Innovation is a critical component of sustainable firm success in today's complex, global and dynamic business environment. Managers need to understand the technical and human components of innovation and be able to be leaders of the innovation process. Thus, the theme of this program is "Leading through Innovation with Technology and People." The program is designed to provide students with a sound foundation in all of the business principles, while focusing on the various aspects of innovation. The program also emphasizes the development of teamwork, managerial decision-making and leadership skills.
The program is primarily intended for working professionals holding full-time positions in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and other nearby regions.
The curriculum of the Innovation MBA concentration includes the 16 courses listed below. The program includes 48 total credit hours.
One course from another masters program at JMU may be substituted for an elective if the course is related to the theme of the program, and with prior approval from the director of the MBA program.
MBA 691. Strategic Management is the capstone course in the M.B.A. Innovation concentration and replaces the comprehensive examination requirement. A minimum grade of "B" or better must be attained to pass MBA 691 .
Students are also required to participate in the following:
Workshops: Students are required to attend three Saturday workshops. The first will be an orientation workshop that will teach students how to use the technology needed to participate in the online activities and introduce the students to the leadership development program. There will also be two special topics workshops in the spring of each year that will have guest speakers debate contemporary business issues and will have students participate in a variety of group activities.
Leadership development program: A program which will include periodic discussions with an assigned mentor.