee; however, the international experience is not. The Blackwell at Fisher College offers special nightly rates to participants of the Fisher College Executive MBA Program.

The Admissions Committee takes a comprehensive approach in evaluating applications, considering the application package in its entirety. Included in the evaluation are managerial experience, undergraduate and any graduate performance, letters of recommendation, applicant’s statement of purpose, evidence of readiness for graduate quantitative studies, and other information, as indicated below.

Payment Schedule Deposit $1,500*, due immediately upon acceptance. (*non-refundable after December 1, 2008) Two-payment option: First payment $35,500, due December 31, 2008 Second payment $35,500, due June 12, 2009 Three-payment option: First payment $23,666, due December 31, 2008 Second payment $23,667, due June 12, 2009 Third payment $23,667, due January 8, 2010 Admission Deadline Applicants for admission into the Fisher College EMBA program beginning January 2009 must submit completed application materials (see “Application Requirements” at right) by September 21, 2008. However, applicants are encouraged to submit the application form and application fee as soon as possible prior to the deadline date. Only completed application packages will be brought before the Admissions Committee for consideration. The Admissions Committee follows a rolling admissions process, whereby each application package is considered separately and measured against the acceptance criteria. Thus, to ensure a place in the class, you are advised to submit your application package as early as possible prior to the deadline date. Financial Aid


Financial aid recipients are billed quarterly, upon receipt of their aid disbursement. More information on financial aid can be found at prospective/graduate/emba/admissions/financial-aid.

Application Requirements 1. Application form: Please complete all sections of the application form. (You can obtain an application form by calling the Office of Executive Education at (614) 292-9300 or by downloading a copy from the Fisher web site at 2. Personal resume: Include a recent copy of your resume, listing work experience and career progression. 3. College transcripts: Contact all educational institutions you have attended and request that official transcripts of all course work completed be sent directly to Mara McKee, Fisher Executive Education, 110 Pfahl Hall, 280 W. Woodruff Ave., Columbus, OH 43210-1144. If you have transcripts sent to you, they must be forwarded to Ms. McKee in their original sealed envelopes. Transcripts not received in their original sealed envelopes will not be accepted. (Course work from one institution reported as transfer credit on another school’s transcript does not constitute an official record and will not be accepted.) Applicants submitting transcripts from foreign institutions must provide official transcripts (original or certified) of all postsecondary academic course work and a certified English translation of their credentials, if the originals are not in English. (Certification must be obtained from a university/ school official, embassy official, the Ministry of Education, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Certification by a notary public is not acceptable.)

For further instructions on submitting transcripts from foreign institutions, please contact Mara McKee at (614) 688-5840. 4. Recommendation forms (3): Request recommendations from three professional references, using the recommendation forms provided in the application packet. Each recommender must complete the form and return it to you in a sealed, signed envelope for inclusion with your application materials. Unless you are self-employed, one of these forms should be completed by your immediate supervisor. 5. Employer sponsorship: Ask your employer to write a sponsorship statement on company letterhead (see sample letter included in the application packet) and submit it with your application materials. Endorsement of your candidacy by your employer, including an explicit commitment of financial resources (if applicable) and time, is a critical factor in the admission decision. 6. Statement of self-nomination: Please provide a brief statement (one or two pages in length) explaining your reasons to enter the Fisher Executive MBA program. Please indicate how enrollment in the Fisher Executive MBA degree program might be expected to impact the demands of your work responsibilities and schedule.

7. Organizational chart and annual report: To help us understand your professional responsibilities and the nature of your job, please enclose a copy of your company’s organizational chart showing your position in the organization. If possible, please include a copy of your company’s annual report. (If your firm is privately held and does not distribute either an organizational chart or an annual report, please so indicate.) 8. Interview: You are expected to participate in an on-campus interview to review your academic preparation for the program (particularly in the quantitative and accounting areas), as well as your managerial experience. Be prepared to describe projects you have handled that demonstrate your management skills. In the cover letter accompanying your application, please indicate dates and times you are available to visit the Fisher campus for the interview session. 9. Application fee: Prior to June 30, include a nonrefundable application fee of $60 in the form of a check made out to The Ohio State University. After June 30, a nonrefundable $200 application fee is required. After September 23, there may be an additional fee for rush processing. Please contact Mara McKee for details.

