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Executive MBA Cohorts
Our EMBA classes are taught in small groups, or cohorts, forging strong bonds among classmates. Over the course of 20 months together, students form close relationships with their fellow cohort members, leaning on each other for advice and support. The cohort format not only provides an incredible support system while at Georgetown, it also creates lifelong friends they can call on throughout their careers.
“The cohort experience was the most amazing part of the program. Over the course of two years you really get to learn about your fellow students, and the diversity and quality of the student mix were continuously inspiring. To get so many critical and valid points of view really expands your mind and challenges your own views. I made many lasting friendships and have developed a personal “board of directors” who I trust will challenge me and deliver critical insights whenever I call.“
– Shye Gilad (EMBA’12)
Local & International Residencies
Opening Residency: Georgetown Means Business
This introduction to the program provides an in-depth, live case experience, focused on a specific industry. This practical learning course focuses on all aspects of ethical business decision-making and teamwork. Students apply a high-level view of finance, marketing, strategy, and other fundamental business areas to global companies facing real challenges in today’s competitive international marketplace. It also sets the tone for the rest of the program as students collaborate with their new classmates to produce a final presentation at the conclusion of the week. The opening residency takes place locally.
Structure of Global Industries
The Structure of Global Industries residency in the spring of the first year offers an integrated framework to study and practice concepts in international trade and investment, trade policy, economic growth, and monetary and fiscal policy. Teaching and learning in this on-campus residency takes place partly through lectures and principally through practicums supported by team meetings. The practicums require original, creative work by the teams of students who create a business, determine the locations of production and markets, and recommend adjustments to shocks in the business environment. The course is an on-campus residency customized to leverage courses in the preceding modules.
Global Business Experience: Globalization- Challenges Facing the Firm
In this signature Georgetown McDonough course, student consulting teams work together to solve a pressing business problem facing companies with operations overseas. Each year, the course focuses on one city in one country. Recent locations include Seoul, Istanbul, Dehli, and Dubai. After an on-campus module, students and faculty travel to the host city for a week of organized programs, culminating with EMBA teams presenting recommendations to their clients’ senior leadership. Past clients have included companies from deeply varied industries.
Global Business Capstone Residency: Issues for Industries Worldwide
Incorporating all fields of the EMBA program, student teams study the impact of globalization at the national and industry levels. With the guidance of a faculty advisor, students travel abroad to conduct field research on a particular industry of their choosing within the selected country or region and implement a real-world consultancy project. To complete the residency, students highlight their research in a symposium presentation before a panel of regional and industry experts, along with members of the Georgetown community.
Previous Project Topics
The media has increasingly been losing credibility within the United States and globally over the past two decades. This project examined the traditional and new modern media industry and assessed causes of the information integrity crisis. We conducted interviews with national and international news corporations and organizations, as well as media entrepreneurs and investors in three U.S. cities and supplemented this information with industry research. We compared conventional media and disrupter social media competitors through value chain analysis, with a focus on operating models and technology architectures. Our conclusions recognize the deep complexity inherent in the effort regarding managing technology capabilities and achieving credibility regarding information integrity and offer strategies to compete in today’s media industry.
When Liberty Media acquired Formula One (F1) in 2017, it marked the first time an American company had a controlling stake in this global sport. At the same time, F1 was at crossroads in both its global expansion and widespread acceptance among motorsport fans. The move toward digital media provided new ways for owners of teams and leagues to capture viewership. The project team evaluated F1’s position in the global motor sport industry and assessed its growth strategy through field research in Argentina and Ireland. Opportunities for growth in viewership, sponsorship, and attendance pose challenges to expand an already popular global brand. We provide analysis and make recommendations regarding return on investment through growth with new race venues, regional distribution of developed versus emerging markets, and the growing need to expand commercial partners in a global economy.
Open access to health research is a human rights issue as it leads to the acceleration of new medical discoveries and improved education. However, barriers to accessing medical research include 1) scholarly articles being published behind an expensive paywall system, and 2) misuse of measures of journal importance to evaluate the scientific relevance of articles or whether researchers should be promoted. Our team conducted interviews with researchers, publishers, funders, librarians/consortium, and industry experts in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. With a goal of developing a sustainable open access model that ensures credible health science and considers the needs of all stakeholders, our team examined the challenges of the current system then developed a robust transitional model, methods to enhance and promote an unbiased peer review process, and initiatives to foster more competition and encourage new market entrants.
