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 inquire online or 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

Automotive Industry Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Leadership Seminar
Partnership with AIAG
September 25-29, 2017

The Mike Ilitch School of Business, in cooperation with AIAG, is offering a one-week Automotive Industry Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Leadership Seminar for leaders in purchasing/supply, logistics, planning and scheduling, and from other closely aligned functions such as sales, product development, manufacturing, finance and more. The seminar is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to influence and implement change in functional performance, cross-functional integration and across the extended supply chain to significantly improve contributions to cost, financial and overall performance in a changing environment. The seminar will be held at AIAG headquarters in Southfield, Michigan.

Negotiating Labor Agreements in a Global Economy
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business will present a full-day, interactive seminar, "Negotiating Labor Agreements in a Global Economy," on Friday, Oct. 6, 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
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business will present a full-day, interactive seminar, "Resolving Conflict in Healthcare," on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. The event is organized by Professor Marick Masters.

Instructors include Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA); Deborah Childs, retired chief human resource officer for the University of Michigan Health System; and Edward Hartfield, dispute resolution professional for over 40 years. 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