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Dan Shoemaker, professor of Computer and Information Systems (CIS) and Tony Drommi, CIS assistant professor, accept UDM's designation as a National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education. L to R: Daniel Wolf, director of the Information Assurance Directorate of the National Security Agency; Shoemaker; Drommi; and Robert Liscouski, assistant secretary for Infrastructure Protection for the Department of Homeland Security.

The Business Turnaround Managment Steering Committee meets at Forest Hills Country Club. L to R: Joseph M. Bione, principal, Whitehall Group; Bahman Mirshab ’75, dean, College of Business Administration; Patrick O'Keefe, O'Keefe & Associates Consulting, president, Turnaround Managment Association Detroit Chapter; Oswald Mascarenhas, S.J., professor, CBA; William Diehl, vice president, BBK, Ltd.; John Carter, Bank One (representing Richard Wade, president, Bank One); B. N. Bahadur, president, BBK, Ltd.; Robert W. Koval, ’65, director of Human Resources, Alix Partners LLC; Richard Gorges ’75, principal, Corporate Restoration Inc.
Not pictured: Michael Collela, partner, Plante & Moran.

Executive MBA
The College of Business Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy is recruiting a cohort of students for its newly launched Executive MBA Program. The 15-month, 36-credit hour program is designed around nine themes of integrated topics to suit the needs of experienced managers.

Curriculum themes include:

Semester 1
EMB 600: Decision Analysis
EMB 605: Business Environment

Semester 2
EMB 610: Creating Value
EMB 615: Global Business Environment

Semester 3
EMB 620: Global Supply Chair Management
EMB 625: End to End Product Development

Semester 4
EMB 630: Turnaround Management
EMB 635: New Business Ventures

Foundation Courses (If Required)
EMB 550: Quantitative Methods
EMB 555: Financial Accounting
EMB 560: Managerial Economics
EMB 565: Financial Management

The program emphasizes both leadership and systems thinking, a management approach that is oriented to the interrelatedness of forces and the broader implications of every action.

If you or or a colleague in your company are interested in pursuing an Executive MBA, please contact Dean Bahman Mirshab at (313) 993-1204 or visit the EMBA web site for more information.

Business Turnaround Management Program
The College of Business Administration, in cooperation with a steering committee made up of alumni and business leaders, is in the process of developing a degree program in Business Turnaround Management that is set to launch in Fall 2005. When the proposed curriculum is approved and adopted, the program will be the first of its kind in the U.S.

The program has already attracted the attention of the Wall Street Journal, which reported on the program on Oct. 20, 2004. The article reported that turnaround graduates will have a rosy career outlook:

“Although the number of large companies seeking refuge in bankruptcy is in decline for now, young professionals seeking to enter the turnaround business are likely to find law firms and restructuring operations still hiring.”

Steering Committee member Robert Koval ’65, states that “we know there is a need for people with these skills. They won’t necessarily work as consultants, but may work for a bankrupt company, or one that is heavily distressed.”

Crain’s Detroit Business has also covered the emerging program, quoting one expert—James Shein, vice president of University Relations with the Chicago-based Turnaround Management Association and Strategy and Management instructor at Northwestern University—who says, “If UDM is going beyond one or two courses…they’re really ahead of the curve.”

The proposed Turnaround Management curriculum includes:

Foundation Courses
Business Turnaround Management: An Overview
Financial and Managerial Accounting
Corporate Financial Management
Business Law and Bankruptcy Law:
Motivation and Negotiations Management

Core Courses
Crisis Cash and Accounting Management
Corporate Restructuring for Business Turnaround
Aggressive Marketing for Business Turnaround
Systems Thinking and Information Technology for Turnarounds
Supply Chair Management for Turnarounds

Capstone Course
Ethics of Business Turnaround Management

Says Dean Bahman Mirshab, “Our steering committee is made up of individuals who know what’s needed, and the resulting degree is an example of the academic sector listening to the corporate sector and responding with a program which meets a need.”

The Business Turnaround Management Steering Committee includes:

B. N. Bahadur, president, BBK, Ltd.
Joseph M. Bione, principal, Whitehall Group
Michael Colella, partner, Plante Moran
William Diehl, vice president, BBK, Ltd.
Richard Gorges ’75, principal, Corporate Restoration Inc.
Robert W. Koval ’65, director of Human Resources, Alix Partners LLC
Oswald Mascarenhas, S.J., ’71 professor of Marketing, College of Business Administration, University of Detroit Mercy
Bahman Mirshab ’75, dean, College of Business Administration, University of Detroit Mercy
Patrick O’Keefe, O'Keefe & Associates Consulting; president, Turnaround Management Association, Detroit Chapter
Richard Wade, president, Bank One

Fu Jen joint program
The joint international MBA program offered by the College of Business Administration and Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan) was successfully launched this fall with a cohort of 20 students. Shahram Taj, professor of Management, will travel to Taiwan in December 2004 to teach Decision Analysis; the student cohort will come to UDM in February 2005.

Information Assurance Education
In June 2004, the University of Detroit Mercy was designated as a National Center of Excellence (COE) in Information Assurance Education. Discipline Coordinator for Computer and Information Systems Daniel Shoemaker has initiated discussions with faculty from Criminal Justice, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering programs about the development of an interdisciplinary master’s degree program in Information Assurance. This degree program, scheduled to begin fall 2005, would prepare professionals for the growing field of information assurance.

In addition, the CBA has initiated the Michigan Consortium for Information Assurance Education, which comprises UDM and area community colleges, including Oakland Community College, Wayne County Community College District, Macomb Community College, Washtenaw Community College, Henry Ford Community College, and Schoolcraft College. Consortium members will work to develop their information assurance curriculum and meet Federal government standards in this field.

As a direct result of UDM’s COE designation, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security conducted an informal information session on campus, Nov. 16. Representatives from each government entity provided information on career opportunities in intelligence collection and analysis, cryptoanalysis, foreign languages, and computer and information systems.