Strategy and Innovation Concentration

International business comprises a large and growing portion of the world’s total business. Virtually every company, be it large or small, is affected by global events and competition. With ever increasing level of integration in global economy, successful business requires strategic and global mindset in its approach to competition.


Upwardly mobile managers need to be trained in strategy and international business. With a Strategy and Innovation Concentration students will develop an understanding of and appreciation for the concepts of strategic management with an emphasis on innovation and sustainability in a global context. Students will acquire a set of analytical tools, and develop skills in analyzing, evaluating, formulating and implementing competitive strategies. The primary objective of this option is to develop each student as a strategic thinker trained and experienced in taking advantage of business opportunities.


MBA with Strategy and Innovation Degree Requirement (42 Semester units)

To complete the MBA with Strategy and International Business Option, a student must complete the following:


Core Courses (27 units)

The following 27 core units are required for all MBA students:

  • MKTG 601 - Managerial Communications (1.5 units)
  • MGMT 601 - Leading People in Organizations (1.5 units)
  • BAN 602 - Quantitative Fundamentals for Analytics (3 units)
  • MGMT 603 - Managing Complex Issues in Global Context (3 units)
  • ACCT  604 - Financial Accounting (3 units)
  • FIN      605 - Corporate Financial Management (3 units)
  • ECON 606 - Managerial Economics (3 units)
  • MKTG 607 - Marketing Management (3 units)
  • MGMT 608 - Operations and Supply Chain Management (3 units)
  • MGMT 609 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3 units)

Strategy and Innovation Business Concentration (12 units)

Students select at least three courses, for 12 units, from the following list of electives. The fourth course can be any elective course from other MBA concentrations: Please check each elective in the catalog description for pre-requisites. University Catalog

  • MGMT 678 - Design Thinking for Leaders
  • MGMT 670 - Strategic Industry and Competitive Analysis
  • MGMT 675 - Innovation Strategy
  • MGMT 676 - Global Strategy
  • MGMT 680 - Sustainability Strategy
  • MGMT 685 - Non-Market Strategy
  • MGMT 688 - Business Opportunity Consulting Project

Capstone Requirement (3 units)

  • MGMT 693 - Strategic Management Capstone (Project)Select three courses from the following:


Contact MBA Strategy and Innovation Advisor Dr. Yi Jiang-Karnes,