The Favorite Professors Of Executive MBAs

Wharton’s Stewart Friedman

Stew Friedman. Stew has incredible insight into frameworks that develop powerful, effective teams and innovative approaches to leadership.  He also has a wonderful, engaging and thought-provoking style that stretches the limits of students and inspires intense reflection and personal growth.”
–  Todd Wilson, Wharton School

“With the excellent professors within Rotman, it is difficult to choose a favorite and as a tiebreaker. I will select the most impactful for me. I learned a great deal from Ramy Elitzur and the entire experience of the Accounting course. As one who had very high standards, Ramy openly stated that it was his job to push us. There was an unfortunate incident where our class as a whole received a very difficult final exam which resulted in many of us questioning ourselves and included an escalation to faculty. The entire process including interactions with class representatives, faculty, and the professor taught me a lot of aspects about myself.  I could see the negative and positive aspects within group environments based on the perception of a leader’s actions. In addition to the exceptional course knowledge provided by Ramy, this entire experience provided invaluable leadership lessons.”
– Rodney Cheung, University of Toronto (Rotman)

Dr. Brent Smith. He taught and reinforced at least three important life lessons: 1) self-awareness and control is the starting point of any personal endeavor; 2) while people usually cannot change who they are, they can change their behavior; and 3) techniques to brilliantly overcome introversion.”
– Edward John Kroger, Rice University (Jones)

Northwestern’s Harry Kraemer

“I would say that my favourite was Harry Kraemer if I had to choose. The focus on communication, people + communication = 90% of the time. The idea of relating to people before you can influence and lead them. Keep asking yourself: Are you one of the few people who understand how the whole thing fits together? I’ve always thought that the ‘entry ticket’ into career progression was understanding corporate strategy and linking your growth needs and aspirations to those of your company. Harry was able to give me frameworks to reinforce why I had been successful to date….along with an ample sprinkling of common sense.”
– Jeffrey Brunton, Northwestern University (Kellogg)

Nelson Repenning (School of Management Distinguished Professor, System Dynamics and Organization Studies). Nelson is a gifted educator who has mastered the art of translating rigorous analytical academic frameworks into broadly applicable pragmatic tools. He is able to reconfigure many a student’s cemented cognitive process, thereby equipping us to navigate complexity more intelligently, and in so doing, unlocking nascent potential to have huge impact. His propensity to change our mental models is stunning. He is emblematic of the mens et manus (Latin for mind-hand) motto at MIT, where mind (knowledge) and hand (practice) are equally important tools to cultivate and refine.”
– Barry Stein, MIT (Sloan)

“Dr. Gautam Ahuja was one of my favorite professors. He really transformed my understanding of the discipline of strategy. Through his excellent teaching, I now learned to define, formulate, evaluate and execute strategies in a systematic and comprehensive manner across different industry contexts.”
– Raymond Ip, University of Michigan (Ross)

University of Maryland’s Rajshree Argawal

“This is a tough one — two professors each equally set me up for success in this program with their teaching styles and the manner with which they inspired me to be my best: Rajshree Argawal who taught Strategic Management and Charley Olson who taught Managerial Economics. Both professors push their students to think critically and really call people out for lack of preparation and for not being clear in their thinking or communication. Having both of them early in the program helped me to be better in every class. Argawal inspires me as an accomplished professional woman and I love her generous spirit. Her desire to help me determine my best path, to figure out how to become the “CEO of Me,” makes her a favorite.”
– Jacqueline Manger, University of Maryland (Smith)