For More Program Information Please contact us with any questions you have about the Fisher EMBA program: Carol Newcomb, PhD Executive Director Executive Education and EMBA Phone: (614) 292-0268 E-mail:

Mara McKee Program Manager Executive MBA Program Phone: (614) 688-5840 E-mail:

Leslie M. Fine, PhD EMBA Academic Director Associate Professor of Marketing Phone: (614) 292-2610 E-mail:

Bob Mick Program Coordinator Executive MBA Program Phone: (614) 292-8573 E-mail:

Fisher Executive MBA Program 110 Pfahl Hall 280 W. Woodruff Ave. Columbus, OH 43210-1144 Phone: (614) 292-9300 Fax: (614) 292-6644


GMAT Some candidates may be asked to submit a GMAT score. If required, please have the test scores sent directly to the Fisher College of Business, School Code # ZLJ-9D-47. The GMAT is administered by appointment in North America and certain sites in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The GMAT requires approximately one month for registration and student preparation time. Information is available at


(Test of English as a Foreign Language)

“The tools, information, and experience gained throughout the program have been immediately applicable on a daily basis. Even more, the interactions with classmates plus the perspectives and knowledge shared during our three-day on-campus sessions and all the time in-between with individual teammates make up a tool box to deal with real-life situations on Monday morning.”

Ben Hawksworth EMBA Class of 2008 Vice President Fifth Third Bank

“Since the program focuses on teamwork, I not only learn from the faculty, but also from my fellow classmates. Their varying working experiences provide a diverse perspective on our projects.”

Andy Ulrich EMBA Class of 2008 Assistant Vice President Fifth Third Bank


Candidates whose native language is not English must demonstrate fluency in English by taking the TOEFL. If you hold a bachelor’s or graduate degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country, you may receive a waiver of the TOEFL. Information concerning the TOEFL is available at

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What’s It Like to Be a Fisher EMBA Student?

Rachel Eaton

EMBA Class of 2008 Chief, Planning & Analysis Ohio Department of Public Safety

A Convenient Program Format In addition to the expertise of the faculty, a very appealing aspect of the Fisher MBA is the fast pace of the program. It only takes 18 months to complete an MBA, and, although you may feel that you will have to sacrifice and devote all of your free time to studying, you don’t! Compared to other MBA program formats, you don’t have to quit working in order to attend classes or commute to campus several nights every week. Instead, with a completely pre-planned program calendar, you attend classes only three days each month. This format allowed me to have my evenings free, plan my time away from the office well in advance, and also gave me time to balance my professional and personal obligations with my spouse, family, and friends. I cannot imagine another MBA program that is so convenient while expediting my graduation. The Fisher EMBA program enabled me to learn business concepts that were immediately applicable to my work. I’ve even received a promotion after my first 12 months in the program—something that has also occurred for some of my classmates! EMBA class at the Great Wall of China.

A Typical On-Campus Weekend Thursday / Day 1 Between on-campus sessions, my team holds weekly conference calls to discuss cases and divide up assignments and projects. On average, I spend about four to six hours during the week and 10 hours on the weekend reading and working on assignments. Each on-campus session is a mixture of academics and social activities that begin on Thursday. We have a morning class from 8 a.m.–noon, an hour lunch break, and then an afternoon class from 1–5 p.m. Thursday’s classes are followed by a short cocktail hour with a guest speaker. After this, most teams spend time together by going to dinner or working on projects. Friday / Day 2 Friday’s class schedule is the same as Thursday, but in the evening our class enjoys a group activity planned by the class “cruise director.” I’ve been fortunate enough to be our class’s cruise director. Some EMBA Friday evening activities have included wine making and tasting; St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, and holiday parties; a basketball tournament; a ladies-only night out; dinner at a fine restaurant; and a concert courtesy of a classmate’s band! Saturday / Day 3 Although my classmates and I are sometimes tired from Friday’s activities, we still enjoy our morning and afternoon class sessions. By the time we leave at 5 p.m., it’s hard to believe all of the academic knowledge that we acquired while having fun in the process!


The Ohio State University Read more about Ohio State’s points of pride at

Max M. Fisher Throughout his life, Max M. Fisher was a model for those who are committed to making a positive difference in the world around them. In 1993, Fisher’s desire to see Ohio State’s business college become one of the premier management institutions in the country resulted in a generous gift that spearheaded the building of what is now recognized as one of the finest business school campuses anywhere. In recognition of his commitment, the college was named the Max M. Fisher College of Business. Max Fisher’s success, integrity, and commitment to give back to the community are an inspiration to all of us at Fisher to live up to the Ohio State motto to “do something great.”

