International Business School Briefing: MBA News Roundup


Specialized EMBA launched by Warwick Business School

Warwick Business School is to offer an executive MBA with a concentration in finance from its base in London’s Shard.

The new offering’s core components will match those found on Warwick Business School’s regular EMBA, with students selecting three electives to complete their finance concentration from a list of options that include investment and risk management as well as entrepreneurial finance. The school says that some of these modules might be taught at Warwick Business School’s main campus rather than at the Shard.

The intended audience is senior managers and executives working in the finance industry or those whose roles have significant exposure to financial issues. Accounting professor at Warwick Business School, Crawford Spence, said that the program should “appeal to those with leadership aspirations who feel that they need a greater handle on the financial aspects of running organizations,” adding that “strong financial literacy is a prerequisite for any executive or c-level position in a modern organization.”

McCombs School of Business at UT Austin appoints from within

The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business has appointed a new dean, effective from February 2016.

Jay Hartzell has been on the faculty at the McCombs School of Business since joining from NYU Stern in 2001 and chaired its finance department between 2011 and 2014, during which time he was responsible for the launch of a one-year specialized master’s program in finance.

“The McCombs School is in a great position to advance even further among the elite institutions. We will continue to find new ways to expand and capitalize on our many strengths, including top faculty, outstanding students, talented staff, great industry partners, and a passionate alumni base,” saidHartzell, who is himself an alumnus of UT Austin, having completed his PhD in finance at the university in 1998. You can see where this year’s MBA graduates of the McCombs School of Business have gone on to work in this recent synopsis of its latest employment report.

Hartzell will be taking over from Laura Starks, who stepped in as interim dean following the departure of Tom Gilligan earlier in 2015.