Wisconsin Executive MBA classes are taught by faculty members who are both thought leaders and experienced business practitioners. They bring the latest research to the classroom, while their knowledge of current business practices is up to the minute.

By encouraging active classroom discussion, faculty members take every opportunity to incorporate the diverse professional perspectives in the cohort. The result is a challenging and collaborative learning environment for students and faculty alike.

Practitioners and Researchers

Faculty members at the Wisconsin School of Business hold strategic leadership roles for corporations and government agencies, serving as outside consultants, board members, expert witnesses, and policy advisors. They also conduct and publish groundbreaking research that advances business theory and practice. These experiences inform their classroom teaching and add immediacy to the course material.

The curriculum also incorporates practitioners and guest speakers who are selected for their ability to bring fresh insights to the classroom.

Faculty Members on the Executive MBA Program

“My approach to teaching in the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program is highly interactive, in that I systematically draw on the students' own experiences. Many of the students are actively dealing with the concepts we discuss, and drawing on their experiences contributes significantly to learning. I believe learning is facilitated by the two-way exchange of ideas that takes place in my class. Often, the students learn as much from each other as from the instructor. More broadly, the juxtaposition between theory and practice is a unique feature of the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program.”

—Jan Heide

“I really enjoy working with the students. Their energy and curiosity creates a wonderful environment. Team-based learning fosters collaborative problem-solving and decision-making—much the same as skilled leaders employ when running their respective enterprises. These students are in top-level management positions where directives can be given, yet they must work together to achieve the highest results.”

—Deb Houden
Faculty Associate
General Business

“Each Executive MBA cohort represents a cross-section of individuals with rich and diverse experiences, backgrounds, and skill sets. I see the classroom as a forum where each student can then draw on the strengths of their classmates to develop their own perspective on the topics I cover in class, and how the subject matter relates to their current and future jobs, organization, and industry.”

—Raghavan (R.D.) Nair
Accounting and Information Systems

“The Executive MBA students benefit from the capstone Badger Sett experience—a real-world business model incubator featuring CEO judges from the community. In the 'Executing Strategy' course, project teams work quickly and passionately towards the launch of a startup business or innovative idea within an existing business. I love working with the executives as they create agile, executable business models, using lean startup concepts, integrating all that they've learned in their MBA program. The teamwork, energy, and creativity is inspiring and equips them for the realities of today's fast-paced, complex, and ambiguous environments.”

—Lori Cross
Adjunct Professor
Management and Human Resources

“Economics is foundational to much of business. It takes time and hard work to learn economics, but the payoff is large: powerful and elegant insights into complicated problems and new perspectives on many challenging issues. The Executive MBA Program gives you the time and support needed to accomplish and practice this learning. The program's cohort structure and reliance on group work wonderfully leverages that time by drawing on the collective experiences of other smart and ambitious people.”

—Don Hausch
Operations and Information Management

Jan Heide
Deb Houden
Raghavan Nair
Lori Cross
Don Hausch

Faculty Research Fosters Innovation

To learn about our faculty’s advances in research, read their posts in the Wisconsin Evening and Executive MBA Blog.

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