Typical Weekend

With the exception of the first week of courses and the international trip in Module 12, Eller Executive MBA classes meet Fridays and Saturdays every other week.

This description of a weekend combining two modules illustrates a typical weekend in the program:

Friday Morning

Participants arrive at the Eller College campus in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

Some have caught early flights and are just arriving from the airport. Others arranged for a room the night before, flying in Thursday night. Some live in the area or drove from a nearby city.

Several grab coffee or juice and sit down to chat for a few minutes before class.

8 a.m to 10 a.m.
Students start the day examining microeconomic principles of supply and demand, production decisions, and long-run expectations in competitive markets with economics professor Price Fishback, a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research.

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Eller Professor of Economics Stan Reynolds continues an exploration of corporate strategies, looking at tactics of pricing, including varying levels of products and service, to maximize profit.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Participants move into the dining area for lunch, filling their plates from the buffet and settling down with faculty and other students at several tables around the room.

For the next hour, they enjoy a leisurely lunch and casual conversation about class topics, work experiences, a recent family vacation, sports, or anything else. Students may also use this time to check voicemail and email and take care of quick work tasks.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Following lunch, finance lecturer Alex Wilson leads students in a case analysis focused on development of pro forma statements.

2 to 2:15 p.m.
During a short break, some students check their work email through the high-speed wireless network; others may duck out to make a quick call or grab a soda or snack.

2:15 to 5:30 p.m.
Ken Smith, Eller Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and former dean of the Eller College, explores the role of technology brokers in commercial innovation.

After 5:30 p.m.
After class ends, participants return to their rooms, check email and voicemail, and may again tie-up loose ends at work before gathering for dinner at the hotel or a local place of their choosing.

Later in the evening, participants may reconvene in one of the study areas or nearby coffee shop to work on individual assignments or collaborate on a team assignment before turning in for the night.


Saturday Morning

Students eat breakfast at the hotel before arriving at the Phoenix campus for class.

8. a.m to 11 a.m.
Kathy Kahle delves deeper into financial and accounting tools, examining financial and strategic risk and exploring techniques for risk analysis, risk management, and quantifying the results of strategic decisions.

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Students examine the challenges and pitfalls of project management with Paulo Goes, Eller College Dean, Professor of Management and Information Systems, Halle Chair in Leadership, and Co-Chair, INSITE: Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics.

12 to 1 p.m.
Once more, students gather in the dining area for a catered lunch and casual conversation.

1 to 3 p.m.
Professor Price Fishback continues lessons in supply and demand, exploring how managers can leverage elasticities to enhance accuracy of pricing predictions.

3 to 3:15 p.m.
Another short break and a chance to get online or duck out for a quick call.

3:15 to 5:30 p.m.
For the last class of the weekend, professor Stan Reynolds engages students in an examination of how market structures and the competitive environment affect profitability, covering Porter's 5-Forces Analysis and methods for assessing the potential for collaboration.


Saturday Night and the Next 12 Days

Saturday night, participants return home to their families and friends, returning to work on Monday.

Throughout the next two weeks, they remain in contact with classmates, talking by phone or using the program's online collaboration software to work on projects together, ask each other for advice or perspective, and share information, preparing for classes to resume.


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