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Today’s managers are faced with responsibilities for functional and staff management, as well as developing strategies for growth, leading teams, and staying competitive in evolving industries and markets globally. The range of knowledge and skills required by corporate managers requires the breadth of readily applicable concepts present in this course series.

Each course acts as a refresher or a way to expand beyond the concepts taught in many MBA programs. Eric and Joe provide a means for managers to reassess and extend their knowledge in the context of their professional experience, and to review the major concepts and put them into a cohesive business strategy.

This course looks at the development of several fields of study which are relevant for finance managers in the 21st century:  managing nonprofits, cognitive bias and decision-making, marketing, and the application of complex systems thinking to social and business contexts. 

Course Series

This course is included in the following series:

3 CoursesApplied Executive Leadership Courses

  1. Applied Executive Ed: Entrepreneurship
  2. Applied Executive Ed: International Business
  3. Applied Executive Ed: Innovation
Learning Objectives

We expect students to be able to describe:

  • The growth in the social impact of nonprofit organizations
  • Primary ways that people have limits on their ability to rationally make decisions
  • How we can guard against the most common cognitive biases to make better management decisions
  • The role of marketing in a corporation's strategy
  • How to apply complex systems thinking to social and business environments, to understand phenomena which do not lend themselves to standard tools of financial or economic analysis.
Last updated/reviewed: March 14, 2024
2 Reviews (19 ratings)


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Decent overview of current management topics but not much more. Very high level. Made me want to go get a book by Thaler.

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Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. However, it is recommended to take the other courses in the series prior to completing this one.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Instructor for this course
Course Syllabus
  Managing Nonprofits 6:04
  Decision Making 6:54
  Are Experts Better? 3:55
  Marketing 5:51
  Complex Systems 7:47
  Unlocking the Ivory Tower Chapter 8 - Emerging Topics in ManagementPDF