Executive MBA Program Blog

The EMBA Capstone - The Choice, Process, Impact, and Challenge

Posted by Marty Lawlor on Mar 6, 2020 10:28:20 AM


One of the most frequent questions we receive from Executive MBA (EMBA) prospects has to do with the required capstone project, a five-to-six-month client consulting project that teams complete in the final two semesters of the program.  The interest in the capstone lies mostly in its novelty.  While most EMBA students have strong functional expertise in one or two areas, few have had the opportunity to own and manage a major and messy project with multiple deliverables. 

The Choice:  Teams get to choose from among a wide variety of projects, recent examples of which include identifying the three best cities for a company expansion, analyzing the viability of a proposed market diversification initiative, an opportunity assessment for a specific technology, and a market entry recommendation for a foreign firm planning expansion into the U.S.  

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Topics: strategy, team, Experiential Learning, Capstone, Executive MBA

The Start of a Transformation

Posted by Alex Cashman-Rolls on Aug 16, 2017 3:04:20 PM


My name is Alex Cashman-Rolls. I currently serve as one of the directors of an emerging international nonprofit, RAKlife, which is based in California. Prior to this, I spent 11 years serving in various operations leadership positions in the mortgage banking industry. I have become convinced that of all the purposes a business can have, the very best purpose is to drive the prosperity of a community.

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Topics: residency, MBA, EMBA, team

Back to School

Posted by Jennifer Telitz on Aug 16, 2017 2:57:49 PM

My name is Jennifer Telitz and I’m in the broadcast media industry. I’ve been a leader in my industry heading up business development and managing campaign execution for 20 years. The last 16 years have been in the San Diego market.

Going back to school to get my MBA has been on my to-do list for a long time. 2017 is the year I’m crossing it off my list, and I’m now officially part of RIT’s EMBA online class 23!

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Topics: residency, MBA, EMBA, team

What makes a smart team?

Posted by Marty Lawlor on Apr 19, 2017 1:46:06 PM

I recently stumbled across a New York Times article I had saved from January of 2015 entitled: Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others.  I had originally clipped it because of the importance of teamwork in our Executive MBA (EMBA) program—seventy-five percent of our courses include a team deliverable—and feedback from students suggests that working with others can be the most rewarding or the most maddening part of the EMBA experience.

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Topics: MBA, EMBA, team