Executive education

To better serve the business community in Southeast Michigan and beyond, the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business has developed an executive education enterprise.

We offer open-enrollment "short courses" as well as custom programs developed in partnership with businesses, nonprofits and government entities.

At the same time, the Ilitch School executive education task force is also evaluating opportunities for developing executive-level degree programs, such as an EMBA program.

For more information, please contact the Ilitch School dean's office at 313-577-4501.

Global Automotive Purchasing Supply Chain Network (GAPSCN)

The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business are collaborating on an innovative new initiative to develop talent in global automotive purchasing and supply chain management. Called the Global Automotive Purchasing Supply Chain Network (GAPSCN or "Gap-Scan"), the program helps provide community college, undergraduate, graduate and adult continuing education curricula with real-world lecture material, automotive case studies, best practices, knowledge assessments and standards.

Current and upcoming programs

Vehicle Industry Certificate in Supply Chain Management
Partnership with AIAG

The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business, in cooperation with AIAG, offers the third annual non-degree Vehicle Industry Certificate in Supply Chain Management program to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of supply chain topics and issues in the context of the global auto industry. 

Negotiating Labor Agreements in a Global Economy
Fall 2017

Wayne State University's Labor@Wayne and Mike Ilitch School of Business will present a full-day, interactive seminar, "Negotiating Labor Agreements in a Global Economy," in fall 2017. The event is organized by Professor Marick Masters.

Instructors include Arthur Schwartz, retired general director of labor relations at General Motors, and Marty Mulloy, retired vice president of labor affairs at Ford Motor Company. The seminar is designed for management representatives in negotiations, labor relations staff and specialists, and human resource management staff and specialists.

"Negotiating Labor Agreements in a Global Economy" consists of lecture, discussions and small group exercises on the following topics:

  • Negotiating more mutually beneficial agreements
  • Learning technique of interest-based bargaining
  • Negotiating competitive agreements
  • Breaking deadlocks
  • Managing the media (traditional and social) in negotiations
  • Managing your team in negotiations
  • Costing out agreements
  • Balancing competing stakeholders
  • Making proposals and counteroffers

Resolving Conflict in Healthcare
Fall 2017

Wayne State University's Labor@Wayne and Mike Ilitch School of Business will present a full-day, interactive seminar, "Resolving Conflict in Healthcare," in fall 2017. The event is organized by Professor Marick Masters.

The seminar is designed for professionals in healthcare, including physicians, nurses, healthcare provider (hospitals, healthcare systems, nursing homes, etc.) administrators, managers, human resource managers, healthcare insurers and healthcare regulators.

"Resolving Conflict in Healthcare" consists of lecture, discussions and small group exercises on the following topics: 

  • Identifying the benefits and costs of conflict
  • Reducing the organizational costs of conflict and litigation
  • Preventing unhealthy conflict
  • De-escalating conflict
  • Having difficult conversations
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Reducing the likelihood of litigation
  • Conflict management as a risk management strategy
  • Using alternative dispute resolution techniques (negotiation, mediation, arbitration)
  • Establishing conflict management/change management systems