A Tradition of Excellence Established in 1870, The Ohio State University is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive teaching and research universities. Offering an extensive range of academic programs spanning the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions, Ohio State supports 18 colleges with nearly 170 undergraduate majors, more than 200 graduate fields of study, and some 12,000 courses. More than 60,000 students from around the world attend the university, making it the largest campus in the United States. Academic Reputation Ohio State is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 public institutions and the highest among Ohio institutions for academic reputation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “America’s Best Colleges.” Research Much of the research in the United States is done in some 50 national universities, one of the most comprehensive being Ohio State. Ohio State’s total research funding has nearly doubled over the last five years. Ohio State faculty is involved in scholarship and service in more than 100 countries and have received national and international recognition for their research.

The Ohio State University Rankings • 19th among public universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2008) • Among the top 50 for African Americans (Black Enterprise) • 7th among U.S. public universities based on total research expenditures and 2nd in industry-sponsored research based on 2006 data (National Science Foundation)



Getting Here Is Easy




Because Columbus is a thriving part of the Midwest, Port Columbus International Airport features nonstop flights here from many U.S. cities. And, Fisher’s campus is just a 15-minute drive from the airport.





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EMBA Class of 2007 A view of downtown Columbus, Ohio


Fisher EMBA Corporate Sponsors


AAA, Ohio Automobile Club Accurate IT Services Adena Health System Advanced Composites, Inc. (Mitsui Chemicals) Aeroflex Powell Air Force Research Laboratory Allied Mineral Products, Inc. American Electric Power AmerisourceBergen Corporation Ashland Inc. Bank of America Battelle Bausch & Lomb BCM Property Corporation Big Fans, Inc. Boehringer Ingleheim Pharmaceuticals Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Laboratories Inc. Cardinal Health CH2M Hill Chemed Corporation Cisco College of Mount St. Joseph Covance Central Laboratory Services Covansys - A CSC Company D&S Consultants Inc. Davita, Inc. Deloitte Tax LLP Devine Advisory & Creative Services DFS Services LLC DJ Sullivan Healthcare Consulting, Inc. Dublin Methodist Hospital (OhioHealth) Duke Energy Eaton Corporation Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow Eli Lilly and Company Emerald Performance Materials ERCO Lighting, Inc. ERP Analysts, Inc. Ethicon Endo-Surgery Exel Express, LLC Faurecia Fifth Third Bank Flexco Formica Corporation GE Aviation Gilbane Building Company Glimcher Realty Trust

Greif, Inc. Hagglunds Drives AB Hewlett-Packard (HP) Hi-Tech Extrusions Hunt Engineering International Truck and Engine Corporation Jarden Corporation Kahiki Foods, Inc. Kenworth Truck Company KeyBank, NA Limited Brands LRJ Consulting, Inc. Mercer Mercy Health Partners MidOhio Cardiology and Vascular Consultants MTD Products, Inc. NERVES, LLC Nestle´ USA, Inc. NetJets Aviation, Inc. Noble International, Ltd. Novelis Inc. Optimum Technology Oracle USA, Inc. Owens Corning Pfizer, Inc. Reed Elsevier Technology Services Siemens Starpath Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine State Farm Insurance Companies Sulzer Euroflamm US, Inc. The Kenan Advantage Group The Lubrizol Corporation The MetroHealth System The Ohio State University College of Medicine The Ohio State University College of Optometry The Ohio State University Hospital East The Ohio State University Medical Center The Ohio State University Office of Business and Finance The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company The Sherwin-Williams Company The University Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio The Welding Alloys Group Triad Technologies, LLC UC Surgeons, Inc. University of Cincinnati Whirlpool Corporation White Castle System, Inc.

Fisher College of Business The Ohio State University 110 Pfahl Hall 280 W. Woodruff Ave. Columbus, OH 43210-1144


”14th best Executive MBA program worldwide”


BusinessWeek 2007

Fisher College of Business The Ohio State University 110 Pfahl Hall 280 W. Woodruff Ave. Columbus, OH 43210-1144


Attend an Information Session The Fisher College of Business offers information sessions throughout the year at Pfahl Hall Executive Education Center on the Fisher campus. These sessions give prospective students and interested parties an opportunity to visit our new facilities and to meet and chat with faculty, program administrators, current students, and alumni about the Fisher Executive MBA program. These dates are subject to change. For a current listing of upcoming sessions and to register online, please visit our web site at

Columbus Dates March

Saturday, March 8, 8:30–10 a.m.


Thursday, April 3, 4–5:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 5, 8:30–10 a.m.


Saturday, May 10, 8:30–10 a.m.


Thursday, June 12, 4–5:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 14, 8:30–10 a.m.


Thursday Lunch Session

July 17, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.


Thursday, August 14, 4–5:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 16, 8:30–10 a.m.


Thursday, September 11, 4– 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 13, 8:30–10 a.m.

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