We studied the luxury hotel industry in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to explore their response strategies to the rise and threat of mid-level hotels in the region. We developed foundational knowledge about the region through market, political, economic, social, technological, legal, environmental analysis regarding both the global hotel industry and hotels and tourism in the UAE. Our research included an online survey about consumer behavior and attitudes toward the hotels and field research in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. We also conducted in-person interviews with individuals from hospitality, finance, media, and the food and beverage industries, and the government. We found that mid-level hotels are increasing their presence and have the encouragement of the government, but luxury hotels are not threatened. We developed specific recommendations using the ‘path-to-purchase’ framework for leisure, business, and staycation consumers.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is introducing sweeping changes to the world economy and to how people live their lives. Emerging economies are not exempt; those that prepare their economies and educate their children for the Fourth Industrial Revolution will help their development prospects. We studied South Africa because the Fourth Industrial Revolution offers South Africans meaningful development opportunities related to agriculture and food processing, financial services, manufacturing, and mining. The education system faces challenges that better use of e-learning strategies could help mitigate, such as teacher and textbook shortages. The team developed e-learning strategies for national development and education policymakers and local business, education, and community leaders.
“Smart Cities” have been the goals of political, business, and civic leaders for two decades, and city leaders can employ many types of solutions to become smarter through applications of digital technologies and data resources. Competitive analysis demonstrates that many categories of smart city product and service providers contribute potential solutions to problems and improvements to quality of life in cities. We provided a multi-sector framework to help cities become smarter by exploring cybersecurity, public safety, healthcare, education, transportation, and sustainability. We searched for best practices in cities around the world, especially Copenhagen, Seoul, and Singapore. We offered recommendations to city planners and civic leaders, such as developing a city-wide strategic vision, establishing effective feedback mechanisms with residents, and identifying key stakeholders.
This project assessed the tourism industry’s response to sustainability with focus on eco-tourism in Australia, particularly regarding luxury hotels. We applied concepts from resource, capability, and stakeholder management approaches and conducted field research through interviews with real estate experts, global real estate investment trusts, global hotel operators, general managers, hotel staff, and local residents of Australia. Unique tourist attractions combine with sometimes-harsh Australian environments to drive innovation and expertise in green and sustainable strategies, including luxury hotel buildings. We provided best practices through field research-based case studies, evidence of tradeoffs and benefits, and implementation recommendations and explored the feasibility of implementing sustainability programs at scale.
Student & Alumni Profiles
Mark Gray (EMBA’03)
ASRC FederalWatch Mark’s Story
Zehra Zaidi (EMBA’14)
Program Manager, Early Sales Career
Amazon Web Services (AWS)Read Zehra’s Story
Kevin Cochie (EMBA’17)
Vice President u0026 General Manager
FLIR Airborne SensorsRead Kevin’s Story
Shaveta Joshi (EMBA’17)
Vice President, Strategy and Mu0026A
Serco GroupRead Shaveta’s Story
The Mentorship Program
As part of our continued effort to provide EMBA students with rich learning opportunities outside the classroom, we have developed an exclusive mentoring program. Thoughtfully designed to incorporate best practices and alumni feedback, the program is focused on facilitating career advancement. Interested students are selected based on academic performance, a program application, an interview, and any professor recommendations. Once participants are paired with leaders from corporate and government organizations, they align on specific goals for the year-long mentorship engagement.
The Alumni Experience
At Georgetown McDonough, we believe leaders never graduate. This mindset inspired the creation of our Lifelong Learning initiative, which supports the professional and personal growth of our alumni forever. Drawing from the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, or “care for the whole person,” we are committed to providing our students with a transformational experience for life. The Lifelong Learning program lets executive degree alumni return to campus and audit up to one elective course per year alongside current Executive MBA students. Through the program, our alumni attain new business competencies, reconnect with faculty and peers, and extend their professional networks beyond their program and cohort.
The Global Network
Our students have access to a diverse, distinguished network of 190,000 Georgetown University alumni, from the business school as well as other programs. This map highlights some of the regions where graduates of our Executive MBA program live and work.
Executive Degree Brochure
At Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, we design our executive degree programs to give professionals a distinct career advantage and a worthwhile return on investment. Take a look at our executive degree brochure to learn more about our programs.